Palm/Passion Sunday (Apr 9th)

Pastor's Summary of Matthew 26:14-27:66

It is two days before the combined frestivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread. In this particular year, Passover begins on a Thursday evening. Many pilgrims have come to Jerusalem for the celebrations. A woman has anointed Jesus for burial--a rite usually performed after death--but there will be no time then.

Jesus has shared the Last Supper with his disciples. He has very humanly asked the Father to allow him to simply die, but has decided to be obedient to the Father's will, to God's plan. Judas has betrayed him to the religious authorities, and Jesus has been arrested, tried by the Sanhedrin, found guilty of a capital offence and handed over to Pilate, the Roman prefect, for trial under Roman law

NOTE: There will be a Procession of the Palms and members of the congregation will be reading the Passion Narrative as we prayerfully prepare for Holy Week recalling  Jesus journey to the cross, The trial, the agony of the cross, the disciples ordeal, the women's vigil, and the glorious hope of the resurrection.