In worship today we heard the stories both of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ Passion, which will be celebrated again on Thursday. We heard Psalmist’s cry for mercy and protection from God when they felt put upon and forgotten; persecuted by their society. Paul’s letter to the Philippians described the “why” and “what we need to learn” of Jesus’ Passion as a means to help us live a life of faith in times of trouble. Matthew’s gospel account was a portion of the longer betrayal, trial, and crucifixion story, leading from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Today’s sermon focused mostly on the reading from Isaiah, a passage often referred to as the third servant song. Isaiah wove a description of the servant/leader/disciple of God (and Jesus) and the traits they exhibit. Isaiah helped remind us that our strength comes from experience not simply reading or learning. The path of the disciple isn’t always easy, but it is rewarding and prepares us to share the truth of God’s faithful presence, even when times are tough.

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Morning Prayer video:

Readings: Isaiah 51:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 27:11-54

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