Kingsville Presbyterian Church
Pastor Bill Daywalt
Sunday April 5, 2020
The Kingsville Presbyterian Church welcomes you to our virtual worship Palm Sunday service. Let us worship our Savior as he rides into Jerusalem to fulfill his Plan of Salvation for us all. Let our hearts be full of joy and praise.
Call to Worship
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
Christ was oppressed and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent.
Christ was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his wounds we are healed.
The Prayer of Confession
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Most merciful God, we confess to you that we have broken your commandments by our own thoughts, words, and deeds. In our inner hearts, we have desired glory only for ourselves and not for you alone. We have not loved our brothers and sisters as we ought, and we have not cared for your creation. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, and give us the healing power of your love that we may walk again in your ways and live to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Silence for Personal Confession
Assurance of Pardon
God is gracious and merciful, and he desires that we be made free of the burden of our sins. Through Jesus Christ, who bore the cross for our sake and for the sake of the whole world, there is healing, hope, and life. Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The Palms – Faure
Old Testament Reading, Exodus 20:17
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Epistle Reading, Philippians 2:5-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Gospel Reading, John 12:12-19
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”
Sermon: “The Wounds of Coveting Power”
It sure looks like Jesus is at the pinnacle of power and glory. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the shouting of the crowds that hail him as king, his popularity as a healer for having raised Lazarus from the dead—all of this gives him the kind of prestige that would make even a narcissist blush. Even his critics bemoan, “Look, the world has gone after him!” Yes, these critics are despairing. But is it also jealousy? Something that they (or we) would want for ourselves, to be so prized above all people in pride and the lust for power?
This is what coveting is—seeking that which is not ours to possess; seeking the very things, and sometimes peoples, that belong to others. It is a sin of the heart and mind that may not even be shown so clearly by the physical masks we wear. This is why the commandment against coveting does not let any of us off the hook.
But Jesus did not covet power and glory. These he already had before he was born. But, as St. Paul exclaimed, “he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself” (Philippians 2:6-7).
How far, indeed, Jesus would empty himself, even unto death. He was not anointed a Messiah of great power, but only anointed as one about to die (John 12:7). The crown he wore was only a crown of thorns; and the purple robe of a king placed upon him is only meant to mock him (19:2). And the crowds that once shouted “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” shout only the words, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (19:6, 15).
There is no glory or power in these wounds that Jesus bore. There is only a man beaten and deprived of all that would make one look weak in the eyes of the whole world.
He is precisely what Isaiah (in Chapter 53) said of the servant who would suffer for us all:
“He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces; he was despised, and we held him of no account.”
This is not an example of one who covets power and glory. It is precisely the opposite.
Yet on the cross as he dies in his wounds of rejection and abandonment, indeed, the critics were right: the whole world has gone after him. But not because of his fame or power or prestige. No; it is because this crucified Lord is the One whom we confess who has gone out from power and majesty for the sake of the whole world.
And so, we should likewise read the rest of St. Paul’s answer about this man’s final accession to the right hand of God: this One who was crucified is the same One whom God has exalted and given “the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend … and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9-11). But notice how it concludes! Who gets the glory? The glory goes to “God the Father,” who sent his Son into the world so that the world would not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16-17). The glory comes with the glorification of Christ on the cross and resurrection by which all are taken up into him and his glorified presence!
You can’t covet what you already have. Through the grace and glory of Christ given to us, we get to pick up our crosses and follow him, embracing his wounds in the world and witnessing the greatest healing the world will ever trust. Amen.
Statement of Faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty. creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead,
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
We pray, O God, that our offerings delight you. We bring them to encourage all who work for justice and peace on our behalf, that they may not grow faint or be crushed by opposition May the oppressed find healing, the discouraged receive hope, and those who are bound discover freedom through and beyond our efforts. Thank you for sending your son to Jerusalem on a donkey and to the cross and tomb. Thank you for His resurrection and help us delight in it all of our days. Amen.
Sacrament of Communion
Jesus, at that last supper, gave the disciples a memorial…Something to eat, something to drink – as reminders of Him Can you imagine those disciples, for all the rest of their lives, every time they took the unleavened bread and juice, the memories of Jesus came flooding back over them? They remembered that last meal together before His crucifixion: They remembered His washing their feet that night…they remembered His miracles… His teaching… His instructions… His promises… His horrifying death…His fantastic resurrection…His ascension…
Our Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest and after giving thanks he broke that bread saying take, eat, this is my body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way he took the cup saying this is my blood, shed for the forgiveness of sins. When you drink of this cup do this in remembrance of me.
For whenever we eat this bread and drink of this cup, we are reminded of the saving death of our Lord, Jesus Christ until he comes again.
The Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
The Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray for the Church, for all in need, and for the whole of God’s creation. That as we now enter this holiest of weeks, you may give your people hope that it is Jesus, our Lord, who leads the way and takes into his body on the cross the sins of the whole world.
Heal us, O God.
That we may put away our own false desires, and boast only of the cross of Christ.
Heal us, O God.
That all who seek righteousness may find the hope of righteousness in our Lord who bore the cross for them and for all.
Heal us, O God.
That we may honor all people as our brothers and sisters, and share Christ’s blessing of peace and salvation.
Heal us, O God.
For those who have made the procession from life to death, that they may join the endless chorus of praise at the throne of God.
Heal us, O God.
Into your healing, wounded hands for our sake, we commend all for whom we pray.
By Christ’s wounds, we are healed. Amen.
We pray the prayer that our wounded healer, Jesus the Christ, has taught us to pray:
Our Father, Which Art in Heaven,
Hallowed Be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom Come,
Thy Will Be Done,
On Earth as It Is in Heaven.
Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread,
And Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Forgive Our Debtors,
And Lead Us Not into Temptation, But Deliver Us from Evil,
For Thine Is the Kingdom,
And the Power,
And the Glory Forever,
The Lord’s Prayer Susan Boyle