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Sixth Sunday in Lent / Palm Sunday

Text-(Mark 14: 35-36) Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father” he said, “Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (New International Version)or Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out. “Papa, Father, you can- can’t you-get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want-what do you want?” (The Message-Eugene Peterson)

Thought Starters
Do you watch TV?

Are there scenes in some shows when you want to turn your head away and not watch for a second or two?I turn my head away during the show “Fear Factor.” I have the same fears that some contestants on the show have… afraid of heights, eating things that are gross, grabbing eels. (The kids love this part, they will name a few extra things they’ve seen)The show finds out what your fears are and then makes you confront your fears.

Jesus had to go through a Fear Factor between his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the crucifixion the following Friday. (Read part of the scripture…”He prayed for a way out”)

Why did Jesus “pass” the fear factor of death on the cross? Because he loves his world, because he loves You!If you were alive when Jesus was on trial, would you stick up for him, or would you be one of the many that turned your head away because you couldn’t watch?

Hymn-“All Glory, Laud, and Honor” – Theodulph of Orleans

Prayer-Lord, Thank you for your love for us. for your understanding and helping us through our fears. Amen

Props-Maybe a “Fear Factor” picture from NBC’s website

William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries

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