Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
Connect with us via Facebook Livestream (found on Calvary Moravian Church’s Facebook page) or through a Zoom conference call on Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 673 028 163
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Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page or look to our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/janelrice1978. for more worship opportunities beginning this evening with our walk into Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday (7 p.m.), Good Friday (2 p.m.), Easter Sunrise (6 a.m.) and Easter Worship (10:45 a.m.) will all be live-streamed to Facebook and available at our Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Order of Worship
Welcome – 10:45 a.m.
Call to Worship
On Palm Sunday so many years ago, the people saw Jesus and asked, Who is this?
We find ourselves today asking the same questions. Who is this Jesus and who are we?
In our weeks in the wilderness, we have seen Jesus as bread, as light, as life itself.
And yet we know how easy it is be anxious about a lack of bread, fearful of the darkness and pondering the role of our life.
But finally, we see and know Jesus as the source and example of God’s love.
So in our wilderness moment, remind us, O Lord, that Jesus walks with us. With Jesus, we are never alone. Hosanna, Let us Lift God’s Name on High!
Opening Hymn Lord I lift Your Name on High (Onelicense #55260, used with permission).
Liturgy for Palm Sunday.
(from Singing from the Heart, (C)2010 Interprovinicial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in America, used with Permission). A shorter version of the Liturgy found on pg. 49 in the Moravian Book of Worship.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, all the earth! The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Rejoice greatly, shout for joy! See, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and brings salvation.
TUNE: ST. THEODULPH (151 G)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, Great David’s greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression, To set the captive free,
To take away transgression, And rule in equity.
We praise you, the Lord God of Israel! You came to the help of your people and have set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Savior, a descendant of your servant David.
By your tender mercy you cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us,
To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates; Behold the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near; The Savior of the world is here.
So come, my Sovereign, enter in; Let new and nobler life begin;
The Holy Spirit guide us on, Until our glorious goal is won.
Eternal God, Ruler of all ages, graciously you come to us in order that we might come to you, through the merit of Jesus Christ, strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
Help us and all your children to respond to the call of your gospel with faith, love, and hope.
God of faith, you created humanity to serve and praise you; and even when we rebelled against you, you promised to send a Savior to redeem us from our sins:
Strengthen our faith in your saving work through Christ. As you chose the people of Israel to hear the promise of redemption through the prophets, may people today believe in your good will for all that you have made.
God of love, you fulfilled your promise of a redeemer in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Grant us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may share your love with the sick and the afflicted, with the poor and the homeless, with the victims of injustice and discrimination, and with all who are experiencing times of trouble.
God of hope, you comfort us through our Savior’s promise to return in glory at the end of time:
As we await the coming of the Prince of Peace, let us not despair. We long for you to inspire all the nations and peoples of the world to turn to cooperation and nurture, rather than to hatred and destruction.
God of faith, love, and hope, to you and to you alone we pray:
For you are our God, the only God, forever and ever. Amen.
Hosanna. pg. 239. (men sing the first part, women sing the second).
We praise you, Lord. You are enthroned in glory, yet you came and continue to come for all who will receive you. We praise you, for you are good, and your mercy endures forever.
To you be glory and power, forever and ever. Amen.
TUNE: REGENT SQUARE (585 D)
Praise to you, O Lord, we render For your love in Jesus shown;
May that love, so strong and tender, Bind us fast to him alone;
Now and ever, Now and ever, Gather us among your own.
Prayers of the People
Prayer of the Community (in unison)
Our sovereign Redeemer, we join the people of Jerusalem offering our own shouts of praise and celebration at your coming. Although we welcome you today with the multitude on Palm Sunday, we confess we have also stood with the condemning crowd on Good Friday. Our thoughts, words, and deeds have cried, “Crucify!” We turn to you for help and forgiveness, gracious Savior; not because we deserve it, but because you are forgiving. Save us from our sinful ways, and restore us to a life of loyalty to you. Amen.
Musical Meditation. “Jerusalem”. Performed by Anne Ettinger.
Scripture Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 21:1-11
Hymn 239 “Hosanna”
Palm Procession (consider coloring your own palm, or consider picking one up from outside the church at the Free Little Library area).
Hymn 343 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty