95/365 days of blogging.
Palm Sunday services at church were awesome! We opened with a wonderful Song called “Hallelujah, Your Love Makes Me Sing” This is a favorite of all the kids because we sign the whole song while we are singing. They love it!
Then the kids were very sneaky and left the sanctuary and reentered upon the start of a song called “Hail Jesus Your My King”. They were playing instruments and waving palm branches in a very parade like manner. It was AWESOME! They, along with the congregation laid palm branches down the center aisle in preparation of celebrating Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday is depicted in Scripture as the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as fulfilled by Scripture. As He entered, everyone was shouting Hosanna to the Highest. Glory to the King of kings. Here is the story as it is told in Matthew 21:1-11.
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” Allthis was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
These were the same crowds that just a few days later were screaming “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!” Then we have several days to prepare for three very special services at the end of the week.
Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.
First, Jesus held the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility.
At the church we serve we will be doing both of these services. We will be serving an authentic, or as near authentic as we can get, Seder meal. Each element at the meal is a representation of something meaningful to the passover, the escape from Egypt, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Then as an act of servanthood, our pastor, (my hubby) will be washing the feet of those whom he serves in the church. (if they want to, it is not mandatory, but very humbling).
Holy Week should not be observed as a tradition, but as service that reminds us to be truly focused on God and our relationship with Him. I get excited every year around Holy Week. It is a wonderful time to commemorate what Jesus did for us on the cross. Without it, we would all be wandering around in the world trying to figure out our purpose in a sea of sin and disarray.
We will end the week with Good Friday services. Join us at 6:30 to find out “Who Killed God.” There will be a short service and movie clip that will make you stop and think…Did I kill God? Surely not. Who Nailed Him to that tree? Surely it wasn’t me.
If you are around, and want to join us, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services both start at 6:30 pm. Come join us for a Spirit filled worship service that you won’t soon forget.