WORD for the Week
April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday
A six-week Lenten worship series: Wellsprings of Hope
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
Sunday, April 14
11:30am in the Sanctuary
featuring the Hennepin Avenue UMC
Sanctuary Choir, Men's Ensemble, Soloists & Orchestra

This concert will NOT be live streamed. Experience it in person only this Sunday.
7pm Worship Service in the Art Gallery*
Worship service featuring washing of the feet & Communion

7pm Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary*
Commemorating the death of Jesus, led by our youth

7am Sunrise Jazz Worship Service in the Art Gallery

8-10:30am Easter Brunch in the Social Hall
$7/person suggested donation; vegan & vegetarian options available

9am & 11am Festival of Resurrection in the Sanctuary*
A celebration of hope & life with soul-stirring grandeur & song!

*Nursery care available

All Holy Week Worship Services will be live streamed at haumc.org/live.
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : Tradition has it that while Jesus came into the city through an eastern gate humbly on a colt, the Roman legion came in the western, Jaffa, gate in all its regal royal splendor. The difference in the types of kingdom was obvious. What, for you, was the difference?

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text:   Luke 19:28-40 (The Message)

The Story:  Frenchye Magee
Reflection: Palm Sunday…come be immersed in the sounds and aura of expectation as we move into Holy Week. Frenchye shares The Story and the entire community participates with song, movement, and the presence of the palms. We’ll interrogate the scriptures again to discover the spiritual power that enables Jesus (and us) to face the dominant systems of the world with the strength of love. All are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors to join the journey!

WORD for Traditional Worship 10am

Preaching:  Rev. Judy Zabel

Reflection: Philippians 2:5-8 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.

Questions to ponder: Do we really want the same mind as Christ Jesus? What would our families, church, nation and world be like if we were willing to empty ourselves? How are we "full of ourselves"?  What is the difference between being filled with humility and being humiliated? What does it mean to be obedient to God? What are the spiritual obstacles to being obedient to God?  

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: You will want to be in worship early because it's Palm Sunday and that means everyone gets a palm branch to wave and parade with in worship! This is one of the most exciting and happy days in the life of a church! We remember Jesus going into Jerusalem and all the people who cheered him on. Do you have cheerleaders in your life? Who are the people who encourage you and tell you that you're enough? Who do you know who needs a cheerleader? Can you do that for that person?


The Bible In Your Hands

You're invited to "dig deeper." Here are a handful of resources:

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church resources:
Worship Bulletins  | online archive of HAUMC worship bulletins
Sermon Recordings  | HAUMC Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship sermon recordings
Devotional Ministry  | HAUMC seasonal daily devotional ministry

Scripture exegesis and commentary resources:
Bible Gateway  | the Bible in hundreds of translations (NRSV, CEB, The Message, etc.)
BibleHub  | parse out the original Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT)
Enter the Bible  | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Luther Seminary
Oxford Biblical Studies  | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Oxford
Working Preacher  | read and listen to lectionary commentary from Luther Seminary faculty

Art and Music resources:
Art in the Christian Tradition  | The Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library at Vanderbilt
Hymnary  | a resource for both modern and traditional worship music and hymns
Sing for Joy  | a worship music and hymn resource from St. Olaf College
WORD for the Week offers people an opportunity to prepare their hearts and minds for worship.
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WORD for the Week is a ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.