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NYC Chronicles: The Churches

As a blood-bought, born again, and redeemed Christian, I took a special interest in the churches of NYC.

Their architecture, their locations, their histories, their abilities to "draw all peoples" (John 12:32). People of varying ethnicities, languages, and cultures were stopping by these churches to take in their elaborate decor and experience. Their physical looks alone evoke a sense of reverence.

I will never forget driving by the Abyssinian Baptist Church on Sunday morning and seeing the unending line of people (many tourists among them) waiting to get inside for one of the church services. Or, the high occupancy of pews inside the Trinity Church (yes, from National Treasure). There remains widespread amazement of the strength, resilience, and strong ties to American history of St. Paul's Chapel. The Times Square Church sits literally in Times Square.

Interestingly enough, the doors of the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Mother African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were both painted red. During the times of slavery, when Africans painted their doors red, it meant two things: 1) It was a place of worship, which equally meant a place of freedom 2) Africans owned the property. The same is true of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA and many other churches founded by African slaves or freedmen during those times.

My parents and I attended St. Luke Baptist Church in Harlem where my dad preached at their 7:00 AM service. I am still highly impressed and inspired by their congregation's dedication and passion. Their worship service featured the most incredible 9-piece band I have yet to ever hear in a church. This band's sound was comparable to a Broadway production in excellence and flow.

So in closing, big thanks to the St. Luke Baptist Church family for being so welcoming to my parents and I at your 7:00 AM service on the Sunday of July 17th, 2016. It was a real delight to worship the Lord with ya'll! The Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. J.G. McCann, was out of town, but ya'll still rocked!!! May God continue to bless the outstanding work ya'll are doing!

Daddy preaching on Sunday morning at St. Luke Baptist Church.


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