This Sunday is our regular “Second Sunday” Intergenerational Worship Service, and it is also Palm Sunday. It is a festive day of worship with the children processing in with palm branches, but do you know why Palm Sunday is celebrated in the church?
Palm Sunday is a moveable feast that always occurs on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem one week before his resurrection, and it is recorded in all four of the gospels.
When we focus on the day as PALM Sunday, the service has a different tone and the music is more celebratory, with the waving of palm branches and shouting Hosannas. When we focus on the day as PASSION Sunday, we are reminded that when Jesus approached Jerusalem, he looked at the city and wept over it, foretelling his passion and the suffering he would endure and that the city would experience with the destruction of the second temple.
The prophet Zechariah foretold this event in Zechariah 9:9, “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The donkey is seen as a symbol of peace, thus identifying Jesus as the prince of peace.
Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week. We have a wonderful service planned for this Sunday including the children, and it is communion Sunday. Then, I hope you will attend our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 on April 18th.
Grace and peace,