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SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

As we worship in our homes on this sacred day, we will not have the traditional branches in our hands.  But our hands are to be lifted up in praise and supplication, nonetheless, as our Lord deserves from us.  Whenever you see a reference in this service to “Palms” today we will take this to refer to the palms of our hands.  Follow the instructions for the palms.

May you be blessed in this time of prayer and worship.

Acclamation

(Raise your palms)

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna to the Son of David.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Mercifully assist us, 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 everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11

(Let your hands rest in your lap, palms up, while you read this passage)

And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth′phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Blessing of Palms

(Raise your palms)

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We praise and thank you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was acclaimed Son of David and King of kings by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path.

We ask that you bless these palms and those who bear them, and grant that we may ever hail him as our Lord and King and follow him with perfect confidence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen

Let us go forth in peace,

in the name of the Lord.

Processional hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (LBW 108)

A video version of this song is available to you at the link below:

The words may vary slightly in the video from the version from our worship book.

Refrain

         All glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

1       You are the king of Israel and David’s royal Son, now in the Lord’s name coming, our King and Blessed One.  Refrain

2       The company of angels is praising you on high; creation and all mortals in chorus make reply.  Refrain

3       The multitude of pilgrims with palms before you went. Our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present.  Refrain

4       To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise. To you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.  Refrain

5       Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring, great Author of all goodness, O good and gracious King.  Refrain

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7

Listen to me, O coastlands,
    pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
    while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain,
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
    and my reward with my God.”

And now the Lord says,
    who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
    and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
    and my God has become my strength—
he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Thus says the Lord,
    the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
    the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
    princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

 Psalm: Psalm 71:1-12

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    
incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress,[a] to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
    my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
    
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

I have been like a portent to many,
    but you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
    
and with your glory all day long.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    do not forsake me when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me,
    
and those who watch for my life consult together.
11 They say, “Pursue and seize that person
    whom God has forsaken,
    for there is no one to deliver.”

12 O God, do not be far from me;
    
O my God, make haste to help me!

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

A reading from Philippians.

Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn that describes Jesus’ humble obedience in his incarnation as a human being, even to death, and his exaltation and glory as Lord of all.

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
  did not regard equality with God
  as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
  taking the form of a slave,
  being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form,
  8he humbled himself
  and became obedient to the point of death—
  even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him
  and gave him the name
  that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
  every knee should bend,
  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
  that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. (John 12:23)

Meditation

1.  Imagine yourself in the crowd who welcomes Jesus as he enters in on the back of a donkey.  What is it like?  What do you see or hear?  What do you want to say to Jesus as he rides by?

2.  Jesus said, “The Lord has need of it.”  What might you need to surrender to the Lord’s purpose today?

3.  How would you like to bless our Lord today?  In what way might you give glory, laud, and honor to him?

Hymn of the Day  Ride on Ride on in Majesty   (LBW 121)

1       Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hear all the tribes hosanna cry; O Savior meek, your road pursue, with palms and scattered garments strewed.

2       Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. O Christ, your triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.

3       Ride on, ride on in majesty! The winged squadrons of the sky look down with sad and wond’ring eyes to see the approaching sacrifice.

4       Ride on, ride on in majesty! Your last and fiercest strife is nigh. The Father on his sapphire throne awaits his own anointed Son.

5       Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die, bow your meek head to mortal pain, then take, O Christ, your pow’r and reign!

Here is a video link to a contemporary praise song Hosanna by Paul Baloche

Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

The Prayers

Prayers  In these petitions you may offer prayer for whatever is on your heart, or instead of these petitions, pray your own prayer.

Let us pray.
Merciful God of might, renew this weary world, heal the hurts of all Your children, and bring about Your peace for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord.
Especially we pray—
for those who govern nations of the world . . .
for the people in countries ravaged by strife or warfare . . .
for all who work for peace and international harmony . . .
for all who strive to save the earth from carelessness and destruction . . .
for the church of Jesus Christ in every land . . .
 
O God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Almighty and everlasting God, You have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with Your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor be overcome in adversity. In all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of Your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessing

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

Amen

Dismissal

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Palm Sunday Worship Service