Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Year C (2019)
By Michelle Bullock
Over the last five weeks of Lent, we’ve walked through the Way of Love together, learning what it means to turn, to pray, to learn, to bless and to rest. Today, we talk about what it means to worship.
In the Episcopal Church, when we use the word worship, we mean the practice of gathering with others before God to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess, pray, and break bread. When we worship, we believe that we are made one, and that we are called to then go out into the world to practice the Way of Love. (1)
Now, I’ll be honest with you, I struggled through how to preach a sermon on worship with so many texts. I mean, sure, we can point to Palm Sunday as a worshipful time, but what about all the other readings that are so full of suffering and even a crucifixion? That’s heavy.
Well, a few weeks ago, I attended a Music that Makes Community workshop. (2) For an entire day, we learned new ways to bring song into worship. At the end of the day, we sang a beautiful song called “With My Voice Alone.” (3) The song talks about the small impact of one voice, but the power of many voices combined. I thought, that’s it! That’s what worship is! Worship is the gathered voices of many who then give us the strength to go out together and walk in the way of love.
I’d like to share a little bit of that song with you, as we walk with Jesus from the gates of Jerusalem, all the way to the cross.
With my voice alone, there is little I can do. Add your voice to mine—what more can two voices do? If we gather more and more, we become a mighty roar, our voices loud and strong, speaking out against all wrong.
When I think of Palm Sunday, I usually picture Jesus on a donkey, with coats on the road in front of him, and lots of palm branches waving every which way as people sing Hosanna. To