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Lenten Devotions: "Hosanna"

This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).

This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available.

'Palm blades against California sky' photo (c) 2013, Gerry Brush - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

April 13, 2014

"In the Word, the walls will crumble down
And all are welcome to enter in
In the blood of Christ the great sacrifice
The withered branches bloom again
The withered branches bloom again."
Lyrics from "Pass It On," by Peter Mayer

Today, our congregation is going to read through the Passion narrative from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapters 26:14-27:66. We will have a parade with palms. We've also rented a donkey to come inside with us (not sure if the facilities team or the altar guild is going to dig that.) At 9 a.m., our guest musician for family worship is AGAPE!  

We will say and sing the word "Hosanna" numerous times. Literally, it means, "Save us now!" I can't think of a more appropriate and timely prayer request than this.

Peter's words proclaim what is happening: "In the Word, the walls will crumble down."

Those eight words take us from the conquest of the city of Jericho right up to today. The walls that separate us are coming down. It is as St. Paul wrote in his text message to the Ephesians (2:14): "For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us."

This holiest of all weeks is a time to be in the demolition business, of taking down those stones, bricks, and barriers that we have created out of our wounds, our aggressiveness, our frustration, and pains.

Peter reminds us that God is doing a new thing. Even "withered branches will bloom again."

Thank God for that!


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