Palm Sunday, April 5th - Online Service & Sermon
Sunday, April 5, 2020
The entire service is found in the video below. You can also find the order printed below.
Preparations for Worship:
- Do your best to eliminate distractions like the phone, TV, etc.
- Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, try reading the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns.
- This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for questions and discussion.
- Before you begin, load each of the videos below. Then hit “pause” as soon as each begins.
- Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
See, your king comes to you.
Righteous and having salvation. (Zechariah 9:9)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
He took up our pain and bore our suffering.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquities of us all.
He was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-7)
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest! (Matthew 21:9)
SONG – “All Glory Laud and Honor” (two stanzas)
FIRST LESSON – Philippians 2:1-11
- True God, Jesus humbled himself even to death on a cross. Now his apostle urges us to adopt the same mindset in our service one another.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
SONG – “HOSANNA, LOUD HOSANNA”
GOSPEL LESSON – MATTHEW 21:1-11
- The Palm Sunday crowds acknowledged Jesus as Lord and King.
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
CONFESSION OF FAITH - The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe 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, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Offerings may be given on-line at LSavior.org/support, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Heavenly Father, as your Son humbled himself for our salvation, give to each of us and to every member of your Church a confident faith in Christ’s Passion for us, so that during this Holy Week and throughout our lives we would humbly entrust ourselves and all those whom you place in our lives to you.
Lord God, you promised that when your Son was lifted up, he would draw all people to himself. Turn every heart away from false gods, fears, and every distraction to focus on you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Give to each of us the courage to speak of our King and to proclaim faith-filled hosannas of praise.
Throughout this Holy Week, you call your people from around the world to follow you through your Passion, death and resurrection. Bless the service of all those everywhere who provide opportunities to meditate upon Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection so that we would be strengthened in our faith and long for the glory of heaven.
We bring you now our private petitions.
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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)
SONG – “What Wondrous Love is This"
Here is some additional worshipful music for your Sunday. These songs connect with the Word of God you just read and heard.
SPEAK, O LORD