Sunday, April 5, 2020. Not only is today Palm Sunday, but it’s also 1st Sunday, which means Communion Sunday for most churches. Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday, marking the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent. On Palm Sunday, churches often give the congregation palm branches to re-create the celebration of Christ’s final arrival in Jerusalem because his followers used palm branches to honor him as King and Messiah.
For most churchgoers, this is probably the first time in a long time (or maybe in your life) that you’ve ever been home on a major church holiday/celebration like today. How are you coping with NOT being able to physically worship with your church today? How did your church handle ministry for today’s celebration? Did they do drive-up communion? Maybe passing out palms as you drive by? Did they have a live stream service via Facebook Live, YouTube or church website? Was there a conference call/prayer line? Tell us in the comments!
Click the video to hear how several “Sunday Joy” listeners spent their Palm Sunday!
Whatever activity you chose to do today, be it home communion, acquiring palms, reading scripture with your family, etc…the point is to, in some way, commemorate and remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and His ultimate sacrifice so that WE would have eternal life! The bible says WE are the church (not a building). WE are to carry the Word of God in our hearts by reading the scriptures and spending time with Him. Be encouraged and know that God STILL sits on the throne, even in the midst of this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic!