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Lenten Devotions 2015


Daily Scripture Readings for Lent 2015 

 

These daily readings are adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, Daily Readings for Lent Year One.

 

Psalm 118 , Matthew 21:12-17

 

"Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself" (Matthew 21:16 referring to Psalm 8:1,2)

  

Wouldn't it be nice for the formula of life to be straightforward?  Good  choices always lead to good outcomes.  Bad choices lead to bad results.  But it's complicated.   That's what I think of Palm Sunday.

  

I wanted to tell the Palm Sunday story to the 3s and 4s at mid-week chapel time, so I blew up a bunch of balloons and spread them all over the base of the chancel steps before they arrived.  'Play!'  I said to them.  Really?  their looks said to me.  'Play!' I repeated.  And they did, having a grand time tossing and batting balloons, and some popped in their enthusiasm.  They squealed in delight and laughed at one another.  It was fun.  I sighed watching them, because I felt like I was setting them up.  I guess I was.

 

'Now,' I said, 'Put the balloons on the floor and take a seat on the steps.'  They did, but kept eyeing the balloons. 

 

I told them the story of Palm Sunday and of the parade.  Jesus's disciples found the colt of a donkey and Jesus rode it into the city of Jerusalem.  Seeing Him, all the children and parents shouted with delight, "Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna!"  Their enthusiasm was infectious.  'Hosanna!' I said to the children, 'means Save Us!' I said.  'Hosanna!'  shouted the 3s and 4s dying to pick up the balloons and throw them around again.  At the same time, I went on,  "The leaders of the temple church were whispering about Jesus and planning how to get rid of him." (It's difficult to tell complicated stories to children.)    I said, 'So the parade was over and our balloon party is over.  We have to put the balloons away.  Please come get your balloon and put it in this box.'  But why?  they asked.  But why?   

It was heart breaking not to give the whole answer, but that's the feeling of Palm Sunday. Slowly the children got up and starting gathering balloons and began dropping them into the box.  Some didn't want to give up their balloons.  Some balloons didn't want to stay in the box. Such is the nature of our Hallelujahs and Hosannas.  "Why is the party over?  Why didn't they like Jesus?"  The children's energy was slow.  Sad.  But they collected them all, even the bits of burst balloons.  And I closed the box.  We were quiet.

 

"What happened?"  they asked.  "Tell us what happened to Jesus!"  

"We'll find out," I answered.  "Next week, I'll tell you about Easter.  I promise."  and they left the sanctuary whispering quietly.  I felt guilty, like I should have resolved it for them.   'I didn't know," a teacher whispered to me, "about the Hosannas."

  

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah in the early 80s, but it was glossed over because of many other musical hits during that period.  Other artists would latch onto it later and revise the lyrics and twist the meaning, but Cohen's original words were a humbling yet grateful telling of the soul's rising and falling before God: gritty, struggling and yet laced with Hallelujah.



 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday leaves a tension in our lives.  Between the Hosannas and the Hallelujahs there is the cross.  We have to sit with that a while.

 

Lord, this the the day that you have made.  let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

 

Helen DeBevoise

 

 
Welcome to Park Lake Presbyterian Church. . . where all are loved and called to live for Christ to reach lives for Christ.

We are a local Presbyterian congregation doing the work of Jesus Christ, gathering in this place since 1925.  All are welcome to worship here and join our journey with God as we go into the world as disciples of Christ.

 

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Upcoming Events:

 
Holy Week Worship Schedule

Sunday, Mach 29, 10:30 worship.

Palm Sunday, Children's procession of palms.

 

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 worship.

Maundy Thursday, celebration of the Lord's Supper.

Friday, April 3, 12:00 noon worship.
Community Good Friday service at Washington Shores Presbyterian Church.

Followed by a light lunch.
 

Saturday, April 4, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Children's Egg Hunt, crafts, story and games.

Gather in Struble Hall of Education Building.

Toddler friendly!  Bring a friend! 

  

Sunday, April 5, Easter Sunday:
Sunrise Service in courtyard of Struble Hall, 7:00 a.m.
Youth sponsored Pancake Breakfast in Struble Hall, 8:00 a.m.
Church School in Education Building, 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Time in Struble Hall, 10:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is invited to bring a flower to place on the cross for worship.

 
FAVO - Week-end Art Show & Exhibition

Friday, April 3, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Central Florida Artists Show and Market.

Studio art exhibits featuring local Juried Artists.

Food trucks, music, family friendly.

Come enjoy time at FAVO!

 
Easter Egg Hunt - Family Friendly

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., meet in Education Building.

Crafts - Games - Easter Story - Egg Hunt.

Egg hunt areas separated by ages.

Family and toddler friendly!

Bring your basket and a friend!

 
Mark your Calendar!

Easter Egg Hunt - April 4.

Vacation Bible School - July 13 - 17.

 

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