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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.
Palm Sunday Sermons:
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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
Because, of course, fear and
resignation was what they intended for you to feel . . .
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Children's Message Excerpt
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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