Palm Sunday

Service of the Word: For Palm-Passion Sunday

Good morning. The Lord be with you.

While we are the Church in Suspension at about 10:30 am each Sunday you are invited to ‘gather’ as the community of Christ by the Lake using this emailed file as a guide. This is a modified Service of the Word from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book which each of you can adapt. You may have a Bible near reach for reading the lessons. Come, let us worship the Lord with gladness.

Procession with Palms: Not being able to gather for this I invite imagination in your home worship. Image sights and sounds of the drama. Perhaps gather some sort of ‘palm’ branch or hold one or both hands up into air with open palm of hand in a posture of praise as you worship?

 

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

C: Hosanna to the Son of David.

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: We pray together:

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.

 

May read the Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11.

 

Amen. Let us worship in the name of the Lord.

 

(You may wish to search hymn lyrics of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”)

 

After hymn: P: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. C: Hosanna in the highest.

 

We pray the Prayer of the Day: Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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The Word (Not reprinted here, Please use your Bible)

First Reading: A reading from Isaiah 50:4-9a

Reading concludes: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 31:9-16

Second reading: A reading from Philippians 2:5-11

Reading concludes: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

Lenten Verse: Return to the Lord, your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

(My short sermon reflection is on the ‘in turmoil’ verse of the ‘Processional Gospel” reading so while you may read the Passion Gospel here you may wish to leave it for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and if you have not read the processional gospel to read it now then skip to my sermon reflection.)

P: The holy gospel according to Saint Matthew 26:14 – 27:66

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

(Read the Gospel lesson)

Gospel response:

P: The gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon Palm 20A “In Turmoil”

We pray. God of mercy. Come into our turmoil and lead us through to the cross and beyond. Amen.

Years ago, the church theologians that set up our set of lessons for Sundays changed Palm Sunday by adding the Passion story. This morning I will leave the Passion Gospel themes for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Also, since I have been sharing reflections on the Philippian 2 text during the Wednesdays of Lent, I invite you to review from those previous emails if you like and still have them. If you do not have them I can email them to you if you would like. This morning I pick out of our Palm Sunday Processional Gospel verse ten: “When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”

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Often times when there is a crisis situation there is actually more than one thing going on. When I worked at a crisis center, I learned that was often the case. Someone expressed that they felt so weak, their self-esteem was about zero, and that they were not as worthy as ‘normal’ people. Sometimes they were apologetic for calling. When they shared a long list of hurtful things going on in their life, no wonder they felt weak and crushed in crisis. It would not be ‘normal’ if you were not feeling weak and in crisis.

Have you ever felt in turmoil? I hope not to the extreme but most, or I should say probably all of us have to varying degrees.

How about the turmoil in Jerusalem? I don’t know about you but while I think I would very much enjoy being a tourist traveling in big cities in America and even some parts of the world that even before this Covid19 pandemic I would feel panic after a short time sardined in a crowd.

The situation in Jerusalem was that of a major packed population. However, each year for the Passover, while a joyful celebration of God’s saving grace also ‘was a zoo.’ Maybe something like New Orleans packed swelling with revelers during Mardi Gra. Even joyful celebrations like large fancy weddings can have its ‘pressure cooker’ stresses for family members.

Jerusalem, already a large population, had its tourist competing for lodging, food, water, and forget trying to have at least three let alone six feet distance between you and the next bodies.

But that was the annual Passover ‘normal.’ Now a rumor is spreading. Not a normal type of rumor. A man with his own crowd was coming into the already crowded city. This was not your ordinary ‘normal’ man coming to visit. His crowd was shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in highest heaven.!”

While the city crowd was preparing for celebrating the past saving act, the Passover, done by God for his people this new crowd is celebrating the news of God’s coming and his future saving act for the people.

The city crowd was now being stirred up all the more and, in their turmoil, asked, “Who is this?”

 

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You know where I am going with today’s reflection. How about the turmoil in our lives?

We are not in any big city like Jerusalem, New York, LA, etc. but with modern technology and travel we know we are connected globally. Even in our local WM and other stores we are to stay distanced and are in a crisis mode of living. It’s turmoil big time in our lives in our places large and small.

But in our turmoil’s, past and present, we can ask ‘Who is this?’ and we can celebrate it is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We celebrate God’s savings acts he has done in the past, the Passover and supremely the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. We celebrate that now too He and His Holy Spirit is working mercy for us today during the Covid19 pandemic. And we celebrate God’s victory won when we too will be in the resurrection celebration crowd. Even if we are separated and unable to be in a worship sanctuary such as Christ by the Lake it is a joy to join the crowd and do a ‘shout out:’ “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in highest heaven.!” Amen.

(You may wish to search hymn lyrics of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”)

P: Creed: May we profess our faith using the Apostles’ Creed.

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was

crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated on the right hand of the Father, and he will come 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: With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

(For today, here you may say your prayers that are on your heart and mind.)

 

P: Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

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(Note: Even though you may be home alone you may say the plural ‘we pray’ to emphasize that you are not alone but in communion with the earthly church body praying in union of heart spirit.) (Last page has prayer list emailed Friday.)

Prayers Conclude:

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

 

Peace: Perhaps you may select several people and send them an email ‘Peace and joy of Christ be with you always’ greeting. If you receive an ‘e peace’ then reply ‘And also with you.’

 

Offering: Mail or set aside until church worship gathering resumes.

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Offertory Prayer: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

We pray together The Lord’s Prayer.

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: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. Amen.

 

Dismissal:

In peace may you share the good news.

C: We will. Thanks be to God.

 

(You may wish to search hymn lyrics of “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”)

 

And or may Sing Till We Meet Again which is printed on next page.

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God be with you ‘til we meet again, By his counsels guide, up-hold you, With his sheep securely fold you, God be with you ‘til we mee again. ‘Til we meet, ‘till we meet, ‘til we meet at Jesus feet. ‘Til we meet, ‘til we meet, God be with you ‘til we meet again.

Liturgy reprinted from Augsburg Fortress Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright @2006

PRAYERS

Special prayers for active Armed Forces and veterans as well as local police, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and First Responders who protect and serve along with all the healthcare workers assisting with the corona virus outbreak.

 
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