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Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, E. 199th St. & Bainbridge Ave.  

THIS SUNDAY

MAY 19: IMPOSSIBLE COMMUNITY

ADRIAN SHIRK is preaching her first New Day sermon.  Adrian has been a member of New Day since February of 2017.  She teaches writing at the Pratt Institute and is the author of the acclaimed book, And Your Daughter’s Shall Prophesy; August, 2017. At New Day she is a member of the Community of the Word, the Community of the Soul, Growing in Faith 201, the Base Building Team and the Leadership Team.  

 

May 26:  CLAUDE COPELAND, JR., preaching his first New Day sermon.  Claude joined New Day in November, 2012.  He is an organizer with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.  At New Day he is currently a member of the Community of the Word, the Community of the Soul, the Production Team, and the Pastoral Search Team.  

 

UPCOMING SUNDAYS

June 16: Pastor Doug’s farewell Sunday

June 23, 30:  Queer Liberation Series

July 7:  First Sunday for our New Pastor

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Past Sermons

JOY

Happiness seems hard to hold onto.  One minute you’re enjoying time with a friend and the next minute you’re heart is racing as you face an unexpected crisis.  Any kind of lasting joy seems fleeting, always beyond our grasp.

Paul writes his letter to the Philippians from prison.  And yet he speaks several times about the deep joy he shares with his siblings in Christ, because of their sharing in the gospel, because they are growing in faith, because they are of one mind and heart in their mission.  

Over the next 3 Sundays we will explore this joy that runs deeper than daily setbacks, that can’t be stopped by systemic evil, that provides a solid foundation for living in the love of God.  What is the joy that you long for?


Sunday, April 28:   Joy in Prayer

Philippians 1:3-7

I thank God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.      Philippians 1:3-5

Sunday, May 5:  Joy in Community

Philippians 2:1-4

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

 

Sunday, May 12:  Joy in Calling

Philippians 3:12-14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 3:14

As we move through the 40 days of Lent, we remember that we are moving toward Easter.  Lent reminds us of our mortality and calls us to repent - to turn from the ways of Empire and embrace the ways of God.  Easter invites us to connect with the eternal God.  In Christ we rise.  

 Sunday, April 7 Seeing the Way

Easter is such a revolutionary reality that it’s hard to connect with it. Can we even begin to see the possibilities? Bartimaeus was ready to let go of his most prized possession for a chance to connect with Jesus on the Way.

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52 

Go, your faith has made you well. Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:52

 

Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday) The Overturning

What needs to be turned over in your life or in the world around you? What is not acceptable and must be changed?

Scripture Reading: Mark 11:11, 15-19

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves… Mark 11:15

 

Sunday, April 21   (Easter) The Insurrection of Resurrection

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8

He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. Mark 16:6

March 31: TRANSFIGURATION

And he was transfigured before them… Mark 9:2

MARCH 24 WHEN LEADERS LEAVE Michael Strom Preaching

And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed…. Mark 2:1-12

MARCH 3: NEW POSSIBILITIES

One puts new wine into fresh wineskins. Mark 2:22

MARCH 10: TRANSFORMING

Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Romans 12:2January 20:  BREAKING THE CHAINS THAT BLOCK ABUNDANCE

Ephesians 4:7-16

7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.’ ... 11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

NEW DAY ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, March 16, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A Black and Gold affair, sit down dinner catered by New Day with a program of stories, laughter and music.

Sunday, March 17: 11:00 a.m. Anniversary Worship Celebration

Our theme is Celebrating the Presence of God. We encounter the disciples of Jesus in the midst of a storm.  Many of us have been through some storms - we may be going through one now. The presence of God has been dormant, but when they wake Jesus, they experience the awesome presence of the Divine. We have come a long way in the presence of God over the last 10 years. Where have you experienced the power of God?

COMMUNITY OF THE WORD SERIES

New Day’s Community of the Word is a gathering of twelve young adult lay preachers who meet monthly and who each preach yearly. We work together to hear and discuss one another’s sermons and to support each other in the process of preparing to bring the Word of God to worship.

January 27: Joel Pratt

February 3: Alyssa Roberts

February 10: Lisa Asedillo Pratt January 6: CLAIMING WHAT’S OURS

Ephesians 3:16-21

16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit,17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

January 13: WHOLENESS BRINGS ABUNDANCE

Ephesians 4:11-13  


Some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith.
MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE

What if God was One of Us?

meditations on luke’s story of mary’s pregnancy and delivery

December 2: She Was Perplexed

Luke 1:26-38

But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  Luke 1:29


December 9: She Believed

Luke 1:39-45

And blessed is she who believed. Luke 1:45


December 16: She Proclaimed

Luke 1:46-53

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Luke 1:46-47


December 23: She Pondered

Luke 2:8-19

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

December 30: She Praised

Luke 2:36-38

At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who

were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:38

Generosity Based Abundance

November 4:  

JUBILEE:  A Call to Restore the Earth and Human Community

And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you:  you shall return, everyone of you, to your property and everyone of you to your family. Leviticus 25:10

November 11:

THE TREACHERY OF RULERS:  Returning our Allegiance to God

These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you:  he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots…He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers…He will take the best of your fields…But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel.     I Samuel 8

 

November 18:  

THE PRACTICE OF ABUNDANCE

 How many loaves have you, go and see.   Mark 6:38

 

November 25:  

BUILDING ABUNDANT COMMUNITY

 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.   Acts 4:34

October Series:

THE GOSPEL OF MARY

Could it be that Jesus actually favored Mary Magdalene over Peter to lead the early church?  

Hidden from the church for hundreds of years, the Gospel of Mary teaches that “the good news is not in escaping one’s human identity but in embracing it.”   (Taussig, Hal; A New New Testament, p. 218)

In addition to offering a new angle on the teachings of Jesus, Mary’s gospel also opens a window into conversations about women’s leadership in the early church.   

The New Orleans Council of biblical scholars studying the importance of newly discovered Christian scriptures gave the Gospel of Mary it’s highest number of votes for authenticity.  They see it as “crucial for understanding Christianity’s beginnings and meanings for today.” (New New Testament, p. 217.)

Invite friends and family to our October series exploring the wisdom of this Christian gospel.


October 5: The Good In Your Midst

That is why the Good came into your midst, coming to the good which belongs to every nature, in order to restore it to its root.    Mary, 3:5-6

 I do not believe the Savior said this, for certainly these teachings are strange ideas.  Mary 10:2SEPTEMBER SERIES: FAITH IS A CONVERSATION

 September 30: FAITH IS A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE

O Come let us sing a new sing to God…the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1

September 23:   FAITH IS CONVERSATION THAT OVERCOMES FEAR

Jesus said to the synagogue ruler, “Do not fear, only believe.   Mark 5:36

September 16:   FAITH IS A CONVERSATION ABOUT CHANGE    

Behold I make all things new.  Revelation 21:5

September 9:  FAITH IS CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT’S POSSIBLE     Ephesians 3:18-21

“Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory.”  Ephesians 3:20

September 2:  FAITH IS CONVERSATION, NOT DOCTRINE

 See I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way;  Mark 1:1-3

 

AUGUST SERIES:  WHO AM I?  WHO ARE WE?

Ancestry, culture and history set a context and establish values that are key to who I am.  As powerful, nurturing and life-giving as these are, they do not completely determine who I am.  We have biological family and chosen family, ancestral identity and calling.  All of these are important elements in discovering who we are. 

In August we will be reading Mark 8:27-35.  Jesus asks his disciples who do people say I am, and who do you say I am.  We can ask the same questions for ourselves.  Who do people say you are?  Who do you know yourself to be? 

Pastor Doug preaching
 

August 12:  WHO AM I?       Mark 8:27-30

Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’  And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’

 How has culture and history shaped us?    Jesus takes on the role of prophet, both embracing and challenging the ways of his people.  Who do others say you are, and who do you know yourself to be?

 

August 19: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST:  EXPLORING SALVATION    Mark 8:31-33

You are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’   Mark 8:33

Knowing who Jesus Christ is can have a transforming impact on my understanding of who I am. We will explore the world-changing story of Jesus and how it impacts our own identity.

 

August 26:   WHO ARE WE AS FAITH COMMUNITY?    Mark 8:34-35

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 

WHERE IS GOD?

Urgent crises and fear about the future, can leave us feeling unsteady.  Where is the solid rock on which we can stand?  Paul Tillich defines God as Ultimate Concern.  In the midst of competing claims on our time and energy, what matters most?   

JULY 8:  GOD IN THE BORDERLANDS

And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:19

The current immigration crisis is a central concern of faith.  Throughout the scriptures we read clear teachings about the importance of loving our neighbor and questioning the boundaries of who is in and out.  How are we called to stand up for justice and compassion in these times?

JULY 15:  GOD IN OUR CALLING

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.    I Corinthians 12:7

 

JULY 22:  Pastor Lisa Asedillo Pratt Preaching

 

JULY 29:  Pastor alexis francisco Preaching

 

August 5:  Claudia copeland, preaching

 

JULY 1:  WHERE IS GOD?

The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of God, make their paths straight.”    Mark 1:3

 The answer to the question, “Where is God?” depends on where we are looking.  The gospel of Mark explores this question in the first chapter.  Where are you seeking God?

 QUEER LIBERATION SERIES:     SUNDAYs, JUNE 10, 17 & 24

THIS IS US!  

Stories of Queer Pride & Liberation

For every kid bullied for being gender non-conforming we say: This is us!

For all LGBT immigrants that hide in the shadows, we say: This is us!

For those shunned by church we say: This is us!

Queer love is a hated love because it is a force that demands all of us take off our masks and live life out loud.  And in the face of challenges from family, political establishments and even church, Queer love becomes pride and a declaration: This is us!

At New Day Church, we believe that queer people not only belong in the church, but offer unique and prophetic insight about our faith.  Join us for a month of celebrating the power of Queer Pride.

Sunday, June 10:  Panel Discussion:  This is Us

Unique and prophetic insights into living in faith.   

Sunday, June 17:   crossing boundaries: Tabatha Holley preaching

Sunday, June 24:  Candace Simpson preaching

 

May 20:   Filled with the holy spirit

acts 2:1-12

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability....All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"  Acts 2:4, 12

may 13:  The prayer that jesus taught   

We will explore the power of what we know as the Lord's Prayer.  If we take it seriously, it will transform the way we engage with the world.  It invites us to make a huge impact by connecting with what God is doing, and to transform our own lives through the practice of forgiveness.  This Sunday we focus on the last line of the prayer:  Do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.  

I invite you to pray this prayer this week as we prepare to explore it deeply this Sunday:

Our God in heaven, holy is your name.

May your reign come, your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.

Do not bring us to the time of trial but rescue us from the evil one.  

Matthew 6:9-13

Spring Series:  

APRIL 22:  CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them.   Matthew 6:26

 

Nora Cunningham, preaching

Nora is a member of the Community of the Word, a 2nd year student at Union Theological Seminary and an intern with the Climate Justice Program of the United Methodist Women.  

 

 

April 15:  BLESSED AND PERSECUTED

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Matthew 5:10-12

April 8:  GRIEVING AND COMFORT

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4

Enter barefoot this darkened chapel, hollowed by loss, hallowed by sorrow it's stone grey walls and floor...  Make no sound, let the candles speak.      Patricia McKernon Runkle

APRIL 1, EASTER SUNDAY:   LOVE'S MAGNUM OPUS

Easter is the master stroke of love - nothing like the fairy tale we are accustomed to.   It is deeply rooted in failure.  We will explore our own experiences of success and failure; and how faith overturns what we thought we knew.  I invite you to join us on Easter Sunday to explore this magnum opus of gospel love and consider how this story might change your life.  

Do not be alarmed, you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised, he is not here.   

MARK 16:6

March 25: PASSION FOR WOMEN’S LIBERATION

Panel led by Shakira Hall Louimarre

In celebration of Women's History Month we will explore the power of women's narratives for social change.  Numbers 27 tells the story of four bold feminist women who challenged the patriarchal system of land inheritance and won.  

And God spoke to Moses, saying:  The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying; you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance ...  Numbers 27:6-7

 

March 18:  A PASSION FOR THE EARTH    

Michael Strom Preaching from Hosea 4:1-4

The land mourns all around us—hurricanes, wildfires, landslides. As we face the devastation what kind of faith are we called to build? How do rise to meet a mourning Earth, recover our love for and remember our place in Creation?

 

March 11:  Why Do We Praise God?

Praise God, all you nations!
   Extol them*, all you peoples! 
For great is their steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of God endures for ever.
Praise the great I AM! 
     Psalm 117

* Note:  We use the singular them and their pronoun to refer to God, (rather than he or him) as a form of greater honor, to acknowledge the ways God transcends our gender categories, and to refer to the mystery of the Trinity - God as Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, the great three in one.  

FEBRUARY 25:  Prophetic Imagination

"The role of the prophet is to express the hopes and yearnings that have been denied so long and suppressed so deeply that we no longer know they are there."    Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination  
 

It’s not easy to imagine the alternative future we long for.  But this imagining is life-saving.

This Sunday we will explore the vision of the prophet Micah and imagine our our own dreams and visions.

We will also celebrate Black History Month through a testimony by Claudia Copeland on the theme:  "Blackness without boundaries, can we imagine it?" 

We will also receive two new members into New Day Church!
 
I invite you to pray this week for a vision of our city and our faith community that energizes you. I invite you to pray for a vision of our city and our faith community in which you can bring all of who you are, and express all of who you are. What is your role in this vision? 

Join us this week; all of our voices and dreams are wanted and needed. 

Have a blessed week. 


This Week's Scripture


In days to come,  the mountain of God’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains …. 

and many nations shall come and say: 
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of God,’…..
 they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, 
nation shall not lift up sword against nation…. 
but they shall all sit under their own vines
and under their own fig trees,  
and no one shall make them afraid….    
Micah 4:1-4

February 11:  REIGNITING OUR PASSION FOR GOD

February 14:  Ash Wednesday

Special Sacred Gathering to Launch

40 DAYS OF PASSION

2431 Morris Avenue  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

February 4:  A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH

Lisa Pratt, preaching

She Was Adorned for Herself:  

Paradise, and All the Voices Required to See it
Pastor Lisa Asedillo Pratt, preaching

This Sunday, we conclude our series on the book of Revelation with a prophetic vision of a New Heaven and a New Earth. 

John describes the holy city as coming down out of heaven like "a beautiful bride prepared for her husband." What John doesn't know is that the holy city — paradise, which is God's promise to us — is actually not adorned for her husband.

Women's voices, often erased and obscured in the biblical canon, are needed for proper understanding of God's truth. 

This Sunday, Pastor Lisa will reflect on God's promise of paradise in the midst of persecution and violence. It is simultaneously a heavenly and earthly paradise, and after Christianity was co-opted by Emperor Contantine, we haven't heard much about it. 

But the promise of paradise is central to our faith. And we are called to create it and live more deeply into it, every time we gather. 

January 28:    THE FALL OF BABYLON

Alexis Francisco, preaching

Revelation 18

January 21

THE BEAST

Sometimes you've got to call it like it is, and that's what John does in this chapter.  What do we need to say?  We can't heal our times until we can name them.  Beast is what John calls the Empire.  But the Beast is not all there is. 

Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth....Then I looked and there was the Lamb, standing on Mt. Zion!   

Revelation 13:11, 14:1

January 14  

TIME FOR A CHANGE

The future of democracy, human decency and even life on this planet seems more and more precarious.  The book of Revelation was written in just such perilous times.  It names the destruction of the Empire but does not focus on it.  Rather Revelation calls us to be the church, to share the love of God, to be the light in the darkness, the hope of the nation.  We are called to build a faith community of resistance and the time is now.    

Are we ready to make a change?

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking, if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…      Revelation 3:20

 

previous worship series:

 

December 17     

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Mary is an extraordinary woman.  But the source of her power is fairly simple:

+  She feels her feelings 

But she was much perplexed by his words.  Luke 1:29

+  she asks her questions

How can this be, since I am a virgin?  Luke 1:34

+  SHE GIVES HERSELF TO GOD

Here am I, a servant of God; let it be with me according to your word.  Luke 1:38

 

DEEPER ROOTS YIELD SWEETER FRUIT

We will explore growing deeper roots of faith.  California farmers found that by using less water, the plants would grow deeper roots and produce sweeter fruit.  We will apply this image to deepening our connection with God, one another and the natural world. We’ll put Jesus’ teaching about faith in conversation with Adrienne Marie Brown’s new book, Emergent Strategies about what the natural processes of nature can teach us about living fruitfully and changing the world. 

 

November 26:    

CREATING POSSIBILITIES

Ask and it will be given to you.   Luke 11:9

We will explore the path of shaping the future toward abundance.