DPS Worship Resources

Palm Sunday (year a)

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Calls to Worship


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L: Today, we await Him who comes in the Name of the LORD.

P: Hosannah, Hosannah in the Highest.

L: He could have come riding gloriously on the wings of angels; but He chose to come to us on a donkey's back.

P: We greet our humble King with Palms of Praise.

L: Praise be to God for Jesus--mighty Counselor and Prince of Peace. Come let us worship God!

Frank Schaefer, DPS


Contribution

Collect: O Christ, the time for praise has arrived! Come among us and we will run to meet you with shouts of "Hosannah! We greet you as our Messiah--not just because of the great things you have done, but for who you are--the gentle but mighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Contribution

P: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

C: Hosanna to the Son of David.

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray. Mercifully assist us, 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 everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen

(Read Mark 11.1-11)

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

P: We praise you and thank you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was acclaimed Son of David and King of kings by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path.

We ask that you bless these branches and those who bear them, and grant that we may ever hail him as our Lord and King and follow him with perfect confidence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen

P: Let us go forth in peace,

C: in the name of the Lord.

(procession into the church begins, congregation following the ministers. The ministers pause before the altar steps until the members of the congregation are in their places. Then the minister says:)

P: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

C: Hosanna in the highest.


Contribution

From our God who loves us with an everlasting love, who brings forth a new creation in Christ, who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness: Grace and abundant mercy be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen


Contribution

For the "Blessed is he..." call to worship above, use Luke 19:28-40 or Matthew 21:1-11 depending on the lectionary year.

 

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Prayers


Contribution

LORD, give us grace to stand on our faith, lest we shout "Hosannah" today and turn away from you tomorrow. Help us so to live our lives that Jesus's gentle, loving spirit keeps us from falling. Fill us with your grace so we understand the mystery of the Holy Week ahead of us; strengthen us for self-examination; and fill us with joyful anticipation of that glorious glorious Easter Day to come. Amen.


Contribution

Great God, we come today to gather and scatter these branches of blessings. With them we remember Jesus' joyous ride into Jerusalem, where the hope of the many were gathered and lifted high. Like those bearing the palms from so long ago, we are gathered in celebration and rejoicing, eager to greet the One who saves. Bless these palms of remembrance and glory. Bless our hearts as we relive the story. And as those who cast their palms and their dreams before a triumphant Christ, may we lay down our lives before You, so that our days would be your pathway and our hearts, your open door.


Contribution

Hosanna! Hosanna! There Lord now I have said it. Blessed is he who comes in the morning riding on a donkey. Holy and righteous is this one who has set his face towards Jerusalelm. May he enter the city of the most high God again this day that those who inhabit the city might welcome him with sweet relief.


Contribution

Dear Lord 'Bless these palms we wave today. May they be a reminder of our love for Christ. But may they also be a continuation of our growing conviction and greater understanding of the cost of discipleship All this we pray in the name of the one for whom we wave these palms, Our Lord Jesus Christ Amen


Contribution

P: Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen


Contribution

As we seek in this Lenten time to grow in our faith, let us pray for the life of the world.

For the whole church, that the love of God shown in Christ's passion may be reflected in its words and deeds, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those preparing for baptism and those who will affirm their baptisms, that in every tongue and nation the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord be heard anew, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For peace and harmony among the religions and nations of the world, that celebrations of Passover and Easter be delivered from bloodshed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those in any need during this holy week (especially), that they may find comfort and relief from God and from those who follow in the way of the cross, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For this congregation, that through the celebration of Christ's passion our ministry might be renewed and our faith restored; let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Remembering all the faithful departed (especially), that we may at length celebrate with them at the unending feast of the Paschal Lamb, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Grant these prayers, merciful God, and all that we need, as we eagerly await the Easter feast; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen


Contribution

O Jesus, our Saviour, as you humbly ride into our midst, fill our mouths with loud hosannas and give us tongues to confess you as our Lord. Amen


Contribution

O God, how worthy you are of our praise. You ride into our hearts, not on the back of a faithful donkey, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. For this act of love, we wave our palms in gratitude. Forgive us, Merciful One, as we use those same hearts to betray you and nail you on a tree this week. Convict us, Dear Christ, of our fickleness and lead us toward the cross with you so that we may also rise with you next Sunday. We pray in your name. Amen.

 

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Hymn Suggestions


Contribution

"Ride on, Ride on in Majesty" puts the passion and entrance in a good perspective. Sorry the new UM hymnal left it out.


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"Filled With Excitment" (Manots y Palmas) #279 in new United Methodist Hymnal really captures the excitement of Jesus' entrance


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Hosanna, Hosanna Crown Him With Many Crowns


Contribution

Gathering: All Glory, Laud, and Honor"

Hymn of the Day: My Song is Love Unknown

Sending: Christ, the Life of All the Living


Contribution

Gathering: "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!" [THE KING'S MAJESTY]; "Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates" [VINEYARD HAVEN]; "Ride On, King Jesus"

Hymn of the Day: "My Song Is Love Unknown" [RHOSYMEDRE]; "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth" [AN WASSERFLUSSEN BABYLON]; "Of the Glorious Body Telling" [PANGE LINGUA or PICARDY]

Sending: "Jesus, I Will Ponder Now" [JESU KREUZ, LEIDEN UND PEIN]; "Ah, Holy Jesus" [HERZLIEBSTER JESU]

Others: "On a Hill Far Away" [THE OLD RUGGED CROSS]; "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross" [NEAR THE CROSS]

 

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