Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem Mark 11:1-11 11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna![a]” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b] 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem Mark 11:1-11 11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna![a]” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b] 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Where Did Lent Come From? (Notes adapted from the book, The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent, by Aaron Damiani) Over the first 300 years of Christianity, three major types of discipleship schools rose up. These three types of discipleship schools were designed to take young disciples and put them through a process of spiritual formation to help them toward spiritual maturity and Christian truth. These discipleship schools focused on new Christians, yes, but, they also served pagans, sinners, those who brought shame on the church, those who publicly had renounced Jesus, and people who had simply acted very badly. The three major types of discipleship schools varied in how they were run, but they all had three essential parts to the curriculum: Fasting, Prayer, and Generosity. Discipleship School Type 1: was the Roman baptism process, called the Catechumenate. This was a three-year long intensive discipleship process. You were required to go through this three year process before you could be baptized and officially be considered a follower of Jesus. There was a heavy emphasis on fasting. Discipleship School Type 2: They focused on the “Easter fast.” This was a fast that happened before Easter. This fast was observed from the very earliest days of Christianity. Eventually it stretched into a 40-day period. Discipleship School Type 3: Christians in Syria, Armenia, and Egypt practiced a 40-day fast after their baptisms. This was to imitate Jesus, who was baptized and then spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness. Eventually, at the Council of Nicaea in 325, they decided to take the three overlapping fasts and turn them into one universal season leading up to the Easter feast. • This was before “Catholic” and “Protestant” churches existed. This was just “church.” • They decided to call this season the Quadragesima, which is Latin for “fortieth.” • Probably because that was a big word, and because this always happened in the season that bridged winter-to-spring, people eventually stopped calling it the Quadragesima and simply called it, “spring.” The Old English word for “spring” was “Lent.” And so Lent was born and received its name. The purpose of this season of Lent is an invitation to discipleship. It’s a time to repent of sins, to reengage with the church, and specifically, to seek openness to the Spirit through the means of fasting, prayer, and generosity: three core Christian practices.
Where Did Lent Come From? (Notes adapted from the book, The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent, by Aaron Damiani) Over the first 300 years of Christianity, three major types of discipleship schools rose up. These three types of discipleship schools were designed to take young disciples and put them through a process of spiritual formation to help them toward spiritual maturity and Christian truth. These discipleship schools focused on new Christians, yes, but, they also served pagans, sinners, those who brought shame on the church, those who publicly had renounced Jesus, and people who had simply acted very badly. The three major types of discipleship schools varied in how they were run, but they all had three essential parts to the curriculum: Fasting, Prayer, and Generosity. Discipleship School Type 1: was the Roman baptism process, called the Catechumenate. This was a three-year long intensive discipleship process. You were required to go through this three year process before you could be baptized and officially be considered a follower of Jesus. There was a heavy emphasis on fasting. Discipleship School Type 2: They focused on the “Easter fast.” This was a fast that happened before Easter. This fast was observed from the very earliest days of Christianity. Eventually it stretched into a 40-day period. Discipleship School Type 3: Christians in Syria, Armenia, and Egypt practiced a 40-day fast after their baptisms. This was to imitate Jesus, who was baptized and then spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness. Eventually, at the Council of Nicaea in 325, they decided to take the three overlapping fasts and turn them into one universal season leading up to the Easter feast. • This was before “Catholic” and “Protestant” churches existed. This was just “church.” • They decided to call this season the Quadragesima, which is Latin for “fortieth.” • Probably because that was a big word, and because this always happened in the season that bridged winter-to-spring, people eventually stopped calling it the Quadragesima and simply called it, “spring.” The Old English word for “spring” was “Lent.” And so Lent was born and received its name. The purpose of this season of Lent is an invitation to discipleship. It’s a time to repent of sins, to reengage with the church, and specifically, to seek openness to the Spirit through the means of fasting, prayer, and generosity: three core Christian practices.
Grand Rapids is expecting record breaking temperatures over the next several days. "The next 7 days will be one of the coldest weeks West Michigan has had in recent decades," warns WOOD TV8 meteorologist Bill Steffen. We have put together a response to this dangerous forecast by creating outreach teams with other local agencies to go out and bring people into Mel Trotter Ministries but this will take many resources. How can you help? We are asking you to take a look in your closets. Do you have gently used coats, hats, gloves or boots that you no longer use? Please bring them to us. We will use these to hand out during our Outreach trips. These items can be dropped off at our downtown location, 225 Commerce Ave. SW, at any time. We are also accepting monetary donations as these outreach teams require extra staff, food, and cold winter clothing. You can give at meltrotter.org/give.
Grand Rapids is expecting record breaking temperatures over the next several days. "The next 7 days will be one of the coldest weeks West Michigan has had in recent decades," warns WOOD TV8 meteorologist Bill Steffen. We have put together a response to this dangerous forecast by creating outreach teams with other local agencies to go out and bring people into Mel Trotter Ministries but this will take many resources. How can you help? We are asking you to take a look in your closets. Do you have gently used coats, hats, gloves or boots that you no longer use? Please bring them to us. We will use these to hand out during our Outreach trips. These items can be dropped off at our downtown location, 225 Commerce Ave. SW, at any time. We are also accepting monetary donations as these outreach teams require extra staff, food, and cold winter clothing. You can give at meltrotter.org/give.
Grand Rapids has warming centers open daily through March. As the temperatures drop, please check on each other - especially the elderly and vulnerable. GR Officers will be making regular checks on anyone outside that may not know of a place to get warm. If you have or see a need, make a referral to Heart of West Michigan United Way for resource options or pass along a warming center location below. #StaySafeStayWarm #GRwinter2019 #ColdDaysAheadWestMI Locations/Hours: Alano Club of Kent CountyClub: 8a-9p daily Dégagé Ministriesin: M-S 7-11:30, 2-7:30, SU 7-2, 4-7:30 Exodus Place(men only): M-F 7-5 Gods KitchenKitchen: M-S 12:30-2, SU 2:30-4 HQ: M 6-8 p for ages 20-24, M-TH 3:30-5:30 for ages 14-19, T/TH 12:30-2:30 for ages 20-24 Guiding Light WorksLight: varies based on temps Heartside MinistryideMin: M-F 1-4 Mel Trotter Ministries: warming center daily 7-4, shelter is open 4 pm – 7 am (Families, Men, Women, Transgender) Park Church: through Feb, Fridays, 10-1:30 Westminster Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian Church: M-TU, 9-4
Grand Rapids has warming centers open daily through March. As the temperatures drop, please check on each other - especially the elderly and vulnerable. GR Officers will be making regular checks on anyone outside that may not know of a place to get warm. If you have or see a need, make a referral to Heart of West Michigan United Way for resource options or pass along a warming center location below. #StaySafeStayWarm #GRwinter2019 #ColdDaysAheadWestMI Locations/Hours: Alano Club of Kent CountyClub: 8a-9p daily Dégagé Ministriesin: M-S 7-11:30, 2-7:30, SU 7-2, 4-7:30 Exodus Place(men only): M-F 7-5 Gods KitchenKitchen: M-S 12:30-2, SU 2:30-4 HQ: M 6-8 p for ages 20-24, M-TH 3:30-5:30 for ages 14-19, T/TH 12:30-2:30 for ages 20-24 Guiding Light WorksLight: varies based on temps Heartside MinistryideMin: M-F 1-4 Mel Trotter Ministries: warming center daily 7-4, shelter is open 4 pm – 7 am (Families, Men, Women, Transgender) Park Church: through Feb, Fridays, 10-1:30 Westminster Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian Church: M-TU, 9-4