Palm Sunday Worship – April 5th

Using This Resource – Palm Sunday Edition:
On this Sunday, we typically gather out in the parking lot to hear the Gospel, wave our palms, follow the donkey (and his buddy, the miniature horse), and sing! Clearly, with a “shelter in place” order, those aren’t happening. Instead, on this Palm Sunday, you are invited to open your blinds/curtains, let the light flow into your room. If the weather allows, open a window and let the outside in and the inside out. Take time to feel and see the weather and think about the crowds that gathered that day. Then, gather your house around this worship and take time to experience the Gospel! And sing!

Processional Gospel for Palm Sunday
Matthew 21.1-11 – You can read it yourself or listen to Art Matthias read it… or both!

Matthew 21.1-11 – Read by Art Matthias

Sung Call to Worship – Hosannah!
Performed by very own Gonzales Sisters, Bailey and Abbie!

Spoken Call to Worship – Wave your palms if you have some!
Hosanna in the Highest!

We come to begin the holiest of weeks.
We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;

We come to prepare for the journey to the cross;
We will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts.

Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow, laying aside our presuppositions of who he is and trying to rediscover what he did.
We wave palm branches in anticipation of a king,
But we walk the path with questions about where it will lead.

Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes as an unexpected savior.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

Song – All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Performed by our own Bill and Lisa Ring
Turn up your volume and sing along! Don’t worry! Your cat/dog/couch won’t mind one bit!

Prayer of the Day
For the five weeks of Lent, we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s suffering and death. Today, joining with our brothers and sisters throughout God’s church, we begin this holy week by welcoming our Messiah. So, like the people of long ago, let us welcome Jesus. Let us pray.

[Brief Silence]

Almighty God,
We remember how Jesus entered Jerusalem to the sound of joyful shouts. We don’t know quite what to expect. We think we know what we need, how you can meet our needs. Reveal to us who you are, how you can be a Savior in our lives, a Savior in our world today.
Come Jesus! Defy our expectations!

Read Philippians 2:5–11 aloud. What is Paul inviting us to do in these words?

Message – Pastor Adam and Gabby
Thank you to Dave and Gigi Sorenson for allowing me to invade their farm!

Questions for Reflection
How would you describe God’s ‘power’?

What does ‘humility’ mean to you?

What does it mean to us, today, to have a savior who chooses a humble path? How does that affect our behavior as Christians?

Songs for the Day
Contemporary Song – Rend Collective – “Build Your Kingdom Here”

Traditional Song – Lead On, O King Eternal – Sara Groves
This version of the well-loved hymn adds some extra choruses and instrumental parts. However, it is well-worth listening to twice and singing along where you can!

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.

We have gathered with the crowds crying Hosanna!
We have shared the hope of a crowd who dreams of a world about to be changed.

But, we have also walked with another crowd.
One that called words of scorn and condemnation.
And now we follow the crowd as it leads out to the cross,
and yet even as the world grows dark,
we cannot lose hope.

Because God is with us.
God will be with us.
Whatever happens.
We are not alone.

And so we watch the crowd and we follow…

At the conclusion of your worship time, you are encourage to take your palms and hang them on your front door or in a window. You can bind them together by their stalks and use that string/yarn to hang them. Show the world that you are still welcoming our humble Lord even though we are not out in the streets!

Offering and Giving
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