Monday, March 17, 2008

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and A Menu Plan

Yesterday at church we celebrated Palm Sunday , as most of you did , I am sure. Our service was one of music from the adult choir and some readings mostly. The children did a processional with the palm branches during the hymn, "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna." From there we had 3 or 4 other songs and readings.
What I'd really like to share with you all though is that we ended our service in a very somber mood. The last hymn, was "Were You There?" I had a hard time even singing the words I felt so during that song......"I so don't deserve what he did for me."
As my hubs said yesterday, yes - we really all were there on that day, weren't we? It was for ALL of our sin that Jesus died on that cross.
And praise be to HIM that come Easter we will have a big celebration at our church because we will all know - HE IS RISEN!!
Some people probably don't like the idea of being left in such a sad place at the end of a worship service. But I for one - think it is the perfect thing to set the tone for this Holy Week.

I hope that each of you can take the time this week to walk with Jesus through His last week.
Here are some scripture suggestions my husband gave our church yesterday.

Monday - Jesus at Bethany and Jerusalem - Read Matthew 26: 1 - 35

Tuesday - The Garden of Gethsemane - Read Matthew 26: 36- 56

Wednesday - Jesus Before the High Priest - Read Matthew 26: 57- 75

Thursday - Jesus Before Pilate - Read Matthew 27: 11- 31

Friday - The Crucifixion of Jesus - Read Matthew 27: 32-61

Saturday - The Guard at the Tomb - Read Matthew 27:62- 66

Sunday - The Resurrection - Read Matthew 28: 1- 20

And lastly, since I am beginning to get back on track and plan menu's for my family - I'd like to share it with you.

Monday: BBQ Ribs, Mac and cheese, green beans, bread

Tuesday: Cheesy stuffed turkey burgers and homemade french fries

Wednesday: FEAST at church

Thursday: Italian Veggie soup and bread, salad if anyone wants one

Friday: out to eat

Saturday: leftover's night

Sunday: Salmon, Rice, Zucchini & Tomatoes

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Have a blessed Monday everyone!


Cyndi said...

Sounds like a wonderful Palm Sunday service. I love "Were You There," too. I like Selah's version of it... so powerful.

Your menu looks great! I hope you are feeling better and that you have a blessed, blessed week!

Deedra said...

Were you there is such a powerful song! I agree that it's a great way to kick off this Easter week. With the rememberance of why we celebrate. Thank you for sharing your heart!

elaine said...

New visitor to your blog. I hope you don't mind. I, too, am a UM minister's wife in eastern NC. I loved your perspective about Palm Sunday. And the menu's...are you kidding me? I'm so impressed with your planning abilities. My older sons usually opt for dinner with their friends! I'll check back often for more tips.

peace for the journey~elaine