ASSURANCE OF GRACE God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned. (John 3:17,18) Through Christ, our sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God. HYMN 244 ‘Trotting, trotting through Jerusalem’ THE PEACE May the peace of the Lord be with you. BIBLE READINGS read by Eleanor Philippians 2: 5-11 Let your bearing towards one another arise out of your life in Christ Jesus. For the divine nature was his from the first;yet he did not think to snatch at equality with God, but made himself nothing, assuming the nature of a slave.Bearing the human likeness,revealed in human shape,he humbled himself,and in obedience accepted even death—death on a cross.Therefore God raised him to the heightsand bestowed on him the name above all names,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow—in heaven, on earth, and in the depths—and every tongue confess, 'Jesus Christ is Lord',to the glory of God the Father. Matthew 21: 1-11 They were now nearing Jerusalem; and when they reached Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: 'Go to the village opposite, where you will at once find a donkey tethered with her foal beside her; untie them, and bring them to me. If anyone speaks to you, say, "Our Master needs them"; and he will let you take them at once.' This was in fulfilment of the prophecy which says, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, "Here is your king, who comes to you in gentleness, riding on an ass, riding on the foal of a beast of burden." The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed, and brought the donkey and her foal; they laid their cloaks on them and Jesus mounted. Crowds of people carpeted the road with their cloaks, and some cut branches from the trees to spread in his path. Then the crowd that went ahead and the others that came behind raised the shout: 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the heavens!' When he entered Jerusalem the whole city went wild with excitement. 'Who is this?' people asked, and the crowd replied, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.'
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