St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Let us follow Jesus
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This week we have the great privilege of standing with Jesus as he undergoes his passion. As Christ takes his final journey to Jerusalem, he is fully aware of what he is doing when he goes there. The people who waved palm branches and worshiped him when he arrived knew that this man will be crowned king, just not how. There is, in the end, no disconnect between the procession with palms and the passion narrative that follows. The first is the proclamation of Christ's kingship; the second is the actual shape that kingship takes. Christ chooses to be blessed in no other way than the way of the cross. He does not set his face toward Jerusalem hoping for acclamation and power. He knows the crowd's joyful shouts are only the swell before the disappointment that will follow when Jesus is crucified and dies on the cross for our sins.

This same Jesus, who lived with the disciples, who died and was buried, and who rose from the dead, loves us and promises to be with us always. We can get to know him better through studying the Scriptures, praying, and allowing the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus.

As this Holy Week unfolds, we can relive these events. On Maundy Thursday, we join Jesus as he washes his apostles' feet and offers the first Communion. On Good Friday we can accompany him along the way of the cross and stand by him at Calvary. On Easter Sunday we can rejoice in the Risen Lord. Matthew chapter 21 recounts the events of Palm Sunday. Luke chapters 22-24 recounts the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Savior.

The church family at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge welcomes you to Maundy Thursday services at 5 p.m., Good Friday services at 5 p.m., and Easter Services at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning with a brunch and Easter egg hunt following the services. Please join us at services during Holy Week. Come to services during the week and on Easter Sunday enjoy a Lutheran style yummy brunch and then the children can hunt Easter eggs.
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