First United Methodist Church Westfield

Saturday Message

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day we recognize Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It was the last week of his life, and he began the week on the back of a donkey. Not exactly the conquering hero so many had hoped for. More than 2000 years later we continue looking for the same thing—someone to come in power, to challenge our enemies and address the grievances we feel, someone to see the world like we do.

But tomorrow is also called Passion Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, and we are reminded that Jesus does not function that way. His way is to bring healing and redemption rather than division and judgment, to unite rather than divide, to serve rather than to be served.

The text tomorrow is Mark’s version of Jesus entry into Jerusalem, Mark 11:1-11. My sermon title is “To Be A Borrower.”

Our Lay Reader tomorrow is Mae Merkle, and our Acolyte is Kathryn Bager. Hope Basaman will bring our Time for Children.

The anthem for the day is Hosanna, Hosanna, and the hymns are: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna; Tell Me the Stories of Jesus; When I Survey the Wondrous Cross; and What Wondrous Love is This.

Other notes for the day:

Remember to bring groceries for the Food Pantry. The children will bring them to the altar as our offerings are brought forward.
Randy Greasham will be our last presenter for our Faith Formation class, “Everyone has a Story.”
Tomorrow is the deadline for contributing to our Easter Flower Fund in honor or remembrance of a loved one.

Holy Week Schedule:

Maundy Thursday, March 29 —7:30 PM worship
Good Friday, March 30 — 7:30 PM worship

Easter Sunday, April 1

6:30 AM Sunrise Service on the Front Lawn, Kylie Haskins, preaching
9:00 AM Easter Brunch, Fellowship Room
10:00 AM Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary

With prayers and blessings for day and the week ahead.

David