We are pleased to offer on-demand worship services – four PSNE-produced and one from the Presbytery of Boston – that can be used anytime this summer or fall. These are free for your use, and will go with the larger theme of the anti-racism and equity journey of the Presbytery.
It is our prayer that this will help your local congregation conserve pulpit supply funds over five Sundays, offer rest and Sabbath for your worship leader(s) and share voices from across our denomination with you as we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us in this time.
PSNE Worship Service #1 – Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia leads us in worship.
Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia – began ministry with a pastoral residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. It was there that she learned and practiced the importance of active listening and reflection during moments of trauma and transition. She then moved to Chicago to serve as an associate pastor overseeing a Friday evening program for at risk LGBTQ youth as well as the young adult ministries of the church. Larissa has since served congregations throughout New Jersey as well as in Queens, NY and Greenwich, CT. She has also served as the Director of Church Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Throughout her life and career, Larissa has been dedicated to racial and gender justice. She is interested in the ways that the church can faithfully live out its call to be a body that celebrates all of its members. This work brought her to denominational leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including serving as the Vice-Moderator to the 221st General Assembly, where she was able to challenge the current structures and assumptions of life together. Larissa is a regular speaker and preacher at conferences, retreats, meetings, and in congregations. She is the Coordinator for the Collective Foundation.
PSNE Worship Service #2 – Rev. Dr. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr. leads us in worship.
Rev. Dr. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr. – is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American. Under Paul’s leadership, JCSTS is reinventing itself and has gained prominence in the national conversation about new models of theological education. Paul is a native of Stamford, CT. However, he grew up in Bradenton, FL, which he considers his home. Paul graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and African American Studies. Prior to his career in ministry, Paul worked for eight years in advertising in New York City. He later received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies from Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. He also is an Academic Fellow of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland. From 1997 through 2010, Paul was the pastor of Church of the Master (PCUSA), a church founded in 1965 in Atlanta, GA, as an intentionally interracial congregation. Paul preaches and teaches nationally, and has written for numerous publications. He serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Foundation, Montreat Conference Center, Macedonian Ministry Inc, and NEXT Church. He is the recipient of the 2016 Devoted Service Award from Louisville Theological Seminary. Recreationally, Paul enjoys yoga, tennis , and gardening. Paul and his wife, Nina, have three beautiful children—one adult daughter and two teenage sons.
PSNE Worship Service #3 – Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo leads us in worship.
Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo – a Venezuelan-American, is an eco-theologian and Presbyterian pastor who coordinates GreenFaith’s outreach to Latin American faith communities and to the US Latino faith community. Neddy earned her Doctor of Ministry in “Greening the Church” from Drew University and co- founded, with her husband, the Angelic Organics Learning Center, a farm-based nonprofit in Northern Illinois, where people connect with food, farming and caring for the earth. She has taught eco-theology courses at seminaries in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and the US, served as editor of the Presbyterians for Earth Care newsletter, been published in Working Preacher and Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, and is co-author of God’s Earth is Sacred: Essays on Eco-Justice. In 2017, she coordinated GreenFaith’s Convergence in Rio de Janeiro with Latin American multi-faith partners, where 60 emerging faith leaders from 18 Latin American countries and 7 different religious and spiritual traditions participated in a 5-day religious- environmental training program.
PSNE Worship Service #4 – Elder Anthony Trujillo leads us in worship.
Anthony Trujillo – is under care of the Presbytery of NYC on the ordination track in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His M.Div is from Yale Divinity and he did a field education placement at First Presbyterian in Hartford, CT in our Presbytery two years ago. He begins Ph.D. studies at Harvard University this September. Prior to seminary, he worked for many years for the Peace Corps. He is a member of the Native American Coordinating Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which authored reports that were acted upon by the General Assembly this summer. He is from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in current-day northern New Mexico.
The Presbytery of Boston – Online Worship Video
The Presbytery of Boston has shared their online worship service with us, featuring The Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Resource Presbyter, Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly and other leaders from around the Synod of the Northeast.