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Wednesday Wonderings

Our Palms and Our Coats

Today I wonder how people honor and celebrate each other.
 
This upcoming Sunday many churches around the world will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Some congregations walk around the church, or the neighborhood, or the parking lot… In many regions Christians have traditionally called this day “Palm Sunday” but I wonder why we don’t call it “Coat Sunday” instead. Only the text in John’s Gospel, though, specifically mentions palm branches, while all four Gospels mention people doffing their coats to lay them in the road.
 
Not all churches in the world use palms, either. For example, in Latvia, the churches celebrate Pussy Willow Sunday, and Christians wave these around. And in Paris, while churches celebrate Palm Sunday, many will cut branches from shrubs that have green, waxy leaves on them.  They use what they have to celebrate.
 
I wonder what it would look like to celebrate this significant day in culturally meaningful ways.
 
The most readily contextual example that comes to my mind is rolling out the red carpet for people at special events. But still, the red carpet doesn’t seem to have the same feeling today as it did even a decade or two ago.
 
Yet the majority of the crowd in the Gospel accounts lay their coats on the road for Jesus’ entry. They saw something great happening, they wanted to respond spontaneously, and they used what they had around them.
 
How do I honor those who are closest to me, and how do I honor those in leadership or authority who deserve honoring?
 
So today I wonder how do people honor and celebrate each other in our contexts.
 
And I wonder what it would look like to celebrate this significant day in culturally meaningful ways.
 
I’m not sure I have any answers readily available, yet I would welcome your thoughts and comments.
 
May God’s Peace Rest Upon You.

Pastor Dan

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Roger Reading on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:52 PM
Our Palms and Our Coats indeed, fascinating stuff - Roger Reading


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