by Rev. Kathy Bouchard
On Sunday, we’ll raise our voices to shout and sing “Hosanna!” celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. As is often the case when I’m preparing a sermon, a song has been playing in my head. It isn’t a traditional Palm Sunday tune, but I think it might capture the mood of the crowd that traveled with Jesus as he approached the city. They were people who had been touched by Jesus in such profound ways that they were ready to follow him wherever he might lead. The song I’m thinking of is I Will Follow Him as sung in the 1992 film, Sister Act. The sisters start out with very staid voices and calm demeanor until Whoopi Goldberg livens things up with a catchy rhythm that ignites excitement among the singing sisters and the congregation. Soon, everyone is singing and dancing and worshipping in a lively way. It’s that kind of excitement that I imagine pulsing through the first century crowd surrounding Jesus on his way to Jerusalem.
We’ll try to capture at least a bit of that excitement in worship on Sunday. We’ll wave our eco-palms and lift our voices as the children process around the sanctuary. We’ll think about who was in the first century crowd and try to find ourselves in that crowd. Many among us will take that excitement to the streets of Dallas later that afternoon; joining thousands of others marching to the steps of City Hall to deliver the message that hate has no place in our community, our state, our nation.
I look forward to all of the activities that Sunday will bring. Come join us for worship, lunch, and the egg hunt. Even if you are unable to join in the Mega March, you can certainly help send them off with shouts of “Hosanna!” that will carry them through the afternoon.
See you Sunday!