Leader 1 (On Palm Sunday): Today is a special day in the life of the church. We call it “Palm Sunday.” Does anyone know why? On this day, we remember the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and that as he entered, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
We know that just a few days after Jesus entered Jerusalem, he was crucified and died for us. We’ll learn more about the rest of the story later, but before we do, let’s sing praises together to Jesus for what he’s done for us!
Leader 1 (On Easter): Happy Easter! Today is a special day in the life of the church. Today is not just about candy or Easter eggs or bunnies, but it’s about something MUCH more important and exciting. Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day we celebrate how Jesus rose from the dead three days after he died on the cross.
The Christian church on Easter Sunday greets one another with the phrase, “The Lord is risen!” When I say “The Lord is risen!” You say, “He is risen INDEED!” Let’s try it!
Leader: He is risen!
Children: He is risen indeed!
(Repeat a few times, asking the children to try it at different volumes. Make it fun!)
Leader 2: God has made us alive by his grace! Let’s celebrate that together. Everyone stand, and clap, and dance if you want to!
Song 1: Made Alive
Leader 2: Our memory verse this is Romans 6:9! Can you repeat it after me? For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9
Hand motions: For we know (point to brain)that since Christ was raised from the dead (crouch down, then spring up, extending arms up and out) he cannot die again (shake head and indicate no with hands). Death no longer has mastery over him (shake head no again)
Leader 1: What does the word “mastery” mean? Control or power! Death has absolutely no control or power over Jesus. In fact, Jesus defeated death! The Lord is risen! (On Easter, get kids to repeat, “The Lord is risen indeed!” again like you did earlier)
Leader 2: Let’s sing a song about Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior.
Song 2: Jesus Came to Earth
Leader 1: It is so wonderful to sing about who God is and what he has done in sending Jesus to be our Savior for us! Sometimes we worship God by singing, but are there other ways we can worship? Anyone have any ideas? That’s right? Giving! The Bible teaches us that everything we have is a good gift from God. Let’s give back to him with joy, grateful for what he’s given us. If you have an offering today, please bring it to the offering box during the next song.
Leader 2: The last song is also about Jesus, Son of Man, Son of Righteousness. He rose again on the third day after dying for us on the cross and deserves all praise and honor! Let’s sing to him together.
Song 3: Bless the Lord (Son of Man)
Leader 1: Hey, who can tell me what time it is? (Catechism time!!)
(Play the catechism riff: G-F-G-F x3, G-F-G “Catechism!”)
Leader 2: Here is our question for this month! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!
Q: Who saves us from our sin? A: Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads… and fold your hands… and close your eyes… and let’s talk to God right now!
Lord God, we come to you aware that we are sinners. Even when we try hard, we fail to be perfect. We disobey our parents and teachers, we hurt others and are often unkind, selfishly doing what we think is right. You know we cannot save ourselves, which is why you sent your son Jesus to be our salvation! We praise you for Jesus! We thank you for his perfect life, his sacrificial death on the cross, the forgiveness we have of all of our sins when we trust in him, and the hope we have of being with you in heaven in the future. We love you and ask you to help us as we learn more about Jesus today. Amen.