8:30 Order of Worship

April 5, 2020

palm sunday

Sermon: Pastor Clay Smith

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beautiful savior
(arr. W. Oquin)

God calls us to worship

from Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:9

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Suffering Servant,
the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

we praise god

all glory, laud, and honor
(Text: Theodulf, Bishop of Orlèans, 820; trans. J.M. Neale, 1854; Tune: Melchior Teschner, 1613)

All glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
You are the King of Israel, and David's royal Son.
Now in the Lord's name coming the King and Blessed One.

The people of the Hebrews with palms before you went;
our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present.
To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
to you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring!
For you delight in goodness, O good and gracious King!
the company of angels is praising you on high;
and we, with all creation, in chorus make reply.

we pray for god to help us worship

Christ is risen! 
He is risen indeed! He died for us that we might live for him.

god calls us to confess our sin

from Psalm 24:3-4; James 4:7-8, 10

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

we confess our sin

Our majestic King,
you rightly require and receive our praise
for your glory is our greatest good.
But we are prone to seek our deepest joy
in other loves that cannot truly save or satisfy.
You showed us true kingship
by clothing your majesty in meekness.
But we often grasp for power and control to direct our own lives.
You rightly claim the highest loyalty of our life.
But we often turn away to substitutes
that promise comfort and salvation,
yet truly rob of us life.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(personal prayers of confession)

Gracious Father, help us see and treasure your glory revealed in Christ so that we turn away from false hopes and seductive idols to give our greatest praise and loyalty to you. Transform us by the renewing work of your Holy Spirit so that we will abide in Christ our King and follow him in the way of the cross, laying down our lives to serve the sacrificial mission of your kingdom.

god declares our forgiveness
from hebrews 2:8-9; 5:8-9

At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to Jesus. But we see him, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Although Jesus was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation.
For all who have turned from sin in sorrow and look to God for mercy, this is God’s gift. In Jesus Christ, God loves you, God forgives you, God accepts you, and God rejoices over you as beloved daughters and sons.
Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

the lord is my salvation
(Text and Tune: Keith and Kristyn Getty, Nathan Nockles, and Jonas Myran © 2016 Getty Music Songs/BMI)

The grace of God has reached for me
and pulled me from a raging sea,
and I am safe on this solid ground:
The Lord is my salvation.

I will not fear when darkness falls.
His strength will help me scale these walls.
I'll see the dawn of the rising sun:
The Lord is my salvation.

Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love.
My debt is paid and the vict'ry won:
the Lord is my salvation.

My hope is hidden in the Lord.
He flow'rs each promise of his Word.
When winter fades, I know spring will come:
The Lord is my salvation.

In times of waiting, times of need,
when i know loss, when I am weak,
I know his grace will renew these days:
The Lord is my salvation.


And when I reach my final day,
he will not leave me in the grave,
but I will rise; he will call me home:
The Lord is my salvation.


Glory be to God the Father.
Glory be to God the Son.
Glory be to God the Spirit.
The Lord is my salvation.


god instructs us in scripture reading

Mark 11:1-11

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.'" 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing untying the colt?" 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" 11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

god instructs us in preaching

Rev. Dr. Clay Smith


we offer ourselves in gifts and song

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for the world
(Text and Tune: Laura Story, 2008 © 2008 New Spring)

Jesus, Lord and King,
You came to wash the feet
of sinners such as me and for the world.
You left your throne on high
to calm creation's cry,
to suffer and to die for the world, for the world.

Holy Jesus, lowly Jesus,
Lamb that was slain for the world.

You bled from pierced side
for every tongue and tribe,
with arms held open wide for the world.
With one last breath to breathe,
His final prayer and plea
was pardon for me and for the world, for the world.


O to know your heart,
You bid me now to start
by asking on my knees for the world, for the world.


we pray for the church and the world

(prayers for the church and the world)

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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 

we praise god

the royal banners forward go
(Text: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus; trans. J.M. Neale; Tune: Lowell Mason, 1824)

The royal banners forward go;
the cross shows forth redemption's flow,
where he, by whom our flesh was made,
our ransom in his flesh has paid.

Fulfilled is all that David told
in sure prophetic song of old,
that God the nation's king should be
and reign in triumph from the tree.

Blest Trinity, life's source and spring,
may ev'ry soul your praises sing,
and all you ransom and restore,
please guide and keep forevermore.

God blesses us and sends us out

And all God's people said...Hallelujah! Amen.

Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150