Week 18: Palm Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Lent

Jesus of Nazareth fulfills the prophecy by entering Jerusalem, riding triumphantly upon a donkey. In praise and worship, the crowd spread their garments on the road, a sign of royal honor, and spread branches before him. Surrounding our Lord as he entered the city, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11.9-10). With this dramatic entry, Jesus publicly announces that he is indeed the Messiah of God, and King of Israel and the Lord of all.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
As on this day we keep the special memory of our Redeemer’s entry into the city, so grant, O Lord, now and ever that he may triumph on our hearts. Let the king of peace and glory enter in, and let us lay ourselves and all we are in full joyful homage before him; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ H. C. G. Moule, 1841-1920

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Chronological Reading for the Day
Sunday: 2 Sam. 20-21; Ps. 7; 1 Chron. 20.4-8

Chronological Holy Week Readings
Palm Sunday: Matt. 21.1-17; Mark 11.1-11; Luke 19.28-48; John 12.12-50

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 118.1-2, 19-29
OT: Isa. 50.4-9a
Gospel: Mark 11.1-11
NT: Phil. 2.5-11

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

~ Mark 11.9-10

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord!

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
Even when the crowds grasped that something great was happening, their inward thoughts remained uninformed, lowly, unworthy and lacking in understanding. But Jesus did these things in their presence not to display pomp but as I have said, to fulfill prophecy, teach self-denial and to comfort his disciples, who were grieving for his death. He was showing them that he would suffer all these things willingly. Mark well the accuracy of the prophets, how they foretold all these things, some from David’s psalms, some from Zechariah. They had proclaimed them beforehand.

~ St. John Chrysostom, The Gospel Of Matthew, Homily 66.3.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The One Pierced for Our Transgressions, Isaiah 52.13-53.12

Book Reading
Davis, Sacred Roots

Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 3, 2021