Corona Sabbath 3 (Palm Sunday)

image1These weeks when we cannot gather in person for Sunday worship, Lakewood United Church of Christ is providing brief weekly sabbath programs for you to listen to on your own or with those you live with. They will be posted on Friday so that you can schedule your sabbath time to suit your schedule and your spiritual inclinations. We hope these programs are of spiritual support to you in these difficult times.

Find a quiet place, inside or outside. Light a candle. Breathe. Be present.

When you are ready, start the video below.

There is a scripture lesson and a brief meditation by Pastor Kim Wells followed by music offered by Music Director Hilton Kean Jones.

(For written text of video click HERE.)

As you listen to the music from Hilton which follows, you are invited to pay attention to the thoughts and feelings and reflections that arise for you.

After viewing the video and listening to the music, you are invited to offer the following closing –

The Coming of Light

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.

-Mark Strand 1934-2013, poet

Breathe. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.


The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal, is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives and in our world;
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people;
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.

4 thoughts on “Corona Sabbath 3 (Palm Sunday)”

  1. Kim and Hilton, this was beautiful. It touches the heart and the head, hearing the experiences of real people who are answering the call to serve by dealing with this trauma on a daily basis.


  2. Thank you for your moving message. It was quite comforting. As I listened to Hilton play, I pictured each of our church members and held them in my heart. I may not always be at every service, even before this crisis, but I do consider you all family and want you to know you’re in my daily thoughts and prayers. ♥️


  3. Thank you very much, Kim,
    . That was beautiful I miss Sunday service and am grateful for the beautiful Palm Sunday you presented. You have my respect -and love. Elsie Sakiotis


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