March 28, 2021 The Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday The Art of Forgiveness – 6 Rev. Dr. Twining Campbell

Posted on March 28, 2021 @ 12:59 pm
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This last Sunday in Lent is Palm Sunday.  The light on the steps to the chancel is a palm tree – highlighting how we all come praising Jesus but forget it very quickly.   Palm Sunday light.jpeg

Pastors Twining and Martha Campbell welcome the community and lead the Call to Worship. Dr. Imre Szilas plays one of the best known pieces ever composed for Palm Sunday – “The Palms” by Jean-Baptiste Fauré on the Westminster pipe organ leading us into worship.  

After the Westminster Chimes, Rev. Dr. Martha Campbell reads Jesus’ Triumphal Entry in Jerusalem as it is found in Mark (11:1-11) and Rev. Dr. Twining Campbell leads the community in singing the “Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!”

Pastor Martha gives the announcements: There will be Holy Week Devotionals on our YouTube Channel including an at home Maundy Thursday Communion Service.  Then shares the Prayer Concerns and leads us in prayer concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.  Then both the pastors lead us in the Litany of Forgiveness.

The Anthem, “HOSANNA,” is an original composition by Dr. Imre Szilas and features a women’s trio (Edit Vukovich, Andrea Kubanyi, and Melitta Szegeczky) singing his work written to celebrate Palm Sunday at the St. Lipót Church in Budapest Hungary.  

Pastor Twine leads the congregation in the Prayer of Illumination, reads the lesson: Luke 7:36-47, and delivers the sermon, the sixth part of the series: The Art of Forgiveness.  The last part in many ways is the hardest.  All the other aspects of forgiveness can be done individually.  Restoration/Reconciliation requires two and it isn’t always possible.  One of the challenges comes from Jesus’ understanding of justice.  Jesus does not require repentance before forgiveness.  From the lesson, the sinful woman, recognizing how she has been forgiven already leads to gratitude and repentance.  It can be challenging for all who don’t think they need forgiveness – not only to receive it from Christ but to extend it to others.

The service concludes with the Benediction and the Postlude: “We Sit Down in Tears” from the St. Matthew Passion written by J.S. Bach – played by Dr. Imre Szilas.