Sing "Hosanna" to Your King!

Apr 8, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 161; 725; 447; 341(1,3,4-5)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, as I with my fellow believers remember how You rode into Jerusalem to die, prepare our hearts for proper meditation and worship this Holy Week. Move each of us to look to You for the strength our faith needs to follow You in all things and to celebrate the joy of our salvation. Teach us to lay aside our sin and whatever would draw us away from You. Bless us in our worship this morning and always. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 92

First Reading: 

Isaiah 40:3-11

On Palm Sunday, the people honored Jesus as a king by laying their clothes and palm branches along the way. More importantly, we prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts by repentance and the laying aside of our sins (John the Baptist’s message foretold by Isaiah). We are like grass and flowers, that is, weak and only here for a short time. Jesus is our victorious Lord and gentle Shepherd. His Word and salvation endure forever! Therefore, climb to the top of the highest mountain and proclaim His praise to all the world!

Second Reading: 

John 12:1-19

Events are building to a climax: On the Saturday, Mary honors Jesus by anointing His feet with fragrant oil. Judas disapproves. The hatred of Jesus’ enemies has become so great and has blinded them so much that they even plot to kill Lazarus. Then on Sunday the city was filled with excitement as Jesus entered on a donkey. The Pharisees were angry, the people joyful, and Jesus ready to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.