Welcome friends…

To Palm Sunday and our “Worship Experience.”  We are so glad you’re here with us.

If you have access to palm fronds from your own backyard or nearby, we will bless them together.  You can also use any convenient greens or branches.  You might want to fashion them into a cross (if possible), and after we bless them, you can display them on your door or any place in your own home.

We begin today by hearing of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.















This is an image by the Flemish Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens, titled “Christ’s Entry Into Jerusalem” 1632.

As we settle ourselves, Larry has provided this lovely prelude music.
Prelude:   “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”        arr. by Merrill Jenson

For our worship together, you’ll have to designate someone to read the “Celebrant’s” parts.  These parts are typically said by a priest.  If you’ve been the “Celebrant” in prior weeks, perhaps have someone else try.  Decide now, who will do that, and who will lead the Prayers.  You can read the lessons yourselves or we’ve included links to parishioners reading the lessons.  Some of you may be alone at home.  Feel free to read aloud or silently.  None of us is ever really alone.  As Christ, who love us, is ever near.

In future weeks, if you would be willing to be a reader and post a video of yourself on YouTube for the rest of us to see, we would love that!  Just let Fr. Patrick know.  Now to the service:

Celebrant     Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
People         Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

 Celebrant     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.

Matthew 21:1-11

Judy Johnson reading the lesson. You can follow along as she reads with the text below.

When Jesus and his disciples 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 fulfill 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."

Lector          The Word of the Lord.
People         Thanks be to God.

 The Celebrant then says the following blessing

Celebrant     The Lord be with you.
People         And also with you.
Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People         It is right to give God thanks and praise.

All pray the following together:
It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the 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 proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm 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.

Celebrant     Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
People         Hosanna in the highest.
Celebrant     Let us go forth in peace.
People         In the name of Christ. Amen.

Stand (as you are able) and join us in singing our Processional

Processional Hymn:        Ride On!” – 1940 Hymnal, #64, vs. 1, 3 and 5

If you’d like to sing along, here are the verses that we included today.

1 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
Thy humble beast pursues his road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th'approaching sacrifice.

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow your meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, your pow'r and reign.


Celebrant    Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People        His mercy endures for ever.


The Celebrant says to the people
        The Lord be with you.
People         And also with you.
Celebrant     Let us pray.
The Celebrant says the Collect.
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.

FIRST LESSON            Philippians 2:5-11

Lector      A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lector      The Word of the Lord.
People     Thanks be to God

Psalm 31:9-16 – This week, we will join in on the refrain, while our cantor, Arthur Sauls, sings the verses.

Refrain: Congregation

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Verses: Cantor

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life.

14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
I have said, "You are my God.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."

The Portland Psalter © 2002, by Robert A. Hawthorne, Church Publishing Inc., All rights reserved.


The congregation may remain seated until we arrive at Golgotha.  Click this link to hear the passion narrative read by our parishioners.  Please join in where indicated in bold.

Narrator    Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,

Judas    ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’

Narrator    They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying,

Congregation    ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’

 Narrator     He said,

 Jesus    ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.” ’

 Narrator    So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said,

 Jesus    ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’

 Narrator    And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another,

 Congregation    ‘Surely not I, Lord?’

 Narrator    He answered,

 Jesus    ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’

 Narrator    Judas, who betrayed him, said,

 Judas    ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’

 Narrator    He replied,

 Jesus    ‘You have said so.’

 Narrator    While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said,

 Jesus    ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’

 Narrator    Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying,

 Jesus    ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

Narrator    When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them,

 Jesus    ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” But after I am raised up, I will go ahead  of you to Galilee.’

Narrator    Peter said to him,

 Peter    ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’

Narrator    Jesus said to him,

Jesus    ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’

Narrator    Peter said to him,

Peter    ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’
Narrator    And so said all the disciples. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,

Jesus    ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’

Narrator    He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them,

Jesus    ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’

Narrator    And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed,

Jesus    ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’

Narrator    Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter,

Jesus    ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’

Narrator    Again he went away for the second time and prayed,

Jesus    ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’

Narrator    Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them,

Jesus    ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

Narrator    While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

Judas    ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’

Narrator    At once he came up to Jesus and said,

Judas    ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’

Narrator     and kissed him. Jesus said to him,

Jesus     ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’

Narrator    Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him,

Jesus    ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which   say it must happen in this way?’

Narrator     At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,

Jesus    ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’

Narrator    Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said,

Congregation    ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”’

 Narrator    The high priest stood up and said,

 High Priest    ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’

 Narrator    But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him,

 High Priest    ‘I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’

 Narrator    Jesus said to him,

Jesus    ‘You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’

 Narrator    Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,

 High Priest     ‘He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?’

 Narrator    They answered,

 Congregation    ‘He deserves death.’

 Narrator     Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, ‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?’ Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said,

 Servant Girl #1     ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’

 Narrator    But he denied it before all of them, saying,

 Peter    ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’

 Narrator    When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders,

 Servant Girl #2     ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.’

 Narrator    Again he denied it with an oath,

 Peter    ‘I do not know the man.’

 Narrator    After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,

 Congregation    ‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’

 Narrator    Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath,

 Peter    ‘I do not know the man!’

 Narrator    At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said:

 Jesus    ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’

 Narrator    And he went out and wept bitterly. When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor. When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said,

 Judas    ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’

 Narrator    But they said,

 Chief Priest    ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.’

 Narrator    Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said,

Chief Priest    ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.’

 Narrator    After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’ Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,

 Pilate    ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’

 Narrator    Jesus said,

 Jesus    ‘You say so.’

 Narrator    But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him,

 Pilate    ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’

  Narrator    But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them,

 Pilate    ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?

 Narrator    For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,

 Pilate’s Wife    ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’

 Narrator    Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them,

 Pilate    ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’

 Narrator    And they said,

 Congregation    ‘Barabbas.’

 Narrator    Pilate said to them,

 Pilate    ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’

 Narrator    All of them said,

 Congregation    ‘Let him be crucified!’

 Narrator    Then he asked,

 Pilate    ‘Why, what evil has he done?’

 Narrator    But they shouted all the more,

 Congregation    ‘Let him be crucified!’

 Narrator    So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying,

 Pilate    ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’

 Narrator    Then the people as a whole answered,

 Congregation    ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’

 Narrator    So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying,

 Congregation    ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’

 Narrator    They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

                                                            ALL STAND (as you are able)

 Narrator    As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Congregation    ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’

 Narrator    In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,

 Chief Priest    ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.” ’

 Narrator    The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,

 Jesus    ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’

 Narrator    that is,

 Jesus    ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

 Narrator    When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

 Congregation    ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’

 Narrator     At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said,

 Congregation    ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’

 Narrator    Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said,

Congregation    ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

Narrator    Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said,

Chief Priest     ‘Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.” Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead”, and the last deception would be worse than the first.’

Narrator    Pilate said to them,

Pilate    ‘You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.’

Narrator    So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

The Sermon


Leader: Let us begin our prayers firstly with the prayer our Savior Christ taught us to pray.

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.

Let us pray for all doctors and nurses (this prayer from the BCP was slightly revised by Fr. Patrick):

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, especially in these days, that by their ministries the health of the community may be strengthened and promoted and your healing power glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Leader        For whom else shall we pray this day?  Who is in need of our prayers?  What are the petitions of our heart for the world, for our nation, for the Church, for our parish, for our community?

What are our thanksgivings?

(Please offer your prayers aloud or silently.)

Leader        Let us pray together that prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The Peace:

Celebrant     The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People        And also with you.

Offer the love of Christ with one another (in a socially responsible way!)

The Offering Anthem:    “Ah, Holy Jesus”        arr. Richard Walters

This is a good time to remember the needs of the world and Church, and decide how you want to provide for those needs if you have not already.

A General Thanksgiving:

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.
We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation,
for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,
and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts,
and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;
for the truth of his Word and the example of his life;
for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation;
for his dying, through which he overcame death;
and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known;
and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

The Blessing & Dismissal:

Said by all:
May God the Father bless us, God the Son heal us, God the Holy Spirit give us strength.  May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard our bodies, save our souls, and bring us safely to his heavenly Kingdom, where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.

Celebrant      Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People        Thanks be to God.

Recessional:        “My song is love unknown”         Hymnal 458

1 My song is love unknown,
my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

2 He came from his blest throne,
salvation to bestow;
but men cared not, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But oh, my Friend, my Friend indeed,
who at my need his life did spend!

7 Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine.
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.