JANUARY 1, 2021 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Happy New Year"
by the Reverend Canon Andrew J. W. Mullins
On Thursday night many of us will celebrate, perhaps more quietly than usual, New Year’s Eve. I have received so many messages about the desire to forget 2020 and leave behind living in the darkness of fear, isolation, hardship and much more that dominated our lives . . . move on to the brighter future of 2021! Yet, there is so much to gain from examining and learning from our life experiences. 
JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

As we look back on an eventful year for The Forum at St. Bart's and for the larger world, we replay our most viewed conversation of 2020: "The Assumptions of Whiteness and the Challenge of Discipleship" with Fordham professor The Reverend Dr. Bryan Massingale. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

During this time of great anxiety and uncertainty, we are in the process of building a stronger faith community—and a place grounded in the possibility of hope and meaning for our lives. We are most grateful for your validation of our efforts through your financial support. The annual Stewardship Campaign funds more than 60% of the Church’s operating budget and enables us to offer accessible worship and programmatic opportunities online. If you would like to make a gift to help support these efforts, convert to online giving, or learn how to declare your 2021 pledge, please click here.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

ONGOING AND UPCOMING
Wednesdays, January 6-27, 6:45 pm-8 pm
St. Bart's parishioner Dr. Clay Williams leads a discussion about our place in the created order in light of current scientific knowledge and modern theological thought. Session 1, "Anthropos: pondering the stories of human origins" focuses on different stories of human origins and the development of spiritual ideas and impulses. 

Thursdays, January 14-February 11, 7-8 pm
How should our experience of the devastation of the past year affect our faith in an all-loving and all-powerful God? Associate Rector Peter Thompson leads a discussion based on new works by prominent theologians Walter Brueggemann and N.T. Wright, Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Anxiety and God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Reading the two books in advance is recommended, but not required. For an initial overview of the issues to be discussed, read an interview with Wright.

Saturdays, January 16-February 13, 10-11 am
Dutch priest and former Harvard and Yale professor Henri Nouwen weaves together scripture, psychology, visual art, and personal insight in his classic meditation on Rembrandt's painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Join the popular Saturday morning discussion group for a rich and moving conversation about what it means to love and be loved. Please read the Prologue and Introduction before the first session.

Tuesdays, January 19-February 9, 6:30-8 pm
Deacon John Wirenius explores the renaissance of the mystical tradition of the Church in the last century, focusing on the writings of Evelyn Underhill and of Dean William Ralph Inge, who together rescued it from the scornful dismissal of the Victorian Era. From very different perspectives, Inge, a philosopher known as “the Gloomy Dean,” and Underhill, who had dabbled in occultism before turning to the nature and development of spiritual consciousness, together fostered the revival of the quest to personally experience the love of God within Anglicanism.
St. Bart's Community Preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For over 40 years, our preschool has provided a warm, nurturing first school experience.

Watch and listen to your favorite Christmas music from St. Bart’s, conveniently assembled into a single playlist and playable from any device. St. Bartholomew’s Choir, joined by St. Bart’s Singers and the Choristers, under the direction of organist and choirmaster Paolo Bordignon, recorded dozens of anthems and carols for our Advent and Christmas services. Celebrate the season with some of your favorites here.
We continue to evaluate the shifting COVID-19 landscape and regularly consult with medical professionals affiliated with the parish. At this time, due to rising rates of infections, our 5 pm in-person worship service has been suspended through the month of December.

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer will not meet between 12/24 and 1/3. Join us again on Monday, January 4.
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Wednesdays at 1 pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Sunday, January 10, 2021, 1:30-3 pm
In Holy Chaos, interfaith leader, activist, and pastor Amanda Henderson shares personal stories and practices from her work at the intersection of faith and politics to help us find connections in the midst of the religious and political divides in our country, our communities, and our families and friendships. Please join us in this timely discussion of core principles of radical loving in chaotic times. Before our meeting, please read Chapters 1-4.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7 am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT



  • Watch last Sunday's Forum with Episcopal Church musicians Janet Yieh and Carolyn Craig as they discussed their platform Amplify Female Composers, its Advent Calendar Project, and the importance of expanding the representation of women in the musical life of the Church.


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