Worship Service – April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

Coloring page: The triumphal entry

Welcome from Pastor Patrick:  If you are participating in this Palm/Passion Sunday worship experience, know that you are welcomed by a God who loves you more than you will ever know or even understand.

As Christ welcomes all, all are welcomed!  May the love of God, the grace of Christ, the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, be with you.

Here, in this place, ALL are welcome;
Here, human diversity matters;
Here, open minds matter;
Here, prayerful hearts guided by Spirit and rooted in scripture, tradition, reason and human experience matter.
Here God does not discriminate—and all are welcome!
Let us join our hearts and spirits together in this time of worship.

Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below.

Prelude: “The First One Ever,” played by Denise Melroy

Call to Worship, led by Pastor Dawn Boyd from the Monterey United Methodist Church:

Pastor Dawn:  This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it
People: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord
Pastor Dawn:  God’s steadfast love endures forever
People: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Pastor Dawn:  This is the Lord’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.
People: Bind the festival procession with branches and sing Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Pastor Dawn:  Jesus is the gate of the Lord and the righteous enter through him. This is the day that the Lord has made.
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

In the first Gospel reading, Matthew 21:1-11 (The Message),  we hear how Jesus acquired a donkey and rode into Jerusalem amidst a palm-branch celebration.

Opening hymn: “All Glory Laud and Honor” (United Methodist Hymnal #280), played by Denise Melroy

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.

All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

 

The company of angels are praising thee on high,
and we with all creation in chorus make reply.

All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Opening Prayer:  Blessed One, we are humbled by your example. You entered Jerusalem in lowly estate, to fulfill what the prophet Zachariah had spoken: Look, your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted, riding on a donkey. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that You emptied yourself of your Divine Glory and came to us as a human being and a servant to all, forsaking the power of your Glory. Blessed are you who comes in the name of the Lord, come to us now and be our King, that our hearts may always sing with great Joy, ‘All Glory, Laud and Honor’, this we pray, Amen.

Stations of the CrossIn the second Gospel reading, Matthew 27: 11-54 (The Message) we hear the passion of our Lord, as Jesus is arrested and brought to trial, before the Roman Governor Marcus Pontius Pilate on the charge of treason against Emperor Caesar Tiberius and the Roman Empire and sentenced to death by crucifixion. All this happened only a few days following Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

Gospel Hymn: “What Wondrous Love is This” (United Methodist Hymnal #292), played by Denise Melroy

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

 

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of life
to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
to lay aside his crown for my soul.

Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.  Find out more on our Giving page.  We as United Methodists are still part of a worldwide network of healing, hope and Resurrection faith. We encourage all to continue to practice our Methodist spirituality with our prayers, our presence (by checking in with one another by phone and email and connecting to our website for worship recordings like this one), giving with faithful generosity, as well as our witness and our service.

Pastor Patrick’s message is a “Sermon Prayer”– it is both a Prayer for the People of God, as it is a sermon to trust our cause to the Lord; for ultimately we live and move and have our very being in the Lord.  See it in the video recording above, at 17:55.

Communion: The video recording includes a service of Communion led by Pastor Patrick and Pastor Dawn, at 24:46.  To participate in your home, please have your own bread and juice or wine at hand.


“The First One Ever” music by Carlton Raymond Young. © 1955 The United Methodist Publishing House.  Used by Permission. CCLI License #2718708

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor” words are by Theodulph of Orleans, 8-9th century, trans. by J. M. Neale. Music by Melchior Teschner.  © Public domain

“What Wondrous Love is This” words and music are USA folk hymn.  © Public domain

All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill

3 Comments

  1. Thank you to everyone who worked on this service. It was awesome and just what I needed. As close as you can get without being there in person.

  2. What a wonderful inspirational sermon. I missed this. We pray that the good Lord will keep us through this challenging period soon, so we can come together again.
    Thank you pastor Patrick and Pastor, Dawn and Dennis, and every one who helped make this available to us.

  3. thank you all for the beautiful service . Praise be to God

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