Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! I hope you are having a good March. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring. It won’t be too long of a wait. Spring arrives on March 20.
Something else happens this month. It’s Palm Sunday. Do you know why we celebrate Palm Sunday or why we celebrate with palms? This is a very important day in the life of the church so let’s take a look at what it means.
First, let’s see what a palm tree looks like. If you’ve been to Florida, South Carolina or California before, then you’ve probably seen a palm tree. Lots of tropical places have palms. Here’s a picture of one. See those individual leaves? Those are called palm fronds. When you come to church on Palm Sunday, you’ll be given a frond to wave when we sing.
On Palm Sunday we will be remembering the day when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. There was a lot of celebrating. People were excited to see him. As he rode in, the people put their cloaks (today it would be jackets or coats) on the road in front of him. Other people put down palm branches on the road. This sounds funny to us today but it would have been a sign of respect and honor.
This Palm Sunday story is found in all the gospels. Grab your Bible and see how it’s in four different places in the Bible. Here’s where to look for Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-15.
Palm Sunday is important for another reason. It is the start of what we call Holy Week. If the start is Palm Sunday, do you know what the next Sunday is called? If you said Easter, you are right!
Do you know there’s a cool project you can do with a palm frond? You can make a cross out of it! We’ll have directions for you on Palm Sunday. Here’s a picture of one.
We look forward to seeing you soon. And remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!