World Communion Sunday.
7 October 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone
Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.
The Sunday, May 27 tour began with worship at First Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. In the evening, with recommendations from son Sean and friend Patrick in hand, Tricia and I went to the Circle in the Square Theater to see Once on This Island.
A marvelous show! Well staged. Well played. A wonderful evening.
We’re on our way to buying the soundtrack.
Check it out!!
Tricia came to town to join the tour over the Memorial Day weekend, arriving on Thursday, May 24. Friday was a work day that did bring a walk in Riverside Park. See the past several posts for photos of purple flowers.
Saturday morning, we volunteered with First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone at The Father’s Heart soup kitchen and food pantry. We met Sean for lunch. And, after a nap, we took the D Train to Yankee Stadium. We met Don Jang and Krystin Granberg for an amazing meal at the Audi Club buffet and great seats. Mike Trout had a five hit game and the Angels won.
The tour has visited a number of churches but I have neglected to take photos.
On 3 December, I preached at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone. In keeping with their ministry addressing violence against women, church members made orange t-shirts and hung them in a tree to witness to their neighbors and those who pass by. I made one too.
The evening gig for the Until We Meet Again Tour took place at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York where the Presbytery of New York City gathered to say farewell to Andy James. Andy will leave for a call as presbytery staff in New Hope Presbytery serving as their Associate for Small Church Ministry and Technology. He had served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone and the Stated Clerk of New York City Presbytery.
Andy invited me to speak at Whitesone as one of the first stops on the Welcome to New York City tour. He also involved the staff and interns of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in Whitestone’s witness and work to end violence against women and girls. On the weekend when that initiative began, Ryan Smith spoke at the first event, and Jamie Tan and I attended a worship and witness in a nearby park.
Andy is a friend. He will be missed in the Presbytery of New York City. But our paths will cross in the days to come.
Thank you for your ministry, Andy. Godspeed on your new tour and in your new service.
The Until We Meet Again Tour hopped the Long Island Railroad and ventured out to Queens to preach at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone.
Whitestone had been one of the first, if not the first, church where I made a presentation in my role as the director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
Andy James, Whitestone’s pastor, was the first to invite me to preach this summer. Pondering that invitation, and accepting that invitation, allowed me to accept other invitations. And that has made for a wondrous tour.
See you along the Trail.