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Bring It On

Here he comes,
the one who will change everything.

Here he comes,
riding to bring freedom,
triumphing over fear.

I cheered
and shouted,
waved whatever I could find
in anticipation
and excitement.

He’s coming,
how different everything will be now.

But it never occurred to me
that he might change me.

I thought it was ‘them’
that needed changing.
The powers,
the rulers,
those who held our lives
so tightly.

But it was me
who would be challenged:
my ways questioned,
my commitment.
what I really was shouting for.

Cheering,
shouting ‘bring it on’,
wanting this to happen.

If I’d realised,
would I have been so keen?
Thrown in my all?
Shouted for more?

More than excitement,
today is about challenge.

Where do I stand?
Who do I support?
Am I with Jesus –
all the way to suffering?

John 12:12-16 (CEV)

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

12 The next day a large crowd was in Jerusalem for Passover. When they heard that Jesus was coming for the festival, 13 they took palm branches and went out to greet him. They shouted,

“Hooray!
God bless the one who comes
    in the name of the Lord!
God bless the King
    of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the Scriptures say,

15 “People of Jerusalem,
    don’t be afraid!
Your King is now coming,
and he is riding
    on a donkey.”

16 At first, Jesus’ disciples did not understand. But after he had been given his glory, they remembered all this. Everything had happened exactly as the Scriptures said it would.

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Shouting for God

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, when the people gathered as Jesus entered Jerusalem, and shouted and cheered as Jesus rode by.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Lord Is Always Merciful

118 Tell the Lord
how thankful you are,
because he is kind
and always merciful.

Let Israel shout,
“God is always merciful!”

19 Open the gates of justice!
I will enter and tell the Lord
how thankful I am.

20 Here is the gate of the Lord!
Everyone who does right
may enter this gate.

21 I praise the Lord
for answering my prayers
and saving me.
22 The stone that the builders
tossed aside
has now become
the most important stone.

23 The Lord has done this,
and it is amazing to us.
24 This day belongs to the Lord!
Let’s celebrate
and be glad today.
25 We’ll ask the Lord to save us!
We’ll sincerely ask the Lord
to let us win.

26 God bless the one who comes
in the name of the Lord!
We praise you from here
in the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is our God,
and he has given us light!
Start the celebration!
March with palm branches
all the way to the altar.

28 The Lord is my God!
I will praise him and tell him
how thankful I am.

29 Tell the Lord
how thankful you are,
because he is kind
and always merciful.

If Jesus were to ride past today, what would you be shouting?  What praise would you have to bring him?  Let’s shout out our praise to him.

Let’s tell him today what we are thankful for…