But open the doors….and there are no People!” It seems so strange these days for our worship space to be empty, but let’s continue to lift one another up in prayer and hold each other in our hearts. After all, “the church is not a building, the church is a people” right? I hope it is a blessing for you to at least feel like you are in our worship space with one another, even at a time when, for now, we must worship apart. Click the link below to view a simplified online worship service for Palm/Passion Sunday.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Palm/Passion Sunday April 5, 2020
Worship at Home Resources—Online Worship
blessed is He who comes in the
Name of the Lord!
~ Psalm 118: 26
Gathering to Worship
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Most gracious and loving God: Even in these days of uncertainty, this is the day that our Lord has made, and we gather to rejoice in Your gift of this new day! As Christ was welcomed into the city of Jerusalem with shouts of joy and palms of praise, we know it was not long before the crowd became an angry mob that cried out for Jesus’ crucifixion. You, O Christ, ride into the tumult of our own days, and point us toward the victory that is to come. Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Lord. We give thanks today that your steadfast love that endures forever. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE Hosanna, Loud Hosanna #278
- 1 Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang,
through pillared court and temple, the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
v. 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.
v. 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!
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
PROCLAMATION OF THE ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM Matthew 21:1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
RESPONSE: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
THE EPISTLE LESSON Philippians 2:5-11
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,[a] being born in human likeness. 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
SCRIPTURE MEDITATION Sacrificial Love
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP Most gracious Lord, you have reminded us today of your amazing love for each one of us, a sacrificial, self-giving love that drove you to the cross. Our words seem so inadequate when we consider your love for us, when we recall sacrifice, when we gaze upon your suffering. Our minds cannot grasp the wonder of your love for us and for everyone, a never-ending love that changes everything. May the assurance of your love and forgiveness wash over each one of us, strengthening us in our weakness, encouraging us in our doubting and in our fear, and cleansing us from our sin. There is nothing any of us can do to deserve your love and grace. Just as you freely emptied yourself for us, you offer your love to each of us freely…without price. Any sacrifice we could offer in response seems so small. By your grace, may your great love compel us to put on the very mind of Christ as we follow your loving example in giving ourselves for others in your name. We ask all of these things in the name of our Lord Jesus, our Suffering servant, who taught us to pray saying….
THE LORD’S PRAYER #895
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. Amen.
Going Forth to Serve
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Jesus Loves Me #191
v.1 Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.
CHORUS Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
v.2 Jesus loves me! This I know, as He loved so long ago;
taking children on His knee, saying, “Let them come to me.” CHORUS
v.3 Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way;
Wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live. CHORUS
BLESSING May the love of God surround you, the grace of Christ enfold you and the Spirit of God strengthen you today and every day. In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all God’s people said, “AMEN!”