Worship

 Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020

To Seek and Save the Lost: The King Who Comes

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A quick word about how to worship from a distance.

A note about this Online Service: Worshipping online like this will probably be awkward. It will be challenging. It won't feel the same or look exactly the same. But it will allow us to gather as God's people to worship Him and receive His Grace and Mercy!

With that in mind I want to encourage you to do a couple of things to make the most of this way of worship...

  1. Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
  2. Say a prayer before your time of worship that God would use this time through the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage your faith in Jesus.
  3. Participate don't just listen! Worship is something we do together. In your homes, this may be awkward and uncomfortable, but remember when we gather together we speak the liturgy together, we pray our prayers together, we sing together, and we hear God's Word together. So in your homes try to do the same thing! Pray. Sing. Speak. Hear. Yes, at first it will be odd. It will be a little confusing. But we can do this together.
  4. Remember that this is the Lord's time and He promises to be with us! Hold fast to His Word and promises because they are for you!
  5. As a final encouragement, if you are able, PLEASE take a picture of your household worshipping God together and SHARE it on our Facebook page!
  6. If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.

Before worship prayer: Heavenly Father, God of all grace, govern our hearts that we may never forget Your blessings but steadfastly thank and praise You for all Your goodness in this life until, with all Your saints, we praise You eternally in Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.

INVOCATION

P: In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

BLESSING OF THE PALMS

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P: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!
P: Dear Friends in Christ: During the past five weeks we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord's saving death and resurrection. This great paschal mystery now lies before us as we enter with Him to the city where He confronts the cross for us. All our prayers, special devotions, acts of charity and self-denial point us to this week. We commemorate how our Lord entered His own city in triumph to meet sin and death on the cross and in the tomb.
C: Here He completes His saving purpose by suffering, dying, and rising for us all.
P: Let us pray, . . . Almighty God, we pray You to bless and consecrate these palm branches and those who bear them that we may honor Christ as our Lord and King and that we may follow Him without fear as He leads us on the pathway of eternal life.
C: Bless us who bear them now, and grant that we may hail Him as our King now and in the heavenly Jerusalem forever; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
P: Blessed is the King of Israel.
C: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
P: Blessed is the Almighty Father, Creator of heaven and earth.
C: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
P: Blessed is the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who brings us God's peace and forgiveness!
C: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
P: Blessed is the Holy Spirit, whose presence give us power and life!
C: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! You are the King of Israel and the King of all!
P: Let us sing the praises of our Savior and King!

Entrance Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” LSB, hymn #442

Refrain
All glory, laud, and honor To You, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.

You are the King of Israel And David’s royal Son,
Now in the Lord’s name coming, Our King and Blessed One. Refrain

The company of angels Is praising You on high,
And we with all creation In chorus make reply. Refrain

The multitude of pilgrims With palms before You went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems Before You we present. Refrain

To You before Your passion They sang their hymns of praise;
To You, now high exalted, Our melody we raise. Refrain

As You received their praises, Accept the prayers we bring,
O Source of ev’ry blessing, Our good and gracious King. Refrain

 

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: Dear Friends in Christ, Let us confess our sins to God and ask His forgiveness for the sake of Jesus our Savior and King. . . Almighty God,
C: You sent Your Son to be our Savior and to rule over us as our King, but we do not always live as citizens of His kingdom should live. We turn away from His lordship in our lives to follow our own selfish desires. We do not love and serve others as we should. We sin against You each day in our thoughts, words and actions. Have mercy on us and forgive us for the sake of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
P: God in mercy sent His Son to save us. Jesus suffered and died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven. He rose from the dead to give us eternal life through faith in His name. I announce to you that your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory! Amen!

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: Let us pray, . . . Lord Jesus, on Palm Sunday You fulfilled the Scriptures, entering Jerusalem as a humble King, riding on a donkey. Your followers shouted praise and welcomed You as the promised Messiah, the Son of David, as You took up the final road to the cross for the sake of our salvation.
C: During this Holy Week and always, help us to follow in Your footsteps and live as Your humble servants, ready and willing at all times to love and serve others in Your name.
P: Accept the praise we offer to You, our Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords.
C: Hosanna in the highest! Amen.

+ WORD +

Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12 (Your King Comes!)

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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:5-11 (At The Name Of Jesus)

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the nineteenth chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Lesson: Luke 19:29-40 (Blessed Is He!)

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And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

Children's Message - Rich Nordmeyer

Link to children's activities

Sermon Hymn: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” LSB, hymn #443

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.

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.

“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing;
For Christ is our Redeemer, The Lord of heav’n our King.
Oh, may we ever praise Him With heart and life and voice
And in His blissful presence Eternally rejoice!

Sermon: “To Seek And To Save: The King Who Comes” Luke 19:29-40

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TITHES AND OFFERINGS

In this time of staying in our homes, we need to also remember our care for the house of the Lord. If you normally feel led to contribute to the offering plate, we recommend electronic giving. Consistent offering does help us to budget for the care of building, church staff, school support and the surprise extras like equipment to live-stream our preaching!

We ask, if at all possible, that you please continue your offerings as we have ongoing and regular expenses with utilities, payroll, and mortgage among others.

Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.


If you are able to increase your offering during this time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.

NICENE CREED

P: Let us confess our faith, using the words of the Nicene Creed.
C: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

P: Let us pray for ourselves, for all who remember our Lord's Passion, death and resurrection this week, for all the Body of Christ, and for all people according to their needs. . . . King of kings and Lord of lords, You rode into Jerusalem in humility, riding on a donkey as the prophet foretold. You did not seek earthly power but came to offer up Your life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, for our sins. Jesus, whose name is exalted above all names,
C: Rule in our hearts as King.
P: King of kings and Lord of lords, as You spent Your life and ministry in humble service, help us to follow in Your steps and serve others in love. We pray that our love for others will be a reflection of Your love and that through our service, people will come to know and worship You as their King. Jesus, whose name is exalted above all names,
C: Rule in our hearts as King.
P: King of kings and Lord of lords, work through us to help those in need, especially those who are ill and suffering and those who are lost in despair or grief. We pray that You be with those hospitalized this past week (Especially, . . . ). Also be with those who continue treatment and healing at home. We pray for them and all those that we name in our hearts . . . (Silence). We want to bring to them the comfort of Your Word and the peace that is found only in Your kingdom. Jesus, whose name is exalted above all names,
C: Rule in our hearts as King.
P: Lord, during this Holy Week, strengthen our faith and trust in You. As we move from the triumph of Palm Sunday to the institution of Your Supper, to the agony of Good Friday, to the glories of Easter, be with us and send Your Spirit that our meditation of Your holy Passion may move us to greater love for You and for others. Jesus, whose name is exalted above all names,
C: Rule in our hearts as King.

(Additional prayers of the congregation. Each petition concludes with. . . )

P: . . . Lord, In Your Mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.

P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has taught us to pray:
All: 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 and ever. Amen.

BLESSING

P: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
C: That the King of glory may come in.
P: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!
P: The LORD bless you and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The LORD look upon you with His favor and + give you peace.
C: Amen. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Closing Hymn: “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” LSB, hymn #441

Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry.
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road,
With palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die.
O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin
O’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wond’ring eyes
To see the_approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh.
The Father on His sapphire throne
Awaits His own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die.
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God, Thy pow’r and reign.

+ STAY STRONG IN THE LORD +


 

After worship prayer: Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with Your most gracious favor, and further us with Your continual help that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in You we may glorify Your holy name and finally by Your mercy obtain eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.


Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

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[Legal stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: CREATIVE WORSHIP for the Lutheran Parish, Concordia Publishing House, 3558 S Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118-3968. Music: Music re-printed through CCLI License #640335 or through hymnal/songbook ownership or song is Public Domain and not copyrighted. LSB442 - All Glory, Laud, and Honor: Text (sts. ref, 1–5) and Music: Public domain; LSB443 - Hosanna, Loud Hosanna: Text (sts. 1–3) and Music: Public domain; LSB441 - Ride On, Ride On in Majesty: Text (sts. 1–5): Public domain.]