Recorded Worship Service for
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

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Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.
We praise you, O God...who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Let us go forth in peace,
in the name of Christ. Amen.


Refrain: 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, our King and Blessed One. Refrain

The company of angels are praising you on high;
Creation and all mortals in chorus make reply. Refrain

The multitude of pilgrims with palms before you went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present. Refrain

To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise.
To you, now high exalted, our melody we raise. Refrain

Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring,
Great author of all goodness, O good and gracious King. Refrain

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Sovereign God, you have established your rule in the human heart through the servanthood of Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, keep us in the joyful procession of those who with their tongues confess Jesus as Lord and with their lives praise him as Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


The servant of the Lord expresses absolute confidence in his final
vindication, despite the fact that he has been struck and spit upon.
This characteristic of the servant played an important role in the early
church’s understanding of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.

6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

7The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?


Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;
God’s mercy en- | dures forever.
2Let Israel | now declare,
“God’s mercy en- | dures forever.”

19Open for me the | gates of righteousness;
I will enter them and give thanks | to the Lord.
20“This is the gate | of the Lord;
here the righ- | teous may enter.” R

21I give thanks to you, for you have | answered me
and you have become | my salvation.
22The stone that the build- | ers rejected
has become the chief | cornerstone.

23By the Lord has | this been done;
It is marvelous | in our eyes.
24This is the day that the | Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be | glad in it. R

25Hosanna! | O Lord, save us!
We pray to you, Lord, pros- | per our days!
26Blessed is the one who comes in the name | of the Lord;
we bless you from the house | of the Lord.

27The Lord is God and has giv- | en us light.
Form a procession with branches up to the corners | of the altar.
28You are my God, and | I will thank you;
you are my God, and I | will exalt you.

29Give thanks to the Lord, for the | Lord is good;
God’s mercy en- | dures forever. R


Paul uses an early Christian hymn to help us comprehend Jesus’ obedient selflessness
on the cross and how God has made Christ lord over all reality. The perspective
of the cross becomes the way we rightly understand God, Christ,
our own lives, and fellowship within the community of Christ.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.


Open your ears O faithful people, open your ears and hear God’s word!
Open your hearts, O royal priesthood, God has come to you. Refrain

Ev’ryone with ears to hear the message, ev’ryone with ears, now let them hear;
All who want to learn the way of wisdom, let them hear God’s Word. Refrain

Refrain: God has spoken to the people hallelujah!
God has spoken words of wisdom, hallelujah!
God has spoken to the people, hallelujah!
God has spoken words of wisdom, hallelujah!


Entrance into the final days

After he had said this, [Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying,

“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”


O God beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder at ev’ry gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
we lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word,
we honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.

The flow’r of earthly splendor in time must surely die,
its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high;
but hidden from all nature the eternal seed is sown—
though small in mortal stature, to heaven’s garden grown:
for Christ, your gift from heaven, from death has set us free,
and we through him are given the final victory.

Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring,
that we who know your favor may serve you as our King;
and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill,
we’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless you still:
to marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways,
and make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise.


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 at 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.



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.




Lector: Jerry Crammer

Additional Resources:

Sing for Joy is a radio program that follows the weekly Sunday lectionary through music and reflection. The weekly scriptures are listed. Program Host, Pastor Bruce Benson, ties together the readings of the day and the musical selections that have been provided from a number of sources by music advisor, Dr. John Ferguson. The program is produced by St. Olaf College.

Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Te Deum Laudamus – Handbell Score – Cathy Moklebust, Music – © 2011 Choristers Guild
All Glory, Laud, and Honor – Michael Burkhardt, Arrangement copyright © 2010 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc.
THAXTED – Handbells – Richard T Proulx, Philip Roberts, Music – © 2015 GIA Publications, Inc.
Ellacombe from Joyful, Joyful: Six Festive Postludes for Organ, Copyright © 2006 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc.
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-730287. All rights reserved.