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March 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Faith and the City

This Sunday is Palm Sunday.  We are eager to celebrate this spirited Christian festival with you.  Children and adults, clergy and choir have been working creatively and faithfully to prepare for our upcoming Holy Week.

We are ready to accompany you on the spiritual path that begins with Jesus riding into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), that continues with a simple meal shared amongst friends (Maundy Thursday), that reaches its darkest point in a three hour service (Good Friday), and that finally stands in joyful anticipation of God’s triumph (Easter morning).

We invite you to spread the word—to give “witness” to these events—by inviting a friend or coworker to travel on this sacred journey with you and with us.  We promise to make it an accessible, honest, and beautiful pilgrimage.

All are welcome.

If you are into alliteration, here are three P’s—three aspects of our celebration this coming Sunday—that you can use to describe our time together.

P is for Pancakes.  On Palm Sunday morning, our kitchen staff will cook up a stomp-your-foot good Pancake Breakfast that runs from 8:30 – 10:15 am.  Tickets are $12 for adults; children 12 and under eat free.  You can pay at the door, but we would love reservations!  RSPV to David Liu (212.247.0490,  Get your carb-loading done before belting out “All Glory Laud and Honor.”

P is for Piano.  This past winter we discovered that the estate of William S. Perper, a long time member of this congregation and lover of church music, had gifted FAPC with a brand-new, matte-black Steinway “B.”  The piano, carefully chosen by our own Mitchell Crawford and Mary Rose Main, has arrived.  It will be used in the sanctuary and the Kirkland Chapel for many years to come.  At 11:00 AM this Sunday, our beautiful new instrument will accompany both the Adult and Children’s choirs.  Later in the Spring, FAPC will host a special concert to dedicate the piano.

P is for Praise.  My friend Jon Walton says that one of the most basic human responses is praise.  Inside us, from infancy on, there is a gurgling, pre-verbal desire, to whoop and warble and coo—a longing to celebrate the goodness of life and the wonders of God’s creation.  Palm Sunday is about praise.  We will wave palms, sing psalms, and play our part in an ancient parade.  This is how we begin our holy journey—with hearts full of praise.

Join us, and bring a friend.

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