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From Palms to Solitude

March 26th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Faith and the City

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. –Zechariah 9:9   Dear Friends in Christ, This Sunday is Palm Sunday. I hope you can be here. We are […]

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So Amazing, So Divine (Reprise)

March 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Maundy Thursday, 2013 My favorite hymn writer is Isaac Watts.  Watts, a teacher, poet and pastor of meager estate, wrote over 750 hymns while serving a small London parish in the early 1700’s.  His hymnody is historically significant because rather than writing musical tunes for the psalms—which he also did, and which was primary function […]

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Hosanna

March 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Holy Week is upon us. This Sunday we begin our sacred journey.  We will stand at the gates of Jerusalem, cheer with an exuberant crowd, and wave palms as a humble man rides by on a donkey.  “Hosanna!” we will sing. “Hosanna!”   It is not a term that comes up in everyday conversation. If […]

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What Language Shall I Borrow?

April 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

Every Christmas, people approach me to request that their favorite carol or Advent hymn be sung in worship.  They banter with me about the merits of “O Little Town in Bethlehem” versus “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”  It is a fun debate. I have never had a similar conversation regarding the hymns of Lent.  I […]

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Holy Week and the Harrowing of Hell

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Sermon Bin

“Why Do We Confess that Christ Descended into Hell?” 1 Peter 3:17-4:6 Palm Sunday March 28, 2010 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the […]

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Got Palms?

March 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

Got Palms? Shortly after Christmas, our worship planning meetings at the church turned to Lent and Holy Week.  As always, there was a lengthy discussion about palms.  How many should we order?  Where should we get them? One person pointed out that there was a bit of a fracas in the children’s choir last year […]

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