The Key Story of Palm Sunday, Mark 11 As they approached Jerusalem, disciples brought a colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,“Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts.
He looked around at everything, but since it was already late,
he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
15 Then they returned to Jerusalem. Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 27 A third time they entered Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
Scripture Lesson: Genesis 28:10-17
“Surely the Lord was in this place and I did not know it.” – Jacob, after a dream in Bethel
Not far from the mysterious collection of wild rocking horses in a Lincoln, Massachusetts, field near Carol Roush’s new home exists a natural spring, unknown to thousands of bicyclists who pause here for Instagram pictures. How much more valuable would that pure, free water be for them than a view of what they call “Pony Henge?” This is our human condition, fixated on fancy external realities, often missing a holy current running just beneath the surface.
In this Genesis passage Jacob has a brush with the Divine, inspiring him to stack stones in this holy place so that others might benefit as well. But such stones quickly become the focal point. The source is forgotten. This was the case by the time Jesus entered Jerusalem. A fancy pile of stones and attendant Temple rules obscured the original source of inspiration. Jesus had the audacity to look beyond those stones. This Sunday we follow Jesus to the river of life that runs just beneath the surface for all of us. At the very least you will come away from worship Sunday with a list of three other nearby mineral springs you may visit this week, filling bottles with the purest water around. But you may find something even more nourishing! See you Sunday! –Pastor Doug
Prelude: “Fugue V:1 in F” Pachelbel
Meditation: “All God Wants” Dietrich Andy, Tyler, and Brian Bean
Anthem: “Wondrous Cross” Mason
Postlude: “Fugue on ‘Exultet’ ” Dandrieu
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl:
PLEASE forward some pictures from the “Golden Shovel Gala” to Sheryl today.
Sunday School Lessons:
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Youth are to remain in worship. Students who wish to come downstairs for a lesson will have a craft on “what Easter means to me”