* SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 21:1-11
Sue Sherwood, Liturgist
As they approached Jerusalem, entering Beth-phage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent off two disciples with the instructions,
Go into the village straight ahead of you, and immediately you will find a tethered donkey with her colt standing beside her. Untie them and lead them back to me. If anyone questions you, say, ‘The Rabbi needs them.’ Then they will let them go at once.
This came about to fulfill what was said through the prophet:
Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Your Sovereign comes to you without display,
riding on a donkey, on a colt –
the foal of a beast of burden.’
So the disciples went off and did what Jesus had ordered. They brought the donkey and her colt, and after they laid their cloaks on the animals, Jesus mounted and rode toward the city.
Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while some began to cut branches from the trees and lay them along the path. The crowds – those who went in front of Jesus and those who followed – were all shouting,
Hosanna to the Heir to the House of David!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Most High!
Hosanna in the highest!
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred to its depths, demanding,
Who is this?
And the crowd kept answering,
This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.
* BLESSING OF THE PALMS
* PROCESSION TO THE ALTAR
ANTHEM God Rules in Might and Splendor
* HYMN All Glory, Laud, and Honor 216
(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)
Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as
it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of
God among us, for the word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON Adaptation Rev. Wells
Response: In Love You Summon1
You are invited to place your prayer requests in the offering plate along with your morning tithes and offerings.
Offertory The Palms Faure
* Prayer of Dedication
This holy day, we remember Jesus’ relentless, undying faithfulness and love. He did not let fear hold him back. He faced the consequences of unconditional loving with courage. He did not resort to violence even in self defense. May his witness draw forth goodness and mercy from us. May we love ourselves, others, the world, and God with the fearless, unconditional love of Jesus. May this be our tribute to him. Amen.
*CALL TO PRAYER How Deep the Silence of the Soul 509
MORNING PRAYERS – SAVIOR’S PRAYER
Eternal Spirit, Earth Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that ever shall be,
Father and Mother of all people, Loving God in heaven:
The way of your justice be followed by all peoples on earth!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and
come on earth!
With the bread that we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
* HYMN When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 224
Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth,
Wield well your tools in this your workshop
That we who come to you rough hewn
May here be fashioned into a truer beauty by your hand.
* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 581
Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;
let peace ﬁll our hearts, let peace ﬁll our world,
let peace ﬁll our universe.
* PASSING THE PEACE
* POSTLUDE Toccata in E minor Pachelbel
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.