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Palm Sunday Worship Service April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday - El Domingo de Ramos
(A Partially Bilingual Worship Time)

The Opening Sentences

Pastor:    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. / En el nombre
del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.
People:  Amen.
Pastor:    Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
People:  Glory to God in the highest!
Pastor:    Let us pray:  O God, we praise you as we remember how your Son, before his

suffering and death, entered Jerusalem and was welcomed as king by those who shouted “Hosanna” and spread their clothing and branches of palm in his path. Accept now our praise and enable us
to trust and follow our King who came to save, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord!   
People:  Amen.

Palm Sunday Setting (John 12:12-16, Matthew 21:10-11)

Pastor:    The next day the large crowd that had come to the Passover Feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
People:  So they took branches of palm trees and went out  to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King  of Israel.”
Pastor:    Jesus found a donkey and sat on it just as the Scripture says:
People:  “Do not be afraid, City of Zion! Here comes your King, riding on a young donkey.”
Pastor:    And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"
People:  And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."
Pastor:    His disciples did not understand these things at the time;
People:  But when Jesus had been raised to glory they remembered that the Scripture said
                 this about Him, and that this had happened to Him."

The Confession:

Pastor:    Dear Lord, like the people who lined the road that first Palm Sunday, we also stand here in need of all that you have come of give us.
People:  Forgive us, Lord. Set us free from our sin and our dying, from our self-centeredness and our doubt. You are our hope and our life!   [Silent confession / confesión personal]
Pastor:    Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. (Lord, have mercy on us.)
People:  Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Pastor:    Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.  (Christ, have mercy on us.)
People:  Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros. 
Pastor:    Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.  (Lord, have mercy on us.)
People:  Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Pastor:    For this reason Jesus came! By your faith in Him you are forgiven, freed to be the people of
(Es por eso que vino Jesús. Por tu fe en él tus pecados te quedan perdonados. ¡Has
sido liberado para ser el pueblo de Dios!)

Song of Praise  "Canten Con Alegria" / “Sing with Joy”

  Canten con alegria las alabanzas de Cristo el Rey;
      Anden en los caminos que nos mostrara su augusta grey.
  Vivan los redimidos en las victorias del vencedor;
      Para que todos juntos veamos las glorias del Redentor.
  Come let us sing of Jesus, our blessed Savior, Redeemer King;
      Let every heart with full adoration, tribute and homage bring.
  He'll be exalted in every tribe and nation the world around;
      Join in the chorus, His banner o'er us, Christians, proclaim the sound!
  Cristo es la luz del mundo, y él que le sigue la luz tendrá;
      Cristo es el pan de vida, y él que de él come no morirá.
  Cristo es la fuente viva, y él que de él bebe no tendrá sed;
      Y si quereis la vida, id a la fuente y allí bebed.
  To Thee, O blessed Savior, we lift our voices in grateful praise;
      Joining our hearts sincerely with full devotion, the song we raise.
  Soon every knee in earth and in heav'n shall bow down before thy name--
      Name ever glorious, o'er all victorious, through endless years the same.

The Scripture Readings  (After each reading:)

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord!
People: Thanks be to God!

Philippians (Filipenses) 2:5-11
5The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: 6He always had the nature of God, but he did not regard equality with God as something to cling to. 7Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant.  He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness.  8He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—his death on the cross.  9For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.  And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
                      5Tengan unos con otros la manera de pensar propia de quien está unido a Cristo Jesús, 6el cual:  Aunque existía con el mismo ser de Dios, no se aferró a su igualdad con él, 7sino que renunció a lo que era suyo y tomó naturaleza de siervo.  Haciéndose como todos los hombres y presentándose como un hombre cualquiera, 8se humilló a sí mismo, haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte, hasta la muerte en la cruz.  9Por eso Dios le dio el más alto honor y el más excelente de todos los nombres, 10para que, ante ese nombre concedido a Jesús, doblen todos las rodillas en el cielo, en la tierra y debajo de la tierra, 11y todos reconozcan que Jesucristo es Señor, para gloria de Dios Padre.

Matthew (San Mateo) 26:1-5, 17-54, 56b; 27:11-17, 20-26

(with verses of “Jesus I Will Ponder Now”, #440, interspersed)
1 When Jesus had finished teaching all these things, he said to his disciples, “In two days, as you know, it will be the Passover Festival, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”    3 Then the chief priests and the elders met together in the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest, 4and made plans to arrest Jesus secretly and put him to death. 5“We must not do it during the festival,” they said, “or the people will riot.... 17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Where do you want us to get the Passover meal ready for you?”  18 “Go to a certain man in the city,” he said to them, “and tell him: ‘The Teacher says, My hour has come; my disciples and I will celebrate the Passover at your house.’ ”  19 The disciples did as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover meal. 20 When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. 21During the meal Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”  22 The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”  23 Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!” 25 Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked. Jesus answered, “So you say.”  26 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take and eat it,” he said; “this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” he said; “this is my blood, which seals God’s covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  30 Then they sang
a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

     Jesus, I will ponder now on your holy Passion;
     With your Spirit me endow for such meditation.
     Grant that I in love and faith may the image cherish
     Of your suffering, pain and death that I may not perish.

31 Then Jesus said to them, “This very night all of you will run away and leave me, for the scripture says, ‘God will kill the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised to life, I will go to Galilee ahead of you.”  33 Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “I will never leave you, even though all the rest do!”  34 Jesus said to Peter, “I tell you that before the cock crows tonight, you will say three times that you do not know me.”  35 Peter answered, “I will never say that, even if I have to die with you!”  And all the other disciples said the same thing.  36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Grief and anguish came over him, 38and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  39 He went a little farther on, threw himself face downwards on the ground, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”  40 Then he returned to the three disciples and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, “How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour? 41Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  42 Once more Jesus went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43He returned once more and found the disciples asleep; they could not keep their eyes open.  44 Again Jesus left them, went away, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45Then he returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look! The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners. 46Get up, let us go. Look, here is the man who is betraying me!”  47 Jesus was still speaking when Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs and sent by the chief priests and the elders. 48The traitor had given the crowd a signal: “The man I kiss is the one you want. Arrest him!”  49 Judas went straight to Jesus and said, “Peace be with you, Teacher,” and kissed him.  50 Jesus answered, “Be quick about it, friend!”  Then they came up, arrested Jesus, and held him tight. 51One of those who were with Jesus drew his sword and struck at the High Priest’s slave, cutting off his ear. 52“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “All who take the sword will die by the sword. 53Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels? 54But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that
this is what must happen?”....  Then all the disciples left him and ran away....

     Make me see your great distress, anguish, and affliction,
     Bonds and stripes and wretchedness and your crucifixion;
     Make me see how scourge and rod, spears and nails did wound you,
     How you died for those, O God, who with thorns had crowned you.

27:11 Jesus stood before the Roman governor, who questioned him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked.  “So you say,” answered Jesus. 12But he said nothing in response to the accusations of the chief priests and elders.  13 So Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear all these things they accuse you of?”  14 But Jesus refused to answer a single word, with the result that the Governor was greatly surprised.  15 At every Passover Festival the Roman governor was in the habit of setting free any one prisoner the crowd asked for. 16At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas. 17So when the crowd gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to set free for you? Jesus Barabbas or Jesus called the Messiah?”....   20 The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask Pilate to set Barabbas free and have Jesus put to death. 21But Pilate asked the crowd, “Which one of these two do you want me to set free for you?”  “Barabbas!” they answered.  22 “What, then, shall I do with Jesus called the Messiah?” Pilate asked them.  “Crucify him!” they all answered.  23 But Pilate asked, “What crime has he committed?”  Then they started shouting at the top of their voices: “Crucify him!”  24 When Pilate saw that it was no use to go on, but that a riot might break out, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am not responsible for the death of this man! This is your doing!”  25 The whole crowd answered, “Let the responsibility for his death fall on us and our children!”  26 Then Pilate set Barabbas free for them; and after he had Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be crucified.

Jesus, Lord, my heart renew, let me bear my crosses,
      Learning humbleness from you, Peace despite my losses.
      May I give you love for love!  Hear me, O my Savior,
      That I may in heaven above sing your praise forever!

The Apostle’s Creed

   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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and 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.

The Message

A Musical Response  “Above All”  (Words and Music by Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche)

Above all powers, above all kings, above all nature and all created things,
above all wisdom and the ways of man; You were here before the world began.
Above all kingdoms, above all thrones, above all wonders the world has ever known,
above all wealth and treasures of the earth, there's no way to measure what You're worth.
Crucified and laid behind a stone, You lived to die rejected and alone.
Like a rose trampled on the ground, You took the fall and thought of me above all.

The Prayers 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 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.

Closing Hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This” (# 543)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,when I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing; To God and to the Lamb I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
     While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
     And through eternity I’ll sing on!

The Blessing


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