Sunday, June 13, 2010

Park Avenue UMC

What's it like to worship in Manhattan? It's not so different. Ushers greeted us at the door and handed out bulletins. There was a responsive call to worship, familiar hymns (Love Devine All Loves Excelling, Amazing Grace), children's message, offering, prayers, Bible readings, sermon, communion, The Lord's Prayer and a benediciton. There was even an announcement about the Health Kits for Haiti that they are putting together.

What was different? The current building was constructed in 1926 (the church was founded in 1837) and has never been air conditioned. Floor fans were blowing and hand-held fans were passed out with the bulletins. That took the edge off the heat. No need for blankets on the pews, though.

The first service does not have music. It is more of a reflective, meditative service. We attended the second service, full of music with paid musicians and singers. Some people leave quietly during the postlude, others remain not wanting to miss a note of the concert quality Bach organ music.

Communion was offered in three styles, each one at the front of the sanctuary. Station 1 was intinction, Station 2 was bread cubes and little plastic cups of juice, and Station 3 was gluton-free bread for those with allergies.

Isn't it good to know that God is alive and well in New York City? We would love to hear about churches that you have visited. Or if you don't live in Indiahoma and would like to do a guest blog about your church, great! Pictures are welcomed and enjoyed too.

Take a look at the New York Park Avenue UMC sanctuary.

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