April 7, 2019

King’s Entrance Sunday
5th Sunday in Lent, Year C
Becky Robbins-Penniman

This is a “Service of Lessons, Songs, and Reflections” to prepare us for the second set of “high holy days” of the Christian year. The focus of both sets of high holy days is God’s plan to save the world through Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, the Messiah, the Christ.

The first set is, of course, is the Twelve Days of Christmas through the feast of the Epiphany. At Christmas, we hail the birth of the King of kings, the Prince of Peace. On Epiphany we proclaim that all peoples and nations are included in the salvation that God will accomplish through Jesus, born of Mary.

We are now preparing for the second set of high holy days that begins in two weeks with the celebration of Easter. Today, and next Sunday, and on through Holy Week, we present the big picture of the forces and events driving Jesus toward Calvary. This service weaves together passages from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament to show how Jesus of Nazareth is the fulfillment of the promises of God and is the Messiah of God foretold by the ancient prophecies. We also see how humanity has long been blind to, if not downright resistant, to God’s way of establishing peace on earth and good will to all people.

Read the full sermon text HERE.