April 9, 2017
This is a weekly blog post with one purpose: to help those coming to Park’s Sunday gathering engage with the teaching and liturgy in a more meaningful way. We use this space to share in advance our Sunday’s liturgy: the scripture we’ll be studying, the songs we’ll be singing, and the prayers we’ll be praying together. We also share a handful of thoughts each week to help you use these things to prepare for the service.
This Sunday will be Palm Sunday. As we begin Holy Week, we’re dipping into Matthew to learn from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Here are a couple ways to prepare:
1. Read through our text, Matthew 21:1–11.
Jesus is the King we all long for. A King for the People.
- A Humble King for needy people.
- A Savior King for rebellious people.
- A Reigning King for anxious people.
- A Returning King for waiting people.
This is why His Kingdom is good news.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service.
CALL TO WORSHIP: Based on John 12:13
King Jesus comes, King Jesus,
Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah.
Hail! King Jesus, King of all!
Recall the words of the Scriptures:
“A great crowd who had come to the feast heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
So they took branches of palm trees
and went out to meet him, crying,
‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
even the King of Israel!’”
In praise we adore you, King Jesus.
Enter our hearts today
as you entered Jerusalem long ago,
and lead us by faith in the way everlasting.
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against You
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved You with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways,
to the glory of Your Name.
Yet Even Now (Joel Limpic)
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Matthew Bridges, George Job Elvey, and Godfrey Thring)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Philippians 2:5–11
SERMON & COMMUNION
BENEDICTION & SENDING