An Introduction to Holy Week
The most important week in the Christian year....
This weekend we enter the most important week in the Christian year. Starting this Sunday we are in Holy Week, the culmination of Lent and the beginning of the sufferings of Jesus. Lent has reminded us of our own mortality, limitations and suffering. It has been a time to look life in the face and be radically honest about our lost and sinful condition. Following Palm Sunday, the focus shifts to Jesus, the choice he made to identify with our condition, where he faced suffering and death.
That is the tension associated with Holy Week. We start with the joy of seeing Jesus enter Jerusalem, receiving the love and appreciation he deserved, but we know the tide will turn quickly - the waving of palms will be replaced by raised fists and shouts of "Crucify him!" In this we see the fickleness of our own sinful state and our daily rejection of God's offer to come to us. Luke recorded these words of Jesus: "...you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you." Luke 19:44.
Watch for an at-home worship resource for Good Friday that will take us through the story of the cross, Christ's passion for us.
Use the link below, to view this week’s children's message
Simple Sundays Worship Resource
April 5, 2020:
1. Preparation and Confession
9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Use the link below, to view this weeks worship song video. Lyrics will be on the screen for you to sing along!
Once you are ready, take a moment to read this confession and forgiveness aloud:
Most Holy God, I admit to you that I am so often mesmerized by the false gods of this age, I easily become caught up in selfishness and sin. When you walked this earth, you humbled yourself, and took the role of servant, and in humility and obedience allowed the rough nails of my sin to be hammered into your flesh for the sake of my salvation. And so I now acknowledge you as Lord of all, to the glory of God the Father, Son and Spirit. Amen
The promise of the Gospel is that God is willing and ready to forgive. He gives us this promise that all our sins are forgiven in light of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. God receives us and makes us new!
Sharing God's Peace: Social distancing and isolation make it difficult to have community with one-another, but community is just as important now as its ever been! Take a moment, using your church directory if you need it, and text/call one person you know well, and someone that you don't know so well to check to see how they are doing.
Special Music Presentation brought to you by Staff Inflection:
Use the link below, to hear your Living Waters staff play "Exalt
His Name". Feel free to sing along and/or meditate on the lyrics as you continue to worship.
2. Message and Response
This week's scripture:
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Use the link below to see this week's message.
Each week, hidden in each sermon video, there will be a clue connected to one of the miracles of Jesus. If you think you know what the clue is and the miracle it is connected to, email your answer to Pastor Mark [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Every week, those with the right answer will be put into a drawing for a prize!
Once you have finished viewing the message, move into a time of prayer.