April 5, 2020
Scripture: Isaiah 62:10-12, Matthew 21:1-11
Guide for Home Worship
Prelude: Be Still, My Soul
Introit: Hosanna in the Highest
Call to Worship
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever.
We will all say: “God’s faithful love lasts forever!”
Open for us the gates where the righteous enter,
We will enter and give thanks to the Lord!
We give you thanks for you have answered us;
You have become our salvation!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
God’s faithful love lasts forever!
Prayer of Praise
Holy God, in Christ you triumphed over death and so we give you our praise, because your steadfast love endures forever. As we prepare ourselves for the week of your suffering and face your crucifixion, may we do so with a joy that anticipates the celebration of your resurrection; may we do so with the confidence to turn to you in both life and death. Amen.
Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Confession & Assurance of God’s Love
Today Jesus enters Jerusalem and is met by shouts of Hosanna and everyone waving palm branches. But when the celebration is over, do we pick up our lives, brush them off, and live in the old way? Do we toss our palm branches aside in favor of something easier? As we begin the journey through Holy Week, let us confess our sins to the God who entered into our lives that we might have life abundant. Let us together pray:
Holy God, you have brought the world love and hope when it has been most needed. In that love, you paved the way to your Kingdom, but we have chosen to make our own way down roads of temptation, instead. You have offered us the cup of grace, but we keep refusing, choosing bitterness and anxiety instead. You have given us the songs of salvation, but we refuse to sing along.
Have mercy upon us, God of grace. As you come to us, you bring healing for our brokenness, peace for our troubled lives, and hope for our anxious minds. May we empty ourselves of everything which keeps us from trusting you, so we may receive these gifts and more from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who has arrived in the Holy City today, for us.
Have mercy on us, O God. Amen.
The crowds shouted “Hosanna,” which means “save us,” and Jesus met their pleas with death and resurrection. Friends, the Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus has already met our every need, and by his death, has reconciled us to God. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Amen!
Anthem: The Ground
by Rev. Wes Pitts
Prayers of the People
Holy God, as we joyfully celebrate Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem to stand up for the injustices caused by sin, we give you thanks for all that you are and all that you’ve done in our lives. The love and grace you have given us mean everything, especially as we seek to follow your way in this broken world. May the love we have received from you not stop at us – we pray that we may show all those around us the very same love we know because of Christ. As we pray for a world enduring a pandemic, we pray for your guidance and courage to face each new day with hope. Help us to reach out to our neighbors in need so that no one would have to suffer. Above all, we pray for healing – for those sick with Covid-19, for those frightened at the prospects, those who work each day in fear. And for all those whose suffering is not known to us, we pray for the peace that is brought by your presence. Help us to be your hands and feet in this community and beyond, as we together, in our various places, say the prayer that Jesus taught us: Our Father, who art in heave, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
May we remember that our shouts of “Hosanna” were met with Christ’s love for us as he died and was raised again that we, too, might have life eternal. Our every need has been met by God’s grace, may we return our thanks with offerings of our lives.
During this time separated from one another, please consider new ways to give. Mail in your offering or use your bank’s online bill pay. Remember those around you in need and seek to be of support to them, too. When we give, may we remember that all we have belongs to God.
Offertory Anthem: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Closing Response: Hosanna
Music used by permission, CCLI #11350078
April 9, 2020
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
April 10, 2020
Scripture: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42