During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is important to show solidarity with our health officials who are working to protect the lives of people in our community, city and country by limiting gatherings to less than five people.
Therefore, we have moved our worship service to an online format that will be available on this page any time after 10:30am on April 5, 2020. Please join us online with your family to worship, listen to a biblically-based sermon and discuss together the provided questions at the end of the sermon. Also, please have some bread/crackers and small glasses of grape juice ready to serve your family for communion.
Welcome to Our Online Service
Today is Palm Sunday when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Less than a week later, those who hailed Him as King, cried “crucify him”. As you prepare your heart today to worship, take time to examine your own fickle heart and decide to “crown Him Lord of all”.
Children's Worship Songs
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, please use one of the following options to give your offering to the Lord through East Gate Alliance Church. We thank you for your faithfulness in this regard.
Scripture Reading - Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.9 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!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Sermon - The East Gate
If you are gathered with your family, please discuss the following questions together. Otherwise if you are participating in this online service alone, please join our Zoom meeting at 12:30pm to discuss the questions with Pastor Bill and others from our church community.
- Five years ago, Bill Gates gave a TED Talk in which he calls governments and people to get ready for the next epidemic before it’s too late. Share some ways that Canadians have been unprepared for the current pandemic.
- Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ gave a talk in which he calls believers to get ready for His return (Matthew 25:1-13). It’s called the parable of the ten virgins.
- What do you think is the significance of the lamps carried by the ten virgins before they meet the bridegroom?
- All ten bridesmaids, brought lamps, got tired from waiting, fell asleep, were awakened, and trimmed their lamps. What was the difference between the wise ladies and the foolish ladies?
- What do you think is the significance of the oil? What does it represent in this story?
- Both the wise and the foolish fell asleep – what meaning could be inferred by that?
- Why do lamps need trimming?
- Do you have reserve oil for your lamp? How are you maintaining the reserve?
- In another “return talk”, Jesus contrasts a prepared servant with an ill prepared servant. Discuss the ways in which you are like the prepared servant and the ways you are like the unprepared servant.
- In light of Christ’s imminent return, how does 2 Peter 3:9 compare to 1 Peter 3:15 and counsel us to be ready for his return? And what about 2 Peter 3:10 & 11?
- Share the areas you feel least prepared for Christ’s return and then pray for each other.
Closing Worship Song
Joel and Cathy Bernard
April 5, 2020
Thanks Pastor and staff