Prelude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

“Procession” (Edward Broughton) and “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (Pierre La Plante)


Welcome Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.


Invocation Prayer


“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” 


Anthem “Welcoming the King” Children’s Chorus


Scripture Reading from Matthew 21:1–9a, 15–16

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”


This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,


“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”


The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”


When the priests and scribes saw the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were upset, and said to Jesus, “Do you hear what they 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’?”


“Every Praise” 



Scripture Reading from Matthew 18:2–4

He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”


“The Stand” Stone Cull, solo


Lesson to Children and Pastoral Prayer Pastor Bob Gunter




Offertory “Death to Life” Ron Arden, solo and Bruce Greer, piano


“Show Us Christ”


The King is Coming

Zechariah 9:9–10

Pastor Michael Best


Song of Response


Benediction Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.


Postlude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

The King is Coming

Zechariah 9:9–10

Pastor Michael Best


Three characteristics of the King:






Have you ever brought a skeptical friend to church and prayed they would have a wonderful experience? Have you prayed that the sermon would speak directly to your friend, and hoped that everyone at church would make him or her feel welcome? Coming to church for the first time, or for the first time in a long time, can be intimidating. But when a visitor enters a church inhabited by people oriented towards loving and reaching others, that joy makes a remarkable first impression.


Since you’re not scheduled to preach this Easter, I want to encourage you to put your energy towards making our guests feel welcome! For example, set a new personal record for how many people you greet with a smile and “good morning;” sit in the middle of your row rather than on the aisle; look for people who may need help; and pray, pray, pray! Let’s show people how happy we are that they have joined us.


For His glory,


Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor

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