April 2, 2023: Who Is This?

Palm Sunday


Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Processional Hymn 278: “Hosanna, Loud, Hosanna,” words by Jeanette Threlfall, music by Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkapelle, adapted by W. H. Monk
  • Lenten Reading: Dick and Joan Bennett
  • Hymn 280: “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” words by Theodulph of Orleans, trans. by John Mason Neale, music by Melchior Teschner, harm. By W.H. Monk
  • Offertory: “Lord Jesus Think on Me,” by Gerald Peterson from hymn tune “Southwell,” adapted from Daman’s Psalms; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 1994 Lorenz Publishing Co.
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois
  • Special Music: “The Holy City,” words by F. E. Weatherly, music by Stephen Adams; Farah Padamsee, vocals
    © 2005 by GlorySound, a div. of Shawnee Press, Inc.
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  • “Behold, Behold Your King!” words by Timothy Dudley-Smith, music by Larry Shackley; Trinity Singers
    © 2003 Hope Publishing Company
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  • Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11; Joan Owens
  • Sermon: “Who Is This?” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2091: “The King of Glory Comes,” Israeli folk song, words b Rev. Willard F. Jabusch
    © 1966, 1982 Willard F. Jabusch (admin, by OCP Publications)
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  • Hymn 3105: “In Christ Alone,” by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, arr. by Mary McDonald
    © 2002 Thankyou Music
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  • Postlude: “The Gates of Jerusalem,” music by David Paxton; Pauline Olsen, organ
    © 2002 Lorenz Publishing Co
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Sermon Outline: Who is This?

Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023

Scripture Lessons: Hebrew Bible Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Gospel Matthew 21:1-11

Key Verses:

Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey. . . Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Matthew 21:5, 9b

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone Psalm 118:22

1) Cast of Characters

a) King Herod, Pontius Pilate
b) Jesus of Nazareth, Son of David, Prophet, Messiah
c) Disciples of Jesus
d) The Crowd

2) Context: Festival and Turmoil

a) Passover pilgrimage
b) Occupation
c) Crowds, cloaks and branches

3) Conflicting Kingdoms

a) Contrasting Kings: Steeds and Donkeys
b) Conflicting Cultures
c) Powers and Palms

4) Knowing and Doing

a) Humility v Hubris
b) Living and practicing
i) Lent
ii) Holy Week
iii) Resurrection

God, give me the humility,
trusting in your grace,
to take the lowest place
and find your glory there.

Christ Jesus, though of God, did not cling to equality with God,
but in complete self-emptying took the place of a slave, born a human.
And as a human, in profound humility,
Christ became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted Christ
with the name that is above every name….
—Philippians 2.6-9

Many who are first will be last,
and the last will be first
—Matthew 19.30