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Zechariah 9:9-10 

9Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and victorious,

lowly and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

and the warhorses from Jerusalem,

and the battle bow will be broken.

He will proclaim peace to the nations.

His rule will extend from sea to sea

and from the Riverto the ends of the earth.

The Gospel Reading
Luke 19

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?’ say, ‘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


Poetry for Sunday
Psalm 118:19-29

Open wide to me the gates of justice
    so that I may walk through them
    and offer praise and worship to the Eternal.

20 This is the gate of the Eternal;
    the righteous children of God will go through it.

21 I will praise You because You answered me when I was in trouble.
    You have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation.
23 This is the work of the Eternal,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.[a]
24 This is the day the Eternal God has made;
    let us celebrate and be happy today.
25 O Eternal One, save us, we beg You.
    O Eternal One, we beg You, bring us success!

26 He who comes in the name of the Eternal will be blessed;[b]
    we have blessed You from the house of the Eternal.
27 The Eternal is the True God;
    He shines His light on us.
Let the feast begin.
    Bring the sacrifice, and tie it to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I give You thanks;
    You are my God, and I praise You.
29 Give thanks to our Eternal Lord; He is always good.
    He never ceases to be loving and kind.


Isaiah 50:4-7

4The Sovereign Lordhas given me a well-instructed tongue,

to know the word that sustains the weary.

He wakens me morning by morning,

wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

5The Sovereign Lordhas opened my ears;

I have not been rebellious,

I have not turned away.

6I offered my back to those who beat me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

I did not hide my face

from mocking and spitting.

7Because the Sovereign Lordhelps me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.

Scattered Palms

The crowd swelled with excitement
Waiting for their newly anointed one
Who enters into the Temple of the heart

We opened the gates
For our victor to enter
To welcome this the Savior-soldier
The warrior-king
The one who will liberate us from oppression and cruelty

They yelled from the top of their lungs
“Hosanna – Save Us!”
From the enemies that threaten to devour us
“Save Us!”
From ourselves

Lifting our palms to the air in celebration

I cried out from the crowds that day,
One voice in a sea of people
One among many who carpeted the ground
With coats and palms
With hopes and dreams

For something better in this world
To make of it what I will
I placed a my passions
Upon this teacher,
The Master
Of bread and fishes
Of the deaf and blind
Of miracles and spectacles

But he was on a donkey
Not a noble steed
Who was brought down low
Seeking to rescue the outsider
To save us from our sins

“Who is this?” we questioned
“Then who are we?” we replied
Were we disciples following him
On this inglorious, triumphal road

They did not turn an ear to him
But made of their hearts a stone
And rejected him    
They did not turn an ear to him, but made of their hearts a stone and rejected him, broke him over the rock of all their hopes and fears - Trampled palms. Scattered ashes

Luke 19:41-44 Jesus Wept

41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

John 11:1-44 Jesus Wept

1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” 

9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.10It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 

14So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

16Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was less than two milesfrom Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 

21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 

23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 

28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 

32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34“Where have you laid him?”he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 

35Jesus wept.

36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 

37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39“Take away the stone,”he said. 

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 

40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said,“Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,“Lazarus, come out!”44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. 

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Jesus Wept: 

Author Brene Brown on why the church should be more like a midwife than an epidural.


Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday service, including communion, will take place at 6:30.

Friday, April 18

Good Friday service will take place at 6:30. All kids present will be invited to sing the closing song. It is a song they have been practicing on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Saturday, April 19

Easter at Orchard’s Park set-up will begin around 12:30 at church and 1:00 at the park. It will conclude around 5:30 when all activities wrap up. Sign-ups are at this link:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E49AEA82BA20-easter

Sunday, April 20

Easter Brunch will begin at 9:15 followed by a children’s egg hunt around 9:45. Sign up to bring something at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA5AC2FA02-easter

Easter worship will begin at 10:15.