Palm Sunday Service for Families with Small Children

The Sunday before Easter Christians around the world celebrate “Palm Sunday”. (1) This service compresses three major events in Christ’s earthly ministry: His Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and his Passion (arrest, trial, and crucifixion). This worship service walks us through these three events.

This service is recommended for families with small kids (4k-3rd grade), the leader of the service (preferably the head of the household) will read the parts in normal print.

The rest of the family will be the “congregation” and read the parts in orange.

(1) This Sunday is called “Palm Sunday” because those welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem held up Palm branches. These were symbols used to celebrate a royal victory.

Part I: The Triumphant Procession

Leader: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Give us grace, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

READ AND/OR ACT OUT — Mark 11:1-11

1] Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples
2] and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.
3] If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’”
4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.
5] And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.
7] And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.
8] And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.
9] And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
10] Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
11] And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Question: Why do you think the people were so excited to see Jesus?

Part II: The Last Supper

Question: How do you think Jesus felt when he knew he was going to be betrayed by one of his best friends?

Question: Jesus knew he was going to die.  How do you think he felt?  Was he scared?

Part III: The Passion of Christ

Question:  Why do you think Jesus stayed on the Cross even though he could have gotten down?

Question:  How do you think Jesus’s friends felt when Jesus died?

THE DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.
(service ends on that somber note, no closing song)