An Easter Story, Palm Sunday (part 2)

Good afternoon if you have been following our recent posts this week you would have seen our first part of our Easter Story. As today is Palm Sunday we are going to conclude this part of the Easter story as part of Ark Roadshow online.

We would like to thank www.whyeaster.com for the stories and materials we will be using.

On Tuesday we left the story just as Jesus arrived at Jerusalem.

So when they heard about Jesus coming into Jerusalem, they lined the road to greet him. Throwing cloaks and the branches of the trees, that were growing along the road, was like a red carpet being put out for someone important today, it showed respect and also helped the donkey to get a grip on the dusty road. The Palm leaf was also a sign of Israel, so waving it was like waving the Jewish national flag.

 The Romans would not have liked this as they were in control and had claimed Israel as part of the empire.

The words that the crowd sang and shouted in praise were taken from Psalm 118: v 25,26 and were chanted in the temple during important festivals like Passover. However, on this occasion the words were sung much more loudly and with more celebration than normal, all the crowd joined in, so this was very unusual and important. The word ‘Hosanna’ means ‘God Saves!’ or ‘Save Now!’. The people recognised that Jesus was a very important prophet who was special, although they didn’t think of him as the Messiah or Saviour.

The Jewish leaders and religious Pharisees didn’t like what the crowd were doing. Jesus was getting far too much attention for their liking, so they asked Jesus to tell the people to stop. But Jesus replies that if they stopped, the stones on the road would start singing. This is part of an Old Testament prophesy that says that Jerusalem itself would know when the Messiah was coming into it. I should think this made the Pharisees even more unhappy!

Activity

Our first activity is a quick word fill activity.

Our next activity we have is one where we need to help Jesus find his way through the city.

Our next activity is creative and we are going to make our own palms

Make a Palm Sunday craft. Celebrate and discuss Palm Sunday with this simple craft of handmade palm leaves. All it takes is green paper, scotch tape, a lollipop stick and a little hand tracing fun! Palm Sunday is a time when Christians remember when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate the Passover meal with His disciples. Crowds of people cast their clothing on the road and waved palm branches in the air. The palm branches were a symbol of victory and celebration. On Palm Sunday, some churches pass out freshly cut palm branches and wave them in the air in celebration. You can easily make these on your own!

Family Prayer

Lord,

Today we have come together virtually for our Ark Road show, to celebrate Palm Sunday as our church family, we would like to ask you the help us all during these times and be our comfort.

We miss our time in our church building but each day are reminded that the building isn’t the church but it is us the people that are your church Lord.

We want to thank you Lord for providing us with the technology to still celebrate Easter with our friends and family during this period where we can’t go to visit them, we want to thank you for your support that you provide to our Minister, Rev Barry and our Deacon Jean during these times.

Lord continue to watch over our family and friends at this time and let them know of our love for them.

Lord please help comfort and heal those that are ill just now and help them celebrate Easter in what ever way they can.

We know that this Easter Lord it is going to be a bit weird for us all but with your love and guidance we pray that we can celebrate as best we can.

We thank you Lord

Amen

Thank you for joining us for our virtual Ark Roadshow, we will continue our Easter stories tomorrow.

Now, we know you will want to share your pictures, drawings, crafts and even puzzles with us. If you do please take a photo of them and post them on the Raploch Connected Facebook Group.