This Sunday we have the privilege of leading worship at the Alberta Flying Farmer’s Convention in Red Deer. You may wonder how this opportunity came to be. Well, my wife’s parents belong to this association, so it was natural for them to invite us to lead worship for this convention, as it takes place in Red Deer. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out in the community and preach the gospel. And since it is Palm Sunday, I will preach from Mark 11:1-11, in keeping with our current sermon series called “King’s Cross: The Identity and Purpose of Jesus.” Through the story of Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, I will invite the people to reflect on who is their king. We are made to worship. So it’s not a matter of choosing to worship or not, but rather, who do you worship? There are many idols out there competing for our attention. For example career, money, success, family. But this gospel story reminds us that Jesus is our true and rightful king. And so with the people on the road to Jerusalem, we’re invited to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” And we’re invited to pray. . .
We praise you, O God, for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ. He entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph and was proclaimed Messiah and King by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Just as we carry these branches, may we follow Christ in the way of the cross, that, dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. (The Worship Sourcebook, K.1.4.1)