Join us on youTube to celebrate our African members!

This year again, our Afrique Fête celebration will be online only. We’ve been missing everyone, but due to the small size of our sanctuary and garden, we cannot hold such an enthusiastically-attended celebration in person yet.

Our live service will start at 11:15am on Sunday July 25th! Please join us on YouTube where you can interact with each other in the live chat. A Zoom link will also be provided in the bulletins to attend a virtual coffee hour after the service.

À dimanche !

Fred

Bastille Day – Fête nationale

Join us online to celebrate le Fête nationale !

This year again, our Bastille Day celebration will be only only. We’ve been missing everyone, but due to the small size of our sanctuary and garden, we cannot hold such an enthusiastically-attended celebration in person yet.

Our live service will start at 11:15am, immediately followed by a word from our Rector and a live performance of the French anthem, after which we will play our recorded show from the previous year during which you will hear live-recorded music and learn how to make French cocktails.

Please join us on YouTube where you can interact with each other in the live chat. A Zoom link will also be provided in the bulletins to watch the show and share cocktails with others!

À dimanche !

Fred

Summer Schedule

For a quick overview, please check out our calendar page. On the calendar page, click on an event to see the details and if you can register to attend in person.

Saint-Esprit’s Summer Schedule

Service in red are online only, services in green are in-person and online or in-person only

The week of July 4th:

Notes: The Rev. Nigel Massey is away

Sunday July 4th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Thursday July 8th – 6:30 pm – Taizé live service (online and in-person with reservation)

From July 11th to August 13th:

Sunday July 11th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday July 12th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Tuesday July 13th – 6 pm – Evening Communion (in-person only, with reservation)

Wednesday July 14th – 12:15 pm – Midweek Communion (online and in-person with reservation)

Thursday July 15th – 6:30 pm – Taizé Prayers (online and in-person with reservation)

Friday July 16th – 6 pm – Vespers (online only)

Sunday July 18th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday July 19th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Tuesday July 20th – 6 pm – Evening Communion (in-person only, with reservation)

Wednesday July 21st – 12:15 pm – Midweek Communion (online and in-person with reservation)

Thursday July 22nd – 6:30 pm – Taizé Prayers (online and in-person with reservation)

Friday July 23th – 6 pm – Vespers (online only)

Sunday July 25th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday July 26th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Tuesday July 27th – 6 pm – Evening Communion (in-person only, with reservation)

Wednesday July 28st – 12:15 pm – Midweek Communion (online and in-person with reservation)

Thursday July 29nd – 6:30 pm – Taizé Prayers (online and in-person with reservation)

Friday July 30th – 6 pm – Vespers (online only)

Sunday August 1st – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday August 2nd – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Tuesday August 3rd- 6 pm – Evening Communion (in-person only, with reservation)

Wednesday August 4th – Midweek Communion (online and in-person with reservation)

Thursday August 5th – 6:30 pm – Taizé Prayers (online and in-person with reservation)

Friday August 6th – 6 pm – Vespers (online only)

Sunday August 8th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday August 9th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Tuesday August 10th- 6 pm – Evening Communion (in-person only, with reservation)

Wednesday August 11th – Midweek Communion (online and in-person with reservation)

Thursday August 12th – 6:30 pm – Taizé Prayers (online and in-person with reservation)

Friday August 13th – 6 pm – Vespers (online only)

From August 15th to September 11th:

Notes: The Rev. Nigel Massey is away after the 15th, Taizé takes a 3-week recess

Sunday August 15th – 11:15 am – Sunday Communion (online only)

Monday August 16th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Wednesday August 18th – Midday Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Sunday August 22nd – 11:15 am – Sunday Morning Prayer (online only)

Monday August 23rd – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Wednesday August 25th – Midday Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Sunday August 29th – 11:15 am – Sunday Morning Prayer (online only)

Monday August 30th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Wednesday September 1st – Midday Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Sunday September 5th – 11:15 am – Sunday Morning Prayer (online only)

Monday September 6th – 9:15 am – Morning Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Wednesday September 8th – Midday Prayer (online and in-person with reservation)

Sunday September 12th – 11:15 am – Sunday Morning Prayer (online only)

Rentrée (schedule to be announced)

July 2021 – In-person attendance

[If you are on the front page, please, click continue reading below to see the link]

In July, the church is open to the public on:

  • Monday mornings for Morning Prayers at 9:15am
  • Tuesday evenings for Holy Communion at 6pm (no music, [not broadcasted])
  • Wednesdays for Midweek Communion 12:15pm (no music)
  • Thursday at 6:30pm for Taizé prayers

(Additionally, we will take a short break and there will be no weekly services except Taizé between July 5th and July 10th.)

Because we can only accommodate a certain number of parishioners following the CDC guidelines, we ask that you register before coming.

Please click this link to register and attend in person

Many thanks,

Fred

In-Person Registration for June 2021

[If you are on the front page, please, click continue reading below to see the link]

The church is open to the public on:

  • Tuesday evenings for Holy Communion at 6pm (no music)
  • Wednesdays for Midweek Communion 12:15pm (no music)
  • Thursday at 6:30pm for Taizé prayers

Because we can only accommodate a certain number of parishioners following the CDC guidelines, we ask that you register before coming.

Please click this link to register and attend in person

Many thanks,

Fred

Partial Reopening Sign-Up

Following our May Vestry meeting and the issuing of the new CDD guidelines, we are delighted to announce a change in the in-person opening schedule.

Starting May 18th, you will be able to attend in-person on:

  • Tuesday evenings for a short communion service (no music)
  • Wednesdays for midweek communion (no music)
  • Thursday evenings during our Taizé prayer services

Attendance to these services is contingent on social distancing and wearing a mask in the building. This is why we ask that you register in advance to insure that no particular day exceed the maximum amount of guests we can accommodate. If you are interested in attending in person, please fill in the following form by clicking here and pick a date.

Unfortunately, we cannot yet open on Sundays, but we are looking forward to being able to do so in the near future. When this changes, we will make a new post.

 

Many thanks,

Fred

Annual General Meeting

Due to our current situation, our Annual General Meeting will be held online this year.

The Annual Meeting of the Église Française du Saint Esprit will be held immediately after the service on Sunday May 2nd, 2021 on our YouTube channel. We hope that you will be able to be with us virtually to exercise your right to vote at that meeting. [Direct link to the video (The meeting part will start around 12:45pm.)]

One Warden, Philip Orawski, is standing for re-election for a two-year term. Two Vestry Persons must be replaced for 3-year terms. The Vestry, acting as Nominating Committee, has nominated Rita Pullium and Samit Ahlawat for these positions. One Vestry Person, Guillaume Ahadji, is standing for reelection for 3-year term.

We look forward to your presence on Sunday May 2nd, 2021.

Many thanks,

Frederic Spitz
Parish Administrator


More info on the nominees:

 

Philippe Orawski est paroissien depuis 2009 et est devenu membre du consistoire en 2011.  Il est né au Royaume-Uni de parents immigrants.  Sa mère enseignait l’école du dimanche pendant que son père était Monsieur Bricolage à l’Eglise Protestante de Londres !  Il espère continuer offrir ses services (sans bricolages) pour l’Eglise Française de Saint Esprit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guillaume Ahadji came to Saint-Esprit in 2006 and was first elected to the Vestry in 2009. Originally from Togo (West Africa), he comes from a historically important religious family, as his grandfather was one of the very first evangelists in Togo. Guillaume completed his studies in Togo, Germany and Canada, which enables him to speak fluently in French, English and German. He is a graphic artist and printer by trade. Guillaume and his wife Philippine have three children, Jonathan, Johan and Josué. At Saint-Esprit, you will recognize Guillaume by his public speaking skills, as a lay reader for Sunday services, and as a choir member. A person of profound prayer, he also assists with the Prayers of the People. Guillaume has been the motor behind the Fête Afrique, an annual event at Saint-Esprit whose liturgy and reception celebrate African cultures and spiritual expression.

 

 

 

 

 

Samit Alhawat found Saint-Esprit Church from the French classes offered by the church. The classes introduced him to the friendly, welcoming and supporting community of the church. The engaging and thought-provoking sermons, an outstanding choir, informative Bible study classes and services, and an enduring message of inclusivity and harmony seen in church celebrations and receptions drew him closer to the community that he now considers his Church. He is a senior vice president at JP Morgan Chase quantitative model building and asset management group in New York. He would like to serve the church and the parish as a member of the Vestry with his professional skills and with abiding humility and dedication for influencing decisions in the best interest of our congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Pullium has had two careers: first as a professor of psychology, specializing in social psychology and its applications to societal issues; second as administrator for a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve higher education in Asia, especially for universities in disadvantaged areas. Since retirement she has served on the board of Morningside Retirement and Health Services and on the Vestry of St. Esprit. Last summer she contributed to an oral history for the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. Amid the many activities that keep her occupied these days, she feels a call to return to the Vestry’s work as it carries out its mission during these challenging times.

Huguenot Sunday

Join us this Sunday in our Annual Service of thanks to celebrate religious freedom and toleration! This year we will be commemorating the 423rd anniversary of the Edict of Nantes: the Edict that granted freedom of religion for the first time and inspired the first amendment of the American Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our Sunday service will include the revival of hymns and poetry from the fascinating Labadist community: an important group of French and Dutch protestants who influenced the early religious life of New York City at the end of the 1600’s. It will be the first time that these hymns have been sung in a religious service for over three hundred years. Our service of Holy Communion will be followed by a talk on the history, spiritual life and music of the Labadists in Europe and the Americas, illustrated through music and pictures.

Program:

  • Holy Communion streamed through YouTube at 11:15 am (Direct link: https://youtu.be/jgiXNnnr7yA).
  • Immediately followed by a Presentation by Aya Hamada and Joris Bürmann (12:15 pm).
  • Discussion via Zoom after the presentation (the link will be available in the live chat and in the bulletin).
  • [If you cannot attend live, the service and presentation will remain available using the same direct link above.]

Many thanks,

The Rev. Nigel Massey
Rector of Saint-Esprit


Rejoignez-nous ce dimanche pour notre Service annuel d’Action de grâces pour la liberté religieuse et la tolérance ! Nous commémorerons cette année le 423e anniversaire de l’Édit de Nantes :  cet édit royal qui, pour la première fois, a garanti la liberté de religion aux Protestants français et inspiré le premier amendement de la Constitution américaine ainsi que la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme.

Nous chanterons pendant ce service des cantiques récemment redécouverts écrits par les membres de la fascinante « Église du Seigneur » :  aussi connu sous le nom de Labadistes, ce mouvement de protestants français et hollandais a influencé la vie religieuse newyorkaise de la fin du XVIIe siècle. Ces cantiques seront chantés pour la première fois dans un service religieux depuis plus de trois cents ans. La Sainte Communion sera suivie d’une conférence sur l’histoire, la vie spirituelle et la musique des labadistes en Europe et dans les Amériques, illustrée de musique et d’images.

Programme :

  • Sainte Communion sur YouTube à 11h15 (Lien direct: https://youtu.be/jgiXNnnr7yA.)
  • Immédiatement suivie d’une présentation par Aya Hamada et Joris Bürmann (12h15).
  • Discussion sur Zoom après la présentation (le lien sera partagé dans le chat et dans le bulletin virtuel).

Fraternellement,

Le Rév. Nigel Massey
Recteur de Saint-Esprit

Venez joindre vos voix aux lointains échos des « doux chanteurs d’Israel » ! Aya et Joris nous présentent dans cette vidéo l’histoire fascinante de la communauté Labadistes, movement religieux du XVIIe siècle, et celle de leurs hymnes longtemps oubliés.

Join your voices with the poignant echoes of the « sweet singers of Israel », last heard in New York City over 300 years ago! Aya and Joris will introduce us to the fascinating story of the Labadist movement of the 1600´s and their beautiful hymns so long neglected.

Bibliography on the Labadists and Early Modern Hymnody in America

Jasper Danckaerts’ Journal

https://www.loc.gov/item/13013556/

History of the Labadist movement

Saxby, T. J. (1987). Quest for the New Jerusalem, Jean de Labadie and the Labadists, 1610-1744 (Vol. 115, International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d’histoire des idées). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

Anna Maria van Schurman

See https://annamariavanschurman.org/ and the work of Pieta van Beek

Maria Sibylla Merian

Natalie Zemon Davis (1995). Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-century Lives. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674955202. (one of them is Maria Sibylla Merian)

Hymnody in the American Colonies and the Netherlands

“Pharmacy for the Body and Soul: Dutch Songbooks in the Seventeenth Century”
Author: Natascha Veldhorst
Early Music History , 2008, Vol. 27 (2008), pp. 217-285

“Court, Church, and Province: Dancing in the Netherlands, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”

Author: Lynn Matluck Brooks
Dance Research Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Summer, 1988), pp. 19-27

“Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen”

Composer: Anonymous
First Publication 1710-16, Amsterdam

“The Sounds of Ephrata: Developing a Research Methodology to Catalog and Study Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvanian Music Manuscripts.”

Author: Christopher Dylan Herbert

Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 76, no. 2 (December 2019): pp. 199–222.

“Voices in the Pennsylvania Wilderness: an Examination of the Music Manuscripts, Music Theory, Compositions, and (Female) Composers of the Eighteenth-Century Ephrata Cloister.”

Author: Christopher Dylan Herbert

D.M.A. diss., The Juilliard School, 2018.

New Bohemia & the Labadie Tract

Mallery, Charles Payson. Ancient Families of Bohemia Manor; Their Homes and Their Graves. The Historical Society of Delaware, 1888.

Contemporary American Poetry about the Labadists

Howe, Susan. Souls of the Labadie Tract. New Directions Books, 2007.

See the live performance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJqTTu5VxFs

Announcement concerning in-person attendance at St. Esprit 

Back at the beginning of the pandemic, the Rector, Wardens, Vestry and Staff worked very hard to come up with a way of continuing the parish’s worship life while keeping all of us safe. That hard work has paid off. However, at the end of March, few of us imagined that we would still be facing the same challenges at Christmastime. With the current increase of cases in our City, we have regretfully come to the decision that the current restrictions on in-person worship at St. Esprit will have to continue for the time being.  

We have been able to invite the small number of people who responded to our email asking about interest in returning to the church in person. We can accommodate only eight people, including the clergy and staff who need to be present. Services open by invitation only include Morning and Evening Prayer on Tuesdays, Midweek Communion on Wednesdays, Morning Prayer on Thursdays and the Taizé Prayer on Thursday evenings. If you are not currently on the list of those wishing to be invited to a service, you can still fill in the survey if you are interested in attending in person by clicking here. 

Because the Christmas services of Chantons Noël, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be sung services, they will be online only, as will the regular Sunday morning service of Holy Communion.  Six people necessary for the service will be present (Nigel, Fred, Cynthia, Aya, Wendy and Joris). 

Wednesday services of Holy Communion will remain open to those who wish to attend (2 or 3 at a time), by application and invitation to avoid overcrowding. There is no singing on Wednesdays, people will be expected to leave the premises immediately after the service. 

Morning and evening prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays open by application and invitation (1 or 2 at a time). 

Other meetings: All other meetings will be held by Zoom (Bible study, Vestry, the coffee hour, etc.) 

Finally, and unfortunately, the services cannot yet be ‘social’ occasions. Physical distancing regulations and the absence of physical coffee hour mean that our sole priority must be the worship service itself. Masks will have to be worn at all time on church premises and attendees will need to leave the premises quickly at the end of the worship service so that the church can be sanitized. There is no access to the garden. 

We are continuing to experiment with ways in which more people can be involved in the services through recording their singing at home or here in Church. You will see some of the results of your hard work during the services at Christmastime. With my heartfelt thanks for your continued patience and faithfulness and for the talents and resources you so generously give to make sure that our church continues to thrive,  

The Rev. Nigel Massey 
Rector of Saint-Esprit