Who Ya Gonna Call?

  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, & saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, & believe the good news.’  As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Mark 1:14-20

Who You Gonna Call.

February 1, 2015  St Paul and St Andrew UMC, NYC

Our organ repair guy came by the other day to give us some ideas about further fixing up our 120 year old pipe organ. I hadn’t seen him since early December, and when I said hi, he said,   “How have you all been?  Did you manage to get the baby out of the womb?”

At first, I thought he had the wrong guy. Continue reading

‘Knowing Who We Are’ Sermon

And Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved. With you I am well pleased.”   Mark 1: 10-11

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Yesterday I took Jessie and Cameron to a meeting for the upcoming Youth Ambassadors Mission Trip. They are going to Antigua, in the Caribbean, poor things.  The meeting was held at the Conference Center in White Plains and involved kids, parents and leaders from about 20 different churches. Continue reading

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Present Through the Promise Podcast

“From the fig tree learn this lesson: as soon as its branches become tender and starts putting out leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see certain signs taking place, you know that the Son of Man is near, at the very gates…”  Mark 13: 28-29

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Preached November 30, 2014 by K Karpen

’Twas the day after Thanksgiving, and it was time to drive my mom back home to Long Island.  So I got the car at the garage, in order to head back to my house and pick her up. Continue reading

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Therefore be perfect…

“I’m practically perfect, not slightly soiled,
running like an engine that’s just been
  freshly oiled,
I’m so practically perfect in every way…”

By Rev. K Karpen from the May 2014 SPSA Newsletter the Update(pdf)

Thus sang Mary Poppins, the practically-perfect nanny of stage and screen.  And of a slightly creepy children’s book series.

If it’s true, Ms. Poppins comes a lot closer to the ideal than most of us. The goal of perfection is not only intimidating, it’s downright discouraging.  And too difficult (and too boring?) to contemplate, as well. Continue reading

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Falling In Love In Lent

“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the lives of the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”
- Teresa of Calcutta

Lent is a time to fall in love with God.

By K. Karpen

Sure we think of Lent in lots of different ways.  A time to try fasting.  A time to get serious about prayer.  A time to give up something we like (at least for the first few weeks!). Lent is a time to think about the life and death of Jesus.  It’s a time to think about our own lives, and perhaps our own death as well.

This year I want to spend my Lent falling in love with God, all over again.  Of course, to know God is to love God.  But how do we get to know God?

A wise person once decided she wanted to know God.  So she climbed the highest hill she could find, and she sat at the top, thinking and praying.  She was up there all day.  And then all the next day, and the next, and the day after that, waiting for God.  A worried friend finally came looking for her.

“What are you doing up here?” the friend asked the wise person.

“I want to know God,” she answered.   “I’m just waiting for God to show up.”

Her friend sighed, and sat, and kept her company.  When evening came she gave her the bread she had brought with her.  When it grew chilly she wrapped her coat around the wise person’s shoulders. She got up to leave, saying, “Well, I hope you get to know God.”

Her wise friend stood  and prepared to leave with her.  “I think I just did,” she said.

I wish you a Lent of love: of knowing God in the love of other people; a Lent of falling in love with God all over again.

See our calendar of all our lent events and services.

This was the lead article in our March, 2014 Update, our monthly newsletter.

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