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Palm Sunday / Triumphal entry

Lent 2020  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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As we worship together at home, let's draw near to the story of Palm Sunday and Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As we do so, we ask ourselves 3 questions: Which character in this story do you identify with today? As we enter Holy Week, how Is Christ disrupting your life? What do you hope for in the coming Kingdom of God?

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Intro/Notices

Encourage you to read the Bible reading aloud. Dwell App Matthew 21:1-11

Prayer

Almighty God, We are in awe of your magnificent power displayed through the entire universe, for through you all things were made and all things have their being. We come before you with grateful thanks and with hearts that long to adore you and worship only you. Lord, may we know the presence of the Holy Spirit here with us today. May we be open to your leading, sensitive to you speaking and alert to your calling. Father, we invite the same power that was at work when Jesus was raised from the grave to be present with us here now. Lord, we declare that you are welcome here amongst us. Amen.

General intro to theme of reading

Questions for Reflection:

Characters in the story:
disciples going ahead
owners of the donkeys
The crowd with Jesus, shouting Hosanna
Those in the city, asking, “Who is this?”
Which character in this story do you identify with today?
Imagine yourself as that character in the story as I read it again.
Entering the unexpected, the unprecedented. So are we at the moment. Often celebrate Palm Sunday with shouts of Hosanna, but Holy Week is on the horizon. They did not know what was coming next. We do not know what’s coming next.
It is exciting on some level but it is also disruptive.
Jesus disruptesd the status quo.
As we enter Holy Week, how Is Christ disrupting your life?
We often fear disruption, but it is also through disruption of the old, that new life can emerge. There are things that we will lose in this time, but there will also be new opportunities, things that we learn about ourselves, and about God through this experience.
Highlights and reveals problems that are not caused by Covid. How will we respond?
Thankfully, we are not in this on our own, but our lives, with all of the highs and lows, are part of the bigger story of God’s plan to reconcile all things to himself.
So do not worry about what might go wrong, but place your hope in what God is calling to be. In your life, and in the world around us.
Worry = anticipation of disaster
Hope = anticipation of joy.
What do you hope for in the coming Kingdom of God?

Prayer

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