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“This is my covenant with you.” —Gen. 17:4

Sunday, April 13

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Passion/Palm Sunday


Amari Dryden



Amari Dryden


The arrival of Jesus is fast approaching. Are you prepared to see Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior?

In Matthew 21, the citizens of Jerusalem are preparing for the arrival of Jesus, pulling out all the stops for the Son of God. How do we as Christians prepare the gates of our hearts for the arrival of Jesus? Do we have a great ceremony, or a quiet reflection? Do we think of Jesus only when church is fun and exciting, or do we prepare for him every day?

We see a similar pattern among sports fans. Do we cheer for our favorite teams only when they’re winning and criticize them when they’re losing? Or do we love them no matter what the outcome of the game? I love my teams whether they win or lose, because they’re a part of me. Even when they aren’t playing, my team is on my mind.

Jesus is also a part of me—a much bigger part—and remains so no matter where I am or what the occasion. He is never far from me.

Amari Dryden, high school student; member, Central Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky; member, production team, Presbyterian Youth Triennium, 2013

Let us pray

Creator God, show me how to prepare for the games of life, whether I’m on the team or in the stands; whether my team is winning or losing. Let me represent Jesus like the fan and child of God I am. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Matt. 21:1–11
“Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!”
HB 188, PH 90, 91

Ps. 118:1–2, 19–29
“Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty”
HB 40, PH 489

Isa. 50:4–9a
“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
HB 194, PH 98

Ps. 31:9–16
“Psalm 118: 19–29”
PH 232

Phil. 2:5–11
“He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”
PH 95

Matt. 26:14–27:66 or Matt. 27:11–54
“Were You There?”
HB 201, PH 102

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 150
First Reading Zechariah 9:9-12
Second Reading 1 Timothy 6:12-16
Gospel Reading Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9
Evening Psalms 42; 32

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