Sunday 29 March, 2015 – The Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday), Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

THEMES OF THE DAY

As the double name (and the two sets of readings) suggest, this Sunday has a double theme.

One (and the oldest) theme for the service on this Sunday is the passion of Jesus. In a way similar to the service on Good Friday, the service for Passion Sunday focuses on the suffering and death of Jesus. The central focus of the service is the reading of the long gospel, usually the entire passion narrative of the gospel for the year (for year A, the Gospel of Matthew). Drama may be added by using three or more readers to read this narrative. The first and second readings, and the accompanying psalm, reflect this emphasis.

The other theme for this Sunday is Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before his death. In Jerusalem in the late fourth century, pilgrims gathered on Sunday afternoon on the Mount of Olives for the reading from the gospel of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Then, while singing hymns and psalms, they carried palm or olive branches down into Jerusalem in procession. In the Western church, this ceremony was added onto the beginning of the eucharist for Passion Sunday. In Lutheran practice, following late medieval piety, the focus on the Sunday in Holy Week became almost predominantly Palm Sunday.

It is important to note that the readings given by the Revised Common Lectionary are intended to be used in the following way:

*     The Palm Sunday gospel and psalm are used for the palm procession and/or entry into the church

*     The Passion Sunday readings, psalm and gospel are for use in the service itself.

It is possible to omit the palm procession, and to use the Palm Sunday psalm and gospel in the service itself instead of the Passion psalm and gospel, but this may result in a rather odd mixture of triumphant jubilation and sorrowful reflection. When we observe the separation of the two themes, the day appropriately begins in shouts of joy, but ends in silence.

  • Altar colour: Violet
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Mark 11:1-11 Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Procession)
    OR John 12:12-16 Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Procession)
    OR Isaiah 50:4-9a The obedience of the Lord’s servant
    PSALM Psalm 118:1,2,19-29 (Procession)
    OR Psalm 31:9-16*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 2:5-11 Christ- the obedient servant and exalted Lord
    GOSPEL Mark 14:1 – 15:47 Jesus’ suffering and death OR Mark 15:1-39(40-47) (shorter version)
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on Psalm 118: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 118 20 – year b – palmpassion sunday
    Based on Mark 11 reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 11 1-10 – year b – palmpassion
    Based on Mark 15 reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek
  • Orders of service:
    Palm/Passion Sunday Word and Prayer (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    since you sent your Son,
    our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
    to take our nature upon himself,
    and to suffer death upon the cross:
    Mercifully grant
    that we may patiently follow
    the example of his great humility,
    and share in his resurrection;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you sent your Son, our Saviour,
    to take our nature on himself
    and to suffer and die on the cross.
    Lead us to follow
    the example of his great humility,
    and bring us to share in his resurrection.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for humility. [silence])
    Loving Father of all,
    your only Son came as a servant
    and was obedient
    all the way to his death on the cross.
    Make us humble like Christ,
    and bring us to be with him in his glory.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- PalmPassion B
  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, Lamb of God).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for suffering and dying for us.
    Remember us and save us.
    Amen.

    OR, for the Palm gospel only:
    Lord Jesus, thank you for coming as a gentle king,
    in God’s name.
    May we always praise and worship you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, loving Father,
    that your Son was obedient all the way to the cross,
    and suffered and died for us.
    Make us humble and self-giving,
    serving others as he served us.
    Amen.
  • NEW! Resources for services with Holy Communion
    SEASONAL PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    On the tree of the cross he gave salvation to all,
    so that, where death began,
    there life might be restored,
    and that the enemy,
    who by a tree once overcame,
    might by a tree be overcome.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Every time we eat this bread and drink from this cup
    we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    OR
    Behold the Lamb of God
    who takes away the sin of the world.
    Happy are those who are called to his supper.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Lent.

    Let us pray.
    Heavenly Father, as you did not spare your own Son,
    but gave him up to die on the cross for us all:
    Grant that we who have received
    his body and blood in the sacrament
    may live in him and he in us,
    so that, as your children,
    we may walk in your ways
    and serve you all the days of our life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Loving Father of all,
    your only Son came as a servant
    and was obedient
    all the way to his death on the cross.
    As he has served us here at this table,
    make us humble like him,
    and bring us to be with him in his glory.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    SEASONAL BLESSING
    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    (May) Christ our crucified Saviour draw you to himself,
    so that you may find in him the assurance of sins forgiven
    and the gift of eternal life; . . .

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace and have the same humble attitude as our Lord.
    Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * = Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    Palm gospel: Mark 11:1-11
    LHS

    5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4 (mod TIS 336)
    7    Come, Thou precious ransom, come G8
    10    O how shall I receive Thee (vv 1,2)* G3
    18    Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates* G5 (mod TIS 267)
    62    My song is love unknown G8 (mod TIS 341)
    86    All glory, laud and honour G5 (see TIS 338)
    87    Ride on, ride on in majesty (tune Winchester New, mod TIS 348)
    733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4 (mod TIS 346)
    817    O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
    AT
    211    Hosanna!
    328    Tell the city
    335    And we stood right there (v 1)
    344    The New Road (from v 5) Replace ‘Alleluia’ with ‘Sing hosanna’
    444    Hey, King
    TIS
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    244    Trotting, trotting through Jerusalem
    267    Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
    279    The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices
    333    All glory, praise and honour
    336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
    341    My song is love unknown
    346    Prepare the royal highway
    348    Ride on, ride on in majesty
    353    The glory of our King was seen
    620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
    724    Hosanna!

    First reading: Isaiah 50: 4-9a
    LHS

    48    Lamb of God most holy* G5
    52    O sacred head, now wounded (vv 1,2,4,5)* G6 (see TIS 339)
    55    O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken* G4 (see TIS 337)
    57    A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (Pt 1)* G5
    60    Christ, the life of all the living G5
    62    My song is love unknown G5 (alt tune A8, G8) (mod TIS 341)
    70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3
    406    God still lives and His compassion G7
    413    Why should cross and trial grieve me? (vv 1,2,5,6) G5
    AT
    245    You are the prisoner
    347    O dearest Jesus
    601    Ka mana ‘o ‘i ‘o (Faithful, faithful is our God)
    TIS
    337    O dearest Jesus, why aren’t you acquitted
    339    O sacred head sore wounded
    341    My song is love unknown

    Second reading: Philippians 2: 5-11
    LHS

    11    The advent of our King G4 (see TIS 271)
    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G6
    166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8 (see also TIS tune 224(i))
    174    All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine G7
    239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4 (see TIS 606)
    782    At the name of Jesus G7 (see TIS 231)
    790    O Lord of light, who made the stars (alt tune 346) G5
    807    Lift high the cross GS (see TIS 351)
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    AT
    31    Freely, freely
    50    I will sing (v 5)
    55    His name is wonderful
    139    Christ humbled himself
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    190    Low, the way is low
    261    The Servant King
    370    You are glorious
    554    Jesus, you’re the one
    671    Christ is Lord of all
    TIS
    174    Morning glory, starlit sky
    218    Jesus! The name high over all
    224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
    225    My heart and voice I raise
    231    At the name of Jesus
    247    Let all be one in mind and heart
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    271    The advent of our God
    351    Lift high the cross
    373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
    422    Come Holy Spirit, come (vv 1,2,5,6)
    448    Blest are the pure in heart
    606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
    746    The heavens shall declare

    Gospel: Mark 14: 1 – 15:47 ( Mark 15: 1-39 (40-47) )
    LHS

    51    Let Thy blood in mercy poured* G5 (before holy communion)
    53    Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
    55    O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken?* G4 (see TIS 337)
    59    Jesus, I will ponder now* G8
    60    Christ, the life of all the living G5
    62    My song is love unknown (final song) G5 (alt tune A8, G8) (see TIS 341)
    65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5 (final song)
    70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3
    73    Go to dark Gethsemane* G5 (preparation for Holy Week)
    79    Lord Jesus, when we stand afar G8 (final song)
    85    According to Thy gracious word G5 (final song)
    281    Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour G8 (holy communion)
    285    To Thy most holy supper, Lord* G5 (holy communion)
    620    O dearest Lord, Thy sacred head G6
    752    A purple robe, a crown of thorns
    753    Downtrodden Christ, to you we pray (final song)
    754    Jesus dying on the cross GS (final song)
    758    The royal banners forward go G8 (see TIS 332)
    759    When his time was over GS
    840    Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray G8 (holy communion)
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    AT
    22    He was wounded
    135    Bitter was the night
    139    Christ humbled himself
    143    Jesus dying on the cross (final song)
    147    When his time was over
    190    Low, the way is low (final song)
    261    The Servant King
    287    Stay here and keep watch with me (final song)
    335    And we stood right there
    347    O dearest Jesus
    374    Always remember me
    387    Jesus, remember me
    449    Walk him along
    635    How deep the Father’s love for us
    650    Easy answers
    TIS
    256    From heaven you came
    332    The royal banners forward go
    337    O dearest Jesus, why aren’t you acquitted
    340    Before the cock crew twice
    341    My song is love unknown (final song)
    345    Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (omit v 6?)
    352    O dearest Lord, thy sacred head
    354    O Jesus crucified
    357    When his time was over
    501    Sing my tongue, the Saviour’s glory (holy communion)
    502    Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast (holy communion)
    515    According to thy gracious word (final song)
    519    And now, O Father, mindful of the love (holy communion)

    PSALM 31
    The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Von Gott will ich (Erfurt), LH 400, or Von Gott will ich (Crüger), LH 130. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, be gracious to me,
    for I am in distress.
    My eyes are sore from crying,
    my soul and body too.
    My life is spent in grief,
    my years are spent with sighing,
    I’m weak from all my troubles,
    my bones all waste away.

    My enemies reproach me,
    my neighbours run in fear,
    my friends in fright run from me,
    and all who see me flee.
    Forgotten like the dead,
    I’m like a broken vessel.
    I hear the whisp’ring schemers:
    they plot to take my life.

    And yet, O Lord, I trust you,
    I say, ‘You are my God.’
    My life and times and future
    all in held in your hand.
    Deliver me, O Lord,
    from those who seek to harm me,
    and let your face shine on me,
    and rescue me in love.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 31 p55 , Psalm 31 p56

    PSALM 118
    TIS 74, Give thanks for the Lord is good, is a setting of Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23,24.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 118 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune St Denio (LHS 768, TIS 143). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    verses 1-2,14.
    Give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness and love.
    ‘His love is forever’, let Israel say:
    The Lord is my strength, my salvation and might,
    the homes of the righteous are filled with glad songs.

    verses 19-21
    So open the door of the temple to me,
    and let me go in to give thanks to the Lord.
    The righteous shall enter the door of the Lord.
    ‘My saving God, thank you for hearing my prayer.’

    verses 22-24
    The stone that the buiders rejected is now
    the chief cornerstone of the temple of God.
    The Lord God has done this, a marvellous sight,
    The Lord made this day, let’s rejoice and be glad.

    verses 25-27a
    O Lord, come and save us, and give us success!
    We bless you who come in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from Zion, the house of the Lord!
    The Lord is our God, he has given us light.

    verses 27b-29
    In festal procession, with branches in hand,
    we go to the altar to give thanks to God.
    For you are my God, whom I thank and I praise!
    Give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness and love.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 118 p197 , Psalm 118 p198 , Psalm 118 p200

  • OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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