Pastor Linda Settles
Not what you would expect
Dear Friends of Green Trails,
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. This day celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.On that day Jesus drew a crowd. Throughout the centuries, he continues to draw people together. Due to the present restrictions on gathering, we will gather virtually. But the Good News is that Christians across our planet will still listen attentively and watch carefully to what Jesus says and does. Jesus began his work out in the boondocks with just a few intrepid followers. Our scripture for Sunday documents his approach to the capital city of Jerusalem. This descendant of David, rumored to be the Messiah, is entering the City of David to bring his message of the Kingdom of God into this seat of religious and political power. As always, with Jesus, things turn out differently than anyone expected.
Matthew 21:1-11 The Message (MSG) The Royal Welcome 21 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” 4-5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet: Tell Zion’s daughter, “Look, your king’s on his way, poised and ready, mounted On a donkey, on a colt, foal of a pack animal.” 6-9 The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” 10 As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?” 11 The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Those gathering to bring the worship to you all will be following all the directives pertaining to social distancing and maximum size of a gathering. All surfaces and devices will be sanitized.
Hope to gather with you online, no later than 9 a.m on Sunday on here on our website. Reminders will be sent via text (opt-in here), Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your True Friend, Kurt