Worship Service – March 28, 2021 – “The One Who Comes”

Today is Palm Sunday – but it is more properly Palm/Passion Sunday. That “slash” between Palm and Passion is important. It is a reminder that there is risk involved in taking the side of the marginalized. There is danger in trying to upset the status quo. And just when you think you’ve won your point and gathered your crowd, you discover you are left alone again.

Follow the entire service in the video here, or go at your own pace with portions of the service provided below. Note that when available, the video has a “Closed Caption” transcript, accessible by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the video window.

Children's Worship
Children’s Worship: Rev. Lindsey Bell-Kerr’s dog Oscar welcomes and blesses the children with a palm branch from Santa Rosa Christ Church; Momoko from Sacramento Japanese UMC returns to share about Palm Sunday and Margie returns from St. Mark’s UMC to show us how Rev. Don Fado taught her how to make a Palm leaf cross; Mort shares too much… but shows us how to say “yes” to Jesus! Watch to the very, very end!

The Opening Hymn sets the mood for the service. Sing along as Denise Melroy plays “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” from The United Methodist Hymnal #278.


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 heaven our King.
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!

Welcome from Pastor Patrick Davis:
We’re so glad you have chosen to worship with us today on this fourth Sunday in the season of Lent, and we’re blessed to have you take part in worship with us!

May the love of God, the grace of Christ, the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit, be with you.

Our vision, as a faith community, is to create an inclusive, reconciling and progressive spiritual community that welcomes all people based on the teaching of Jesus “to love one another” (John 13:34-35).

Here, in this place, Christ welcomes all, and 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.
And here God does not discriminate.

Call to Worship: The Litany of the Palms with Trish Catalano, based on selected verses of Mark 11.

Coloring Page: The Triumphal Entry
Coloring Page: The Triumphal Entry

When Jesus and the Disciples were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.  If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'”

They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.  Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.  Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

This is the Gospel of our Lord, thanks be to God.

Our Gospel hymn is “Lamb of God” from The Faith We Sing #2113.  Please sing along with the accompaniment played by Denise Melroy (piano) and Janet Tuttle (flute).


Your only Son, no sin to hide, but you have sent him from your side,
to walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God.
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!
O wash me in his precious blood my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.


Your gift of love, they crucified, they laughed and scorned him as he died,
the humble king they named a fraud and sacrificed the Lamb of God.
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!
O wash me in his precious blood my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

Nancy Sager
Nancy Sager

Our Gospel Reading by Nancy Sager is from Matthew 27:11-46, 51, 54 (NRSV).  In this reading, from the larger text called the Passion of Jesus, Jesus is on trial before Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Palestine. He is beaten and mocked by Roman soldiers, and is crucified.

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is the one true Church whose faith we support with our prayers, our presence, our giving, our witness and our service. I invite you to give generously, as we worship God through sharing our gifts, tithes, and offerings.

Special Music: “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High,” sung by our choir.

Good Morning Morgan Hill! In today’s episode of our favorite Lenten news program, Katie Cupcake interviews roving reporter Kathryn Sawyer, who witnessed Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem.  This episode is brought to you by our sponsor, the MHUMC Sunday School class.

The Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer includes these words of comfort:

We confess, that we move to quickly from the ecstasy of Palm Sunday, skipping over the agony of Good Friday, to the triumph of Easter. Help us to pause and come face to face with our own questions, our own confusions, our own doubts, and our own fears.

And so in the quiet of this time together, O God, we seek your presence in a special way. We seek the courage to walk with Jesus all the way to the cross. We seek your guidance and strength in facing the trials of our own lives and of those we love.

Teach us by Christ’s example that when darkness and difficulty come over us, we gather our best friends around us and share our love without restraint.  In sharing with others, we are in turn healed and made whole. Open us to the depths of your love hidden in the mystery of this week.

This we pray with one voice as Jesus 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 heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses 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, Amen.”

Trish Catalano
Trish Catalano

The message today from Trish Catalano is “The One Who Comes.” See it in the video recording above, at 37.30. 


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And now may the love of God,
The grace of Christ,
and the friendship and peace of the Holy Spirit abide in you and walk beside you as you follow Jesus to the Cross during this Holy Week.

Closing Hymn:  “Shalom to You”  from The United Methodist Hymnal #666.  Sing along with Denise Melroy (piano) and Steve Cole (guitar).

Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all our living and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom

Credits and copyrights

Thank you to our musicians Denise Melroy (piano), Steve Cole (guitar), Janet Tuttle (flute) and our vocalists Steve Cole, Wanda Garrett, Janet Ohene-Nyako, Koiwa Ohene-Nyako Mattia, Marilyn Pifer, and David Stoliwitz.

  • “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” words by Jeannette Threlfall, music from “Gesanbuch der H.W.k. Hofkapelle”, adapt. and harm. by  W.H. Monk. © public domain.
  • “Lamb of God” by Twila Paris. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” by  Rick  Founds. © CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Shalom to You” words by Elise S. Eslinger, music harm. by Carlton R. Young. © CCLI License #2718708
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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