WORSHIP FOR APRIL 5, 2020

 

Welcome and Introduction

 

 

Announcements

The church building and all church gatherings are cancelled until further notice.

Here are two Holy Week Devotions:

Pastor Kevin Young, Pastor of Jupiter First Church and Doctor of Ministry classmate of Jordan, has put together this devotional: http://www.jupiterfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/HolyWeekAtHome_DEVOTIONAL.pdf

Rachel Lemke, a friend of Abby Pherson, wrote this Holy Week devotional for families: http://npcnc.org/docs/Jordan/Holy_Week_at_Home_2020.pdf

Online Bible Study will be Monday night at 7pm. It will stream on Youtube and also be available on Zoom.

 

Call to Worship

On this Palm Sunday we begin worship with the Old Testament texts that inspired the cheers of the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem.

 

Zechariah 9:9

          [9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

                   Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

          Behold, your king is coming to you;

                   righteous and having salvation is he,

          humble and mounted on a donkey,

                   on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (ESV)

 

Psalm 118:25–26

          [25] Save us, we pray, O LORD!

                   O LORD, we pray, give us success!

          [26] Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                   We bless you from the house of the LORD. (ESV)

 

Opening Prayer

We praise you, O God, for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ. Today he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph and was proclaimed Messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Let these branches be signs of his victory, and grant that we who carry them may follow him in the way of the cross, that, dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

Hymn- Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suff’ring and shame,

And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.

        

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

        And exchange it some day for a crown.

 

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,

To bear it to dark Calvary.

 

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

A wondrous beauty I see;

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

To pardon and sanctify me.

 

Symbol Sermon- Uranium Glass

 

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 sins, as we forgive those that sin against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Worship with Tithes & Offerings

Thanks to everyone who has continued to give during this period. You can send your offering to the church at 2434 Wilmington Rd, New Castle, PA 16105.You can also give online through Paypal. You may CLICK HERE to do so.

 

Hymn- Were you There…?

1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when the crucified my Lord?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when the crucified my Lord?

 

2. Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?...

3. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?...

3. Were you there when He rose up from the dead?...

 

Scripture

Galatians 4:1-7

[1] I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, [2] but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. [3] In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. [4] But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, [5] to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. [6] And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (ESV)

 

Sermon and Benediction

 

Follow up Question for Thinking and Discussion

-Have you ever heard the entire life of Jesus talked about this way?

-What did you learn? 

-What surprised you?

-What are you thinking and feeling as we head into Holy Week?

-I challenge you to read the events of Holy Week in one of the Gospels this week.

 

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