Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
PRELUDE

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
SILENCE

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, mentally say: “Your King is coming!”
On the exhale: “Hosanna!”

OPENING WORD

Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey….

Zechariah 9:9
OPENING SONG

"Hosanna in the Streets"
TEACHING

Watch an eight-minute video of Pastor David teaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting. Consider participating in a fast this Friday, Good Friday, when Christians all over the world will abstain from food. A good beginner fast is to try 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday (essentially skipping two meals). Be in solidarity with Jesus’s hunger for the world to be renewed.
ANTHEM

Ancient Words with Amazing Grace
OFFERING

Today we remember how crowds laid their cloaks on the road as an offering to Jesus. What are you willing to sacrifice to make way for his entry in the world? Click here for ways you can lay down your goods, time, and service as your cloak upon the road.
SCRIPTURE LESSON

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Jesus. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me….” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey….”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Matthew 20:29-21:9

MESSAGE

"The Crowds" - new nine-minute video sermon  by Pastor Sarah
CLOSING SONG

Were You There
1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

2. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

3. Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

5. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
CLOSING PRAYER

For the layers of comfort and convenience that surrounded our lives and that we never considered a blessing but always just took for granted, forgive us.
For we who must grieve in isolation and not in community, comfort us.
For we who care for the sick, protect us.
For the ability to turn off the fear-mongering and unhelpful commentary and worst-case scenario click bait, strengthen us.
For the times when we are all out of creative ideas for how to get through this with cooped-up kids, inspire us. 
For we who are now cutting our own bangs at home, guide us.
For the grace to allow ourselves and others to just be less productive, shower us.
For the generosity needed from those of us who have more resources, empower us.
From our own selfish inclinations, deliver us.
For just being your children, none of whom have done a global pandemic before, love us.
For the days ahead, accompany us.
God unbound by time, help us to know that you are already present in the future we are fearing.

Amen.
(written by Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber)
NOTE: If you placed an order for a peace lily, plants will be available outside the church by the front doors next Saturday, April 11 from 12-2 pm. Pick up will be no contact. If you are unable to pick up your plant, contact the church office for alternate arrangements or you can donate plants to decorate the sanctuary upon our return. Altar guild members will keep them watered.