Palm Sunday 2014
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
One tool throughout church history for discipleship and developing intimacy with God is the Spiritual Disciplines.
The Inward Disciplines
So what is true celebration in the context of our spiritual lives?
Is it raw emotion like the crowd at the road?
Is it mere words like the crowd chanting, ‘Hosanna’?
Is it curiosity like the crowds following Jesus into Jerusalem?
Definition: Celebration is remembrance and gratitude for the acts of God.
Celebration is the intentional choice to look for God in joy and gladness.
Theme: The messiness of Holy Week is a microcosm of our worship life. It is messy. Our celebration of God is filled with various motives, false expectation, yet mixed with praise, gratitude and grace.
Celebration is about bringing our authentic selves before God.
• It is when we bring our authentic selves in the presence of Jesus we experience restoration and wholeness.
• It is when we bring our authentic selves in the presence of Jesus we experience true joy and celebration.