In the sermon text this Lord’s Day (Luke 19:28-44), Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem reaches its climactic end. He will ride into the city on the colt of a donkey (an intentional connection with Zechariah 9:9) as the crowds cry “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”
The hymns in our service begin with Israel’s longing for her promised King, echo the cries of the crowd, and finally declares our intention to welcome the King aright.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Sing Praise to God
Hymn 87 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Note: This lyric prayer wistfully echoes Israel’s centuries of longing for God’s promised Messiah. “Come Emmanuel,” who is “Rod of Jesse,” conqueror in the lineage of King David (Jesse’s son). He not only comes to reign, but to free his people from “Satan’s tyranny.” In the sermon text, Jesus presented himself as the fulfillment of Israel’s longing.
Scripture Reading Psalm 24:1-10
Hymn 126 (1, 3-5) Hark! The Glad Sound
Note: This hymn echoes the shouts of the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem in the sermon text, “the Savior comes! Hosannah!” It also includes Isaiah’s prophecies of Messiah’s work (Luke 4:18-21). Jesus entered the gate of Jerusalem as the promised King.
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 11 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Notes: Jesus entered Jerusalem as the crowds spread palms before him—a moment that should have removed any lingering doubts about his identity as Israel’s King. Yet, before the week was done, Israel’s leaders crucified him. Today, we who trust him long for the day when we shall “meet him aright” and honor him as “He comes, a King most glorious.”
Prayer Response: Mark Williams
Benediction: John Miles