Northfield

United Methodist Parish

Sunday, April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday

The Palm Sunday meditation works best if you don’t look at it until you are ready to start. It involves some activity – your own procession- and perhaps going outside if you can. You might want a scarf unless you happen to have some palm branches…

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This is intentionally lighter during this time of COVID-19 and as we get ready for the passion of Holy Week. Have fun!

Blessings,

Evie

An Active Meditation for Palm Sunday

Put your shoes on! It’s time to move.

Parade (or walk with intent) through your house or hallways, or if you can go outside, walk up and down your driveway or sidewalk. If you don’t care who sees you, wave your arms around or take a scarf with you to wave.

Say or sing, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Get your blood flowing! With heart pumping and blood flowing, it’s time to get your brain into action!

It’s time for: Can You Remember?

What are your memories of Palm Sunday worship? As a child? As an adult?

Do you recall sunny days, rainy, snowy? How is the lighting in the sanctuary?

Did you participate in a procession in the sanctuary – as a child, as a choir member, as a child-like adult, as a shepherding adult? What do you remember?

Did you have palms to wave? Did you ever keep them or weave or receive a cross made from the palms?

What hymns and songs have you sung on Palm Sunday? If a choir member, do you have a favorite anthem for Palm Sunday?

What do you remember of the Palm Sunday gospel lesson? How would you tell it to someone? What parts are important to you? Why? Where would you fit into the story if you could choose a part to play?

Whew! that’s a lot of work.

Time now to settle down.

When your heart rate is back to normal, get out your Bible (or find the link below).

Read the Gospel lesson now (Matthew 21: 1-11). What did you get right? What had you forgotten as you tried to recall it?

Did anything jump out at you as you read it? Reflect on that and ask God to guide your thoughts.

Close your time with a prayer expressing what’s on your heart.

God of the ages, thank you for the gift of memory and for the times that hold special meaning in my life. Be with me and all of your Church as we prepare our hearts for this Holy Week. All glory, laud, and honor to you through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Evie Doyon, Palm Sunday April 5 2020