Palm Sunday

Palm/Passion Sunday

April 1, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50:4-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 31:9-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
Mark 14:1-15:47
Alt Reading 1: 
Mark 11:1-11
By Bruce G. Epperly

With the exception of Christmas services of lessons and carols, many congregants will hear more scripture on Palm/Passion Sunday than any Sunday of the Christian year. With palm processionals, special music, and lengthy scripture readings, many preachers may be tempted to go easy on the sermon, but the readings for Palm/Passion Sunday demand serious homiletical reflection. Without a clear sense of their message, we will be unable to fathom the amazing surprises of Easter.

Passion/Palm Sunday

April 17, 2011
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter III

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50.4-9a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2.5-11
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21.1-11, Matthew 26.14-27.66 or Matthew 27.11-54
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 31.9-16
By David J. Lull

What was Jesus’ journey toward “Holy Week” like? A traditional answer, perhaps the most popular, is that it was a journey toward the death God intended him to die “for us”: the journey of a “dead man walking,” so to speak. Some Christians find hope in that scenario. However, it does not speak to many in our churches, as well as to many who have left our churches, who cannot make sense of it, or find it offensive. For some, mostly women, this scenario lends support to those who have abused them.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

April 5, 2009
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 31:9-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
Mark 14:1-15:47
By Paul S. Nancarrow

On this day, more perhaps than any other, the readings from scripture are at the service of the liturgy, and commentary, reflection, and preaching on the day’s readings must take into account how they fit into the overall flow of the liturgical action. This Sunday is unique in having two Gospel readings assigned, and the tension between these two Gospel readings, set as they are in two different moments of the liturgical action, is an inescapable factor in their functional meaning for this day.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

April 9, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus

Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Reading 4: 
Mark 11:1-11
By John B. Cobb, Jr.

This Sunday we begin the most important week in the Christian calendar. For good and ill, and there has been much of both, the gospel accounts of the events of that week have profoundly shaped the thinking and feeling and acting of Christians. This has been true from a very early point. The gospels have been called, not too misleadingly, passion narratives with introductions. In Mark’s case, already in chapter 8, Jesus is predicting his suffering, death, and resurrection.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

April 6, 2003
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 3: 
Hebrews 5:5-10 or Philippians 2:5-11
Reading 4: 
John 12:27-30
By Tari Lennon

As I begin this exegetical work with you the invasion of Iraq has begun.  Regardless of one's position relative to the war itself, surely we can agree that this is a momentous event in the history of our country and for people of faith everywhere.  The weeks ahead demand bold and vigorous preaching that seeks not simply to comfort and assure people that with God all things will be made new but also connects folks to Jesus' passion for life and the terrible loss that his death brought to his friends and family -- and to God.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

April 19, 2000
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
John Cobb on redemption
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Reading 4: 
Mark 11:1-11
By David Roy

Psalm

Holy Week - Palm Sunday

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly

Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40

Season of Lent

Author - First Name: 
Jeanyne
Author - Last Name: 
Slettom

Easter Benedictions/Commissioning & Blessing

Lent 1

In this season of Lent, take time, when you can, to be still.
Ponder the one who gave his life to bring forth the kingdom of God.
  We will honor Christ by believing in God’s vision for creation;
  We will be like good soil, in which the seeds of justice may grow.
God speaks to us in the life of Jesus;
  Let us hear the word and understand it.
  We are witnesses to God’s transforming power;

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