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Zach’s Sermon on Psalm 137

Zachary Walters, a Master of Divinity student at Union Seminary and an intern this year at St. Lydia’s, preached this sermon on Psalm 137 at Dinner Church on September 22. That “Going-Back-Home” Feeling We all know what it feels like to go back home. To let out a deep breath, and feel your whole brain [...]

Stephanie’s Sermon on Psalm 13

Stephanie Gannon, a Master of Divinity student at Union Seminary and a congregant at St. Lydia’s, delivered this sermon at St. Lydia’s on September 29 and 30, 2013. You can read the full text of her sermon on her blog, onefierceheart. Psalm 13:  The Journey from Sorrow to Song A few weeks ago, in the [...]

Joel’s Sermon on Psalm 22

Joel Avery, one of St. Lydia’s two interns this year, has just finished his first year in the M.Div. program at Yale Divinity School, and is in the ordination process in the United Church of Christ. He preached at St. Lydia’s on September 23, 2013; you can read the text of his sermon on his blog, [...]

Worry, a sermon for the first Sunday in Lent

Burke Gerstenschlager, one our  Table Leaders at St. Lydia’s, preached this sermon on Luke 12:13-34 at Dinner Church on February 17. Burke is a book editor in religion and philosophy.

Exiles at the Table

Burke Gertenschlager, one our newly installed Table Leaders at St. Lydia’s, wrote this reflection on Luke 4:16-24 for our first Leadership Table meeting on January 9. Burke is a sociology and religion editor at Palgrave Macmillan; you can read more of his writing at bleaktheology.com. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought [...]

Sarah’s Laughter: Richard’s sermon on Genesis 18:1-15

Richard Ruane, a congregant at St. Lydia’s, is a preacher’s kid from Dallas. A recovering Baptist, he’s been drifting between Episcopalian and Lutheran congregations since 1992. He works as an administrator in higher education and has grad degrees in communication and education. He preached this sermon at Dinner Church on June 24, 2012. When I was [...]

New York Metropolitan Synod Assembly Notes

Last week Emily and Phil attended the annual New York Metropolitan Lutheran Synod Assembly meeting in Long Island. The following is a reflection that Phil wrote about the experience for our edification and education.   Emily and I attended the annual New York metro area Lutheran synod assembly last Friday. It was very inspiring, very [...]

Mark Genszler’s Sermon on John 16

Mark Genszler is a congregant at St. Lydia’s and a student at General Theological Seminary.  He offered this sermon at Dinner Church on March 25, 2012. So, I’ve been thinking about farewells, and absence, and all the things we say and desire when we take leave of those we love. Pithy statements? A quick kiss [...]

Message from Heather about Bread of Life

Heather Young is a congregant at St. Lydia’s. She has this message for us about adopting a family this Christmas. Last year, I was pleased to coordinate an effort from St. Lydia’s to purchase a Christmas dinner (and a few gifts) for a needy family through St. John’s Bread and Life (www.breadandlife.org/). Bread and Life serves about 2,000 [...]

Letting Meaning Unfold

The following is an excerpt from an article written by our Community Coordinator, Rachel Pollak, for the Lutheran New Yorker on the subject of St. Lydia’s and our relationship to art.  Read the full text of the article in this month’s LNY here. Art plays an important role at St. Lydia’s, and not just in our [...]