The Day of Pentecost
The Day of PentecostToday we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit. To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons: I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin
Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Please note the earlier start time. At 10am there will be an end of year Family Pentecost Celebration Breakfast. Sunday School will meet at 11am as usual. This will be the final Sunday School session of the term. Sunday School will resume in September. Nursery will continue to be offered throughout the summer months.
Our Sunday School welcomes all children age 3 through high school. We begin to gather at 10:30am on Sunday mornings with informal activities and a light snack before commencing with our class at 11am. The class is especially modeled on key parts of our Episcopal liturgy so that the children will share in the themes and lessons of the day in an accessible and engaging way. Interacting with the Sunday liturgy in a classroom setting will give children a chance to listen and learn together as a Sunday School community. The subsequent break-outs into small, age-specific groups will then allow for deeper exploration through hands-on activities. Children will be brought down to the sanctuary during the offertory to join their families for Holy Communion.
Sunday School runs during the academic year from mid-September through May with breaks for holidays. Please check our calendar for the full class schedule as well as any upcoming events.
The Sunday School room is located in the Parish House. You may enter the Parish House at 1 W 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues.) Our friendly staff at the front desk can give you directions to the Sunday School room.