Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week
Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 10:00am
Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus leaves the more familiar, friendly territory of Galilee and heads south to Jerusalem, where he knows that his presence will bring conflict. Sunday is traditionally Palm Sunday, but at St. Mark’s this year, Sunday’s worship service will tell the story beginning with Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on a donkey, and then the story will continue through the events of the betrayal of Jesus, the Last Supper, the trial, torture and execution… all of which are the terrible prelude to the events of Easter morning.
The worship service will be led by children and youth from the congregation. The adults will be carefully led through the events of the week and there will be sharing concerning their significance.
Mark 11:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)
When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’”
They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve.
How do the events of Holy Week impact you? Is there any one character in the story with whom you identify? The disciples appear to have been very insecure personally as they panicked that they each might be the one who betrayed Jesus. Do you share some of their feelings of insecurity? Could it be me? they asked themselves. The disciples were scared that both Jewish and Roman laws might be used against them to either imprison them or execute them. Do you have a similar fear? What steps can you take to overcome your own insecurities and fears?
Please plan to be in church for:
Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:00pm in Wesley Hall.
As part of a Soup Supper, around tables, those attending will celebrate Jesus initiating the Last Supper with his disciples. Please being a soup or bread to share.
Good Friday, March 30 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
A service of scripture and poetry exploring the events of the crucifixion and poetry.
Easter Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00am
Festival worship services celebrating the resurrection of Jesus… with choirs and brass. Brunch will be served before, between and after these services, as fund-raiser for youth involvement in Sierra Service Project.
Prayers please for:
Family of Al and Pat Arthur, Ginny Baldauf, Dick Bishop, Peggy & Paul Blankenship, Ruth Burgess, Peggy Fenimore-Brown, Joseph Lappia, Betty Metcalf, Family of Frances Phillips, Steve Mitchell, Dick Smith