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Call to Worship (based on Psalm 118):
L: The Lord is my strength and my power!
P: The Lord has become my salvation!
L: There are joyous songs of victory in the tents of the righteous
P: The stone which the builders rejected has become the
All: this is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice
and be glad in it!
Palm Sunday Sermons:
Isaiah 50:4-9a (& Matthew 21:1-11/27:11-56)
Randy L Quinn
[In between the scripture and the sermon, there will be a choral
anthem and the ‘Passion’ scripture (Mt. 27:11-56). That reading will
leave a somber feeling in the air as I begin the sermon. My first
comments will respond to that text before reading again the Old
Testament lesson within the framework of the sermon.]
After hearing the somber reality of the death of Jesus, I wonder: Who
in the story that we just read cares what happened to Jesus?
Pilate is frustrated by the situation, but I’m not sure he really
cares (Mt. 27:18).
The bystanders watch and wait for a miracle, but I’m not sure they
care about Jesus, either (Mt. 27:49).
The soldiers are doing their job, a dirty job, but I suspect they long
ago gave up caring what happened to any particular criminal. Even when
they make the amazing statement that this was the Son of God, I hear
it as a statement of fact, not a statement of concern nor of guilt
The only ones who seem to care remain “off stage” while the drama
unfolds. Among them are the women that Matthew mentions at the close
of the passage, the women who stand and watch from a distance (Mt.
The other, more important “off stage” observer, however, is God.
Throughout Lent, we’ve been considering stories and situations in
which people made a trade.....
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