Brick Church Student Minister Jacob Kennedy, Princeton Theological Seminary, offers the following devotional about God’s covenant with us.
The March 22nd Order of Worship, which corresponds with this week’s online Service of Worship, can be downloaded and viewed HERE.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Session of The Brick Presbyterian Church has decided to temporarily limit Sunday worship to solely live streaming from our website. For the following three Sundays, March 15, 22 and 29, there will be no public worship in the sanctuary. We look forward to you joining us via livestream by clicking HERE. The Order of Worship for this Sunday’s service will be included in the Friday email tomorrow evening. Wednesday evening worship will be suspended during this time.
We recognize that the suspension of public, gathered worship is a sacrifice. However, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to do our part as a community of faith to contain and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The Brick Church has always placed a high priority on serving the most vulnerable in our city, and we believe this action continues to honor that tradition. We look forward to returning to public, gathered worship as soon as possible. We stand strong in the promise that whenever two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, even electronically, God is indeed present.
As always, we want to be a pastoral presence in your life. Please contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.
We encourage all of you to keep those affected by this situation around the world in your prayers. As in all times, we put our trust in Jesus Christ and are grateful that we have been called together into this community of faith.
Grace and Peace,
The Reverend Douglas T. King
Senior Associate Minister, Acting Head of Staff
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in the local community? There are many opportunities to grow closer to our friends at Church of the Living Hope. Here are three unique ways in which you can grow and serve with our neighbors on 104th street in East Harlem:
1. Are you interested in participating in a community-wide event with the migrant community in East Harlem? Volunteer to help with the Church of the Living Hope Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. For the past 3 years, Church of the Living Hope has been partnering with local community organizations as well as local churches to help host a yearly block party. Along with Cabrini Coalition members, The Brick Presbyterian Church and St. Frances de Sales, the Coalition has been active throughout the Spring and Summer in local organizing, advocacy and empowerment initiatives. Their goal for this event is to continue to build momentum and expand access to resources that would benefit the local residents of East Harlem and particularly the migrant community. This celebratory event will be held Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. with set-up beginning after the 11 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship. Food, handmade Artisan crafts, community resource booths, live music and folk performances will be on full display on 104th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. For more information on how to get involved, contact Ruben Nuño at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Do you love to garden? Work continues on their brand new sacred green space throughout this season. Volunteers are encouraged to help plant, tend to raised bed plants, or offer educational resources for aspiring green thumbs.
3. Would you like to lend a hand serving those in need? Jan Hus is distributing food and clothing up at Church of the Living Hope and in need of volunteers. Approximately 50 to 75 families and individuals receive food and clothing on a weekly basis Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opportunities to help set up the sanctuary as well as handing out food and clothing are welcomed.
Hannah Faye grew up in a Southern Baptist Church and is now a seminary student at one of the most liberal theological institutions in the country. Still learning what it means to be a pastor, Hannah Faye will explain how breaking the mold doesn’t always mean starting over and how she has come to cherish her Southern Baptist roots in the midst of a resurgent Evangelical America. Believing the church must re-imagine its “conservative vs. liberal” dichotomy, Hannah Faye argues that the work to be done lies somewhere in the middle, and it is critical to follow the love and teachings of Christ anywhere, even if it means taking you back right to where you started. Hannah Faye lives in Madison, New Jersey with her husband and almost two-year-old son, Henry. She is in the second year at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Cross-Testament Bible concentration.
Include your family in WNDP where we cook, serve and clean up a meal for people from the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. This outreach opportunity takes place in the Watson Hall Kitchen and Watson Hall Wednesday nights from 5 to 7:15 p.m.and we would love to have your help. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for information so he can get you involved in this wonderful ministry. More information and dates of meals are here on the website.