Palm Sunday

APRIL 5, 2020

All you will need is a Bible and access to the video below. You will be guided through a fun and interactive worship experience that gets everyone involved. Have fun with it and make it your own!

WEEKLY RESOURCES

LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP

We are also hosting worship live on Zoom this Sunday at 10:00 AM. The content will be the same as the House Church resource page, but it will be hosted LIVE by Pastor Mark and Pastor Anthony. All you need to do is click on the link below and you will be directed to the Zoom meeting room.*

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*If you do not have a Zoom account, click on the link above, and it will prompt you to download the application and create a free account. Note, you will have the best experience on a computer but a tablet or smartphone will work as well.

ORDER OF WORSHIP

Download/View this week’s worship guide

Call to Worship

Make the sign of the cross and as a group say:

We begin worship in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Then give each other a rock fist and say, “Jesus is the rock!”

Opening Psalm

Someone read Psalm 34 out loud from a Bible. Try using The Message version this morning.

Singing

We encourage you to join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in a worship song that he recorded this week.

Confession

Someone read the following:

Mick Jagger famously sang,

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well you might find, you get what you need.”

Discuss the following questions:

  • What do you think he means by this?
  • Do you think there is truth in his statement?
  • Share about a time you have ever experienced what he is singing about.

Someone read the following:

This morning we are celebrating Palm Sunday. It is the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as he began his journey to the cross. We read in Luke 19:38 that as Jesus entered the town people were shouting:

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (ESV)

The people were expecting a specific kind of king. They were wanting Jesus to be a warrior king, a king like King David. They wanted a king who would free them from the Roman occupation. Instead they got a Jewish rabbi who rode into town without any weapons or army. The people in the crowd didn’t realize that Jesus was a different kind of king.

Someone else continuing reading:

We are removed far enough from history to realize that Jesus wasn’t a warrior king. Rather, he was a servant king. He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to only die a week later on Good Friday by way of crucifixion on a Roman cross.

We aren’t much different than the crowds. We often hail Jesus as king but expect him to be the kind of king we want him to be. We may expect Jesus to make us successful or free from pain and suffering. But Jesus doesn’t promise to give us what the world sees as success or the perfect life we think we deserve. In a few moments we will see that he is a far better king than that.

  • As a group discuss where you have expected Jesus to be the kind of earthly king who gives you everything you want?
  • What happens when you feel like he let you down?.

Someone read the following prayer:

God, we confess that we often treat Jesus like a gene. We pray to him hoping he will give us all of our selfish desires. And when we don’t get what we want, we get angry with you. We confess that we often fall into this pattern because we don’t spend time with you in your Word or spend time with you in prayer. We are so concerned with our own lives that we don’t know what you actually want for us. Father, we ask for your forgiveness for our selfish desires and wrong expectations about Jesus.

Forgiveness

Someone read the following:

Lord we thank you that your Word reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that

“For our sake Jesus was made to be sin even though he knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Lord, we thank you that you are not a god who gives us what we think we want. Rather you love us enough to give us what we need. You knew that our biggest need was a right relationship with you. But because of sin the only way that could be made possible was by sending Jesus to be the perfection that we will never be. Help us to graciously receive his love and mercy. We thank you that you have forgiven us of all of our sins because of Jesus’ perfect life, death and resurrection.

May Jesus’ love for us move us to spend more time with you each day through your Word and prayer so that we may better know what your desire for our lives.

Then go around and tell each other: You are forgiven and loved by Jesus! 

If you are worshiping by yourself today, write it on a sticky note and place it somewhere you will see it as a reminder to yourself this week.

Giving

God is so generous! God has given us everything that we have. Our health, our friends and family, our jobs and the resources to take care of those who are in need. Take a moment to thank God for all that you have. (Ask each person to share one thing they are thankful for).

God doesn’t want just 10% of what we have. He wants all of it! He says, “Watch me take care of you in amazing ways as you live lives of generosity!” As a group take a moment to pray for generosity and provision at Water’s Edge in this season.

If you have not already set up a recurring online offering, please take a moment to do so.

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Teaching Time

Watch this week’s teaching then discuss the following questions as a group.

This Week’s Text:

Luke 19:28–41

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.'”

Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.

Discussion Questions:

  • What have you been weeping over?
  • What would Jesus cheer about in those situations?
  • Share the areas in your lives, hearts, minds and schedules that you need Jesus to enter into as your triumphant king. Write them down and pray for Him to enter into those things and start to match your heart to his in what you weep for.

Prayer

After the teaching and discussion, conclude your time together in prayer. Take a moment to be still before God and listen to see if he puts anything on your heart. If he does share it with your group. Then spend some time praying for the following:

  • For the Holy Spirit to give you eyes like Jesus in this season
  • For all leaders who are making decisions on how to best fight COVID-19
  • Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
  • For followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and joy in our city
  • For financial provision for our church and community
  • For any needs in your household and community

Sending

When you are done praying say the following together:

May our worship continue as we live as witnesses of our risen Savior!