This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Most classes are studying the Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-40) or Jesus’ Death (Matthew 26-27; Luke 22:63-23:56). Each class will keep in mind the day’s main theme—that Jesus is God’s King, sent to deliver his people from sin and death. Here is the cool part! Each child will receive a palm branch to take home after the service. And some classes (ages 4-grade 2) will be led in a "Hosanna" parade into the adult worship gathering. Kids will run down the aisles shouting Hosanna then gather at the front of the auditorium to help in singing this song with the gathered community! Then, they'll gather upstairs with the entire children's ministry for the following liturgy: Leader 1: Welcome to Sojourn Kid’s Worship. This morning we are going to worship the Lord together as we celebrate Palm Sunday. Why is today called Palm Sunday? (Pause for answers.) More than 2000 years ago Jesus was greeted by crowds of people who were happy to see him coming into the city of Jerusalem. To show Jesus they were glad to see him, they waved palm branches in his honor and shouted praise to him. Listen as I read this story from the Bible, it’s from the book of John chapter 12 verses 12 to 14. Listen as I read God’s word:
12The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!"
The crowd shouted “Hosanna” to Jesus. Hosanna means
“Praise the God who saves!” Let’s sing to Jesus and wave our arms to Him singing “Hosanna!”
Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest, In the highest. Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest, In the highest.
Look! The Lord is drawing near! Let the children shout and sing! Tell the world that Life is here, Jesus Christ, our God, our King!
Leader 2—read this portion with excitement:
We’re going to praise God by saying "HALLELUJAH!" Hallelujah means "Praise the Lord!" I will say something that is true about God and you will repeat after me: "HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD!" Listen to what I say and then respond with "HALLELUJAH!"
Leader 2: Jesus is God! Jesus is Lord!
Leader 2: Jesus suffered and died on the cross for my sins!
Leader 2: Jesus was in the tomb. He was dead in the grave for three days! Death could NOT keep Him dead!
Leader 2: Jesus is alive! Jesus is risen! He rose from the dead!
Leader 2: Jesus is the champion. Jesus is victorious. He is the winner!
Leader 2: Now stand up and let's shout: "JESUS IS ALIVE!" (Repeat several times. Optional: have children jump while chanting "Jesus is alive!")
2. “Jesus Came To Earth,” by Solomon Campbell, Dave Campbell, and Bob Kauflin © 2004 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP) and Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God.
Leader 3: Romans 5:8 says: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us." So how has God shown us He loves us? (Answer: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.) Yes! Let's sing this verse together and remember that Christ died for us!
Intro to the next song involves saying the lyrics and doing the hand-motions:
(Raise arms and hands in praise and then cross arms over heart to say "love.")
Leader 1: Holy God, in love, be - came
(Place fists on hips to stand like a man)
Perfect Man to bear my blame
(Stretch arms out to sides to look like cross.)
On the cross He took my sin
(Raise arms above head in praise.)
By His death I live again
These are the words and the lyrics for the next song we will sing to the Lord. Let’s sing to God together.
This song is less familiar to the children. Please sing it several times to teach it to them. Feel free to make the tempo a little quicker if that works better.
Leader 2: It is a gift to be able to pray to God. Let's fold our hands quietly, close our eyes, and talk inside our hearts to God. God sees in our hearts and He hears us:
“Jesus, you deserve our praise! But Lord we are often like the crowds, quick to praise you and then to turn away from you. You died on the cross for our sins. Thank You, Jesus. We want to love you and follow you always. Amen."
5. “Low in the Grave He Lay,” Words and Music by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
Jazz up this traditional hymn. Sing the verses very slowly and quietly. Then play the chorus “Up from the grave” with increased excitement moving the tempo faster and faster. For the motions: have the kids down on the floor crouched down singing the verses “Low in the grave He lay. . .” Then stand up slowly on “Up from the grave He arose. . .” You can jump up and down for the chorus and/or sing with your arms stretched upward for the final “He arose. . .” section.