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Grantsville was the scene of the 10th annual Palm Sunday Parade. The first parade was organized by the Chaplains Association of Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, under the leadership (and push!) of Harry Siers. He actually found a donkey and led it through Grantsville. After the first year, the donkey was not available, so Shaker, a horse belonging to Dan Heiney, was an admirable substitute. Shaker carried Jesus the following nine years. Larry Butler has portrayed the part of Jesus since the beginning.


Each year, the parade starts at First Baptist Church on High St. and winds through the town to Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church. Christ’s followers of all ages take part, waving palm branches and singing hymns. There were children in strollers and some riding on their fathers’ shoulders. Some older citizens joined in the worship service of special music by Veronica Lowther and a message from Pastor Ron Chesser.


Young and old, different denominations and different backgrounds joined together for a fellowship hour provided by the participating churches. A crowd of 70, including marchers and servers, from Knotts, Pleasant Hill U.M., Enon Baptist, First Baptist, and Mt Zion U.M. churches took part in the celebration, with their caring and friendly banter making it an occasion to remember.


Matthew 21 relates: “As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. ‘Go into the village over there and you will see a donkey tied with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, “The Lord needs them,” and he will immediately send them.’ This was done to fulfill the prophecy. Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey--even on a donkey’s colt.’


The two disciples did as Jesus said. Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus and others cut branches and spread them on the road. He was in the center and the crowds all around him were shouting, ‘Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred, and asked, ‘Who is this?’


Pastor Ron Chesser challenged the congregation to determine how they would answer that question today. Is Jesus important? Is Jesus worthy of the praise that He received from the multitude? Using parallel passages from Matthew, Mark and Luke, an appeal was made to recognize Jesus as “Lord and Savior.”


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