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Hello Friends!

It seems hard to believe but Holy Week will soon be upon us, beginning with Palm Sunday on March 25th. For the last time, Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey; the crowds lay palm branches in his way and wave them in the air as they shout, “Hosanna…blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Over the centuries of festivals and celebration, the Palm branch was a symbol of victory, as the Old Testament Psalm 118 says “with boughs (branches) in hand, join the festal procession.” So, on Palm Sunday we too will join the procession with branches mixed with the shouts of our liturgy, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” In this way we too will anticipate the victory of our Lord.

The crown of thorns will become the head piece for the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords. In contrast to the crowns of every other ruler in the history of mankind, God’s Son did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but humbled himself and became obedient to death on the cross. How ironic that the King of the Jews would be tortured and mocked by sharp and piercing thorns breaking through the flesh, scalp and face. And when asked by Pilate, “Are you a King?” Jesus would reply, “My kingdom is not of this world.” However, Pilate would leave the inscription in three languages on the sign above the head of Jesus, “the King of the Jews.” The image of the crown of thorns is captured in the hymn by Paul Gerhardt, “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.”

On Easter weekend our sanctuary will filled with the smell and sight of beautiful Easter lilies and spring flowers as we celebrate the Resurrection victory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is appropriate because this flower blooms at the time of Easter; and it is appropriate because the bulb that had been buried in the ground has now come forth in all its glory and beauty. Also to celebrating that Jesus Christ has conquered death and the grave, and opened for us eternal life with God and the people of God.

As Holy Week began with the liturgical “Hosanna,” Holy week will continue with the liturgical chant, “Alleluia, Christ is risen!”

So, get ready for Holy Week…and get ready to embrace all the worship that the season brings! Everyone is always invited to worship with us and we look forward to meeting you and embrace you in the amazing love we share in Jesus Christ our Savior. Remember, although we live and die, Christ died and lives, to bring new life for you!

In His Grip,

Pastor Mark             


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