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A Holy Week Letter to Jesus
by Pascack Pastor 

 Passion of Christ Devotional
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Prayer for a Walk in Christ's Passion.

Almighty and ever-living 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.

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Tale of Two Parades
a sermon based on Mark 11:1-11
by Rev. Cindy Weber

(with help from The Last Week by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan)

If you would have been in Jerusalem that day, chances are that you would have seen a darn good parade. I’m not talking about the one that we read about in scriptures. No, I’m talking the other one. The one that was staged by the Roman Empire, coming in from the west, with the Roman governor Pontius Pilate there at the head. The sight of his horse alone would have made your heart stop—its coat as shiny as the armor on its back. Followed by row upon row upon row of Roman soldiers, some on horses, some on foot, some in sleek chariots, fierce eyes half-hidden by military finery and feathered helmets. Enough gold and red and purple for a lifetime. The rhythm of tromping feet, the clanging of metal upon metal, the snorting of the horses of war. Why, if you’d been there that day, and been Roman, your heart would have soared with pride. “Hail Caesar! Hail Caesar!” you might have cried aloud, swooning a bit at the drama of it all.

If you’d been there that day, and been Jewish, well, you would have felt something else altogether. Fear, most probably. And neck-deep resignation.

Because, of course, fear and resignation was what they intended for you to feel . . .

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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 came by.

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 that day.

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 important....

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