Readings for Palm Sunday

The Depth of Jesus’ Suffering and Anticipate His Final Triumph

Collect: The Sunday of the Passion

Almighty and ever-living God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Isaiah 50:4-9  . . . Isaiah pictures God’s servant enduring rejection so that he might speak God’s word.

Psalm 31:9-16 . . . The Hidden Face of Love

Philippians 2:5-11 . . . Paul describes Christ’s spirit of humility

Matthew 26:14–27:66 . . . Jesus, nailed to a cross, receives the abuse and scorn of all people.

Sermon  by Richard W. Voelz is an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. His sermon for this week draws on the eyewitness account of Egeria, an early pilgrim to Jerusalem, who marveled at the devotion of the all-day Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. What can we learn from those pilgrims?

Also Palm Sunday: As Passover approaches two processions enter the Holy City. The might of imperial Rome, and Jesus, riding on a donkey. Rival theologies and rival social orders. by Geoffrey Plant . . . other talks about Palm Sunday.  Enjoy!