Choirs to Present Love on Palm Sunday! (3/25/18)

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Choirs (Music), EventAnnouncement, FEATURED, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Palm Sunday:  It conjures up images of Spring, children waving palm branches, singing “Hosanna”, and images of buying Easter candy and getting ready for the big Sunday next week.

But imagine entering a burning building knowing that you won’t come out alive, and yet assured that you will save some lives?

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday, He knew what was going to happen to Him.  And yet, He chose to endure the cross “for the Joy set before Him…”

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2-3, NIV

The Father sent Jesus out of Love for His people…

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-18, NIV

And Jesus came out of love for His Father, and to seek and save those who were lost (and for those who are lost today…)…

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Luke 19:10, NIV


Here is Love

On Palm Sunday (3/25/18), the choirs will present a cantata entitled “Here is Love.”  Palm Sunday isn’t just about the joy of the King entering the Holy City.  It’s about God’s love being on display.  The Love that looks at our constant rejection of our Creator, and yet forgives us “70 times 7” by enduring the cross to join righteousness to love.

Here is Love!

The forward to the cantata (written by Larry Shackley), sets the stage for the appearance of that Love…

The Passion narrative is a story of power and struggle, of pain and disappointment, of betrayal and treachery.  But most of all, it’s a love story; the story of a Creator who loved the world so much that He gave His most precious possession to redeem it.  At the center of the story is Jesus Christ, the expression of that love, who willingly gave his life on behalf of His friends (including His friends here in the 21st century).

When the Bible talks about this sacrifice, there’s a sense of amazement and wonder:

This cantata, “Here is Love”, tries to capture that wonder as we watch how God’s loving plan of redemption plays out in the events of Christ’s final week on earth.


Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, we will have only one service.  Instead of the usual 9:30 and 11:00 services on March 25, we will have a single service at 10:15.  It will open with the usual line up of Praise and Worship music, announcements, offertory and prayer.  But there will be no sermon.  Instead, the Worship Team will lead us in this musical expression of God’s Love.

The cantata walks us through Holy Week with a progression of familiar songs:

  • We Will Glorify the King of Kings   
  • Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley
  • Fairest Lord Jesus
  • You Are My All in All
  • Man of Sorrows
  • When I Survey the Wonderful Cross
  • Oh the Wondrous Cross
  • In Christ Alone

If you’re a regular “church-goer” you probably recognize most of these titles.  But if this is new to you, enter with open eyes and sense the wonder of a Savior who ran into the burning building to save us.

Here is Love!


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