When Robert Louis Stevenson, racked by tuberculosis, was nearing the end of his life, his wife came in one morning and said, “I suppose in spite of all your trouble, you will tell me again that it is a beautiful day.” The great novelist answered, “Yes, my dear. I refuse to let that row of medicine bottles be the circumference of my horizon.”
Good Folks, it is Friday, March 23, 2018. In just a couple of days, we will celebrate Palm Sunday. How far back can you remember on this day? Living in Corpus Christ, palm trees were as common there as oak trees are here. We had palm trees to strip the tree’s branches from and bring to church. Or you could buy them from a religious supply store. We brought the palm branches and laid them at the base of the church chancel area. Thus began our Palm Sunday worship service.
Not much has changed in my life on Palm Sunday. Most churches will be doing similar acts to begin worship on Sunday as well. It is a time to remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem knowing that five days later he would be crucified–from being welcomed into a city as a king of hope, to being crucified for insurrection to the government.
Jesus was not going to let the cross determine the “circumference of his horizon.” Jesus knew what had to happen to accomplish God’s ultimate will for his people. Jesus rode into Jerusalem looking from the balcony of what the world needed in a relationship with God. And Jesus knew that the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of humanity would be the last sacrifice needed…if only humanity would believe.
Sunday begins Holy Week. I sometime struggle understanding “What is holy about Holy Week?” for the week prepares us for eternity.
The scripture text for Sunday is Mark 11:1-11. Here is a glimpse of the Palm Sunday Affirmation: I believe that among the shouts of hosanna we hear the faintest whispers of a jeering crowd to come. I cannot begin to understand Holy Week. I am called to believe it, respond in love from it and realize that I am called to love others by sharing this story to all who have yet to hear it…
You will not want to miss Holy Week’s messages. Maundy Thursday & Good Friday (Last 7 Words of Christ from the Cross) with myself, Steve, Bridget, introducing Frankie Alegria trying to make sense of the words. Both services begin at 7PM. Saturday events begin at 8AM with pancake breakfast in Aldersgate and children’s activities at 9AM. Lots of fun for everyone.
You are invited to invite someone to the services this coming week. “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” (Wm. Carey)
Blessings from Duncanville,