Inspirational Thought: When I go to Israel we always walk the first parade route that Jesus took on that first Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem. Today it is much different than in Jesus’ day, but deep inside each soul, one can still capture the excitement of what it must have been like. You can get a sense of the throngs praising and shouting Hosanna – which means save, I pray – at the top of their voices. The entrance into Jerusalem was through the Golden Gate, which would have led Jesus to the temple. The masses were waving palm fronds as a symbol to the Roman soldiers, “Go home, this is our King who has come to save us from the Roman rule.” The religious leaders scoffed at this sight. I can imagine that they even tried to quiet the crowd – but it was useless. As told in scripture, “If my people remain quiet, the stones will shout out.” There is no keeping silent when Jesus came to town. However, the people wanted something different than Jesus was willing to give.
Jesus was about liberation
Jesus was about kingdom building
Jesus was about peace
But, look at the cues with which Jesus gave and this tells us what he was about. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem mounted on a donkey – a symbol of peace. Jesus is about kingdom building, but it is of the heart. Jesus is about restoration and reconciliation.
May our Palm Sunday celebration bring the same tension as when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and may it lead us looking toward the cross, from where, comes our liberation from sin.
Until we meet again, may God’s love be with you,
Prayer of the Week: Lead on, O King eternal, till sin’s fierce war shall cease, and holiness shall whisper the sweet amen of peace; for not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums; with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes. Amen.
(taken from the hymn, “Lead On, O King Eternal,” stanza 2)
Birthdays for March
Lauren Gibbon – March 23
Come Worship with Us This Sunday!
March 28 – Sunday Worship Service 10 am (Palm Sunday)
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“Celebration of the Lord’s Supper,”
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Seder Dinner on Zoom, 5 – 7pm
This Week at PCL
Sat. – Bible & Bagels at 8:30 am on Zoom
Session Retreat 10:30 am on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)
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Up Coming Events
April 1 Maundy Thursday service – 7:30 pm, in person, on Zoom & Facebook
April 2 Good Friday service – noon (in person at Full Gospel Church) &
7:30 pm Tenebrae Service (PCL)in person, Zoom, & Facebook
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April 3 No play rehearsal today
April 4 The Great Easter Celebration 10 am in person, Zoom & Facebook
April 10 Play rehearsal 6 – 7 pm on Zoom (ID: 84791606757 / PW: 745074)
April 11 Easter play @ 6 pm on Zoom (Use Sunday Worship Zoom)
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March 28, 5 – 7pm
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Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
March 21-27, 2021