All Souls Bethlehem Church
Join us! Sunday morningS at 10:45 am
We normally gather at our cozy house church at 566 East 7th Street (between Cortelyou and Ditmas) in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn (BUT WE HAVE MOVED OUR SERVICES TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE DURING THIS TIME PERIOD OF COVID-19 . We are an open and affirming community, we celebrate the worth and dignity of ALL God’s people and each person’s search for truth and meaning in a non-dogmatic and friendly atmosphere. We worship through music, prayer, communal joys and concerns, and dynamic sermons. We look forward when we all will be together again in our sanctuary, and we pray for the health, welfare, and safety of all at this time.
COMMEMORATING THOSE LOST TO THE PANDEMIC AND CELEBRATING THEIR LIVES
Cover Image (Painting by Barbara Hoffrenning): Oritt Stephen Everett was born on October 22, 1927 in La Ceiba, Honduras died of Covid April 9th 2020, Aida Mercedes Suazo Everett was born on October 29, 1927 in Santo Domingo died because of Covid April 20, 2020. Parents and grandparents to congregants at ASBC. To learn more about them go to our "History Page." and view quilt squares created in their honor for the National Covid Quilt, created by Denise Lassen.
Times are tough and we are
in the storm.
The Little House Church in BrooklYn
We are ASBC, the little house church in Brooklyn with a big heart, a sense of humor, and a passion for the sacred, the arts, and social justice. A multi-faith community, we are connected to the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Church of Christ, and the Disciples of Christ.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139)
We take God’s love seriously and ALL ARE WELCOME, no matter your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, difference in ability, gender identification or non-identification, or sexual orientation.
"God is Still Speaking,”
Rooted in the Hebrew scriptures and the teachings of Jesus, we incorporate other faith traditions and the wisdom of prophetic voices from psychology, science, Womanist and Black Liberation Theology, Native American and earth centered spirituality. Experience ASBC’s raucous and fun "Passing of the Peace" and our heartfelt sharing of joys and concerns followed by a pastoral prayer.
“The only thing better than singing
is more singing.” (Ella Fitzgerald)
And we love to sing! We enrich worship through musical diversity from traditional hymns and spirituals to blues, jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music led by our own artists and professional guests.
“We come from the creator with creativity.” (Maya Angelou)
We honor the arts—music, painting, writing, photography, and film—as integral to spiritual expression and nourishment. At ASBC, we present two monthly “open mics,” to which the public is invited to share their music and poetry. Once a month, we host Movie Night. Other activities include a twice monthly Bible Study and a Game Night at a local café, as well as sponsored trips to museums, concerts and exhibits.
TikkuN Olam (Repairing the World)
These challenging times have lit a fire in our bellies for more action, activism, and aid. Recent initiatives include:
Member of the New Sanctuary Coalition
Safe climate for a better future
Food for the hungry in Times Square
NY Cares Coat Drive
Raise the Age
Close Rikers Island
Poor People's Campaign
Co-Sponsor for "Why the 2020 Census Matters" Forum
Help for those struggling with poverty and mental illness
Come Through our Door
Whatever it is you are looking for—reflection, connection, prayer, insight, a chance to slow down and breathe, or ways to repair the world, we invite you to come through the door. Get to know us. Stop by on Sunday for worship and a cup of coffee.
Sunday Service on May 2nd will be from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Rev. John Magisano preaches:
“A Name Better than Sons and Daughters”
“This week's readings refer to the Biblical identity of "eunuch," and God proclaims, through the prophet Isaiah, that they will have "a name better than sons and daughters." In the eras when these passages were written, eunuchs were not permitted to enter the Temple or worship God with others due to purity codes (Deuteronomy 23:1).
And yet God proclaims them part of the sacred family in Isaiah, and in Acts the Ethiopian eunuch becomes one of the first evangelists of the early church. This week, we will explore the themes of social exclusion and God's universal love for all, and how God uses outcasts to change and expand the boundaries of that love.” (J.M.)
Debbie Deane will provide the music.
Services are continuing to be broadcast live via our Facebook page.
Come and Join us for Worship
"Wherever You Are On Life's Journey, You Are Always Welcome Here."
“Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed."
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