Week 20: Palm Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Lent

Jesus made his last trip to Jerusalem, entering upon a colt. As he rode along, his disciples and the crowd spread cloaks on the road, and the entire multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” The Pharisees, on hearing this exclamation of a messianic psalm of praise, told Jesus to rebuke his followers so they would not call him Messiah or King. Jesus responded by saying if there is not some proclamation from the people that he is the Messiah, the stones themselves would testify on his behalf.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O Lord Jesus Christ, who as on this day didst enter the rebellious city where thou wast to die: enter onto our hearts, we beseech thee, and subdue them wholly to thyself. And as thy faithful disciples blessed thy coming, and spread their garments in the way, covering it with palm-branches, may we be ready to cast ourselves and all that we are in joyful obeisance before thee, and to bless thee, O thou who comest in the name of the Lord. And grant that after having worshiped and confessed thee in the earth, we may be among the number of those who shall hail thine eternal triumphs, and bear in their hands the palms of victory, when every knee shall bow before thee, and every tongue confess that thou art Lord, King of Kings, Glory of Heaven, for whom abideth dominion, power and honor, now and forever. Amen.

~ James Martineau, in James Ferguson and Charles L. Wallis, eds.
Prayers for Public Worship: A Service Book of Morning and Evening Prayers Following the Course of the Christian Year. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958. p. 141.

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: Pss. 103; 108-110; 122; 124

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: Luke 19.28-40
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.

Benediction 
O God, whose blessed Son did suffer for all mankind: Grant unto us that, rightly observing this holy season, we may learn to know thee more, and to serve thee with a more perfect will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ Scottish Prayer Book, in Roger Geffen, The Handbook of Public Prayer.
New York, NY: The Macmillan Company, 1963. p. 79.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
May the name of Jesus endure forever, as long as the sun shines, and may all people bless themselves by him, and all nations call him blessed!

Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of All Believers
Christian living is not living with Christ’s help; it is Christ living in us. That portion of our lives that is not of his living is not Christian living, and that part of our service that is not his doing is not Christian service.

~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today.
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 79.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Luke 19.28-40

Book Reading
Fish and Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today

Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Good Friday: Friday, April 15, 2022
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 16, 2022