John Friesen focused on the scapegoat concept as described in Leviticus 16. The scapegoat was a goat that was allowed to escape into the wilderness after the priest had laid the sins of the people upon it as part of the “Day of Atonement” activities. The scapegoat is a person or group (usually innocent) made to take the blame for the fault of another, a strategy that’s endemic in society: in churches, universities, and families. It’s important to distinguish between blame and scapegoating. John described Jesus taking the role of the scapegoat, “behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The resurrection released Jesus from the role of the scapegoat. Jesus calls us to a new relationship with God and with each other, we are to exercise mercy, not violence. (HN)

Service Details

Passage: Phlp 2:1-13; Mk 11:1-11; Mk 14:1-21; Lv 16:21-24; Jn 1:29-34; Jn 11:45-54

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event: Palm Sunday

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: John Friesen

Worship Leader: Veronica Dyck

Song Leader: Erna Friesen

Pianist: Ruth Enns

Usher: Peter Neudorf

Childrens Feature Leader:


Bring Flowers:

Coffee Helper:

Sound Helper:

Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: