From Rev. Heather Shortlidge

Dear Friends,

Through the Palms by Lisle Gwynn Garrity | A Sanctified Art | sanctifedart.org

Join us for worship this Sunday, March 28th, to celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. I’m preaching from John 12:1-19. As we continue to worship virtually, we do not have our usual palm branches or bulletins to wave, however, I do invite you to get creative and have something to wave as part of our service on Sunday—a branch, a piece of fabric, a soft book or magazine.

Sunday’s music includes the beautiful “Festival Hymn on Ellacombe,” that includes brass, organ, the NYAPC choir and youth, and guests from Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Join us on Zoom at 10:00 am
Dial: 1-929-436-2866 with Meeting ID: 150 620 342

Immediately following worship, there will be a second conversation with the Session to hear more about our nimbler governing structure, a new staff position, and our developing partnership with the BID.

A poem, “Peaceful Protest,” to nourish you as we approach Palm Sunday:

I wonder if Jesus could feel his heartbeat
In his throat, the way I do when I’m afraid.
I wonder if he had to take deep breaths,
In through his nose, out through his mouth,
Tricking his body into a state of calm.
I wonder if he was nauseous, like I am
When I’m headed into a hard conversation.
I wonder if he had to summon his courage,
Tucking fear away so that he could hold onto
What mattered most with both hands.
I wonder, because time has taught us
That it is not uncommon
For a peaceful protest
To start or end
With an unjust death.
So I wonder,
Did he know?
Was he afraid?
Did anyone see it?
I want to hold what matters most with both hands.

Peace and Courage,

Heather

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