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Everyone Loves a Parade
A Sermon in Two Parts,
Mark 15:1-39, Mark 11:1-11
Randy L Quinn
In small towns all across the
country there are hometown parades like those. In big cities
there are ticker tape parades. We even have them here in
Spokane – though I haven’t watched one since moving here last
I suspect that each of you has at
least one picture of a parade in your own picture collection –
whether your collection is in a box somewhere or in a neatly laid
That’s because at some level we all
love parades. We love to watch them. Or we love to watch
people we know march in them.
Children seem to especially love
Some of them
love the balloons.
loves the loud music of the marching bands.
In the small towns where we have
lived, the children loved to join in them. Some rode their
bicycles. Some dressed up. Some rode on the fire trucks.
Some rode on horses or ponies. Some walked their dogs or cats.
Some just walked.
I suspect children were no different
in Jesus’ day. I suspect adults were no different, either.
So when Jesus comes into Jerusalem, they respond to the parade the
same way we would. They stand on the sides and cheer. . . .
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No Small Jobs in God's Eyes
kids' talk based on Mark 11:1-11
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Did you like waving the Palm
Branches this morning as we sang? (They probably did.) Why do you suppose
we did that? It was to remember the way people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. It
was like a one person parade that everyone came to watch and to wave to as he
Do you think it would have
been fun to be there the day Jesus came into Jerusalem, riding on his donkey?
Would it be more fun to be one
of the disciples who probably walked along with him as the crowd cheered? It
would be like being in a parade with him, wouldn’t it? Everyone would be
watching and cheering and we would probably feel pretty good about being there
But I don’t know if you were
listening when we read the story. How many of you heard what Jesus told two of
his disciples to do before the “parade” began? He didn’t tell them to follow him
in the parade and he didn’t tell anyone to wave palm branches. They thought of
that on their own.
Does anyone remember?
He told them to go and get a
donkey (Mk. 11:2). That probably wasn’t very exciting, was it? But it was
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