Order of Service, March 24, 2024

Introduction

The church has labeled this Lord’s Day, “Palm Sunday.” It marks the beginning of Christ’s Passion Week. The sermon will consider Matthew’s account of the Triumphal Entry. The hymns chosen present a sharp contrast between the praise of the fickle crowds that welcomed him that day and the worship of those who trust him as King and Savior.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:     John 1:9-13

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 13     Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Notes:  Charles Wesley’s exuberant hymn calls us to rejoice and give thanks because Christ is our King. Jesus was rejected by the religious rulers precisely because they did not want him as King. But he is the Savior and King for all who trust him.. Thus we “rejoice in glorious hope!”

Worship through Giving

Hymn 11      All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Notes: This hymn recalls the Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of his Passion Week. The crowds spread palms before him—a moment that should have removed any lingering doubts about his identity as Israel’s King. Yet, Jesus’ first coming ended in crucifixion. But we anticipate a Coming that will have a different outcome. Unlike those who rejected him, we honor him and long for the day that “He comes, a King most glorious.”

Scripture Reading      Psalm 118:1-29

Note: The crowds that welcomed Jesus as he entered Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate cried out in the words of Psalm 118: “Hosanna, Lord save us.” Christ is the “stone that the builders rejected,” but the Lord made him the “cornerstone.”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 124       My Song is Love Unknown

Note: There is no love so rich and sweet as the love of Jesus. The third stanza of this hymn is striking: the same voices “resounding all the day Hosannas to their King,” soon turned. “Then ‘Crucify!’ Is all their breath, And for His death They thirst and cry.” But those who trust him sing:

This is my Friend, In whose sweet praise
I all my days Could gladly spend.

Message: “Behold, Your King is Coming to You”
Text: Matthew 21:1-17
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 126       Hark! The Glad Sound

Note:  Jesus came to his own, but his own did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11-12). We who know him, welcome him as Israel should have to begin his Passion Week, “Hosannah!” We also long for the day when we welcome him face-to-face.

Prayer Response:     Jon Lont

Benediction:      John Miles