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April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude        All Glory, Laud, and Honor, BWV 736        J.S. Bach

Welcome       Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Processional Hymn #88    All Glory, Laud, and Honor    VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN

Prayer of Adoration      Rev. Kelley J. Jepsen

Moments of Confession and Assurance

Sustainer of the weary,
       we remember how we sang for joy when Christ came into our lives.
We confess that we have not followed him on this difficult journey.
We have hidden our faces from the pain and suffering of our world.
We have drowned out the cries of the poor, the hungry, the oppressed.
We trust in the promises and powers of the world and not in your words that can transform our lives.

Forgive us, steadfast God, and shine your face upon us.
Help us to have the same mind as Christ, so we would know your promises;
help us to have the same heart as Christ, so we might serve your children;
help us to have the same Spirit as Christ, so we might go wherever you lead us.

Make us new. Make us faithful. Make us courageous. Make us wholly yours. Amen.

Response of Praise     Gloria Patri      (Hymn #579)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

Leader:    The peace of Christ be with you.

People:    And also with you.

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Hymn #89    Hosanna, Loud Hosanna    ELLACOMBE

Prayer for Illumination     Emily Plaskett

First Lesson     Psalm 24      (p. 491)

Second Lesson      Matthew 21:1-11    (p. 898)

Sermon     Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Encountering the Sacred”
“When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10, 11)

We Give Thanks to God

Congregational Sermon Response     Ride On, King Jesus

Affirmation of Faith    The Apostles' Creed     Rev. Jasiel Hernandez

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Call to Generosity

Prayers of the People and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

We Go Forth to Serve

Closing Hymn #101     Go to Dark Gethsemane     REDHEAD NO. 76

Charge and Benediction

Postlude     Go to Dark Gethsemane      arr. David Cherwien
(b. 1957)