College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue Podcast

The Holiest of Holy Weeks

April 5, 2020

PALM SUNDAY/PASSION SUNDAY
 
WELCOME
(Mark Quanstrom)
 
HOSANNA
(Marvin Jones)
 
CALL TO WORSHIP: MATTHEW 21:1-11
(Donna Lovett)
 
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Hosanna in the highest!"

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"
The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
 
INVOCATION
(Russ Lovett)
 
PSALM 118
(Joel Heald and Family)
 
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Let Israel say: "His love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
I will give you thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and He has made His light shine upon us.
You are my God, and I will give You thanks; You are my God, and I will exalt You.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
 
SONG: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
(Brian Allen)
 
EPISTLE READING: PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11
(Bill, Kirstyn Bahr and Family)
 
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
 
AT THE CROSS
(Grant & Alaina Bahr)
 
PASTORAL PRAYER
(Mark Quanstrom)
 
MESSAGE: THE HOLIEST OF HOLY WEEKS
(Mark Quanstrom)
 
SONG: STILL

(Amber & Luke Olney)
 
BENEDICTION
(Mark Quanstrom)

TRANSFORMATION QUESTIONS FOR THE FAMILY
1) What is your favorite memory of Palm Sunday or Easter? Why is it so special to you?

  • What is your favorite thing to celebrate?
  • In what ways do you think this week (Holy Week) will feel different for you?
2) Jesus chose not to use power, but to come as a suffering servant for our sake. How do you think Jesus felt about being a servant during this week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday?
  • Would you have chosen to save us this way?
  • Would you be scared?
3) Philippians tell us that “our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” and that we should be humble servants. When is this hardest for you? Easiest?
  • Do you think being a humble servant was easy or difficult for Jesus? Give an example.
  • How can we become more like Jesus, a humble servant?

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