INTRODUCTION AND GREETING


CALL TO WORSHIP


ZECHARIAH 9:9, PSALM 118:26

To be lead by the youngest daughter (if no daughter is available, a son will do).


Leader: Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! 

Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, 

humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

ALL: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Hosanna in the highest! 

hosanna, loud hosanna


Hosanna (praise is rising)


Prayer of confession

Can be read by a single reader or read in unison by all gathered.


Loving God,

you rode a donkey and came in peace,

humbled yourself and gave yourself for us.

We confess our lack of humility.


As you entered Jerusalem,

the crowds shouted “Hosanna: ‘Save us now!’”

On Good Friday they shouted “Crucify!”

We confess our praise is often empty.

We sing “Hosanna,” but cry “Crucify.”


As the crowd laid their palms in front of you,

you took no glory for yourself.

We confess that we want to be accepted and take the easy way. 

We do not stay true to your will.


Forgive us, Lord, and help us

to follow in the way of obedience. Amen.


assurance of pardon:

his mercy is more


confession of faith

Our World Belongs To God - Articles 1 & 2

To be led by the oldest person gathered.


Leader: As followers of Jesus Christ,
 living in this world—
which some seek to control,
 and others view with despair—
we declare with joy and trust:


ALL: Our world belongs to God!

Leader: From the beginning,
through all the crises of our times,
 until the kingdom fully comes,
God keeps covenant forever:


ALL: Our world belongs to God!

Leader: God is King: Let the earth be glad!
 Christ is victor: his rule has begun!
 The Spirit is at work: creation is renewed!


ALL: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!


thankful response: Offering

The offering is a chance for us to express our gratitude to God for the provision He has made for us in Jesus and also for the physical and financial blessings He has provided us. In giving back a portion of what God has blessed us, we are acknowledging that it was never ours in the first place. 


This week’s special offering is for Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico, a Christian school that began as a mission to the Navajo people. "Vigorously Academic, Beautifully Diverse, Thoroughly Christian.”

congregational prayer

The following, or other prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be said. This model provides helpful phrases for each section of the prayer, allowing those praying to improvise within each section.


Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week and are scattered from your house of prayer, turn our hearts again toward Jerusalem, to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, he entered Jerusalem with a triumphal procession that left him alone and in humiliation on the cross. We thank and praise you for

the presence of Christ in

our weakness and suffering…

all who work to help and heal… 

sacrifices made for our benefit…

opportunities for our generous giving… 

The cries of “Hosanna!” soon turned into cries of “Crucify him!” 

Today too there are those who refuse to recognize Jesus as King. 

The effects of sin continue to be felt in all of life. So we pray for

creation…

the nations of the world… 

our nation and its leaders…

this community and those in authority… 

the church universal…

our own church, Visalia CRC… 

persons with particular needs…


With the angels and all of creation, we look forward to the day when we will join in declaring “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Amen.  


As you pray, especially remember those on our prayer & praise list:

Jeanette Bosma and family | grieving the death of Gerrit Bosma

The family of Marti Minnema | grieving Marti’s death

Cheryl Albers | Broken Femur

Tricia Hamstra-Mesa | Cancer/Lymphoma

Tarah Artino (Grabow) | Kidney Transplant

Ruth Griffoen, Tom Bos, John de Jong, Virginia Bouma, Ron Oliveras | Parkinson’s

Henry Karsten | Back Pain

Etta Van De Kieft | Heart

Jane Veenendaal | Broken Pelvis

Doug DeGroff | Continued Back Recovery

sermon

Matthew 21:1-11

Hosanna, A Death Sentence

Pastor Tim


thankful response: Doxology

To be sung a cappella by all gathered.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below,

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Amen.