Growing in faith, serving with love
Order for Worship - Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020
GATHER
Gather together with everyone in your household or find ways to gather virtually with others to worship together. Take a deep breath as you bring yourself into a place of worship. Leave behind the worries and responsibilities you face today and come into the presence of the Lord. Invite God into this space by praying the following:
 
Note: If you are worshiping individually, proclaim all parts of the gathering prayer.
Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
Group: God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Leader: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Group: Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Leader: The Lord is our God, and has given us light;
Group: Great is our God, and we give thanks to the Lord.
Leader: Hosanna to the Son of David!
All: Hosanna! Save Us, O God. Hosanna! God’s steadfast love endures forever!
 
PRAISE
Sing aloud the wonderful love of Jesus Christ! Lyrics are provided in the description on the YouTube page.
CONFESS
Lent is a time to acknowledge our weaknesses in order to proclaim God’s strength. With full assurance of forgiveness that follows, let us confess where we have fallen short by praying the following:
 
Pray aloud in unison with others who are gathered, both in body and spirit.
Lord, even in times of trouble, we struggle to let you breathe life into us. We have become so accustomed to our ways that we shudder at the thought of following you completely. We cling to our sense of power, our sense of safety, and our sense of control.
 
Forgive us when we settle for anything less than the transformation you offer us. Save us from our desire to hold on to that which is mortal. Show us how to embrace your eternal love, and lead us in the way of righteousness!
 
RECEIVE PEACE
Family, receive this Good News. Jesus saves! God has shown us the depths and power of his love and mercy. Be at peace what God and one another, for in Christ, we are all forgiven.
 
CHILDREN’S SERMON
PRAYER REQUESTS
If you would like to share a joy or prayer concern, please email Pastor Dan at dan@tequestapres.org and your request will be shared in next week’s worship packet. Prayer requests will remain for 3 weeks unless updated.
 
·         For all impacted by the COVID-19 virus. For our medical professionals, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. For those suffering from illness or facing treatment.
·         Our leaders at every level, for wisdom and discernment as they make difficult decisions, for our Session and deacons.
·         For those burdened with stress and anxiety during this time, as well as those who facing financial uncertainty.
·         For all of our students, teachers, and parents who transitioned into virtual learning this week.
·         Mia Villegas, Ginny Willoughby, Linda Frank, Joan and Ken Stuart, Families who have lost loved ones; Blue (Lynn Weidman's friend), Adrian Salsman (cousin of Candace Morgan); The family of  Aaron Freeman (Liz Anderson’s nephew),  Sue Escoda (Grandmother of Jasmine Speak), Lynn Donley’s sister.
READ GOD’S WORD
John 12:12-16
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, 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 of him and had been done to him. 
 
Matthew 6:9-13
“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
 
EDUCATION
Who added “For thine is the Kingdom, power, and glory forever” to the end of the Lord’s Prayer?
Many of you will notice that today’s sermon covers the last portion of the Lord’s Prayer we recite every week. But looking at scripture, this portion is missing from the Gospel passage. The reason for the exclusion is that the earliest biblical manuscripts of Matthew we’ve found do not contain this saying. However, scholars have also found this part of the prayer in many other early translations, which tells us it was a part of church tradition from the time of the Early Church. Protestants continue this tradition even though we don’t include it in our translation of the Bible.
 
SERMON
Sermon Series: Let us Pray
Sermon: Kingdom, Power, and Glory
 LORD’S PRAYER
 
GIVE
100% of what we do is only possible through your generosity. With gratitude, let us return to the Lord a portion of what God has given us. You can give by clicking the “give online” button or by mailing a check to our church office at:
 
FPC Tequesta
482 Tequesta Drive
Tequesta, FL 33469
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
May we let go of our own strength and embrace the love of Jesus that saves us. May we let go of that which is mortal and embrace new life in Christ. May we let go of our desire to hold everything together and embrace the transformation Christ offers us. May we cry out “Hosanna!” knowing that Christ will save us.
 
As we rely on Christ to save us in times of trial, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us until the day Christ comes again. Amen!
Announcements

Join us for Holy Week ZOOM services
This year, we will provide an opportunity for us to worship together virtually and interactively. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to worship from your living room this holy week!
 
Click the Links below at the scheduled time to join the virtual worship service.
 
Maundy Thursday, April 9 at 7pm: Bring a slice of bread and some juice! We will have a brief worship service and remember our communion together.
https://zoom.us/j/295657465  Meeting ID: 295 657 465
 
Good Friday, April 10 at 7pm: Lay your burdens at the cross. Our elders will lead in a reading of the Passion Narrative while all of us bring our fears and anxieties to Jesus.
https://zoom.us/j/731057161  Meeting ID: 731 057 161
Gather with us via ZOOM!
Next week, we will begin an 8-week virtual Bible study on hope, and you are invited! Join us via ZOOM every Wednesday at 10am.
 
If you would like to connect to Pastor Dan and others, join us every Wednesday at 1pm and 7pm via ZOOM for our Connect & Pray sessions. This is a time to see one another, to catch up or process what is happening, and to pray for one another. 
 
For all the links to our ZOOM gatherings, click  here.
Crystal made this video to guide us through Holy Week. Take a moment to pray and reflect as you watch it.
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