Palms to Crucifixion

Call to Worship responsive

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

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 is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures 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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