SUNDAY SERMON PREVIEW: “A Palm Sunday State of Mind”

Dear Friends of The Park,

Billy Joel’s song New York State of Mind is absolutely one of my favorite. I love to hear Billy Joel sing it and Barbara Streisand and Elton John and Frank Sinatra and I even love the version by Alicia Keys and Jay Z, Empire State of Mind.

Joel wrote the song after returning to the East Coast from Los Angeles, where he had spent the previous three years. The inspiration for the song came from his pride in returning home to this great city. He talks about “takin’ a Greyhound [bus] on the Hudson River Line.”

Our guest preacher this Sunday using the inspiration of that song will talk with us about A Palm Sunday State of Mind. The Reverend Freeman Palmer, Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ of New York is the preacher. And maybe a good way to prepare for the sermon on Sunday is to read the texts from Holy Scripture and listen to a version of New York State of Mind.

This Palm Sunday we will gather with Christians from around the world to wave palm branches. In some traditions, rather than starting the worship service inside the church, on Palm Sunday they gather outdoors. But all over the world on Sunday, shouts of “Hosanna” will ring in city parks and street corners, in church courtyards and city squares.

Join us this Sunday at The Park as we read the passion narrative from the Gospel according to Matthew and hear a word from our guest preacher. Maybe you will leave with a Palm Sunday State of Mind!

It will be a high day of praise and worship and you don’t want to miss!

The readings for Sunday in addition to the passion narrative from Matthew are Psalm 31:9-16 and Philippians 2:5-11.

See you at The Park!

Rev. Dr. Alvin O. Jackson