Sunday, April 5, 2020
Welcome to our Online Worship! Today is the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week in the of the church. Palm Sunday is the day the church traditionally celebrates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Jesus is hailed as the Messiah, the Son of David, as people lay their cloaks and their palm leaves in Jesus' path. Celebration is tempered, however, because we know that on Thursday, Jesus will be arrested and on Friday will be crucified. So it is a day of mixed emotions.
My message is entitled "Divine Interruptions" and is taken from Matthew 27, the account of Simon of Cyrene, who bore the cross of Christ. Our lives have certainly been interrupted these past few weeks. What is God is trying to say to us? What is God trying to teach us during these times and other times our lives have been interrupted by events beyond our control? I pray that you will hear God speak to you today as you worship him in song and prayer and proclamation.
Call to Worship
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "God into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them at once."
The disciples then went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road , and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
All Glory, Laud, and Honor
O God, as we enter Holy Week, we turn our hearts again to Jerusalem and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. As we celebrate Palm Sunday and His triumphal entry into the Holy City, we invite Jesus to enter into our hearts today. Just as the crowds lay down their cloaks and their palm branches before him, may we lay down our lives for him, so that dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom. Accept our worship, O Lord, for we offer it in the name of Jesus. Amen.
As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon, by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.
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Must Jesus Bear
the Cross Alone
Giving of Tithes & Offerings
O God, thank you for sending your Son and preparing the way for our lives to be set through Jesus' death on a cross. Thank you for what this day stands for--the beginning of Holy Week and the journey towards the cross and the resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
We thank you, O God, that you had a plan to redeem us and to make all things new. We thank you that your face is turned towards those you love and that you know our hearts and you hear our prayers. Help us to stay strong and true to you and not to follow the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to you, to hear your voice, and to seek after you and you alone.
We praise you, O God, and thank you that you reign supreme and that we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever. Amen.
Lord, Reign in Me
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God's Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen and Amen.