Behold, Your Benevolent King Comes to You!

Palm Sunday

The Sermon….………………………………………… Matthew 21 : 5

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

Behold, Your Benevolent King Comes to You!

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn LSB 443 : Hosanna, Loud Hosanna Hymnary.org link “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

The Invocation And Confession Of Sins

ALL: On this Palm Sunday, dear heavenly Father, we come before you in humility and repentance. We are unworthy servants, deserving only of Your divine wrath and judgment for our many sins. Yet, according to Your abundant mercy and unfailing promises, we stand at the foot of the cross, seeking forgiveness and pardon. For the sake of Jesus, our Palm Sunday Savior and King – forgive us, assure us, strengthen us and bless us. Amen.

The Absolution

A Responsive Palm Sunday Reading

P: As the climax of His earthly ministry drew near, our Lord prepared His disciples for His final journey to Jerusalem:

C: “From that time on, Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the Jewish leaders, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Matthew 16:21)

P: In addition to the amazing Isaiah 53 Messianic prophecy of God’s suffering Servant wounded, pierced, crushed and punished for us, for our transgressions – Isaiah 50 describes the Servant’s determination to endure all to fulfill His saving mission:

C:“I have not been rebellious; I offered my back to those who scourged Me. Because the Lord God helps Me, I will never be ashamed. Therefore I have set My face like flint. He Who vindicates Me is near. Who is my accuser? It is the Lord Who helps Me. Who can condemn Me?” (Isaiah 50 Excerpts)

P: After the mightiest efforts of men to oppose and dethrone the Lord and His Anointed One have come to naught, the Psalmist reminds us Who really rules:

C:I have set My King on Zion, My holy hill. I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; Today I have become Your Father. I will make the nations Your inheritance, all the earth Your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter….. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with reverence.” (Psalm 2)

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! All the tribes Hosanna cry,
O Savior meek, pursue Your road,
With palms and scattered garments strowed. [lsb num= 441]

P:After the disciples found the donkey exactly as their omniscient Master had said, the Holy Spirit records Jesus Palm Sunday procession: (Mt 21:4-9)

♫  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.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! 
The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wondering eyes 
To see the approaching Sacrifice.

P:As we begin this Holy Week, may our hearts in faith look beyond this day to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and Ascension, in fact to the day and place where our exalted King of Glory will rule through all eternity;

C: “And being found in appearance as a Man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death – even death on a cross! Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2: 8-11)

P: All praise to our Palm Sunday King – Whose “Savior Journey”, which we follow in faith, leads to life everlasting in His Kingdom:

C: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy. All You have made will praise You, O Lord; Your saints extol You. They speak of the glory of Your Kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all His promises. (Psalm 145: 8-13 Excerpts)

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
The Father on His sapphire throne 
Awaits His own Anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in Majesty! 
In lowly pomp ride on to die.
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain, 
Then take, O Christ, Thy power to reign.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn LSB 815 : All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine Hymnary.org link  “All Praise To Thee, For Thou, O King Divine”

The Sermon….………………………………………… Matthew 21 : 5

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

Behold, Your Benevolent King Comes to You!

“Create In Me” (Hymn 956)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Hymn LSB 442 : All Glory, Laud, and Honor Hymnary.org link “All Glory, Laud And Honor”
(Horn: Cathy Augustin)

Our Offering

Song by Choir – “Blessed One, Messiah” (Aspinall/ McDonald)

(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller )

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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 forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

The Children’s Message

Closing Hymn LSB 549 : All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name Hymnary.org link “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name”
(Vocalist: Tom Owens)

Vocalist: 1 All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!  Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem  And crown Him Lord of all.

Congregation:
2 Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God  Who from His altar call;
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod  And crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s rod  And crown Him Lord of all.

V: 3 Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,  Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace  And crown Him Lord of all.

C: 4 Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line,  Whom David Lord did call,
The God incarnate, Man divine,  And crown Him Lord of all.
The God incarnate, Man divine,  And crown Him Lord of all.

V: 5 Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget  The wormwood and the gall,
Go, spread your trophies at His feet And crown Him Lord of all.

C: 6 Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe,  On this terrestrial ball
To Him all majesty ascribe  And crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe  And crown Him Lord of all.

C: 7 Oh, that with yonder sacred throng  We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,  And crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song,  And crown Him Lord of all.

Silent Prayer And Announcements