As you prepare for this Sunday, gather a branch from a tree or bush to have with you to be blessed.
Please join us in singing and praying. The congregation is invited to join the responses in bold.
Preludes begin at about 10:15. The service will begin at 10:30am
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.
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The rector invites the congregation to join in worship. During the opening hymn, feel free to wave your branches, even to take them to various rooms around your house to shout or say “Hosanna!”
Hymnal 1982 # 154 All Glory Laud and Honor
Opening Dialogue and Prayer
Join in praying with us. As we light candles in the church, you are invited to light a candle or candles at home.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
Let us pray:
Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our
salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation
of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and
immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read by Jacob Swanson
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry
and from the words of my distress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
“He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”
Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.
I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
Glory to the Holy and undivided Trinity.
As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be. Amen.
Gospel for the Palm Procession Mark 11:1-11a
Read by Lacy Broemel
A reading from the Gospel according to Mark
When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.'” They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Homily: The Rev. Mike Angell
Hymn: Come Bring your Burdens to God
Blessing of the Palms:
The Lord be with you.
And Also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by
which you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ
our Lord. On this day Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem in
triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who
spread their garments and branches along his way.
Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that
we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives
and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and
for ever. Amen.
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
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,
for ever and ever. Amen.
You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you.
Gracious and Loving God, help us to walk these days with patience and attention. Our world is waiting, waiting for word that it is safe to gather, waiting for the chance to breathe freely and embrace. This week is a week of waiting and watching. Help us to enter in to these days, to allow the story to form us for patience, to form us for hope. Give us the courage to pay attention.
Hear us, O Christ.
We pray for Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. We pray for all of those who minister beyond the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.
We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.
We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Bob Lowes, Katy O’Brien, Rebecca Messbarger and Lisa Kritselis, and those celebrating anniversaries this week: Ken Powers and Robert Endicott.
Hear us, O Christ.
We pray for those who are sick and suffering: for those with COVID, for those with lingering symptoms, for all the sick and the vulnerable. We pray for those who have lost income, lost housing, lost work, or lost out on a dream in this year of pandemic.
Hear us, O Christ.
We pray for those who have died: for all who have died of COVID, and for all the departed, especially the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the
human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take
upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross,
giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant
that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share
in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Announcements are shared
The Passion: Mark 15:1-39
Read by the Rev. Chester Hines.
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark
At daybreak, the chief priests—with the elders, legal experts, and the whole Sanhedrin—formed a plan. They bound Jesus, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” The chief priests were accusing him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? What about all these accusations?” But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate marveled. During the festival, Pilate released one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. A man named Barabbas was locked up with the rebels who had committed murder during an uprising. The crowd pushed forward and asked Pilate to release someone, as he regularly did. Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” He knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of jealousy. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas to them instead. Pilate replied, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done?” They shouted even louder, “Crucify him!” Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, so he released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus whipped, then handed him over to be crucified.
The soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard of the palace known as the governor’s headquarters, and they called together the whole company of soldiers. They dressed him up in a purple robe and twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him. They saluted him, “Hey! King of the Jews!” Again and again, they struck his head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt before him to honor him. When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Simon, a man from Cyrene, Alexander and Rufus’ father, was coming in from the countryside. They forced him to carry his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place. They tried to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he didn’t take it. They crucified him. They divided up his clothes, drawing lots for them to determine who would take what. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The notice of the formal charge against him was written, “The king of the Jews.” They crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? Save yourself and come down from that cross!” In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself. Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe.” Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him. From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?” After hearing him, some standing there said, “Look! He’s calling Elijah!” Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.” But Jesus let out a loud cry and died. The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “This man was certainly God’s Son.”
“Were you there when they Crucified my Lord?” arr. Mary Chapman
The service finishes without a dismissal, because our worship will not conclude until Easter.
Preacher and Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith The Rev. Chester Hines
and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Jacob Swanson and Lacy Broemel
The Lord’s Prayer: David Luckes
Greeters: Marvin Alexander
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: John Kelly
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.