If you attended the 10:50 service or didn't attend Medina FUMC on Easter Sunday, my homily is attached.
The irony of Palm Sunday is nearly overwhelming. That people would pull branches off of palm trees on Sunday to hail the arrival of King Jesus, and in only a few short days call for his crucifixion.
Palm branches were a sign of political victory, which I also find overwhelming given our current political landscape. As presidential candidates attack and insult each other, and as supporters of these candidates become more and more polarized from each other, I am struck by how very badly the people in our country want someone who will "fix it."
This Sunday I will ask you to consider a question: What part of the current state of affairs in the world do you hope the next president of the United States fixes? If you're reading this post, maybe you'll want to give it some thought before Sunday.
You might also want to read John chapter 11. It's the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. If you have young children, you can also ask them what they remember about the story since it's been part of their curriculum recently. The story, particularly the reaction of the Pharisees to Jesus's miracle, sheds some light on the political landscape of Jerusalem and the reason that the Pharisees felt that they had no choice but to stop Jesus in his tracks.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
And join us on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday for our worship services, both at 6:00pm.
Actually it's Maundy Thursday.
Maundy Thursday (or Covenant Thursday) is the Thursday before Easter when we remember Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples and his surprising act of washing their feet.
The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum which means "commandment." And the commandment that Jesus gives his disciples after he washes their feet is that "Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
And his example for how the disciples should love one another is washing their feet...becoming a servant to them.
Medina FUMC will celebrate Maundy Thursday on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We will be remembering Jesus service to his disciples, and we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion together as we remember Jesus' final meal with his friends.
We will also observe Good Friday on Friday, March 25, at 6:00pm in the sanctuary. We will remember the story of Jesus' great sacrifice for us and strip the sanctuary as we remember the three days in which Jesus lay in the grave.
Both of these service promise to be powerful. Please join us!