Prelude: “All Glory, Laud and Honor” -Callahan
Call to Worship:
Look! Your king is coming – humble and riding on a donkey.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Lay your cloaks before him; spread palms to honor him.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Raise your voices. Lift your hearts. Rejoice – our Savior comes!
Hymn: “All Glory, Laud and Honor” (verses 1 & 2)
All glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. You are the King of Israel and David’s royal Son, now in the Lord’s name coming, the King and Blessed One.
The company of angels is praising you on high; and we with all creation in chorus make reply. The people of the Hebrews with palms before you went; our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present.
Call to Confession
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Prayer of Confession
Suffering God, the way of the cross is a hard road.
It is draining. It is fraught with danger.
You ask us to stay by your side. As you walk toward Calvary. But weariness and fear overtake us. Like the first disciples, we are quick.
to betray you, to deny you, to abandon you.
Forgive us, God, and strengthen us for the journey ahead. Give us courage to face the pain ad suffering of this world and to respond with compassion. As the darkness gathers.
renew our faith, fill us with hope, and startle us with your grace.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. (Romans 8:34). Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
Solo: “Pie Jesu” by Webber -Karen D’Angelo
Peace before us, Peace behind us, Peace under our feet.
Peace within us, Peace over us, Let all around us be peace.
Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us, Let all around us be Christ.
The Prayer of Illumination
Loving God, you have so made us that we cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from your mouth. Give us a hunger for your Word, and in that food, satisfy our daily need, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Second Reading: Psalm 31:5-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Hymn: “Hosanna. Loud Hosanna
Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang, through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang. To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast, the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing, for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King. O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice, and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!
Offertory: “Be Thou My Vision” -Karen D’Angelo
Prayer of Dedication
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, the shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land; a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way, from the burning of the noontide heat and the burden of the day.
I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place: I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face; content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss; my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.
Solo: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” -Karen D’Angelo