Pallm Sunday 2010 - Curb Your Enthusiasm!

1.      Do you wear a cross?  Why?
2.      Would you wear a hat with a cross on it?
3.      Would you carry a sign saying, “Jesus is Lord!” at a parade?
4.      How do you feel about applause in church?
5.      What is the most excited you have ever been about religion or God?
6.      How does your excitement about matters of faith compare to other enthusiasms, say sports?
7.      How do you get a stone to shout?

1.      How much planning is there for a good party?
2.      How many hours do you suppose go into getting ready for a worship service?
3.      Would you rather your religious experiences be planned or spontaneous?  Why?
4.      What kind of religious experience is best unplanned?
5.      Can we plan too much?  Do we?

Luke 19:29-40
29When (Jesus) had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

text notes:
The word mathetes means "learner, pupil, disciple".  The same Greek work is used both for the two disciples who collect the colt for Jesus, and the "multitude of the disciples"

(c) William H. Levering 2009