Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Shout hosanna!

While there were a few who knew and understood Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, it was no grand entrance. Rather, he entered on a donkey in true humility and grace.

If Christ had come in his full glory, we couldn’t have handled it! Rather he came in a state of humility with the full weight of our sins upon him. And that is exactly what we needed.

We needed Christ to bear our sins and be saved from them so that we, in turn, could be saved.

So we now shout “Hosanna in the highest” for His humility and sacrifice for us. We shout “Hosanna” for his undying love.

Today’s sermon text from Zechariah 9,

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
    and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
    and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
    I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
    today I declare that I will restore to you double.

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Easter Sunday: Please note the Divine Service will be at 10 am. Also, please bring flowers for the cross. No breakfast will be held this year.

Holy Week is upon us! Please note that the daily Passion Readings will be posted online Monday-Friday. We will meet again in-person to celebrate the Risen Christ at 10 am on Easter Sunday.

LWML: Funds are still needed to support ongoing activities. Please send donations to Margaret Ebert.

Information Class: No class will be held on Easter Sunday.

Donations: Unfortunately the expenses go on. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James post office box as that is a secure location.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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