Palm Sunday

Sunday’s Bulletin

Introduction

Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: like Peter, we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God. We wave palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on the cross. Amid it all we are invited into this paradoxical promise of life through Christ’s broken body and outpoured love in a meal of bread and wine. We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s astounding work.

Procession with Palms

  • Matthew 21:1-11
    Jesus enters Jerusalem

Readings and Psalm

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
    The servant of the Lord submits to suffering
  • Psalm 31:9-16
    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
  • Philippians 2:5-11
    Humbled to the point of death on a cross
  • Matthew 26:14–27:66
    The passion of the Lord
  • Matthew 27:11-54 (alternate)
    The passion of the Lord