Posted by: Michael Chance | April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday-Passion Sunday – April 17th

Litany of the Palms

Proclamation of the Entrance into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11

Hymn: Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord (Stephan Schwartz)
               Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Jeanette Threlfall/”Ellacombe”)
               Hosanna (Carl Tuttle)

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may every hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life. Amen.
(United Methodist Book of Worship)

Hymn: We Sang Our Glad Hosannas (Mary Nelson Keithahn/John D. Horman)

Readings from the Word:
     Isaiah 50:4-9a
     Psalm 31:1-16
     Philippians 2:5-11

Litany of the Passion

Hymn: Lead Me To The Cross (Brooke Fraser)

Prayer: Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, 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 Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and ever. Amen. (Laurence Hull Stookey)

Proclamation of the Passion Story: Matthew 27:11-54

Response to the Word:

This week, there is no sermon. The story of the Passion, told here only in its’ abbreviated form, it powerful enough to stand on its’ own. Instead, I urge each of you to engage in prayer and reflection each day in the week to come, and to prepare your hearts to hear the full message of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion on Good Friday, so as to be able to observe a faithful Easter Vigil next weekend. May God bless you with his Holy Spirit, so that you may be true disciples of our Savior, the Christ. Amen.

Hymn: We Sang Our Glad Hosannas (Mary Nelson Keithahn/John D. Horman)

Blessing: The Lord Jesus Christ be
     with you to defend you,
     within you to refresh you,
     around you to preserve you,
     before you to guide you,
     behind you to justify you,
     above you to bless you;
who lives and reigns with the Father,
and with the Holy Spirit, one God for evermore. (10th Century prayer)



  1. Thank you Mike,

    You are helping Wayne and me to “do church” this Palm Sunday! Ever thought about starting a house church?



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