Palm Sunday 2021 Devotional
Good morning dear Friends,
Welcome, wherever you are, to Holy Week. For many centuries, followers of Jesus have gathered together to retrace and remember the last days of Jesus Christ, especially the three sacred days that make up the Triduum (“three days”). We believe that these days cannot be separated from one another, so they are celebrated as one liturgy.
Palm Sunday celebrates two seemingly different stories. We begin the liturgy by commemorating Jesus’s triumphant journey to Jerusalem where he is greeted by shouts and songs of acclamation and joy. Everything seems to be going well. Jesus is hailed as a King and people wave palm branches to show their honor for him. By the time we reach the Gospel, however, we hear the Passion of Jesus Christ, recalling the events leading up to his crucifixion and death on the cross. It may seem strange that these two extremes are celebrated on Palm Sunday, but that is the reality of the Paschal Mystery. There is only one story. Jesus’s life, death and resurrection are all connected; It is impossible to separate them as isolated events.
As we make a committed journey through Holy Week, I encourage you to make a committed time and place reflect, meditate and contemplate the meaning and sacrifice of this Holiest of Time in the life of Christian Believers. Throughout this week, be attentive to the worshipful-ness of your homes and places where you will observe Holy Week. Set aside a holy place where you can experience the celebration, sorrow, betrayal, denial, and yes, the Hallelujah of Resurrection Sunday. Praise be to God.
We will have online services for each day of Holy Week. Please join us as we continue our journey to the cross, an empty tomb and a resurrected Savior.
Our appreciation for your support through our Easter Offering for two of our ministry partners – Family Promise of Washington County and The Phillip & Timothy Stains Memorial Home of India. Thank you for being a blessing.
Finally, to better plan for The Martinelli’s Soulful Sunrise Breakfast (4 April 2021 @ 8:00 a.m.) please send me an email or contact the church office if you will be attending our scrumptious event.
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Clarissa, Brother Martin, the Adult Children, The Girls, and Amme Joy!
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison