Weekend Review 03-2728-2010

This week I was flying solo. I rolled out the piano, got it tuned and it was just me, a few old hymns and the congregation. People seem to like it when I do that. I would have thought it would be just the opposite, but that’s just not the case. People like it when it’s simple. I took the opportunity to do some hymns that we don’t get to do very often – which was fun do.

Here was my set:

  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche – but I rearranged it to be a little more interesting as a solo piano song)
  • Glory to His Name (That’s right folks, that old one. I did it fairly slow because I’m sure a lot of our people didn’t know it because we never sing it, but then on the last chorus, I bumped it up and did it oompa loompa style – others call it double time)
  • My Savior’s Love (How Marvelous)
  • Announcements
  • Nothing But the Blood (ushers passed out communion during this song)
  • Communion talk
  • There is a Redeemer (Melody Green)
  • Sermon
  • Rest in your Peace (my song)

For communion, I tied in the triumphal entry with what was happening during the rest of this week for Jesus. Here’s what I did:

All who are in a trusting relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ are invited to take communion with us today.

Jesus had just told a parable…

28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30“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. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37When 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:
38“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.

Before we take communion, let’s pause for a moment and pray for those we will be inviting next week. Those whom Jesus has wept over. Those for whom Jesus longs to be the giver of peace, and those whose eyes are hidden from the real answer they seek.

As Jesus entered the city, the people threw theirs cloaks on the road for the young colt to walk on. And as Jesus was riding this colt which no one else had ever ridden, the same people shouted out “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in Heaven and glory in the Highest!”

But, it wouldn’t be long before some of those same people who had thrown their cloaks on the ground we be shouting at Jesus. Not words of praise, but words of condemnation. They were willing to lay down their cloaks for him, but at some point over the next few days, the cost of following Jesus became to great. And they shouted at him.

Just as Jesus knew which colt he would ride on, and just as he knew the people who would be shouting his praises – he knew the people who would be shouting condemnation. And He knew that though this story began at the Mt. of Olives the next time he would return there he would be betrayed. And He knew the story would finish at Golgotha, a Hill where he would give his life as the ransom for our souls.

Just as the hundreds who praised him would later betray him, one of his own would betray him as well. And on that night, before he would return to that Mt., Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

Father, as we think about the joyful celebration that surround your son’s entrance so many years ago, and as we think about those who were there – so quick to lay down their cloaks for you – we think about the way you entered into our lives. We think about the way your Son laid down His life for us, to pay sins ransom. And for that we say Thank you. Thank you for being our redeemer. Thank You Father, for sending us your son.

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