I Still Love by Chris Whittaker
Posted on October 1, 2015 by Chris Whittaker

What I’m listening to: Gretchen Parlato

Last year a friend of mine turned me on to Gretchen Parlato, and she immediately became one of my favorite jazz singers.

All Nature Sings by Ken Dake
Posted on April 23, 2015 by Ken Dake

All Nature Sings – The Marble Choir at Merkin Concert Hall
8pm, Thursday, April 30, 2015

In our continuing effort to bring Marble’s music ministry to the city beyond our sanctuary walls, The Marble Choir will present a concert at the beautiful Merkin Concert Hall at 129 West 67th Street near Lincoln Center! [Click here for ticket information] Many New Yorkers are hesitant to attend a “church concert” at Marble regardless of the quality of the music or beauty of our sanctuary. However, they are much more likely to venture to one of the city’s esteemed concert venues, be transported by our music, and then hopefully be drawn to the Marble community in the future as a result. I therefore urge you to come show your support for our choir and for Marble’s music ministry by inviting a friend, neighbor and co-worker to attend All Nature Sings with you next Thursday evening. You’ll be giving them a sacred gift, I believe they’ll be inspired by the beauty of what they hear, and your presence will mean a great deal both to me and to the wonderfully dedicated singers in YOUR Marble Choir!

Reflections on Where Peace Begins by Kenneth Dake
Posted on February 17, 2015 by Ken Dake

The Marble Choir
Wednesday, February 25, 8pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

I am proud that we will be taking The Marble Choir to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, February 25! I hope you will share your pride in Marble’s music ministry by joining us that evening and inviting friends. Tickets are available at www.carnegiehall.org or at the Carnegie box office at 57th and Seventh Avenue.

Praying Our Way to Change
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Senior Ministers of the Collegiate Churches

A Pastoral Letter from the Senior Ministers
of the Collegiate Churches of New York
December 4, 2014

This was a very difficult week in the life of our city and our nation. In the wake of Ferguson, we received the news that a grand jury did not find any culpability of those involved in the death of Eric Garner. This has given rise to a mix of emotions that has left many people feeling numb, confused, outraged, exasperated, afraid and hopeless. For many of our people, the specter of racism seems just under the surface of these events, and we are devastated.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on December 2, 2014 by Ken Dake

Surprised by Joy

This Sunday, December 7 at 2:30pm the Marble Music Ministry presents its biggest event of the season, our annual Advent Concert with The Marble Choir and Festival of Voices, along with chamber orchestra, narration, dance, and exquisite lighting. This year’s theme centers on the journey from shadow to light, from despair to hope, from longing to joy.

Welcome to Marble Women’s Ministry Advent Blog
Posted on December 2, 2014 by Women's Ministry

The Marble Women’s Ministry would like to invite you to follow their Advent blog. Light up your Advent season with daily postings from the Leadership Team and some wonderful guests will share their prayers, thoughts, favorite memories and gifts. With a season filled with a flurry of activities, we may lose sight of the real meaning of the season. This blog sets out to renew the hope of the expectant birth of Christ. Come share their prayerful and creative journey to Christmas!


Below are the first three posts:

“HOW CAN A CHILD LEARN WITH AN EMPTY BELLY?”: Food Instability and Poverty in Malawi
Posted on October 10, 2014 by Rev. Shari Brink

This is Rev. Shari Brink’s final installment of a three-part blog series on her trip to South Africa and Malawi. To read the previous two installments, please click here.

Blog 3:

As a North American (who likes to think of herself as well-informed about the world and relatively well-traveled), I was stunned by the poverty we experienced in Malawi.

“WHAT’S IN A NAME?”: Encountering the Youth of South Africa and Malawi
Posted on September 24, 2014 by Rev. Shari Brink

This is Rev. Shari Brink’s second in a three-part blog series on her trip to South Africa and Malawi. To read the third and final installment in the series, please click here. And for more information join Rev. Brink and other Marble members for a special Spiritual Growth Hour reflecting on the trip on Sunday, November 9 at 1:15pm in the Labyrinth Room.

Blog 2:

Thembalesizwe means “Hope of the Nation.” And Thabo means joy. As we traveled through South Africa and Malawi, visiting 8 primary and secondary schools, we learned to ask “What does the name of your school mean?” and “What does YOUR name mean?”

“DO YOU HAVE SOUTH AFRICA COURAGE?”: Revisiting a South Africa Partner Church and Related NGO
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Rev. Shari Brink

This is Rev. Shari Brink’s first in a three-part blog series on her trip to South Africa and Malawi. For the second installment, please click here. For more information join Rev. Brink and other Marble members for a special Spiritual Growth Hour reflecting on the trip on Sunday, November 9 at 1:15pm in the Labyrinth Room.

South Africa and Malawi Reflections
“The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed… it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13: 31, 32)

Blog 1:

“Do you have South Africa courage?” This was the question whispered to me by an elder of the church as I sat down after preaching the sermon. I’d love to think I have “South Africa courage,” I thought, but it’s a high standard! Was he asking because – based on my sermon – he thought I might have it or because he could see I most certainly did not?These questions immediately sliced their way through my brain.

Reflections from the Organ Bench - May 16, 2014 by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Ken Dake

Why a Pipe Organ Matters

Those of you who worshipped with us recently on Easter Sunday may remember Dr. Brown mentioning a great dream that is now starting to become reality. God willing, on Easter Sunday, 2015, Marble will celebrate with a magnificent, newly designed and enlarged 95-rank pipe organ built by Glück Pipe Organs under the direction of their founder and master builder, Sebastian Glück. It is our desire to create a glorious instrument that represents the finest artistry in the craft of pipe organ building and will serve as a cornerstone of the Marble Music Ministry for the next century.

This Is Her Story, This Is Her Song by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Ken Dake

What You’ll Hear

This coming Sunday the Marble Choir presents an innovative program of seldom-heard masterpieces by women composers. The concert was originally scheduled as part of a March Women’s History Month celebration, but it is always a good time to recognize the powerfully creative feminine voice in both music and word. True to the choir’s reputation for unparalleled variety, this program runs the emotional gamut, featuring classic works of great drama and emotional power, moments of lighthearted fun, a couple of roof-raising spirituals, and a lot of truly beautiful music throughout!

Reflections from the Organ Bench - April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Ken Dake

Triumph and Tragedy: A Musical Journey through Holy Week

Holy Week truly is a journey “through the valley of the shadow of death,” as again we relive Jesus’ final days on earth. Dr. Brown would be quick to remind us, however, that perhaps the most hopeful word in Psalm 23 is the word through. We know that this valley will not be endless, and that waiting for us on the other side is a glorious Easter morning. The ancient story that unfolds this week is neither new nor unfamiliar, but the way in which we experience it can feel new and life-changing. If during this coming week we choose to be fully present with Jesus, Mary, and the disciples in their suffering and grief, embracing the raw emotions of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, then we will experience a far deeper joy, a far greater jubilation when we celebrate His victory over the grave on Easter Sunday. This week’s music can lead us on that deeper journey, probing the recesses of our soul and awakening our spirit to a profound new sense of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.

Jazz Revelation/Good Friday: A Jazz Funeral for Christ by Dr. Mark King, Executive Minister
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Dr. Mark King

With a strong legacy of exemplary Holy Week worship services, we add a new addition to Marble Collegiate Church’s tradition this year. On Good Friday, April 18, Jazz Revelation will move, for this one service only, to our historic sanctuary for a jazz funeral for Christ. This sacred style was born in New Orleans with a mix of European and African influences that also include remnants from colonial Louisiana and Native American music.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on December 16, 2013 by Ken Dake

We are celebrating the arrival of our new Marble Choir CD: it’s about love!

Sunday, December 8 was an historic day for the Marble Music Ministry, as exampled by the line to buy CDs extending out the doors and down Fifth Avenue following worship! Thanks to all of you who helped make the launch of it’s about love such a resounding success.

What Are You Grateful For? by Karla Fritsch, Publications Manager
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Karla Fritsch

What are you grateful for?

For years I kept a gratitude list, writing down 3-5 things every day. Sometimes it was hard, but like exercising any muscle, it became easier the more I used it. I don’t write them down anymore, but I do still try to reflect daily on the things – large and small – for which I’m grateful.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on September 12, 2013 by Ken Dake

What’s in a Doxology?

Upon my arrival 18 years ago I learned that one of the longstanding traditions at Marble was that of concluding worship each Sunday by singing the Doxology. Though this custom is not widespread, I thought it was a powerful way to sum up the experience of the preceding sacred hour and to gear up for re-entry into the world as transformed, recharged lights for Christ. In the fall of 1996 it was decided that our singing of the Doxology should follow the collection of the offering, as it does in many other churches. However, those of you who attended worship last Sunday are aware that we have decided to resume this Marble tradition, likely begun under Dr. Peale, of ending with a Doxology as the summation of our worship and the summoning of our witness just before we “depart to serve.”

Reflections by Karla Fritsch, Publications Manager
Posted on September 6, 2013 by Karla Fritsch

School supplies excite me. When I was in grade school I remember once when my mom and dad returned from a trip and brought back a grab bag of gifts. I can still see the big teal blue JC Penney bag as I reached in and pulled out a 3-ring binder. I was thrilled.

The Puzzle 2013 by Brian Hampton
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Brian Hampton

Two years ago, when Marya and I decided to create a festival of new plays and musicals here at Marble, we decided to name the festival The Puzzle. The name fit in many ways. First, it’s a way to connect so much talent together in one week of exciting new theatre. Second, it’s a LOT of work. And, third, it’s fun!

What's For Worship May 12, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on May 10, 2013 by Ken Dake

Music from New York’s Dutch Cathedral

Prelude: Sonata in E-flat, opus 65: Andante by Horatio Parker (1863-1919) We open our worship this week with a piece of music composed a century ago for one of Marble’s sister churches, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church.

What's For Worship May 5, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on May 2, 2013 by Ken Dake

Whose Faith do We Proclaim?

This Sunday our theme is “Saying My Faith Out Loud,” and as we celebrate our CYF Confirmation Class much of our worship music will center on how we proclaim our faith in both words and deeds.