“All glory, laud, and honor…” is offered on Palm Sunday from Chuckatuck. It has been a stormy Sunday at the beginning of Holy Week. It was a nice day yesterday as we prepared for Easter during our cleanup yesterday. It was a nice day to work and we got a lot of work done. As we begin the approach to Easter we are reminded of the journey that we have completed and the walk that remains, the path of reflection and preparation for the Resurrection.
In worship today we began by remembering the Passion and sacrifice of Christ during Holy Week and how we are called to be prepared for the work that lies ahead for us, just like for Jesus. The Psalmist offers words that claim the difficulty of our lives: we recognize our sin and that God’s grace alone can save us. We are also reminded that, while the world tells us we aren’t worthy, God never gives up on us, those in relationship with God. The letter to the Philippians paints the picture of Jesus, recognizing his divinity yet not allowing his divinity to prevent him from ministering to and with humanity. His example serves as the conviction that we should live likewise – to sacrifice what we warrant to be what we are supposed to be. Today’s Passion gospel was from Mark, while not explicitly stated Mark shows the triumphal story of Christ offering himself as a sacrifice, even when he didn’t “warrant the sacrifice” by human standards.
Our sermon focused on the passage from Isaiah. His prophecy tells the attributes of the one who is a servant and related to God. How God will sustain and provide for what we need, not always what we want, and that God’s provision demands a response. Our greatest message is our witness to the saving grace of God, freely given for those who are related to God.
Blessings to you in your Holy Week journey. I invite your comments,
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47
Video for today’s worship: https://youtu.be/amM9Wv7JGPY