ACC Weekend Worship: Sunday, April 5th


Update from Caleb Saenz, Pastor of Worship

Weekly Update

Today is Palm Sunday, traditionally a day where we would gather together as the people of Jerusalem did in celebrating the arrival of Jesus. There is certainly some disappointment in being a separated church today, but I think Palm Sunday offers us a unique opportunity as we worship in our homes.

Palm Sunday is about preparation and praise. The day gets its name from how the people of Jerusalem marked Jesus’ arrival. They took a symbol of victory known to the surrounding culture, the palm branch, and used it to cover the path Jesus would walk in his entry. This activity was one reserved from Old Testament tradition for someone worthy of the highest honor. Jesus was coming, and they were filled with joy and anticipation.

I think we have the same opportunity right now. The world we woke up to this morning is in need of a savior, in ways big and small. It needs a healer. It needs rescue. We feel that watching the news, hearing about so many who have been impacted financially by this quarantine. We feel it seeing the numbers of people infected and dying from this new disease.

But the need for a savior is also felt in our homes. The days can be filled with heaviness, separated from our loved ones. They can be filled with exhaustion, balancing children and work and rest. They can be filled with worry, as we strive to overcome feelings of helplessness or uselessness. The home we woke up to this morning needs a savior, too.

So we say today, as the people of Jerusalem did, the words of Psalm 118:25-26. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. See, these are not the words of the hopeless. They are the words of the needy, but they are confident and bold words.

Even more, on the other side of the cross and the empty tomb, this becomes a prayer of thanksgiving. We know that Jesus has come, to save and to bless, and as we look back on that day in history, we worship now knowing that he is here with us always, walking triumphantly into our homes and our families and our world. We need not fear the unknown. We can lift up our praise today. Hosanna!

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