Reflecting on Palm Sunday
What is it?
Palm Sunday is the traditional recounting of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem during Passover, a holy time. It falls on the Sunday before Easter and begins Holy Week, a special time of remembering Christ’s journey in his final days.
How does First Christian Church celebrate? We echo celebrations before us, by waving palm branches and yelling Hosanna, in a processional parade before worship. This is also a special Sunday for our community as we gather to celebrate the baptisms of some of our young people. To watch an archived video of yesterday's worship, go to fccedmond.org/live
- “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord-the King of Israel!” - John 12:13 NRSV
- “As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king, who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” – Luke 19:36-38 NRSV
- When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” - Matthew 21:1-11 NRSV
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Plan to worship again
- First Christian Church will worship again on Maundy Thursday at 7pm in the Sanctuary.
For more about Holy Week at First Christian Church, go to fccedmond.org/holyweek.
Posted on Sun, April 9, 2017
by Micah James