Entering Holy Week

palm branchesThis Sunday we will celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and reflect on the events of the week to come.  Before we get to Easter, there is a difficult road to walk.  As we have learned, it is likely that the leafy procession into the old city was an act of intentional Guerilla theatre on the part of Jesus.  The time had come to announce the coming of God’s beloved Community to the world.  Jesus and his followers do so in dramatic fashion. In line with our study of nonviolent resistance, Jesus enters Jerusalem in this very mode, challenging the powers in the name of peace. The rest of the week we will see how he suffers the consequences of his bold action on behalf of God and the Beloved Community. One element of Sunday’s service will be a stylized march for peace and justice in lieu of our usual procession of palms. We will have some ready-made placards you can carry (thanks to Peninsula Peace and Justice Center) or you can make your own, if you come early enough.

We will conclude our study in Adult Spiritual Formation of nonviolent resistance and what our faith tradition asks of us in this area.  We will consider the third example (from Matthew) of Walter Wink’s “third way” or alternative responses to violence drawn from his book, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium. Join us for serious reflection and spirited discussion.

Both Palm Sunday and Easter will entail worship for the whole family and communion for April will be on Maundy Thursday, April 2 in the context of a meal.

Come at 10:00 AM on Sunday for worship and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation. Come at 6:00 PM on Thursday for soup supper and communion. These are great opportunities to bring others along to share in the life of our community.

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

Pastor Rick

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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