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Palm Sunday |  April 5 ,2020


“Praise Him”  |  Donnie Harper  |  Played by Wyeth Duncan

Welcome and Sharing of Family News

Call to Worship

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn (included in the video above)

All Glory, Laud and Honor

All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring:
Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest,
The King and blessed One!

The company of angels
Are praising thee on high,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply:
The people of the Hebrews
With palms before thee went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before thee we present.

To thee, before thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise:
Thou didst accept their praises –
Accept the praise we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King!


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Prayer of Intercession and the Lord’s Prayer  |  Rev. Thomas Myrick

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. Amen.

Old Testament Reading  |  Rev. Corey Gray
 Zechariah 9:9-13

9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
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. 
10  I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim 
and the war horse from Jerusalem; 
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations; 
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth. 
11  As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12  Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.
13  For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior’s sword.

New Testament Reading
John 12:12-19

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 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!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

16 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. 17 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. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Sermon  |  Rev. Todd Smedley

The World Has Gone After Him

Hymn (included in the video above)

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Hosanna, loud hosanna
The little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple
The lovely anthem rang;
To Jesus, who had blessed them
Close folded to his breast,
The children sang their praises,
The simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed
‘Mid an exultant crowd,
The victor palm branch waving,
And chanting clear and loud;
The Lord of men and angels
Rode on in lowly state,
Nor scorned that little children
Should on his bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!”
That ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer,
The Lord of heav’n, our King;
O may we ever praise him
With heart and life and voice,
And in his blissful presence
Eternally rejoice!

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Postlude (included in the video above)

Blessed Is Our Lord
Dan Forrest

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