Palms, Praise, and Purpose — This week at ELC

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Sunday’s worship begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we hear of Jesus march to the cross.  His story, like ours, seems destined to end in pain, but we await the real conclusion on Easter morning.

Worship this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult  Bible Study and Fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Palm Sunday March 25, 2018

 SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, John 19:16b-22, The Crucified Messiah

Monday, John 17:1-19, Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Tuesday, John 17:20-26, Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Wednesday, John 18:1-11, The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Thursday, John 19:23-30, Jesus’ Last Words

Friday, John 19:31-37, Jesus the Passover Lamb

Saturday, John 19:38-42, Passover Lamb

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” (John 19:21-22)

Pilate thinks he is mocking Jesus when he writes, “King of the Jews” at the top of Jesus’ cross. Little does he know the man he is crucifying is, in fact, king of all! How have you fallen into a role within your household or work environment?

  • Who are treated as royalty in our world? What have they done to earn the title?
  • What does it take for them to fall from grace?
  • How can we shift our loyalties so we praise and emulate Jesus more than our celebrities?

 PRAY: King eternal, you are the ruler of our hearts. Show us through your humble example what it truly means to lead, by giving all of yourself for the sake of your beloved. In your name, we pray, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God guide you to walk in the ways of the king. Amen.

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