CALL TO WORSHIP
This is the day of Royal Welcome when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and the people shouted: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
This is the day, Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled: “Look, your King is coming to you, humble and mounted on a donkey.” Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!
This is the day a huge crowd of people spread their coats and waved palm branches in joyful welcome, shouting: “Hosanna, Praise God!”
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Sovereign God, we praise you for sending your Son Jesus into the world for our deliverance. Accept our love and loyalty all the way to the Cross. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
As we begin the journey through this Holy Week, let’s put aside our pretending and admit our failures before God. In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Gracious Lord and King, today we exalt you with palms and hosannas – yet we fail to understand what it means to live under your gracious reign. We call ourselves Christ followers, yet we abandon you. We love a joyful parade but avoid the suffering of the Cross. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord! Lead us to the Cross so that we will see your victory over sin and the coming joy of the Resurrection; in your Name we pray. Amen.
. . . . . . Spend a few moments in silent confession.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
If we confess our sin, God who is faithful and just will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 1
What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of the Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
PASSING THE PEACE
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
With God’s help, will you offer strength and the blessing of peace to others?