Passion 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.

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