When they were approaching Jerusalem, . . . Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; . . . Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”
From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus wants to be the ruler and Lord of your life. He doesn’t want to be your “King for a Day,” he wants to be your “Forever King.” ”
Scripture: March 25, 2018—Liturgy of the Palms—LITURGY OF THE PALMS—Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29; Mark 11:1–11 or John 12:12–16; LITURGY OF THE PASSION—Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; Psalm 31:9–16; Mark 14:1–15:47 or Mark 15:1–39 (40–47).
Collect: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: The passion of Christ is a story of terror in which, against all odds, love wins. How might this story reshape your week, your life, our world? Where will you commit to letting love win? How will this change your life?
Image: Detail of the Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck Frank Duveneck (1848–1919) Date: 1891, cast 1927. Photo by Rick Morley.
Sunday School 9:15 am
Eye Candy: A plethora of images about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
Movies/Videos: “Contact” (1998), Ellie is welcomed back but . . .; “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928), comparison of passions of Christ & Joan of Arc; “Sling Blade” (1996), no such thing as good or redemptive violence
This week we are zealots during the Palm Sunday pageant.