Sunday, 20th June 6.00pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN Shout for joy. The Lord has let us feast

1 Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast;

heaven’s own fare has fed the last and least;

Christ’s own peace is shared again on earth;

God the Spirit fills us with new worth.

2 No more doubting, no more senseless dread:

God’s good self has graced our wine and bread;

all the wonder heaven has kept in store

now is ours to keep for evermore.

3 Celebrate with saints who dine on high,

witnesses that love can never die.

“Hallelujah!” – thus their voices ring:

nothing less in gratitude we bring.

4 Praise the Maker, praise the Maker’s Son,

praise the Spirit – three yet ever one;

praise the God whose food and friends avow

heaven starts here! The kingdom beckons now!

John L Bell (born 1949) and Graham Maule (1958-2019)

PRAYER

READING MATTHEW 21 : 1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

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“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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 heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

SERMON Christ Our King

What a great passage for the evening of a Communion Sunday – what we call our Thanksgiving Service. Here is a crowd who seem truly thankful and exuberantly joyful.

Here is a passage that speaks to us about Jesus our King – and do not WE welcome Him into our hearts and into our Church?

If Christ is our King, then we ought to live our lives as citizens of the Kingdom of Christ. Here we have a glimpse of Christ as King. And this glimpse challenges us…

I. Christ’s Reign is in Wisdom (1-3)

On a basic level – our King knows about donkeys (2)

But He also knows about us (3)

And so, as the citizens of His Kingdom… WE should know he sees all we do and think AND ALSO we should be assured that he knows perfectly our personal situations and problems

II. Christ’s Kingdom is Not of This World (4-7)

Zech 9:9 is a Messianic Prophecy (in verse 5) looking to the Entrance of Messiah into Jerusalem.

Notice the difference between the Messiah as a King coming on a donkey as opposed to the Usual entrance of a Roman king on a white stallion.

But it is good for us to ponder that our King is Gentle, riding a donkey (not like unapproachable entrance of the victorious king on his horse)

We see that Christ didn’t need or care for pomp and circumstance

Why,He didn’t have his own donkey (but had to borrow one)

And He didn’t dress up the donkey with fine garments or an expensive saddle.

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In other words, there is No Worldly Show: The world has nothing to offer Him. Rather, it is He Who offers Himself to the World

Remember Phil 2:3-8 where we read that Jesus humbly gave himself for the world. And we are to be of like attitude.

What has the world to offer you? How much do we value what the world offers?

III. Christ’s Subjects are the Lowly (8-11)

There are no dignitaries meet Him

Rather it is the “Crowds” gather to greet Him (8) and He accepts them

Jesus sees our souls, not our name, status, title, or achievements.

The crowds greeted Jesus in word and deed.

Their action: They did what they could do to show dignity and honour.

Offering their cloaks – a sign of submission

Cutting the palm branches – celebrating hope and victory

SO… how might we show the honour and dignity of Christ?

Their speech:

They shouted and sang Hosanna! (Save us Now!) This is nothing less than the welcoming the arrival of the Kingdom

They shouted: Blessed! This is a prayer for the prosperity of the Kingdom.

We likewise must welcome and pray for the success of the Kingdom

Conclusion:

Here we have a dim but accurate view of Christ as King: Wise, Heaven-Minded, and Compassionate.

As subjects of this King, we came to the Table of the Lord this morning, and we are reminded that we are to be: Dependent, Heaven-Minded, and Receptive

PRAYER

Hymn Come on and celebrate

Come on and celebrate

His gift of love, we will celebrate

The Son of God who loved us

And gave us life.

We’ll shout Your praise, O King,

You give us joy nothing else can bring,

We’ll give to You our offering

In celebration praise.

Come on and celebrate,

Celebrate,

Celebrate and sing,

Celebrate and sing to the King.

Come on and celebrate,

Celebrate,

Celebrate and sing,

Celebrate and sing to the King.

Patricia Morgan and Dave Bankhead (born 1953)

Benediction

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