sunday april 5 - palm sunday

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem before his passion and crucifixion. It is often referred to as the 'Triumphal Entry' since the Jews of that day hoped that Jesus would come with power like King David and his mighty men to triumph over the Romans who ruled them. The palm branches symbolized victory and triumph in that Jewish culture. Today as we finish our short series in Revelation, we'll look at Revelation 19 and the real Triumphal Entry.

call to worship

Please read responsively. 


Hosanna!


Save us!


Hosanna!


Save us now!


Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.


Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David.


Hosanna in the highest!

Hymn - Hosanna Loud Hosanna


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confession of sin

Take turns reading the lines below, saying the bolded lines together. If you are alone, know that you are reading this in communion with your brothers and sisters at WPC.


We lament our loss of connection. You made us in your image and are re-making us as Christ's body to be joined together, to live in relationship. But we are isolated, physically separated from one another, and even when we are together, we have to stand at a distance.


Jesus, when will you come and reign?


We confess that we are fearful and frustrated, as control slips out of our fingers. We want to blame someone, whether the doomsayers or the downplayers, as if what happens should be within our grasp.


Jesus, we forget that you reign.


We lament that we cannot worship together in person. Love for our neighbor keeps us away from our neighbor. We wish that we were standing, kneeling, praying, singing, sharing the bread and the cup together.


Jesus, when will you come and reign?


We confess that in the midst of crisis, we doubt and mistrust you. We struggle to believe that you are good, that you are in control, that you love us and the world.


Jesus, we forget that you reign.


Lord, we are a broken people in a broken world.


Lord, in your mercy, hear us and help us.*


Now take some time to silently confess your sins to God.


* Written by the ministry team at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Indianapolis) for their March 22, 2020 service.


assurance of hope and the gospel

Based on John 19; Matthew 26; Isaiah 53; Romans 5; John 3; Acts 2; Matthew 28; Hebrews 4; Revelation 11; 21; 22. 


Again, take turns reading the sections, joining your voices together for the last line in bold.


Take heart in this assurance and hope of the good news of the king: The king has been lifted up and reigned from the cross. Jesus commands the angels, yet he submitted like a lamb to the slaughter, in order to die for us, the powerless, the ungodly.


For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


The King has ascended into heaven where he reigns over heaven and earth, at the right hand of his Father, from whom he has all authority.


We can approach the throne, therefore, with confidence, to receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.


The King will reign--the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah. Our triumphant yet tender King will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.


His words are trustworthy and true. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!*


* Written by the ministry team at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Indianapolis) for their March 22, 2020 service.



prayers for our church and world

Click the audio file below to participate in the prayers of the people. Conclude your prayer with The Lord's Prayer.


Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

Amen.

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tithes and offerings

Thank you for your continued generosity to the church. May we continue to invest our money, time and talents in the kingdom of God! 


To donate online (the easiest and safest method right now), please click the Tithe button below. It will open a form in a new browser. You can, however, also continue to write and mail checks to the church address.

Hymn - Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me


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Sermon - The True Triumphal Entry


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gloria patri

Sing, or say, the following:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen. Amen.


sermon discussion questions

Share answers with each other, or write down answers if you're by yourself.


1. What did you learn? Any new insights?


2. What parts of the sermon stood out to you the most? Why do you think that was? What about that part captured your attention?


3. Was your heart stirred? When? Why? Were you convicted, challenged, encouraged or trained in right living?


4. What will you do differently, by God's grace, as a result of hearing God's Word this morning?

Hymn - Crown Him With Many Crowns


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Hallelujah Chorus

Please enjoy this presentation of The Hallelujah Chorus, performed by Boston Baroque, Music Director Martin Pearlman.  We also encourage you to visit their website for more streaming content coming soon. Their website is https://baroque.boston/

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sending

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Doxology

Sing, or say, the following:



Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him all creatures here below!

Praise Him above ye heavenly host!

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Amen.



reminders from pastor o'Donnell

Kids! I loved seeing your sermon notes and coloring pages from last week's sermon. Please have your parents send them again this week! My email address is dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


As one small way that we can feel more connected, please post a picture of your household gathered for Home Worship on our Church Facebook page. You can use the hashtag #wpcathome. If you don't have a Facebook account (like me), email me a picture and Emily can share it with the group. 


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Our Zoom small groups meet at the following times: Tuesday 10am (Women only), Wednesday 7pm (Men and women), Friday 5pm (Men only). The links to join the calls are emailed out each Monday. If you aren't on our email list, please complete the Connect form below! We would love to add you! And if you're new to our church and want to learn more, we'll follow up with you.


Our Good Friday service will be posted online on Friday, and the Easter Sunday service will be posted early on Sunday. I look forward to sending out daily devotionals for Holy Week to help center our thoughts on the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.


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