“In the Word the walls will crumble down
And all are welcome to enter in In the blood of Christ the great sacrifice
The withered branches bloom again
The withered branches bloom again”
Pass It On by Peter Mayer
Today our congregation is going to read through the Passion narrative from the Gospel of Matthew- chapters 26:14-27:66. We will have a parade with palms. We’ve also rented a donkey to come inside with us (not sure how the Facilities Team or the Altar Guild is going to dig that.) At 9am our guest musician for Family Worship is AGAPE!
We will say and sing the word “Hosanna” numerous times. Literally, it means, “Save us now!” I can’t think of a more appropriate and timely prayer request than this, “Save us now!”
Peter’s words proclaim what is happening,
“In the Word the walls will crumble down”
Those eight words take us from the conquest of the city of Jericho right up to today. The walls that separate us are coming down. It is as St. Paul wrote in his text message to the Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.”
This holiest of all weeks is a time to be in the demolition business, of taking down those stones, bricks and barriers that we have created out of our wounds, our aggressiveness, our frustration and pains.
Peter reminds us that God is doing a new thing.
Even “withered branches will bloom again.”
Thank God for that!