A-Lent VI Palm Sunday 2017-04-09


April 9, 2017 PALM SUNDAY

First Reading Isaiah 50:4-7

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah [eye-ZAY-uh].

The servant of God said:

“Yahweh God has given me

a well-trained tongue,

that I might speak to the weary

a word that will rouse them.

Morning after morning

God opens my ear that I may hear;

and I have not rebelled,

I have not turned back.

Yahweh God is my help,

therefore I am not disgraced;

I have set my face like flint,

and I know that I shall not be put to shame.”

The word of God spoken through the prophet Isaiah.

Second reader: Please leave 30 seconds of silence after the psalm before you leave your seat to go to the podium. The psalm is another “reading” and it needs time to settle in before the next one starts. Many thanks.

April 9, 2017 PALM SUNDAY

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Second Reading Philippians 2:5-11 Dr. Jeannie McPhee

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians and Dr. Jeannie McPhee

Paul writes

Jesus Christ, being in the very nature of God,

did not regard equality with God something to be grasped at.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness.

Jesus was known to be of the human condition and was thus humbled––

obediently accepting death, even death on a cross!

Because of this, God highly exalted Jesus

and gave him the name above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee must bend in heaven,

on the earth, and under the earth,

and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God:

Jesus Christ reigns supreme!

Jeannie writes…

Not everyone likes the image of the cross.

But our image of the cross does not have to be restricted

to that familiar instrument of execution with its focus on a violent death.

Two circles at right angles can form a cross.

Look at a globe and see how many times a cross is formed

with lines marking its longitudes and latitudes.

Pay attention to how the whole world is wrapped

in the cross made when circles join.

That is where the cross leads us— to the world

where we are all connected to each other

and are responsible for and responsible to each other.

So let the cross we take up be justice.

Let the cross we take up be peace.

Let the cross we take up be love.

Let the cross we take up be nonviolence.

And let us take it up together

in the name of the one who liberates us

and makes it possible to follow him.

The word of God spoken through Paul and Jeanie McPhee .

April 9, 2017 PALM SUNDAY

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Gospel Matthew 21:1-11

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew.

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage [BETH-fuh-jee],

at the Mount of Olives,

Jesus sent off two disciples, saying,

“Go into the village ahead of you,

and immediately you will find a donkey with her colt tied there;

untie them and bring them to me.

If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Rabbi needs them.’

And the owner will send them with you at once.”

This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,

‘Look, your ruler is coming to you, humble, mounted on a donkey.’”

The disciples went off and did as Jesus had directed them;

they brought the donkey and her colt and laid their cloaks on them.

Jesus mounted the donkey and rode toward Jerusalem.

A huge crowd spread their cloaks on the road,

and some cut branches from the trees and spread them along the path.

The crowds that went ahead and those that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Most High!

Hosanna in the highest!”

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil,

demanding, “Who is this?”

The crowd kept answering,

“This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

The Good News of our Salvation spoken through Matthew.


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