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Mar 15

Passion Sunday (Year C)

I wrote about Passion Sunday last year (Year B), and you will want to see those notes – especially since the Isaiah, Psalm, and Philippians readings are the same as they were last year.  You can read those notes by clicking here.

CupIsaiah 50:4-9a
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • For a dramatic presentation of this lesson, invite several people to read this – taking turns reading each verse.  Have each person wear a sign or a t-shirt with the name of a famous “saint” of the church – people like St. Francis, Martin Luther, Mother Teresa, MLK Jr, Alice Paul, and others.
Psalm 31:9-16
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Decorate your worship space using large broken pieces of pottery.
  • Use this psalm as your prayer of confession, followed by a time of silent prayer.
Philippians 2:5-11
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Use this reading as your assurance of pardon or affirmation of faith.
  • The cross and Christ are central to this passage of scripture.  Use the palms and/or other branches to make crosses.
Luke 22:14-23:56
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • Since this is such a long passage, you may want to focus on reading it – not preaching on it.
  • Since this passage is a narrative, it is easily presented as a dramatic reading.  You may want to use costumes, but you don’t have to do that.
  • Presenting this as a dramatic reading or “reader’s theatre”?  You could hand everyone a script when they enter – with specific parts highlighted in each, so they know what to read.  Make sure that you include multiple copies of the script that have parts like “the crowd” and “the disciples” and “the temple leaders”.  To help make sure that everyone will be able to hear everyone when they read, arrange the worship space (or, a worship space – since not all sanctuaries have furniture that moves) so that everyone sits in a large circle (or, rows that face one another).
  • Decorate your worship space with various items that are featured in this text: bread, cup, 2 swords, rooster, robe, a cross, and linen cloth.

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