Palm Sunday Service - April 5, 2020
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Dear Church Family,
An arduous Lenten season, in which we were compelled by providence into giving up more than we probably anticipated, is now behind us. Now our eyes turn to the Cross, to the love of God displayed, to death’s defeat, and to the glory of Easter. It is a holy time.
As our Prayer Book reminds us: “Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. The procession with palms, which was already observed in Jerusalem in the fourth century, calls to mind the triumphal entry of Jesus, our Lord and King, into Jerusalem. The procession is fundamentally an act of worship, witness, and devotion to our Lord.
The purpose of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem was to fulfill his Father’s will; thus it is fitting that this service continues with the reading of the Passion Gospel in which the whole story of the week is anticipated. The emphasis of the liturgy turns to the days that lie ahead in Holy Week. We who hail Jesus as King one moment, may in the next deny him, even joining with the crowd in shouting, ‘Crucify him!’”.
For this Palm Sunday service we have the honor of hearing our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, preach the Word. We pray that God speaks directly to his people through this service.
Jesus journeys to the Cross to die for us so that our sins can be forgiven and we can be reconciled with God. We pray that this Holy Week we will all journey with him through worship, prayer, and devotion, and that this journey will draw us into a deeper relationship with our God.
All Blessings in Jesus’ Name,