Everyone loves a parade and Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings offer you two. The first parade has Jesus entering into Jerusalem amid joyous celebration and the other a more macabre march to the cross. You can find the Palms here and the Passion here.
Our congregation holds several special services during Holy Week so we will be looking at the palms passage. In the small congregation I serve, 50 average attendance, we will all gather outside, weather permitting, and process together into the sanctuary saying “Hosanna” and “Blessed is Jesus.” This multi-generational parade gives us all a chance to experience some childlike joy.
What will your congregation be doing Sunday? Will you have a children’s parade? Will you change the appearance of your worship space? Which parade will you preach on?
I invite you to place ideas and questions in this space so that we might bounce them off of one another and inspire each other. I ask you also to lift up B in your prayers today. I will be with her all day as she has a difficult surgery to relieve pressure in her frontal lobe and learns if her cancer has spread. Thank you.
The Reverend Cardelia Howell-Diamond serves a Cumberland Presbyterian congregation in Alabama. She and her clergyman husband have three children. Cardelia rejoices to have found new Easter clothing for everyone in her family, with the minor exception of herself. She hopes to remedy this soon.
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