4.5.2020 Palm Sunday Worship Sunday of the Passion
Updated: Apr 6
We wave palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on the cross.
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CALL TO WORSHIP: HOSANNA
First Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9 The Lord Helps Me
4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. 6 I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. 7 But the Lord God helps me; therefore, I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Here ends the reading.
Psalm: Psalm 118:19-29 This is the Day!
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Here ends the Psalm.
Second Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11 Every Tongue Shall Confess 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Here ends the reading.
Gospel: Matthew 26:1-29 The Plot to Kill Jesus
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” 6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a] 7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” 14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. 17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve.[b] 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
Here ends the gospel for the day.
MESSAGE: PREPARE THE WAY Pastor Jill Torgerson
Matthew 26 is devoted to preparing for the cross. Not only had God been preparing for this event, so also was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus who anointed Jesus with costly perfume, and the preparation of Judas. And in verse 17, we come to the preparation of the Lord Himself as He begins to prepare for His own death. It involves the Passover, the establishment of His table. It involves a time of exhorting the feeble disciples. It involves a time of intercessory prayer before the Father in the garden of Gethsemane. All of these elements are parts of the preparation for the death of Jesus Christ, which, of course, is a climax of His life and ministry.
It is the partaking in His death that is remembered on Good Friday, as it is our sin that sent Him to the cross and each time, we participate in communion we properly remember His death.
In preparation for Christ’s sacrifice we participate in this event! How?
By Holy Communion: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; (this is my body.”) And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
It is not certain as to what part of the meal they were eating at this time, but the supper was still in progress. At some point in the meal, Judas leaves and the other disciples receive the blessing of a new covenant meal, in which the Passover is transformed into the Lord’s Supper.
Breaking the unleavened bread was a normal part of the traditional Passover ceremony. But Jesus now gave it an entirely new meaning, saying, “This is My body.” The original unleavened bread symbolized severance from the old life in Egypt, carrying nothing of its pagan and oppressive “leaven” into the Promised Land. It represented a separation from worldliness and sin and the beginning of a new life of holiness and godliness.
From now on the bread would represent Christ’s own body, sacrificed for the salvation of many. Luke reports that Jesus added, “given for you; do this in remembrance of Me,” indicating He was instituting a memorial of His sacrificial death for His followers to observe.
As the disciples drank of the cup, Jesus said in verse 28, “This is My blood of the covenant.” The word “covenant” refers to an arrangement established by one party that cannot be altered by the other party. In other words, God established the covenant and humans can only accept or reject it; they cannot alter it in any way. Under this new covenant, Jesus would die in the place of sinners. Unlike the blood of animals, Jesus’ blood would truly remove the sins of all who would put their faith in him. And Jesus’ sacrifice would never have to be repeated; it would be good for all eternity.
Representative of the giving of that sinless life was the pouring out of that precious blood for MANY for the forgiveness of sins. That blood made atonement for the sins of Gentile as well as Jew, who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The many includes those who trusted in God before Christ died as well as those who have and will trust in Him after His death. It is his own death that is the basis of his new interpretation of the Passover. The Passover has become the New Covenant.
As such, this remembrance of Christ’s death in communion is only for those who have repented of their sins and trust in the work of Christ for eternal life. If you have not done so, I invite you to repent of your sins and participate.
Let us now confess our sins & receive forgiveness. (In Red is Congregation response.)
Pastor: In the Name of the Father, & of the Son, & of the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, & from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you & worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, & the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful & just will forgive our sins & cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Join me: Most merciful God, we confess that, without Christ, we are in bondage to sin & cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word & deed, by what we have done, & what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, & lead us, so that ewe may delight in your will & walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen
Pastor: In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, & for His sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God & bestows on them the Holy Spirit. C: Amen
The Apostles Creed: (all)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven & earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died & was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living & 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
P: Words of Institution: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, & gave thanks; broke it & gave it to his disciples, saying: Take & eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.
Time to Take Communion at home
P: The shedding of Christ’s blood fulfilled the picture of the shedding of the blood of the Passover lamb. As 1 Peter 1 declares: The Lord’s promise to drink with the disciples in that future kingdom was another assurance to them of His return, an assurance that would take on intensified meaning after His death, resurrection, and ascension.
“When I return to (consummate) My kingdom,” He promised them, “you will all be there, and you will all drink the cup new with Me.” In other words, the Lord’s Supper not only is a reminder of our Lord’s sacrifice for our sins but also a reminder of His promise to return and share His kingdom blessings with us. From those words we learn that the end of this present age does not signal the end of this observance. The Lord’s Supper therefore points both to the past and to the future, both to Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary and to the banquet when he returns.
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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with your free Spirit.
Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
God of mercy awaken your church to new proclamations of your faithfulness. By your Spirit, give us bold and joyful words to speak, that we sustain the weary with the message of your redemption. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy, quiet the earth where it trembles and shakes. Protect vulnerable ecosystems, threatened habitats, and endangered species. Prosper the work of scientists, engineers, and researchers who find ways to restore creation to health and wholeness. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy drive away fear and anger that cause us to turn against one another. Give courage to leaders who seek liberation for the oppressed. Bring peace and hope to those who are in prison and those who face execution. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy send your saving help to all who suffer abuse, insult, discrimination, or contempt. Heal the wounded. Comfort the dying. Bring peace to those suffering chronic or terminal illness. Tend to all who cry out for relief (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy, we pray for all who will prepare and lead worship in this Holy Week. In all things, show us the ways that you call us to die to self, to live for you, and to give of ourselves for the sake of others. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of mercy, when we breathe our last, you raise us to eternal life. With all your witnesses in heaven and on earth (especially), let us boldly confess the name of Jesus Christ, our resurrection and our hope. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace. Amen
SENDING SONG O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
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(Verse 1) O the deep, deep love of Jesus; Vast unmeasured boundless free;
Rolling as a mighty ocean; In its fullness over me;
Underneath me all around me; Is the current of Thy love;
Leading onward leading homeward; To my glorious rest above
(Verse 2) O the deep, deep love of Jesus; Spread His praise from shore to shore;
How He loveth ever loveth; Changeth never nevermore;
O the deep, deep love of Jesus; 'Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory; For it lifts me up to Thee