Thornwell Youth Lead Worship on Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28, the youth of Thornwell did a great job leading the worship service, as Hartness-Thornwell Memorial Presbyterian Church celebrated Palm Sunday.

Just before the worship service began, the young men of TPH Cottage, Tyler, Kenyon, Mario and TJ, greeted each person with a palm branch as they entered the sanctuary. During the Gathering portion of the service, Thornwell youth, Stephanie welcomed everyone, made announcements and recognized visitors. The children’s choir sang the worship song, Hosanna, Hosanna, and Thornwell youth, Kacey led the Call to Worship. Next, the Youth Praise Band led the congregation in songs of praise. The Assurance of Pardon was led by Sadie and Sheryl.

The Children’s Message was given by Lashonda and Caroline, followed by a scripture reading by Stephanie.

“Reflection” was the topic of the sermon led by Thornwell youths, Sheryl., Jessica., Sadie, and Latrevet. To conclude the service, Kacey led the prayer. The offering was taken by the younger children, and Thornwell youth, Stacey read a lovely poem. Following a song from the Youth Praise Band, Thornwell youth, Chris gave the Charge and the Benediction.

“The service was great,” said Pastor Hayes. “Our Thornwell youth did a wonderful job leading our congregation in worship. Everyone who participated contributed in making our Palm Sunday celebration very special.”

On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem the week before his death and resurrection. Palm Sunday is often referred to as “Passion Sunday” and marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.

In the biblical account of Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem as the crowd greets him with waving palm branches. Then, the crowd uses the branches to cover his path into the city. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.