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April 5 Worship

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

OPENING SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:1—11

  When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

       "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

       "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

  When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?"  The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

HYMN OF CELEBRATION:       Mantos y Palmas                 Ruben Ruiz Avila

As in that entrance to Jerusalem,
We sing hosannas to the Christ, Our King,
To the living Savior who still calls today,
Asking us to follow him with love and faith.
From every corner a thousand voices sing
Praises to him who comes in the name of God,
With one great shout of acclamation loud
Triumphant song breaks forth:
Hosanna! Hosanna to the King!
Hosanna! Hosanna to the King!

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Show us again the image of humility you desire for us, and teach us obedience, so that self-emptying may be our pathway, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

  EPISTLE READING:  PHILIPPIANS 2: 5—11

  Let the same mind be in you that wasin Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death -- even death on a cross.  Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

READING FROM THE GOSPEL:  Luke 19: 39—40

   Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered them: “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”  O people, hope in the Lord.  With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

Song: He Will Come by Keisha Prime

Verse 1
He will come to us like the winter rains
Like the spring rains that water the earth.
He will come to us like the winter rains
Like the spring rains that water the earth.

Chorus
He will come. He will come.
He will come. He will come.

Verse 2
He will come to us like the autumn breeze
Like the sea breeze that calms down the soul.
He will come to us like the autumn breeze
Like the sea breeze that calms down the soul.

(chorus)

Verse 3
He will come to us like the setting sun
Saying good Night but I’ll see you tomorrow
He will come to us like the rising sun
Saying this day is the end of your sorrow

Bridge
Father rain on us like the winter rains(X4) Won’t You rain. Won’t you rain on us
Father. Won’t you rain? Please rain! Won’t rain? Wont you rain on us Father.

He will come

  LISTEN TO THE WORD FOR THE DAY

Sermon by Pastor Russ Lehman

CLOSING PRAYER

  God of all compassion, fill my heart with love.  Keep me safe from all harm, and bring me to the light of resurrection with a renewed spirit.  In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  As you go through Holy Week consider what true love and compassion looks like in the life and death of Jesus. What does it feel like, physically, to be so utterly cared for?