r_with_palmsPalm Sunday is tomorrow, and we’re excited! We spent today collecting palm branches from around town. We’ve got big ones and small ones, and we were sure to cut those sharp points off. The branches will decorate the sanctuary tomorrow, and each of the children will also be given one to wave during the opening hymn.

So what’s this all about? Well, Palm Sunday is the day when Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This event is described in all of the gospels, but our sermon tomorrow will come from John 12:9-19. We will discuss how Jesus’ fulfilled messianic expectations by riding into town on a donkey, and we will see why all that meant that He was the king, the son of David. Palm Sunday is a joyous occasion, as the kingdom of God is foreshadowed with glory, but Palm Sunday always has a dark edge because we know that it leads to Good Friday. We cannot ultimately understand the kingship of Christ without understanding His death on the cross. And so Palm Sunday is also a transition into Holy Week and our preparation for Friday.

Our opening hymn tomorrow captures the spirit of the Triumphal Entry. It’s called “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” and its lyrics go all the way back to the 9th century:

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s Name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

We’d love to have you join us for worship tomorrow at 10, as we celebrate this great event in the history of our salvation.

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