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Weekly Update #103 10th April 2022
From the Minister Palms or Passion ?
So, it’s Palm Sunday, or is it? Yes, of course it’s Palm Sunday, celebrating Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, riding on a colt, even though this year’s Gospel reading for the day makes no mention of palms. (see the comment on the Bible readings, below, for more about that). It’s also Passion Sunday – the beginning of the week that remembers Jesus’s betrayal and death. Of course, Easter Sunday and the resurrection are coming along soon after that, but it’s unwise to leap straight from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday; from excitement to joy, without any suffering in between. Life’s not like that, as the past couple of years have amply demonstrated. True and powerful resurrection includes the realities of suffering and death, but then overcomes them, as Jesus demonstrates in the days ahead.
Lord Jesus, accept our songs of praise as you journey to your cross; and enable us both to grieve at its necessity and to be renewed by its power; for your own name’s sake. Amen
(C. N. R. Wallwork)
WORSHIP SERVICES AT ST COLUMBA’S
Sunday 10th April Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday 10.30 a.m. communion service at church, led by Roberta Ritson and Trevor Jamison, and welcoming Liz Morrell as a new member at St Columba’s
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES Thursday 14th April – 7.00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service in the Lishman Hall A reflective service, remembering the Last Supper, including communion
Friday 15th April – Churches Together Walk of Witness 10.00 a.m. Walk of Witness – gathering at Alexander Scott Park, off Coach Lane, journeying via Bedford Street to Pearson Park, near the police station.
Friday 15th April, 11.00 a.m. – Messy Church at Saint Columba’s – for all ages, with crafts, fun, and a hot cross bun. More information here
Easter Sunday Easter Breakfast 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. in the Lishman Hall There will be a short act of worship during the first fifteen minutes of breakfast. Diners and worshippers are free to arrive and go at any time during the hour.
Easter Morning Worship 10.30 a.m. at the Church A celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a service including communion.
Easter Evening Worship 6.30 p.m. on ZOOM Music, prayer, and celebrating the Gospel account of meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84388913082
Meeting ID: 843 8891 3082 Phone: 01314601196
Bible readings for this week
Palms and Passion Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Luke 19:28-40
Liturgy of the Passion
Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49
Reflection on the Readings From Cradle to Cross
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven.’ (Luke 19:38) If you go looking in Luke for palms you will look in vain. He doesn’t mention them (go to John 12:13). Likewise, Luke lacks ‘hosannas’ (try John again, or Matthew 21:9 and Mark 11:9-10). What Luke alone gives us, however, is mention of ‘peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven.’ It’s an echo of the angels, announcing Jesus’s birth to shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem: ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours.’ (2:14) The life begun at Bethlehem is coming to its conclusion in Jerusalem (or is it?). The people ‘praise God joyfully’ (19:37), celebrating what’s happened up to this point in life story of Jesus. At the start of the week of Jesus’s betrayal and death, what one thing do you most want to celebrate about his life up to this point?