Pastor’s Email Blast, “Palm Sunday & The Cross and Passion of Our Lord” March 23rd

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Palm Sunday & The Cross and Passion of Our Lord

“Behold, your King is coming to you . . . humble and mounted on a donkey” (Zech. 9:9–12; Mt. 21:1–9). Our Lord rides in this humble fashion because He is entering Jerusalem to humble Himself even to the point of death on a cross (Phil. 2:5–11). His kingly crown will not be made of gold but of thorns, the sign of sin’s curse. For His royal reign is displayed in bearing this curse for His people, saving us from our enemies by sacrificing His own life. The sinless One takes the place of the sinner so that the sinner can be freed and bear the name “Barabbas,” “son of the Father” (Matthew 26 and 27). It is at the name of this exalted Savior, Jesus, that we bow in humble faith. With the centurion who declared, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Mt. 27:54), we are also given to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:11)

Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, when we remember when Jesus rode into Jerusalem in order to die for our sins the following Friday. As He rode in, the crowds welcomed him with palm branches and praises. We continue the tradition of having palms on Palm Sunday, similar to having ashes on Ash Wednesday. This helps us, our children specifically, remember this important historical event. Like many churches, we also have the children process in with palms. Many, historically, take their palms home and place them behind a cross or crucifix until Ascension (40 days after Jesus’ resurrection). The palm branches are then saved until Ash Wednesday and are burned to make the ashes.

Preparing for Worship: For those preparing to receive The Lord’s Supper, please refer to p. 328 in the hymnal. Prayers for worship are located on the first page of the hymnal.

Lord’s Supper: Christ gives His body and blood in the Sacrament for the forgiveness of sins. Those who are in fellowship with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are welcome to Holy Communion. Others we ask that you wait until our pastor can review with you the Gospel and the Lord’s Supper.

Prayers for the week:

* Mike Troncalli recovering from hospitalization (heart). * Bert Whitmire, health issues. * All those grieving the death of Damon Marx’ friend, Chris. * Ron Martinez’ sister, Nancy. * Matthew Eggert, surgery. * Rick Nyman’s niece, Elizabeth Nyman, recovering from surgery and cancer. Also, his friends, Howie and Jan—Jan has advanced cancer. * The Whitmire’s neighbor, Russ Wheat, who has advanced cancer.

*If you would like a prayer in the bulletin, please call or email pastor by Thursday*For pastoral emergencies and care, please call me at 972-802-0444.

Holy Week at a Glance:

Palm Sunday: Divine Service 9:30 a.m. & Cake Reception 10:45

Holy Wednesday: No Classes, but all are encouraged to pray The Litany on p.288 in the hymnal.

Holy Thursday: Divine Service 7:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Express (HIE)

Good Friday: Tenebrae Service 7:00 p.m. HIE

Easter Divine Service 9:30 a.m. 6960 Parkwood Blvd. STE 200

Private Confession and Absolution offered all-week upon request.


New Location Update: All Holy Week Services will be at the Holiday Inn Express. Easter Sunday will be at our new location, 6960 Parkwood Blvd. Suite 200, Frisco. Glory to God alone! (SEE ATTACHMENT)

Adult Confirmation, Palm Sunday after the offering on p. 272. We welcome into communicant membership, Justin and Greta Johnson, Angela Keese, and Skylar Phillips. Cake reception to follow service.

Easter Lilies: All are invited to bring their Easter lily potted plant to our new facility to help decorate the altar area for Easter. Do feel free to take your plant home with you following the service.

TALK RADIO FOR HOLY WEEK…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: The Hymn “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” Apparent Contradictions on the Crucifixion & Death of Jesus, The Upper Room, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Trials of Jesus and more. You can listen live or on-demand at and on the LPR mobile app.

Thank you: We thank Faith Lutheran, Plano/Wylie, for donating a lectern and pulpit for us to use at our new location next Sunday. We also thank Pastor Taylor of Faith, Plano for his donation of beautiful chasubles to Pastor to wear during Communion Services. Not sure what lecterns, pulpits, and chasubles symbolize liturgically? No problem! New Sunday morning class on the liturgy starts 4/8.

Building Fund: As reported at the last Voters’ meeting, we have started a building fund, for our long-term goal of a permanent location. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please write, “Building Fund” on your check/envelope along with the amount. If the check is more than the designated amount, it will post to weekly offering.

Stewardship: If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” Did Jesus really need the donkey? If the man had refused to give the donkey would the work of salvation have been derailed? Of course not. But what an honor for the man who owned this donkey and foal! Likewise with us – the Lord needs none of us, but what an honor for God to choose to use our generosity in the work of His Church.

Sunday School Teachers: We would like to expand our pool of Sunday school teachers. If you would be willing to teach a couple of Sundays here and there, please speak with pastor or an elder. The material is very easy to use; no experience necessary.

Hello Parents of St. John! We will celebrate Palm Sunday this upcoming week (March 25th) and will continue our tradition of having the children process to the front with their palms during the first hymn, sing the first verse of “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (LSB 443), and then return to their seats with you. We invite all of your children to participate and ask for them to arrive 15 minutes before the Service to get organized and to practice singing.

Invite your family and friends to Easter Sunday. We now have the room!

Pastor Clint Stark
St. John Lutheran Church
Frisco, TX

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

(Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV)

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