Palm Sunday launches the week that lies at the heart of the Christian year. On Sunday morning the services open with the waving of palm branches and the joyful procession of our children. Our gospel text includes a series of episodes from the last days of Jesus’ life. The story begins with an act of generosity by an unknown woman. It continues through the night of the Last Supper, when Jesus is arrested. Later he is brought before the High Priest and the governor for trial. Then he is led out to be crucified. From the cross he cries out in agony, and a Roman soldier sees in his death something more than others have realized.
At 2 p.m. in the sanctuary there will be a special presentation of Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross,” by the UCLA Camarades quartet. This is part of our “Second Sundays at Two” music series, and is especially suited to the season. We expect a full sanctuary.
Following 3rd service don’t miss our Second Sunday Supper, featuring all you can eat chicken, rice, and macaroni salad from L & L Hawaiian Barbecue. We welcome your donation of $5/person or $15/family and hope you can stay!
Palm Sunday leads us into the drama of the week to come. On Maundy Thursday we will gather for the stirring and beautiful service of Tenebrae, or “shadows,” at 7:30 p.m., giving thanks for God’s grace and sharing communion on the night of the Last Supper. You will also not want to miss the moving presentation by our chancel choir and orchestra of “Kyrie,” music drawn from some of the most beautiful music of the past 300 years.
The story of Holy Week is a drama of grace and love, as Christians around the world give thanks for a gift beyond all measure, the gift of new life and hope in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
See you at church!