Palm Sunday

Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members,

Today we would have celebrated Palm Sunday with Holy Communion during our in-person worship service. I know a sweet elderly lady, from whom I heard this saying: “If the Good Lord will, and the creek doesn’t rise”.

Well, the creek definitely rose in these days, however I would like to remind you of the fact that whether we are locked together with loved ones, or keeping physical distancing alone, the “Good Lord” is always able and ready to be with us. This is true even as we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week without gathering in our church building.

I encourage you to check out the worship connections below, and to watch at least one of the recorded worships/messages.

We will try to gather the congregation for next Sunday on ZOOM. We’ll see how it goes, and whether you will encourage us to carry on that learning curve and new experience of worship.

Before the links – remembering that we would have gathered for Holy Communion this Sunday – I would like to share a funny picture with you that I received from Mary Ellen. (See attached. I got Don’s permission to e-mail it out to everyone. .

Below the links, I am also sending you today’s “Our Daily Bread” devotion, as I found it fit and meaningful for Palm Sunday celebration.

“The God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 15:33)

Maria

Sunday Morning Worship (links live on Facebook)

Bashaw- Ponoka (AB) United Churches — Rising Spirit 10:30 am MT.
Knox United Church, Drumheller
McKillop United Church, Lethbridge, Alberta 10:30 am
Northminster United Church, Calgary
St. Thomas United Church, Calgary
Rimbey (AB) United Church
Robert McClure United Church, Calgary
Hillhurst United Church, Calgary
Innisfail (AB) United Church
Crossfield (AB) United Church – Search for Crossfield United on Youtube
Ralph Connor Memorial United, Canmore
Southwood United Church, Calgary
Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer 10:30 am
Symons Valley United Church, Calgary
Worship with United Church of Canada Moderator Richard Bott

You’ll find the service for April 5 HERE

The One Who Saves

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!”

John 12:13

READ JOHN 12:12–18

He was called “one of the bravest persons alive,” but he wasn’t what others expected. Desmond was a soldier who declined to carry a gun. As a medic, he single-handedly rescued seventy-five injured soldiers in one battle, including some who once called him a coward and ridiculed him for his faith. Running into heavy gunfire, Desmond prayed continually, “Lord, please help me get one more.” He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Scripture tells us that Jesus was greatly misunderstood. On a day foretold by the prophet Zechariah (9:9), Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd waved branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). Quoting Psalm 118:26, they cried: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13). But the very next verse in that psalm refers to bringing a sacrifice “with boughs in hand” (Psalm 118:27). While the crowd in John 12 anticipated an earthly king to save them from Rome, Jesus was much more. He was King of Kings and our sacrifice—God in the flesh, willingly embracing the cross to save us from our sins—a purpose prophesied centuries earlier.

“At first his disciples did not understand all this,” John writes. Only later “did they realize that these things had been written about him” (John 12:16). Illumined by His Word, God’s eternal purposes became clear. – By James Banks

REFLECT & PRAY

Risen Savior, I praise You for Your sacrifice for us at the cross. Help me to live serving and praising You, my eternal King! Amen.

How has Jesus saved you? How can you express your grateful praise to Him today?

Rev. Maria Szabo Berces
Carstairs Bancroft United Church