We Are Church Together

We are church together for the sake of the world. At St. Armands we believe in living our faith. We are part of our neighborhoods, our regional agencies, support National initiatives and support mission around the world. We invite you to join us!


Growth: Invite

St Armands Key is a tourist destination with a rapidly changing demographic. All are welcome is not just a catchy phrase it is a value. The Holy Spirit is moving here, in word and deed. As disciples of Christ our call is to invite others to “come and see”  Worship, witness, serve and give.


Groups: Join

St Armands Key Lutheran Church is part of the wider Sarasota area and supports the mission and ministry of many partners and agencies. We build for Habitat, we serve at Resurrection House,  we paint at the Youth Shelter, we partner and support community in Haiti, we have a passion for the homeless and downtrodden. We are in the community serving and helping those in need . . what is your passion? Where will you join us? 


Gifts: Share

Worship is central to our being. Our community has robust opportunities to share your gifts and talents toward building up the Body of Christ in this place. There are opportunities to serve in the service, to support the office staff, fellowship, property, study leadership and participation, and more. How will you share what God has so generously given you?


Generosity: Give

We strive to continue to grow into a culture of gratitude and generosity at St. Armands. God’s generosity and grace are gifts we are all called to share. In recognition and thanksgiving for what God has first given us, we respond in kind with our time, talent, and treasure. What has God generously blessed you with and how will you choose to share it?

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A messenger came to David…

A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the Israelites have gone after Absalom.” Then David said to all his officials who were with him at Jerusalem, “Get up! Let us flee, or there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Hurry, or he will soon overtake us, and bring disaster down upon us, and attack the city with the edge of the sword.” … David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, with his head covered and walking barefoot; and all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went. (2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30)

King David’s third son, Absalom, rebelled against his father despite having received mercy and forgiveness from David. The king fled Jerusalem, over the Mount of Olives, weeping at his son’s betrayal and deception. Then, in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Jesus enters Jerusalem from Bethany on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. So, the cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:9) or “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David (Mark 11:10) are particularly poignant.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).

At least Mark understands Zechariah’s poetic language: Matthew thinks Zechariah is describing two animals, and so has Jesus riding both at the same time (look it up!). This imagery conveys kingly humility; not Ringling Brothers circus skills. That the colt has never been ridden identifies a consecrated rather than a working animal (“This is a statute of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish and on which no yoke has been laid” Numbers 19:2, for example).

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields (v.8)

Waving palm branches at a pilgrim entering Jerusalem, and shouting Hosanna, is simply a sign of welcome and hospitality. But, spreading cloaks on the road ahead of the rider is altogether different: “They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!” (2 Kings 9:13)

After such a triumphal entry, it seems just a wee bit anti-climatic that Mark next reports, “Then he [Jesus] entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve” (v.11). But of course, there’s more to come…