Palm Sunday




Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, you reveal the truth about your people and the ways of our world in the suffering of the Son and his steadfast love. Show us againe the image of humility you desire for us, and teach us obedience, so that self-emptying may be our pathway, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

Gathering in Christ’s Presence

Welcome and Concerns of the Church
Opening Sentences
Awake to the day of triumph for our Savior! Give thanks for this day that leads to the cross! Come with your branches, hosannas, and songs! Fill the air with welcome to the Lord! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Let us worship God.
Hymn — Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
1 Hosanna, loud hosanna,  
the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple  
the joyful anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them,  
close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises,  
the simplest and the best.

2 From Olivet they followed  
'mid an exultant crowd,  
the victor palm branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud;
the Lord of earth and heaven  
rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children
should on his bidding wait.

3 “Hosanna in the highest!”  
That ancient song we sing,  
for Christ is our Redeemer;
the Lord of heaven, our King.
O may we ever praise him  
with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence
eternally rejoice.
Call to Confession
Let us face this day of palms and Jesus’ passion with honesty, confessing our sin before God.

Prayer of Confession
Holy God, sure of your faithfulness even in your dying, comforted by your compassion toward your people in every age, we beg your mercy for our imperfect gratitude. We have looked to you for paltry favors, when you have given everything. We have withheld from your people, our neighbors, and from your creation, our Earth, the care and tending they deserve. We have rejected the cornerstone you sent to build a people of righteousness even here, today. Forgive our failings. Heal what we have broken, nurture what we have neglected, and lead us to your vision, so that we may know the peace of wholeness in you; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

Hearing God’s Word

Children’s Message
Prayer for Illumination

Lesson Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever!  
Let Israel say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord.  
This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it.  
I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation.  
The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone.  
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvellous in our eyes.  
This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.  
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!  
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
   We bless you from the house of the Lord.  
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar.  
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you.  
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Lesson Matthew 21:1-11
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,  
‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
   humble, and mounted on a donkey,
     and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’  
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’  
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.’

Hymn—Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
1 Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
Scenes by the wayside, Tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.  
2 First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
And I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,  
All in the lovelight of Jesus’ face.
3 Into the city I’d follow the children’s band,
Waving a branch of the palm tree High in my hand;
One of his heralds, Yes, I would sing
Loudest hosannas, “Jesus is King!”

Responding to God’s Word

Statement of Faith                                       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 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.

Prayers of the People, ending with 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.

Call for the Offering, ending with the Prayer of Dedication

Call for the Offering, ending with the Prayer of Dedication.        

Bearing the Word into the World

Hymn— All Glory, Laud, and Honor

All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!
1 Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name comest,
the King and blessed One. [Refrain]

2 The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayers and anthems
before thee we present. [Refrain]

3 To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. [Refrain]

4 Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King! [Refrain]
Charge and Benediction