Palms to Crucifixion

Call to Worship responsive

In the beginning,
God took dust of the earth,
and breathed us to life.

Repeatedly,
God called to our ancestors,
“Return to my ways.”

Confident in us,
God adapted and created,
new ways to reach us.

God called a babe,
of Mary’s womb:
Jesus breathed in God.

Jesus taught and journeyed.
Jesus loved and showed us how.

Arriving in Jerusalem,
we celebrated with palms.
We could taste the beloved kingdom.

But by the end of the week,
of betrayals, trials, & denials:
Crucifixion had come.

We are a fickle people.
We are a people who don’t get it.
But God still dreams big for us.

We wave palms,
and we whip and mock.
We even hammer nails out of fear.

But God is present in the Alpha,
and the Omega.

God is with us as we wave palms,
and as we crucify Christ.

Alpha & Omega, Beginning & End,
and in the now,
God’s love shall overcome. Amen!

Suggested Hymn Alpha & Omega #102 (Sing! Prayer & Praise hymnal)

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Holy Week, John, John 12, John 12:12-13, John 19:16b-22, Palm Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday, Passion Sunday, Uncategorized

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