Chapter 179 [Day 375]: Sunday 28 March
Good morning on this Palm Sunday
The past year has been marked not only for the effects and repercussions of the Covid pandemic across the world but also for protests and riots in so many parts of the world. Protests in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Syria, and many European cities were about political freedoms. Protests and demonstrations across the world under the banner of ‘Black Lives Matter’ followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of last year. We can all remember the shock and unbelief of seeing hundreds of protestors storming the Capitol Building in Washington back in January.
Then we saw violent protests in this country over questions of historical slavery and more recently demonstrations following the murder of Sarah Everard in Kent earlier this month. This on top of the ongoing protests against Covid restrictions and most recently the demonstration that turned violent last weekend in Bristol over the proposed police bill currently going through parliament.
So what’s all this got to do with Palm Sunday? The people gathered and cheered as Jesus, riding on a donkey, rode in triumphal procession into Jerusalem. But the Jewish religious leaders did not approve so just 4 days later, they had not only engineered the arrest of Jesus on trumped-up charges, but they also incited the crowd who had been shouting ‘Hosanna in the highest’ just days before, to now be chanting ‘Crucify, Crucify!. Crowds can so easily be manipulated by ruthless leaders as history has witnessed over the centuries.
In our recorded virtual service today, we listen to some favourite Palm Sunday hymns and watch an imaginary interview with the guy who owned the donkey and foal borrowed by Jesus. Then we can listen to a Palm Sunday message from John Harrison >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21763269
This coming week is known as ‘Holy Week’ in many church traditions when the last 5 days of Jesus’ life are remembered. We usually hold a short service and meditation on Good Friday morning before processing down to Churchill Road to join with the other 3 local churches in an open-air service. Obviously, this year we can’t do that, so we have created a new half hour video reflection using music and film which we will release for Good Friday.
Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, but will (as in 2020) not be live in the Chapel. We do know that restricted services are permitted under Covid guidelines, but we just didn’t feel comfortable to provide a live service at this time. However, John Abbott is working on a special service video for Easter Sunday, so we look forward to that.
Linda Smith and Jon Stevens both wish to say big ‘thank you’s’ for all the cards and phone calls they had on their birthdays.
MORE THOUGHTS FROM LINDA LORD:
They live on the table side by side,
the Holy Bible and the TV Guide
One is well worn and cherished with pride,
not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
One is used daily to help folks decide;
no not the Bible, but the TV Guide
As the pages are turned, what shall they see -
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV.
So they open the book in which they confide,
no, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
The Word of God is seldom read,
maybe a verse before they fall into bed.
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be,
not from reading the Bible, from watching TV.
So then back on the table, side by side,
lie the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word,
the plan of salvation is seldom heard,
but forgiveness of sin, so full and so free,
is found in the Bible, not on TV.
More from us on Wednesday and again on Good Friday