We celebrated Palm Sunday in a very different way, but it was not a “less than” experience, and in many ways, it became a “more than” experience.
Some of the responses I heard to the Palm Sunday pre-recorded service were, “I felt like I was with my whole parish family”, “It was wonderful!”, “BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL. Hearing you say the Palm Sunday service is the woods was wonderful. I felt like I was there with you”, “It brought tears to my eyes”.
It is our hope that you are worshiping with us, not merely “watching” the service, but allowing your heart to be changed through it. This may take some time for you to make that adjustment — but one thing that can help is for you to be involved in the pre-recorded service. There are many opportunities for you to be one of the lectors, or offer your musical gifts, or lead part of the service. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encouraged everyone to discover something from their own yard or context that they would use for palms and to process through their house or in their woods, and offer a litany of blessing of their spaces, so we can expand our understanding that our space which we live in is holy space, just like the space in our sanctuary. Here are some photos of doors or mailboxes decorated with the expression of palms on Palm Sunday that worked best for them.
To engage in the worship of Palm Sunday, please click here.
To bless your living spaces, please click below.
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.