Palm Sunday Cantata

Palm Sunday traditionally begins with a parade. To remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the congregation gathers in the fellowship hall and then walks to sanctuary waving palm branches. The parade concludes with singing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” in the sanctuary. We do this simple reenactment to try to capture some of the feeling the disciples must have felt on that day. By reading a story we learn what happened, but by dramatizing it we may feel more of what occurred.

This year our Palm Sunday service will be quite different. We will not have a palm parade, but we are in for a real treat. Our choir, accompanied by a seven piece instrumental ensemble, will present the cantata “The Song Everlasting.” This series of music tells the gospel story using American folk songs and hymns. The music, much of it based on old shape-note tunes gives a fresh feel to the familiar story.

We are not holding our Palm parade, but I expect the results will be similar. For music, like drama, has the potential to help us feel the story, rather than just think about what happened. By retelling the story of Jesus’ life right before Easter, we will be a good frame mind to begin holy week—to come to the last supper, know his arrest, and journey to the cross.

Our choir and director David Broome have been working hard to prepare a particularly moving Palm Sunday service. Thank you too all them in advance for their dedication in leading our congregation in worship.

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