SUNDAY OF THE PASSION/PALM SUNDAY
The liturgy of a Procession with Palms on the Sunday before Easter originated in 4th-century Jerusalem. ‘The hero’s welcome accorded Jesus was seen as anticipating his impending victory over death.’ The customary processional hymn, ‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor,’ has been part of Palm Sunday observances since the 8th century. ‘The faithful usually keep palm or olive branches, or other greenery which have been blessed on Palm Sunday in their homes or in their work places…as a witness to faith in Jesus Christ, the messianic king, and in his Paschal Victory.
The Passion of Jesus has been read on the Sunday before Easter since medieval times. Originally the St Matthew Passion was read on Sunday, St Mark’s on Tuesday, St Luke’s on Wednesday, and St John’s on Good Friday. Our contemporary practice reads the Passion Gospel from the proper year (Matthew A; Mark B; Luke C) on Sunday and the Passion according to John on Good Friday.
The accompanying lessons are Isaiah 50:4-9 (one of the ‘suffering servant’ songs); Psalm 31 (a lament which prefigures the Passion), and the great hymn of Christ’s humiliation and exaltation from Philippians 2:5-11. In encouraging humility in the Philippian church, Paul may very well have been quoting a hymn to Christ that predated his letter and was already known to the Philippians. Thus, in singing the hymn after the reading of the Passion, we are participating in one of the very earliest expressions of Christian worship.
The ancient words of the proper preface briefly but memorably summarize the message of this day: ‘(Christ) on the tree of the cross gave salvation to all, that where death began life might be restored, and that he, who by a tree once overcame, might by a tree be overcome.’ The devil, who tempted humanity to sin at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is cheated of his victory at the cross, upon which Christ offers his obedience to God his Father on our behalf. Thanks be to God!
All Glory, Laud and Honor - J. S. Bach
Hosanna to the Son of David/Ride On in Majesty
Text/Henry H. Milman; Music/ Ronald A. Nelson
Hosanna! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord! Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die! O Christ, thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin. Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna!
At the direction of the pastor, the people stand and face the processional cross at the rear of the church.
The people hold the palm branches in their hands.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna to the Son of David.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Mercifully assist us, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Processional Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
28[Jesus] went on ahead, going up to
29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
The people raise the branches.
We praise and thank you, O God, for the
Let us go forth in peace,
in the name of the Lord.
All Glory, Laud, and Honor Green LBW 108
The people turn and face the processional cross as it passes them in procession.
The people may raise the branches during each singing of the refrain.
All glory, laud, and honor
to you, redeemer, king,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.
1 You are the king of Israel
and David’s royal Son,
now in the Lord’s name coming,
our King and Blessed One. Refrain
2 The company of angels
is praising you on high;
creation and all mortals
in chorus make reply. Refrain
3 The multitude of pilgrims
with palms before you went.
Our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present. Refrain
4 To you, before your passion,
they sang their hymns of praise.
To you, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. Refrain
5 Their praises you accepted;
accept the prayers we bring,
great author of all goodness,
O good and gracious King. Refrain
Text: Theodulph of Orleans, c. 760-821; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.
At the conclusion of the hymn:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Prayer of the Day
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
FIRST READING Isaiah 50:4-9a
4The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Antiphon:Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (vs 5)
9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I | am in trouble;*
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat | and my belly.
10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my | years with sighing;*
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones | are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies
and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of | my acquaintance;*
when they see me in the street | they avoid me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, | out of mind;*
I am as useless as a | broken pot.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is | all around;*
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to | take my life.
14 But as for me, I have trusted in | you, O Lord.*
I have said, "You | are my God.
15 My times are | in your hand;*
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who | persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine up- | on your servant,*
and in your loving- | kindness save me." R
SECOND READING Philippians 2:5-11
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Please remain seated.
VERSE John 12:23 Setting by John W. Becker
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD – Luke 22:14 – 23:56
The Passion is sung by the pastor to a chant setting by Ormonde Platter.
The choir and congregation sing the hymn interpolations.
My Song is Love Unknown
Text: Samuel Crossman, c. 1624-1683
Tune: John D. Edwards, 1806-1885 (congregational stanzas)
John Ireland, 1879-1962 (choir stanzas)
my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
Oh, who am I, that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh and die?
My Lord should take frail flesh and die?
14When the hour came, [Jesus] took his place at
the table, and the apostles with him. 15He said to them, “I
have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16for
I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of
God.” 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said,
“Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18for I tell you
that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of
God comes.” 19Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had
given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which
is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20And he did
the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for
you is the new covenant in my blood. 21But see, the one who
betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. 22For the
Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he
is betrayed!” 23Then they began to ask one another which one of
them it could be who would do this.
24A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28“You are those who have stood by me in my
trials; 29and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred
on me, a kingdom, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table
in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 33And he said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!” 34Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.”
35He said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.” 36He said to them, “But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted among the lawless’; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 38They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” He replied, “It is enough.”
He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow;
but men made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But, oh, my friend, my friend indeed,
who at my need his life did spend!
39He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
45When he got up from prayer, he came to
the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray
that you may not come into the time of trial.”
47While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” 49When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? 53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”
3 Sometimes they strew his way
and his sweet praises sing;
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
and for his death they thirst and cry,
and for his death they thirst and cry.
54Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” 57But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62And he went out and wept bitterly.
63Now the men who were holding Jesus began to
mock him and beat him; 64they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that
struck you?” 65They kept heaping many other insults on
66When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 67They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68and if I question you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.” 71Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”23:
Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
themselves displease and ’gainst him rise.
23:1Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 5But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”
6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. 9He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. 12That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.
13Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16I will therefore have him flogged and release him.”
18Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” 19(This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 20Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; 21but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.” 23But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. 25He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
They rise and needs will have my dear Lord made a - way;
a mur – de – rer they save, the prince of life they slay.
Yet cheer – ful he to suff’ - ring goes that he his foes from
thence might free; that he his foes from thence might free.
26As they led him away, they seized a man,
Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on
him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A great number of the people followed him, and among them
were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem,
do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed
are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never
nursed.’ 30Then they will begin to say to the
mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen
when it is dry?”
32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him
and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting
what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your
kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you
will be with me in Paradise.”
44It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.
Silence for meditation.
47When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
In life no house, no home
my Lord on earth might have;
in death no friendly tomb
but what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was his home
but mine the tomb wherein he lay.
50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Here might I stay and sing; No sto - ry so di - vine!
Ne - ver was love, dear King, ne - ver was grief like thine!
This is my friend, in whose sweet praise I all my days could
glad - ly spend; I all my days could glad - ly spend!
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.
Silence is kept.
For the Church, that in our contemplation of his Passion your people may be formed in the mind of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For all pastors of your Church, that preaching the Word of the cross, they may sustain the weary. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the leaders of the nations of the world, that they may never wash their hands of those whom they have been called to serve. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For those who live as enemies of the cross, that they too may come to know the forgiveness and salvation offered by your Son. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the poor in body, mind, and spirit; for those afflicted by war, disease, and disaster; for all who are imprisoned; for the dying, the grieving, and those we name before you:
The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.
The people may voice their petitions aloud or in silence.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
In thanksgiving for those who have died, that we may come with them to the promised resurrection, Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus
we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.
The Lord’s Table is prepared.
OFFERTORY John 12:24, 26 Setting by Kevin Norris
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies it bears much fruit. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Jesus, true vine and bread of life,
ever giving yourself that the world might live,
let us share your death and passion:
make us perfect in your love.
It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord; who on the tree of the cross gave salvation to all, that where death began, there life might be restored, and that he, who by a tree once overcame, might by a tree be overcome. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon.
Almighty God, merciful Father:
You are indeed holy,
enthroned on the praises of your people.
With Israel we bring our praises before you,
as we behold the wonder of your goodness
and your redemptive love for us.
In that love you sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was acclaimed King and Lord
as He entered Jerusalem in triumph.
By that same love,
He was handed over by an act of betrayal
and consigned to death,
thereby taking every human struggle
and the suffering of every age to the cross.
By His holy wounds we have been healed.
In the night in which He was betrayed
our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks,
broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my Body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my Blood,
Shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin
Do this for the remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this Bread and drink of this Cup,
We proclaim our Lord’s death until he comes.
We rejoice, Almighty Father,
in our Lord’s life and holy passion,
His resurrection and His ascent into glory:
and we trust in His promise to come again,
when we, with all your people,
shall sing our hosannas to Him
at our joyful resurrection.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Send now, O God,
your holy and life-giving Spirit upon us
and upon this Bread of Heaven
and this Cup of Blessing,
that in receiving Christ’s most precious body and blood
we may be united in the forgiveness of sins
and in that final hope of glory and praise with your Son.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.
Gather the Church from every time and every place
into the everlasting peace and freedom won by Christ,
as we acclaim him as Lord of all:
In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.
Christ is in our midst.
By the power of the Spirit,
we pray to his Father, saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
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. Philippians 2:10-11
We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.
Choir To His Righteous Reputation
Text// H. S. Mozolak (based on Philippians 2:5-11)
Music/ J. M. Strobel
Rob Dawe, Clarinet
This mind be with us now, which we received from Jesus:
Who, though he was our God, did not demand high honor,
But left his kingly throne and took the place of slave,
Was born as humankind and walked the path to death.
He died who made all life, was stripped of every glory.
Our lives now follow his, poured out in love for others.
His cross becomes the form for adding life to life.
We cling to Christ the King who knows us through his blood.
Now God has raised him high, enriched his name with greatness.
All kneel at Jesus’ feet, from earth through all creation.
And those who are not seen join song with us and say,
“Christ Jesus is the Lord, And glory to his name!
Jesus Christ is the Lord, give glory, glory, glory to our God!
When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
Almighty God, you gave your Son
both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life.
Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving,
and to conform our lives to his;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Silence for meditation.
God the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring you by faith to his eternal life.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him
the way of his cross.
God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory,
set your minds on life and peace.
Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed Green LBW 98
1 Alas! And did my Savior bleed,
and did my sov'reign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
for sinners such as I?
2 Was it for sins that I had done
he groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown,
and love beyond degree!
3 Well might the sun in darkness hide
and shut its glories in
when God, the mighty maker, died
for his own creatures' sin.
while his dear cross appears,
dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
and melt my eyes to tears.
5 But tears of grief cannot repay
the debt of love I owe;
here, Lord, I give myself away:
'tis all that I can do.
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt.
Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
V IN YOUR PRAYERS
Linda Armento, at home
Matthew Armento, at home
The Rev. Carl Hendrickson, at Country Meadows, Bridgeville
Elsie Kemmler at Concordia, South Hills
Scott Klammer, at Concordia, South Hills
David Noel, at Kane Rehab, Scott Township
Geneva Schrag, at North Strabane Rehab & Wellness Center, Canonsburg
William Wetzel at Concordia, Cabot
THIS WEEK FOR THE FAITH FAMILY
WORSHIP 10:30 AM
Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM
Mon/ Apr 11 Morning Prayer (livestream) 8:30 AM
Thu/ Apr 14 Maundy Thursday Worship, 7:00 PM,
in person and livestream
Fri/ Apr 15 Good Friday Worship, 12:30 PM and 7:00 PM
in person and livestream
Sat/ Apr 16 NA Meeting 11:00 AM
Decorate the Church, 1:00 PM
Easter Vigil 6:30 PM
Sun/ Apr 17 Easter Breakfast, 8:30 am – 10:00 AM
Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM
WORSHIP 10:30 AM