Sunday 17 April, 2011- The Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday), Year A

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
    For palm procession: Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
    For passion theme: Isaiah 50:4-9a The obedience of the Lord’s servant
    PSALM
    For palm procession: Psalm 118:1,2,19-29
    For passion theme:
    Psalm 31:9-16
    *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below
    *
    SECOND READING Philippians 2:5-11 Christ- obedient servant and exalted Lord
    GOSPEL
    Matthew 26:14 – 27:66
    Jesus’ suffering and death
    OR, a shorter version Matthew 27:11-54 Jesus’ suffering and death
  • 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 Matthew 21:  Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading doc

  • Orders of service:
    Palm/Passion Sunday Word & Prayer  (pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (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: Palm/Passion Sunday A
  • NEW! Link to site with visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    Palm gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
    LHS

    5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4
    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
    62    My song is love unknown G8
    86    All glory, laud and honour* G5
    87    Ride on, ride on in majesty (tune Winchester New, TIS 348)
    733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4
    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’)
    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
    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
    55    O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken* G4
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    790    O Lord of light, who made the stars (alt tune 346) G5
    807    Lift high the cross GS
    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
    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: Matthew 26:14 – 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
    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
    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)
    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
    759    When his time was over GS
    840    Lord Jesus, 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
    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)

    ‘ALL TOGETHER’ SONGS SUITABLE FOR PALM/PASSION SUNDAY
    Select from the following songs.
    For a Palm theme:
    166    Clap your hands
    211    Hosanna
    252    He is exalted
    328    Tell the city
    335    And we stood right there
    344    The New Road
    536   If you were a king

    For a Passion theme:
    22    He was wounded
    24    God’s love (without verse 6)
    27     Lord of the Dance
    67    Let your word fill my days
    125    Celebration song
    133    Jesus set us free (Replace ‘hallelujahs’ in the chorus with ‘Let us praise him, let us praise him’)
    135    Bitter was the night
    139    Christ humbled himself
    143    Jesus dying on the cross
    147    When his time was over
    190    Low, the way is low
    231    A cry in the night
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    245    You are the prisoner
    261    From heaven you came (Servant Song)
    287    Stay here and keep watch with me
    335    And we stood right there
    342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
    344    The New Road (especially verses 5-8; begin verse 5 with ‘Sing hosanna’ instead of ‘Alleluia’).
    345    Nothing but the blood
    347    O dearest Jesus
    349    There is a redeemer
    387    Jesus, remember me
    444    Hey, King!
    449    Saviour of the world

    PSALM 118:1,2,19-29
    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 builders rejected is now
    the chief cornerstone of the temple of God.
    The Lord God has done this, a marvelous 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.

    PSALM 31:9-16
    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.

    NEW! For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here:
    Psalm 118:  p 200
    Psalm 31: p 54, p 55, p 56

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