Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018
Preaching:  Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Invocation: Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you;
Righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The Law:  1 John 5:1–5
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
The Old Testament Lesson:  Zechariah 9:9–17
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;  today I declare that I will restore to you double. 13 For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow.  I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior’s sword. 14   Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning;  the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south. 15 The LORD of hosts will protect them, and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones, and they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched like the corners of the altar. 16 In that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown  they shall shine on his land. 17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!  Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women.
The New Testament Lesson: Matthew 21:1–17
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” 17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
The Sermon: “Behold, Your King Is Coming”  A Sermon for Palm Sunday, 2018
Hymn 1  (Trinity Hymnal # 235)  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
Hymn 2 (Trinity Hymnal # 552)  “From out the Depths I Cry, O Lord to Thee”
Hymn 3 (Trinity Hymnal # 243)  “Praise the Savior Now and Ever”
The Afternoon Service – Learning the Basics of the Reformed Faith
The Sufficiency of Scripture             
Hymn 1 (Psalter Hymnal # 29)  “Jehovah’s Perfect Law” (Psalm 19)
The Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 29:29
The New Testament Lesson: 2 Timothy 3:15-16
The Catechism: Belgic Confession, Article 7
Hymn 2 (Psalter Hymnal # 32)  “Jehovah Hear Thee in Thy Grief”