Posted by Ascension

April 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Good morning and welcome to worship. Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friends in Christ: For the five weeks of Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s suffering and death. Today, together with the whole church, we begin this Holy Week by welcoming our Messiah. We read in the Gospel of John:
He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who  received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. (John 1:11,12 NRSV)
So, like the people of long ago, let us welcome Jesus and walk with him to the cross. If we have been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  (Romans 6:5)

Bible Reading: John 12:12-19  Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem  The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – All glory, laud, and honour (442LSB) v.1,2 (The refrain is sung before each verse)

All glory, laud, and honour   
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,
the king and blessèd one.

2. The company of angels
are praising you on high,
and we and all creation
exultant make reply. 

Theodulph of Orleans (d. 821) Tr. John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866), alt.  Valet Will Ich Dir Geben Melchior Teschner (1584 – 1635), alt.

Christ himself suffered for us and left us an example,
so that we would follow in his steps.
He committed no sin,
and no-one ever heard a lie come from his lips.
When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge.
Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross,
so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.
It is by his wounds
that we have been healed.
We were like sheep that had lost their way,
but now we have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of our souls.
(1 Peter 2:21–25)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

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.

THE PSALM:           Psalm 118:19-29
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

First Reading – Isaiah 50:4-9a
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Philippians 2:5-11
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 12:20-43
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SONG: A suggestion to sing or read – No tramp of solders’ marching feet (444LSB)

1. No tramp of soldiers’ marching feet
with banners and with drums,
no sound of music’s martial beat:
‘The King of glory comes!’
To greet what pomp of kingly pride
no bells in triumph ring,
no city gates swing open wide:
‘Behold, behold your King!’ 

2. And yet he comes. The children cheer;
with palms his path is strown.
With ev’ry step the cross draws near:
the King of glory’s throne.
Astride a colt he passes by
as loud hosannas ring,    
or else the very stones would cry
‘Behold, behold your King!’      

3. What fading flow’rs his road adorn;
the palms, how soon laid down!
No bloom or leaf but only thorn
the king of glory’s crown.
The soldiers mock, the rabble cries,
the streets with tumult ring,
as Pilate to the mob replies,
‘Behold, behold your King!’ 

4. Now he who bore for mortals’ sake
the cross and all its pains
and chose a servant’s form to take,
the King of glory reigns.
Hosanna to the Saviour’s name
 till heaven’s rafters ring,
and all the ransomed host proclaim
‘Behold, behold your King!’     

Timothy Dudley Smith (1926 –    ) Kingsfold English – adapt and harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958), alt. CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209


O Lord, have mercy on me.
Heal me, for I have sinned against you.
Turn to us again, O Lord!
Have pity on your servants.
Let your goodness and love be with us, as we put our hope in you. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy.
Save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.
Remember your church, which you redeemed long ago.
Peace be within its walls,
and security within its towers.
Let us pray for those who are absent.
O Lord our God, save your servants who trust in you.
Let us pray for God’s people who are broken-hearted and oppressed.
Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles.
Send us help from your sanctuary,
and give us support from Zion.
Listen to my prayer, Lord:
and hear my cry for help.

We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him. (Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.


After each petition you are invited to pray as follows:  Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – All glory, laud, and honour (442LSB) v.3-5 (The refrain is sung before each verse)

 All glory, laud, and honour   
to you, Redeemer, King,   
to whom the lips of children   
made sweet hosannas ring.

3. The people of the Hebrews
with palms before you went:
our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present.

4. To you before your passion
they sang their hymns of praise:
to you now high exalted
our melody we raise.

5. Their praises you accepted:
accept the prayers we bring,
who is all good take pleasure,
our good and gracious King.

Theodulph of Orleans (d. 821) Tr. John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866), alt.  Valet Will Ich Dir Geben Melchior Teschner (1584 – 1635), alt.