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Service for the Lord's Day 4 5 20

A Service for the Lord's Day

Palm Sunday

*Call to Worship (Zechariah 9:9)

Leader: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

People: Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Leader: Lo, your king comes to you;

People: triumphant and victorious is he,

Leader: humble and riding on a donkey,

People: on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

*Opening Prayer

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

Hymn: "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"

Refrain: All glory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!


Thou art the King of Israel, thou David's royal son,

who in the Lord's name comest, the King and blessed One. (Refrain)


The People of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;

our praise and prayers and anthems before thee we present. (Refrain)


To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;

to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. (Refrain)


Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring,

Who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King! (Refrain)

The Meditations and Prayers of the People

Grace Presbyterian, Clarksville



Choral Response, In Unison

Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer O Lord,

Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination:

Eternal God, whose word silences the shouts of the mighty: Quiet within us every voice but your own. Speak to us through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may receive grace to show Christ's love in lives given to your service. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:11-54

Sermon: "What If?"

Affirmation of Faith (from The Heidelberg Catechism)

Question: What is your only comfort, in life and in death?

Answer: That I belong-body and soul, in life and in death-not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

God of mercy, God of hope –

It is a hard thing to begin the day with celebration and end it with despair. Knowing this, knowing You, we pray for those whose good day is interrupted with difficult new-

   A cancer diagnosis,

   The death of a loved one,

   A broken relationship

   A disaster that upends everything we thought we knew.

It is a hard thing to wait in the tension of unknowing. Knowing this, knowing You, we pray for those living in uncertainty-

   who wait for test results,

   who live in quarantine,

   who sit beside the deathbeds of their loved ones,

   who depend on others to come and meet their needs.

It is a hard thing to sit in grief. Knowing this, knowing You, we pray for all those who grieve today-

   for the loss of employment

   for the loss of shelter

   for the loss of companionship

   for the loss of experiencing graduations, proms, championships,


   for the loss of normalcy.

It is a hard thing to lead amid competing expectations in the best of times. Knowing this, knowing you, we pray for all our leaders making hard decisions-

   mayors, business owners, parents,

   governors, teachers, pastors,

   health care workers, presidents, prime ministers,

   and others in power in our country and around the world.

God of mercy, God of hope-

in these uncertain times, direct us-as always-to find our certainty with you. Inspire us to be present with others as you are present with us. Accompany us as we journey with Your Son to the cross, and beyond. It is in his name we pray, using the words he taught us, saying

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.

Blessing (Philippians 4:7):

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen.

Choral Response:

May the Lord, mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever;

  Grant you peace, perfect peace, Courage in every endeavor.

    Lift your eyes and see His face, And His grace forever,

     May the Lord, mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever.