Friday, March 30, 2007

Palm Sunday

This Sunday in the church year is actually called Palm/Passion Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. You can find readings for each Sunday here. The reason the Sunday before Easter was changed to Palm/Passion Sunday is that a lot of churches stopped doing a full-blown Good Friday service. So, you went straight from the Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) to the Resurrection (Easter) and the Cross event in between was ignored. To fix this, a liturgy for palms and a liturgy for the passion were both placed on the Sunday before Easter. Thus endeth the lesson.
You can check out our worship bulletin for Sunday, April 1 here. It doesn't have a lot (or actually any) sermon notes, but there is some interesting stuff if you want to get a sneak peek. Our emphasis in our "Starting Over" series this week is "Being Forgiven". I will look at both the palm and the passion narratives and ask the question: What happened to cause the crowd in Jerusalem to go from "Hosanna!" at the Triumphal Entry to "Crucify Him!" a couple of days later? Think about this and come to worship on Sunday. By the way, we assembled all of our "Refuge" signs and they should be in place Sunday!

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