Today’s Passage: Luke 19:28-40
Opening Prayer: Sometimes it is hard to rejoice when you know what is going to happen in the very near future. Sometimes the joy is lost just by worrying about what might be around the next corner. Father God, I pray you would help us to rejoice in the here and now and not worry so much about tomorrow. Help us to appreciate what we have when we have it and not fear the day when whatever it is will be lost. Help us to not be crippled by what has happened in the past; the things which we cannot change or fix because they are done and that time has passed. Instead of focusing on the negative things in the past or our worries about the future, let us rejoice in the future hope we have through our belief in your Son, Jesus, the Christ. Amen.
Opening Song: TobyMac – I just need U.
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “The Lord Needs It” – Palm/Passion Sunday by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia.
Easter rolls around once every year, but so does Palm Sunday. How does a preacher keep those stories fresh and relevant for his or her congregation? By combing through familiar texts in search of something that stands out in a new way. For Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, the thing that stood out in this year’s perusal of the Palm Sunday story from Luke 19:28-40 was the idea that Jesus needed a donkey. When Jesus sends the disciples to fetch one he says, “If anyone asks tell them that the Lord needs it.” But why would the Lord need a donkey? And what else might the Lord need that we haven’t considered? Click the “play” button and find out.
Closing Song: We Rejoice | Live | Elevation Worship
Closing Prayer: Our King has come. He is in the city, the town, the country… wherever believers can be found. He has walked beside us through our journey. Will we walk a similar walk to the one He walked? Will we stay faithful? Are we thankful for what He has made possible for us to be and do? Father God, may we stand firm in our desire to follow Your son, Jesus. May we stand firm in the teachings found in the Scriptures. May the Holy Spirit guide us into a greater knowledge of and understanding of You! May we appreciate the hope we have through Christ. May we be forever grateful. Amen.
Epilogue: Grateful | Live | Elevation Worship