Today is a day of entrances. We enter Holy Week by participating in the Palm Sunday liturgy. Jesus, riding on a donkey, enters Jerusalem with people waving palm branches and shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" We, too, in joyful voices sang while waving our palm branches, "All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King!" This King brought us the Good News of love, grace, forgiveness and courage.
There was also another entrance that was made in the midst of our congregation today. Ian Luke Silbernagel was baptized. He has formally entered into the Body of Christ. He will learn by word and example from family, friends and us all about Jesus and gift of salvation that he has given us. In turn, Ian will continue to share the story of the Good News.
As we enter this Holy Week may we remember that like Ian we, too, are marked as one of Christ's own forever. That as we enter the days of the Last Supper and Jesus' crucifixion to take heart that this was done for us. It was to insure that we are forgiven and that one day we will have eternal life. Amen!