"There are two kinds of witnesses. Those who had seen something and understand the significance of what they'd seen and those who had seen something and didn't even know it was important." - Monica Hesse, American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
It’s a Wonderful Wednesday and Pastor Wendy Paige is bringing the Word today at 12:15 at a service of prayer, praise, and preaching. Join us!
Captain Thomas Webb, John Street Methodist’s second preacher, was a retired officer in His Majesty’s service when he began sharing preaching responsibilities with Philip Embury. While in New York he heard there were Methodists meeting in Manhattan. Converted at Bristol and licensed to preach by Wesley, he joined the infant society meeting at The Rigging Loft and his rousing preaching brought many to hear the Methodist message of grace and holiness. Preaching in his regimenta...ls, with a green eye patch required by a war injury and laying his sword across the pulpit, he was said by John Wesley to be “a man of fire and the power of God constantly attends to his word.” Captain Webb was a key leader in the decision to purchase the lots on John Street and build a Methodist preaching house. He provided £30, making him the largest contributor to the project. Webb began to also preach on Long Island and soon was traveling to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, organizing and incubating Methodist societies throughout those colonies.
On May 7, 1777 Captain Webb was arrested as a spy by the Revolutionaries and held as a Prisoner of War at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until 1778 that a plea to General George Washington by Webb’s wife, Grace, secured their liberty to return home. When he sailed for England on October 18, 1778 he was the last of the Wesley’s Englishmen to return home, leaving only Francis Asbury to continue the work in America.
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It’s going to be a great week. Make it even better by coming to Wonderful Wednesday at John Street Methodist for praise, prayer, and preaching. We are excited to welcome Pastor Wendy Paige as our preacher this week, May 9. Join us and invite others!
It’s a Wonderful Wednesday so join us at 12:15 for a service of praise and prayer and preaching. The Rev. Jason Radmacher will proclaim the gospel today. See you then!
Here’s a reason to eat cake today!
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH!!! As we reflect on this milestone, our friends at United Methodist Communications have compiled a list of 50 reason...s why the world is a better place because of the #UMC. http://www.umc.org/…/50-reasons-to-celebrate-the-united-met…
We invite you to read the article and SHARE this birthday with your friends and networks! #UMC50 #UMCHistory
Mark your calendar! We are excited to welcome back the Rev. Jason Radmacher to Wonderful Wednesday next week, April 25 at 12:15. Jason is currently the pastor of Asbury Crestwood United Methodist Church and previously the pastor at John Street. Be sure to join us for workweek prayer, praise, and preaching.
April 11, 1768, Thomas Taylor wrote to John Wesley about the Methodist society that had formed in New York and recently purchased land with the intent to build a chapel. This pulpit was built by Philip Embury, literally and figuratively, for the rigging loft where he and Captain Thomas Webb preached to the society. The community was growing and in need of a more experienced preacher. Taylor wrote “We want an able, experienced preacher - one who has both gifts and graces neces...sary for the work. God has not despised the day of small things. We must have a man of wisdom, of sound faith, and a good disciplinarian, one whose heart and soul are in the work, and I doubt not but by the goodness of God such a flame would be soon kindled as would never stop until it reached the great South Sea.” This letter would ultimately bring Richard Boardman and Joseph Pilmore across the Atlantic as the first Methodist preachers stationed on this continent. They would preach from this pulpit whenever in New York, as would Francis Asbury and all the early American Methodist leaders.
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If you’re into NYC church history there’s a great event on Thursday.
I’ve you’ve been thinking about going on a disaster response team, here’s an opportunity.
The NYAC is deploying early response teams to Puerto Rico and there's room on the June 16-23 trip. Info and application can be found at the link below: