Sunday School, April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday A
Peer pressure. Sometimes we do and say things just because of the people that we are with. We want to fit in and so we do and say things to fit in.
Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday is a day when we look at two crowds of people. One crowd of people took branches from the tree and formed a parade behind Jesus riding on a donkey. They marched into Jerusalem and shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” They treated Jesus as though he was their king.
But another crowd gathered in Jerusalem at night when Jesus was being put on trial. Since some people were treating him as a king, this angered the officers who served the Caesar who was the king of the Roman world and Jerusalem. Jesus was accused of being a rival to the Caesar of Rome who controlled most of the world with his armies. There was a different crowd at the trial of Jesus. They yelled, “Crucify him. We have no king but Caesar.”
Remember we must choose the crowd of people that we want to hang around with. And it is important to choose people as our friends who will help us to do and say the very best things.
Story Sermon for Palm Sunday.
Once upon a time in a village near the city of Jerusalem, the village of Bethphage; a little donkey was born in the pasture. And that donkey was called by his owner, Shorty, because he was so tiny when he was born.
But the donkey’s mom, called him Christopher. When Christopher became old enough to talk to his mom, he asked her, "Why does my owner call me Shorty, even now when I've grown to be a tall and strong donkey?" Christopher's mom said, "Well once you get a name, it sometimes just sticks and people won't let you be anything else."
Christopher asked his mom, "Then why do you call me Christopher?" His mom said, "Well, I'm not sure but I just had this feeling that it was the right name for you."
Christopher looked in the other pasture and he saw a beautiful big stallion prancing around. He saw important Roman Generals ride this beautiful horse. And Christopher thought, "I wish that someone important would ride on my back some day. And Christopher was a little jealous of the stallion.
But one day something exciting happened to Christopher. Two visitors came to the farm where Christopher was kept. They called themselves disciples of Jesus, and they said there was going to be a parade into the great city of Jerusalem. They also said that they needed a donkey to carry their king. Christopher's owner Farmer Jacob, said, "I've got two donkeys, that jennet over there and her colt that I call "Shorty." If Jesus needs the donkeys, take them. Jesus is my friend, he healed my son, and I owe him everything I have."
So the two disciples took Christopher and his mom with them and they went to a place just in front of the sheep gate in Jerusalem. There was a large crowd gathered who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover Holiday. After waiting for about an hour, the crowd soon got excited. Jesus arrived and it was time for the parade to start. The people put some robes on Christopher to make a saddle for Jesus. Christopher had never been ridden before, and he was nervous. But Christopher's mom said, "Calm down, Jesus is the nicest man in the world. You don't need to buck him off."
Jesus Climbed up on the back of Christopher and the parade started. The people took some branches from some palm trees and they began to wave and shout and scream, because their superstar was there. They followed Jesus as he was riding Christopher into the city of Jerusalem and Christopher trotted proudly through the streets. This was the happiest day of his life. At night, he and his mom were tied up at the house of one of the disciples in Jerusalem. Christopher's mom was proud of him and she said, "Well now I know why I named you Christopher. "Christopher" means, "the one who carries Christ." And today you have carried Christ on your back, so today you have lived up to your name." Christopher was so happy he wanted hee haw with joy. But his happiness didn't last too long.
He looked out on the street and he saw another parade. In the darkness he saw a tired and naked Jesus walking with soldiers. And the soldiers were forcing him to carry this large wooden cross on his back. He was bleeding and he was too weak to carry the cross, so at one place they forced a man named Simon to carry the cross for Jesus. The people who were following the soldiers were laughing and making fun of Jesus. They were saying, "you're going to die Jesus. You were just pretending to be a king, but you don't have any power, you're going to die Jesus."
Christopher ran to his mom and said, "If I had known that this would happen to Jesus, I would not have brought him to Jerusalem."
Christopher's mom said, "It is a terrible, terrible thing, but we must trust God. Jesus is the best and nicest person who ever lived and God will take care of him.
Well, Jesus went on to die on the cross. And he was buried in a grave. But does the story does not end here. Come back next week and we will tell you the end of the story. What happened to Jesus after he died and was put in the grave?
What was the donkey's name? Christopher. What does Christopher mean? It means "The one who carries Christ." In a way, every Christian could be called Christopher. Because you and I are asked to carry the presence of Christ into this world by being nice and kind. Amen.
Intergenerational Holy Eucharist
April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
Hosanna! Hosanna!; Hosanna! Hosanna!; The King of Glory
Palm Procession Entrance: Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest! (Renew!, # 71)
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! Lord we lift up your name with hearts full of praise; Be exalted, oh Lord my God! Hosanna in the highest!
Glory, Glory, glory to the King of kings! Glory, Glory, glory to the King of kings! Lord we lift up you name with hearts full of praise; Be exalted oh Lord my God! Glory to the King of kings!
Liturgist: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People: His mercy endures forever. Amen.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
Assist us with your mercy and help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy as we think about your mighty acts which have given us life and an everlasting future; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
First Litany of Praise: Chant: Hosanna
O God, you are Great! Hosanna
O God, you have made us! Hosanna
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Hosanna
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Hosanna
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Hosanna
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Hosanna
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Hosanna
A Reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Let us read together from Psalm 118
On this day the LORD has acted; *we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Hosanna, LORD, Hosanna! *LORD, send us now success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *we bless you from the house of the LORD.
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
When Jesus and his disciples 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. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." 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,
and on a colt, the foal of 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!" When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
Sermon – Father Phil
We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy.
For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.
Youth Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering
Offertory Song: Hosanna! Hosanna! (# 102, The Christian Children’s Songbook)
Hosanna, Hosanna, the little children sing. Hosanna, Hosanna for Christ our Lord is King. Prepare the way, the children sing, Hosanna to our Lord and King! Hosanna, Hosanna, the little children sing.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of God.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
All are born into the family of God by Baptism.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.
(All may gather around the altar)
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast.
Words of Administration
Communion: Fairest Lord Jesus, a
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: The King of Glory, (Renew # 267)
Refrain: The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices.
Open the gates before him, lift up your voices.
Who is the king of glory; how shall we call him? He is Emmanuel, the promised of ages. Refrain
In all of Galilee, in city or village, he goes among his people curing their illness. Refrain
Sing then of David’s son, our Savior and brother; in all of Galilee was never another. Refrain
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!