April 17, 2011, Palm Sunday

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
      Hosanna in the highest.

Hymn 181: All Glory, Laud and Honour

The Gathering of the Community
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
And also with you.

The Collect
Let us pray.
Almighty and everliving God, in tender love for all our human race you sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility, and share in the glory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 50:4-9A

Combined Choir Anthem: Sing Hosanna

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:5-11

Hymn: He Came Riding on a Donkey

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew  21:1-11

The Invitation
Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery.  On this day our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death.

Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross. We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.

Let us pray.
Assist us mercifully with your help, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right to praise you, almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The Hebrews acclaimed Jesus as Messiah and King, with palm branches in their hands, crying, Hosanna in the highest. May we also, carrying these emblems, go forth to meet Christ and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

The Palm crosses will be distributed.

The Procession
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Let us go forth in peace.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn 183: Into Jerusalem Jesus Rode

Almighty God, whose Son was crucified yet entered into glory, may we, walking in the way of the cross, find it is for us the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sermon: Archdeacon John Clarke

The Prayers of the People

The Peace
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

At-the-Offertory: We Cry Hosanna, Lord

Prayer over the Gifts
Let us pray,
Gracious God, the suffering and death of Jesus, your only Son, makes us pleasing in your sight.  Alone we can do nothing, but through his sacrifice, may we receive your love and mercy.  Amen.

At 8:00 a.m. we will use the Eucharistic prayer from the BCP on Page 78.

At 10:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Prayer 3 Page 198
The Lord’s Prayer Page 211

The Breaking of the Bread
We break this bread,
Communion in Christ’s body once broken.
Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm, we shall reign with him.

Lamb of God…

Hymns during communion:
· 373: This is the Day
· Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
· 73: One Bread, One Body

Prayer after Communion
Let us pray,
God our help and strength, you have satisfied our hunger with this eucharistic food. Strengthen our faith, that through the death and resurrection of your Son, we may be led to salvation, for he is Lord now and for ever. Amen.

The doxology
Glory to God,
whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.


Hymn 182: Ride on, Ride on in Majesty

The Scattering
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.   Matthew 27: 27-31

Go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.