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Our Sunday Service is at
10:00 A.M 
Sunday School is at 10:15 A.M.

1st Sunday of each month,
We Come to the Lord's Table

Mission Statement
"Bringing people closer to Christ and to one another"
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Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
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Welcome to
St Paul’s United Methodist Church!
Palm Sunday, 2015

Thought for the Week
Thank you, dear Jesus, for knowing me, for loving me,
for calling me by name and for dying for me!

WELCOME

Welcome one and all to St Paul’s United Methodist’s Palm Sunday Service.

Jerusalem rocked and rolled when Jesus made his first Palm Sunday entrance more than two thousand years ago. This shaking has been felt all over the world until today. Many thrones, many nations, many armies and many individuals have been shaking and rolling ever since that rolling started. Many hands and knees are weak and shaky because of this rock and roll entry. Our world of the 21st century still stops to take note!

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10;
Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-18). There are interesting differences between these accounts, but they all represent shifts in emphasis rather than wildly different recollections of events. In all four accounts, Jesus is greeted by the crowd with words from Psalm 118. In the original psalm, the word “hosanna” – “Save us!” begins verse 25. Luke adds the word “king” to the citation (Psalm 118:26a), which in the original merely reads “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”

The Passion Narrative for today comes from the Gospel according to St Mark. Mark’s narrative of the events of Holy Week is full with a wealth of telling details (unlike Mark), sensitivity to our human emotions. This week’s events shook the hearts and souls of those present at the very first event. They still continue to shake our hearts today.

May your heart and soul be shaken by this moving and ground shaking event.
In it all may the love of God ring through in your soul!

May God bless us richly through the reading of his sacred word as we continue to journey in God.

Ernest Belisle, Pastor