Church Services


April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday

Opening Hymn:"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

1. Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;

through pillared court and temple the joyful anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had held them close folded to his breast,

the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.


2. From Olivet they followed amid the shouting crowd,

the victor palm branch waving and chanting clear and loud;

Messiah, God's anointed, rode there in humble state,

'Hosanna, in the highest!' rang out their praises great.


3. 'Hosanna in the highest!' that ancient song we sing,

for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King.

Oh may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,

and in God's joyful presence eternally rejoice!


Call to Worship

Pastor: This is the day to let your heart take control of your lips.

People: We can't keep silent. Our hearts are bursting with praise for Jesus, King of our lives.

Pastor: In spite of the shadow of the cross over the palm-strewn way, Jesus rules in the hearts of those who surrender to him.

All: We commit ourselves wholly to Jesus, and ask him to have his way with us.


Opening Prayer: O Lord God, whose Son followed your will, both as Servant and as Savior; and now rules in the hearts of those who accept him as King: Open our hearts to his rule; that we may rejoice in the blessings of his kingdom, and share with those who honor him with their lives. In his name we pray. Amen.


Hymn: The Palms

1 O'er all the way green palms and blossoms gay

Are strewn this day in festive preparation,

Where Jesus comes, to wipe our tears away,

E'en now the throng to welcome Him prepare.


Refrain:

Join all and sing His name declare,

Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation,

Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!

Bless Him, who cometh to bring us salvation!


2 His word goes forth, and people by its might

Once more their freedom gain from degradation,

Humanity doth give to each his right,

While those in darkness find restored the light. [Refrain]


3 Sing and rejoice, O blest Jerusalem,

Of all thy sons sing the emancipation,

Thro' boundless love, the Christ of Bethlehem

Brings faith the hope to thee forevermore. [Refrain]


Prayer Time

- Taye remains in Florida helping to care for her friend Amy who had open heart to repair a ruptured valve. Then they did gallbladder surgery to remove and also stones. At present they are trying to get her blood right it is either to thick or to thin. She is walking in 5 minute intervals 3 times a day. Still very tired. Please pray for Amy and Taye as it appears that Covid 19 is about to kick in hard in Florida.

- Please keep Bob, in your prayers. Bob has an appointment with a surgeon next week on Monday concerning the cyst on his pancreas.

- Please rejoice and keep Bill in prayer, he is home and doing well.

- Please keep Megan and baby, Matilda Kate in your prayers. Megan has been released from the hospital and is staying close by the baby.

- Remember to pray for those in hospitals, the patients and staff.

- Pray for those who have lost love ones

- Lift up those who are the clients at the food pantries and the workers

- Pray for our leaders and first responders, those who are working on answers to the virus.

- Give thanks for home, food, and family and pray for those who have none of those things.

- Prayer for our country and our world.

- Give thanks to Jesus, who willing enters Jerusalem knowing that His death is imminent.


Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.


Lord's Prayer


Doxology: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Hymn: "Open the Gates of the Temple" Words: Frances Jane Crosby


Music: Open the Gates of the Temple | Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp

Open, Open, Open the gates of the Temple, Open the gates of the Temple.

Open the gates of the Temple, Strew palms on the Conqueror's way, Open your hearts, O ye people,

That Jesus may enter today. Hark! from the sick and the dying, Forgetting their couches of pain,

Voices, glad voices, with rapture, Are swelling, are swelling, are swelling a glad refrain,

Voices, glad voices, with rapture, Are swelling a glad, a glad refrain.

I know, I know, I know, I know that my Redeemer liveth.

Canst thou, my heart, lift up thy voice, thy voice and sing:

I know, I know, yes I know that my Redeemer liveth;

And because He lives, and because He lives,

And because He lives, I too, I too, I too shall live.


Today's Scripture Lesson

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29


Matthew 21: 1-11

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 "Say to Daughter Zion,

'See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"[a]

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

"Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!"

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"[c]

"Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!"

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"

11 The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."


Sermon: "Faithful"

The city of Jerusalem is crowded because Jews from around the world have descended there to celebrate Passover. It is a burning desire of all Jews to be in Jerusalem for Passover. Even the closing line of the Passover ritual ends, "This year here, next year in Jerusalem." The city is full of excitement as friends and family meet each other and prepare for this sacred time.


As Jesus comes down into the city from the Mount of Olives, He can see the gold of the temple dome and the walls of city ahead. "Jesus' journey to Jerusalem is now complete as the King descends into the city to the praise of the crowds. To show how Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" is fulfilled... We also learn from Matthew that the people praise Jesus as the "Son of David" Jesus enters the city as the promised King." The Baker Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, Baker Books, 2011


Jesus enters the city, knowing this will lead to His death. The people were cheering and waving palm branches and throwing their coats on the path for Jesus in hopes and anticipation, for Jesus being the prophesied Messiah. But also in the crowd, were the Pharisees and Sadducees, who were plotting against Jesus.


1) For Jesus to enter Jerusalem was an act of boldness. Jesus knew the authorities were after Him, threaten by Him, and ready to "take care of" Him! He could have stayed away or entered quietly but, instead He enters boldly, to show He is the Anointed One. It was Jesus' commitment to God and the children of God to fulfill His purpose and ministry. Have we, as Christ's followers lost our boldness? Are we ready to stand up for our faith? Would we stand boldly for Christ if our lives were threatened? According to the Christian organization "Open Doors," more Christians are suffering for their faith than any other time in history. Millions of believers live in places where they are oppressed, imprisoned, discriminated against and even violently attacked - all because they believe in Jesus. Every day, 4 Christians in Nigeria die for following Jesus."


Do we have the courage to stand for our faith?


2) Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem was an act of humility.

"A pastor was once asked to speak at a banquet for a charitable organization. After the meeting, the program chairman handed the pastor a check. "Oh, I don't want this," the pastor said. "I appreciate the honor of being asked to speak. Keep the check and apply it to something special."

The program chairman asked, "Well, do you mind if we put it in our special fund?"

"Of course not," the pastor replied. "What is the special fund for?"

The chairman answered, "It's so we can get a better speaker for next year."


Jesus was showing humility as He came in on a donkey, not a grand camel but, a donkey, a beast of burden. He enters Jerusalem to meet His death, just as His mother entered Bethlehem on a donkey for His birth. He shows His humility is linked to His greatness. His greatness is in being a servant to all. Matthew 20:16 tells us, "the first shall be last and the last shall be first" This tells us our task as followers is to be a servant, to have a servant heart, to reach out for the lost and the lonely, to stand boldly for our faith.


But we can't do it by ourselves! We can only succeed as a disciple by following Jesus, making Him our priority, reading His word, spending time in prayer, being willing to give Him our all.


Jesus was willing to be faithful for us; can we be faithful for Him?


Closing Hymn: "Take the Name of Jesus With You"


Take the name of Jesus with you,

Child of sorrow and of woe.

It will joy and comfort give you,

Take it then where'er you go.


Refrain:

Precious name, O how sweet!

Hope of earth and joy of heaven;

Precious name, O how sweet!

Hope of earth and joy of heaven.


Take the name of Jesus ever

As protection ev'rywhere.

If temptations 'round you gather,

Breathe that holy name in prayer. [Refrain]


At the name of Jesus bowing,

When in heaven we shall meet,

King of kings, we'll gladly crown him

When our journey is complete. [Refrain]


Benediction: "Go Now In Peace"

"Go now in peace, go now in peace, may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may? go




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