Palm Sunday English Worship 3.28

Hosanna! Blessed is He who Comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!

Lenten Theme: From Death | To Life

It is during this time of the year that we pay special attention to our need for Jesus. Without him we are lost. Without him we are in the dark. We are spiritually dead. However, with him we have life, because He gave his life for us. This is a time and a season of repentance as we reflect on our status before God. Without Jesus we would be dead, but in Him we have life. We take this time to reflect and repent as the time grows closer and closer to the death of Jesus and then to the celebration of His resurrection on Easter. 

Theme for the Week:

 “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” John 12:23

The Palm Sunday service recreates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as we wave our palm branches and make our procession into the church. This joyful mood soon changes to sober contemplation of our Lord’s Passion at the Gospel. Thus, Holy Week begins.

Bible Readings

John 12:12-19  – Palm Sunday Processional

“Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

Zechariah 9:9–12 

9Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses 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.

11As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

Philippians 2:5–11 

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 12:20-43 

20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.  

23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 

27″Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name!” 

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 

30Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 

31Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 33He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 

34The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 

35Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 

37Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” 39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:  40″He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts,so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn–and I would heal them.”

41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. 42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

John 11:45-53 – Passion Reading – Looking forward to Good Friday

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

Sermon

The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23)

Pastor Joel

Prayer

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to him your hopes and desires. Praise him and give him thanks for all He’s done. Share your life with him, because He loves you.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

Bible Verses for Next Sunday, April 4th

Isaiah 25:6-9 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | John 20:1-18

Tencent Meeting Info

Sunday, March 28th: Online Conversation and Fellowship

10am-11am

Meeting ID: 659 0660 8960

(VooV Meeting / Tencent Meeting App)

Location and Address

Nanshan English Worship – 2:00pm (14:00)

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼 

Bus: 海雅百货 (Haiya Department Store) or 南山邮局 (Nanshan Post Office)

Metro: Line 9 Nanshan Book Mall (Exit D)

Meilin English Worship – 7:00pm (19:00)

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel 

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼 可乘坐

Bus: Meilin er cun 

Metro: Line 9 Xiameilin or Meicun

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Nanshan Church Address:

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼

 

Meilin Church Address:

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼