St. Lydia’s is a dinner church. It is an exercise in radical hospitality and a place where I find community here in New York City, a city both inhumane and all too human. St. Lydia’s is grounded in the Christian story of life, death, and resurrection. It is a community that welcomes each stranger as […]
Emily Scott, St. Lydia’s pastor, has quickly become one of my favorite sermon writers and preachers. Enjoy this sermon from Lent. I meant to post this earlier, of course. The World Ends a Little Bit Every Day. Here’s the beginning. Click above to read the rest at her blog, Sit and Eat. I preached this […]
This sermon was offered at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, New York on the first Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013. Worry. Luke 12.13-34 I was an anxious child. I worried about being left alone. I worried about doing the right thing, whatever that was. I worried that other kids would pick on me. I worried. And as I […]
Today we remember that we are dust – just like last year and the year before and for as far back as we can remember caring about this day, Ash Wednesday. But we must be told we are dust. We tell each other we are dust. It’s not enough to tell ourselves that we are […]
I like her sermons: http://sitandeat.typepad.com/blog/2012/04/ripeness-and-rot-.html
Last night, I spent two hours standing in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street subway station reminding complete strangers of their mortality. Each Ash Wednesday, a small band of St. Lydia’s community offers ashes to the people passing by. Last year, it was in Union Square (when I first saw them, but did not know who they […]
Seen in Union Square, NYC.