NOVEMBER 6, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Will We Remain Vigilant?"
by the Reverend Deborah A. Lee
As I write this, it is Election Night 2020. And although I do not have a crystal ball (since for some reason nobody issued one to me when I graduated from seminary) the unfolding of the electoral process will have endured much reshuffling and rearranging by the time we officially know who has won.
Beginning Sunday, November 8 at 5 pm
As the pandemic continues, the principal service at St. Bart’s will remain an online option offered each Sunday morning at 11 am. The clergy of St. Bart’s strongly recommend that the elderly, the immunocompromised, and others at high risk for COVID-19 continue to worship in this way. However, we are pleased to offer a limited opportunity for in-person worship on Sundays at 5 pm. Attendees must agree to wear masks properly and practice social distancing. Please note that registration in advance is required and we are only able to accommodate 25 people at each service. Learn more and register here.

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.

A More Perfect Union: The Future of Politics
In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church, offers reflections on the future of politics in the United States of America. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm
We want to take advantage of the last gasp of not-cold weather (if the forecast of 66 F on Sunday is to be believed) by having the final Central Park meetup at the top of Cedar Hill. If there is a risk of rain, we will send out a final confirmation by 11am that morning, but the weather looks good so far.

Sunday, November 8, 1:30 to 3 pm
Our next meeting will focus on The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. We may feel we know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? As one of the world’s most influential thinkers, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Join the Peace Book Club to explore this book and contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is. Please read Part 1 before the session.

We are extremely grateful for the generous support that we have received during the past seven months. We would not have been able to offer our virtual worship opportunities and programs without the financial and moral support of so many of you. Please consider your financial support of this dynamic faith congregation. To make a gift go to:

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

Saturdays, October 31-December 19, 10-11 am
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who famously plotted against Hitler in the final days of the Nazi regime, wrote The Cost of Discipleship in 1937 to contrast the “cheap grace” of modern culture with the “costly grace” of true Christianity. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and other faithful members of the St. Bart’s community for an eight-week close read of this principled and highly influential work. Please review the first two chapters ahead of the next session.

Saturday, November 7 at 12 pm
Each week, the Reverend Peter Thompson hosts a different Instagram Priest as they together talk about the assigned readings for the next day. Our guest will be the Reverend Kristian Kohler, Lutheran pastor and PhD student at Boston University School of Theology.

Centering Prayer
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.

Tuesdays, October 13 - November 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
Join Dr. Paolo Bordignon and the Reverend Peter Thompson for a journey through the centuries, as they explore how different composers approached death, the afterlife, and our connection with those who have gone before. The session on November 10 will examine requiems by French composers Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré.

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.
Thursdays, October 29-December 3, 6:30 to 8 pm
(no meeting on November 26)
How many of us have ever prayed, “Lord make me an instrument of your peace,” then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seemingly impossible? This course is for you. Join the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith for this 5-week, interactive course designed to help us bridge the deep and contentious divides that keep us from moving forward. In the Participant Guide, please review Session Three before the next meeting.

Hear (or hear again) Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon during “Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness” at the Washington National Cathedral on November 1, 2020.

See “Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness” at the Washington National Cathedral on November 1, 2020.

Watch the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations webinar on what we might expect beyond the 2020 vote.
NYC Transgender Day of Remembrance: St. Bart's is proud to support Tranlatinx Network as they host a virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil via Facebook Live on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 pm.
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.

Friday, November 27, 6:30 to 7 pm
Please join the Crossroads Community for the annual Fare Share Friday! This year Crossroads is hosting a virtual celebration on the day after Thanksgiving. A holiday carry-out dinner will also be served to daily guests from the lobby of St. Bart’s church, which will coincide with the 30-minute livestream event. Please join the event online to help celebrate the diverse community of amazing volunteers, guests, donors, and supporters. Please register here for our free virtual Fare Share Friday. If you cannot join us live, please register anyway as we will send out the link after the event. And be sure to follow Crossroads on Instagram for updates and sneak peeks.

Our community groups are now meeting! The basic purpose of forming these groups was (and continues to be) connecting with one another and to offer a chance for parishioners to reflect on the joys and challenges of attempting to live a life of faith in the middle of New York City (or wherever you live!) as well as help strengthen the communal life of our parish. Please contact Manny Rodríguez-Leach to learn more.

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.

An auction of 15,000 items from the historic Waldorf Astoria is underway, with proceeds benefiting St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy, an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of exteriors of St. Bartholomew's Church, Community House, and gardens. (These funds cannot be used to support parish programs and ministries which continue to rely on your generous stewardship giving.) Live Bidding continues through November 15.

Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chronicling the historical development of Christian ideas about the afterlife.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Right Reverend Dean Wolfe.

Listen to our choir sing Bainton's And I saw a new heaven. We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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