Welcome to Millcreek Lutheran Church!
Millcreek Lutheran Church
221 North Sheridan Road • Box 399 • Newmanstown, PA 17073
Parris C. Beckhardt, Pastor
Cell Phone: 717-926-8168
Summer Worship Services: 9:00 A.M.
Palm branches are part of Christian worship on Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, as it is sometimes called. This event commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as foretold by the prophet Zechariah. The Bible tells us that people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus' path, and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout, "Hosanna" meant "save now".
In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the Temple (1 Kings 6:29). At the end of the Bible in Revelation 7:9, people from every nation raise palm branches to honor Jesus.
Today, many Christian churches distribute palm branches to worshipers on Palm Sunday. Worshipers remember Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, praise him for the gift of salvation, and look expectantly for his second coming.