It Starts Out With a Celebration

Psalm 118:19-29 Msg
Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates!
   I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God,
   so the victors can enter and praise.
   Thank you for responding to me;
   you’ve truly become my salvation!
The stone the masons discarded as flawed
   is now the capstone!
This is God’s work.
   We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!
This is the very day God acted—
   let’s celebrate and be festive!
Salvation now, God. Salvation now!
   Oh yes, God—a free and full life!
   Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—
   from God’s house we bless you!
God is God,
   he has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands,
   hang colored banners above the altar!
You’re my God, and I thank you.
   O my God, I lift high your praise.
Thank God—he’s so good.
   His love never quits!

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. It’s a time when Jesus was riding in to the cheers of the crowd. It’s easy for us to cheer for Jesus when things are going well – but not so much when times are tough and those around us are suffering. This is the journey of Holy Week. A little like life – good times give way to dark times. But we know that our light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as together we begin this journey of walking with Jesus to the cross and through the darkness into the light. Thanks be to God.

Grace be with you,

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