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All over our region, congregations are embracing new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel. If you have a story to tell about work your community is doing, please email us.

Home Is Where God Loves Us: A Sermon by the Rev. Al Johnson

In today’s sermon, the Rev. Al Johnson, congregational development consultant on the bishop’s staff, reminds us that Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled” and promises to take us to himself. You can watch the entire service below:    

Bishop Sean Rowe

In-Person Worship Suspended Until At Least July 1

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: As the governors of our states begin outlining plans to reopen economies after Covid-19 shutdowns, it is clear that the risks of gathering in groups is still significant, particularly for people who are vulnerable to the most serious effects of the…

The Gate Has Been Thrown Open Wide: A Sermon by the Rev. Twila Smith

The Rev. Twila Smith of St. Stephen’s, Buffalo preached for the partnership’s online worship on the fourth Sunday of Easter. “In such times of uncertainty, the familiar is comforting, and so today’s words of the 23rd Psalm and these gospel images of sheep and shepherd may come as a kind of welcome balm for our…

Making a U-Turn on the Road to Emmaus: A Sermon by Dean Derrick Fetz

“Jesus meets us on our roads to Emmaus when we experience, desperation, pain, loneliness, and so much more,” said the Very Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. “Jesus joins us to be our constant companion on the way.” Find the video on YouTube. You can watch the entire service below….

Easter Offering Continues Through May 31

During Holy Week and Easter Sunday, our partnership offering raised $3,145 for programs and organizations across our region that are meeting urgent needs for food during the pandemic. Contributions will be accepted through May 31, Pentecost Sunday. The first round of donations will support two programs currently feeding people in need. The Genesis Center in Buffalo, a…

A Game-Changing Day: Bishop Sean’s Easter Sermon

“This Jesus who is no longer there is now with us and sending us forth with a mission of hope that the world around us will be transformed, that justice will come in its fullness, that joy will come even in the midst of darkness,” Bishop Sean said in his Easter sermon. “This is a…

Good Friday Worship

  Bishop Sean Rowe officiated at the partnership’s Good Friday service, which included readings by Julie Spina, Good Shepherd, Buffalo; Gary Loncki, St. Mark’s, Erie; Aidan Fodor, St. Luke’s, Jamestown; Amy Swanson, St. Paul’s, Stafford; and Josephine Robbins, St. Philip’s, Buffalo. The music was by Craig and Jill Dressler, St. Mark’s, Erie.