Palm Sunday: “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.”
Luke 23:3

We begin the season of Holy Week with Palm Sunday. It is a day of contrasts and a lot of scripture. We begin with a reading from the Gospel of Luke of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, when the crowds welcomed him and praised God joyfully with a loud voice saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Then we will move swiftly to the story of trials and the word king takes on an accusatory tone. It can be a service that is discomforting, and maybe that is what we need as we start Holy Week. Maybe we need a Sunday where the range of human response to God’s action in the world is laid out—from joy, faith, and hope to anger, doubt, and despair.

Where do you see yourself in this story? How does this story speak to us 2000 years later? And while we see a vacillating human response, how does this story show us God’s constant love, mercy, and grace.

Join us this Sunday at 6 pm as we begin our journey through Holy Week, and stay for supper following the service.


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