"What is Palm Sunday?" Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.
What is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other. Christ's "mandate" is commemorated on Maundy Thursday---"maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means "command." It was on the Thursday of Christ's final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" John 13:34
Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good; however, the results of Christ’s death are very good! “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” First Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”
Sunday School normally meets two Sundays each month at 9:15 a.m. to share God’s word. We will read Bible Stories, sing songs, and do crafts. During March we will learn the Easter story. The younger children will be reading the Spark Story Bible; the older ones will read the “Adventure Bible”. All children from preschool through grade six are invited, and friends are always welcome. This month classes are scheduled for March 4th and 11th .
The adults are invited to catch the excitement too! Starting on March 4th, following worship, we will be offering an Adult Education forum. The first few Sundays will be for discussing what people would like to see included, or changed, in our worship service. We will continue the discussions on March 11th and 25th , April 8th, 15th, and 22nd
The Wednesday Lunch and Bible Study will continue meeting during the month of February, discussing the weekly scripture readings. The format and questions come from "Lutheran Bible Ministries" (www.bibleministries.org) if you'd like to follow along. We will meet March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 12:30 p.m.