Season of Creation

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday


Opening Acclamation

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Matthew 21: 1-11

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."

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Psalm 118:19-29


19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; * I will enter them;

I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; * he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me * and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected * has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, * and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! * Lord, send us now success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; * we bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *

form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28 "You are my God, and I will thank you; * you are my God, and I will exalt you."

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; * his mercy endures for ever.


Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 2:5-11

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.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name

that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Hear what the spirit is saying to God's people.

Thanks be to God.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus stood before the Roman governor' as the accusers made their charge. "We found this man perverting our nation,” they said. "He was forbidding us to pay taxes to the Emperor and proclaiming himself Anointed King." The governor asked. "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "You say so"' The chief priests were accusing him of many things. Therefore, Pilate again spoke to Jesus. "Have you no answer to give?" he asked. "Look at how many accusations they are making!" Jesus astonished Pilate by remaining silent.

The soldiers led Jesus away within the governor's palace.' There they assembled the whole battalion. They clothed Jesus in royal purple. They set a crown of thorns upon his head and shoved a reed between his fingers for a scepter. They began to mock him by kneeling before him and proclaiming. "Hail. King of the Jews." They also spat upon him and smote him on the head with a stick. Then, after mocking him, they took away the purple robe, returned his own clothes, and brought him out to crucify him.

On the road they met an African of Cyrene named Simon coming in from the countryside. Him they compelled to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means "skull")." There they crucified him," It was nine in the morning. They offered him wine mingled with myrrh, but he refused it. His garments they divided among themselves, casting lots for them. Over his head they inscribed the charge against him. "The King of the Jews.”

Also there were two insurrectionists crucified with him, one to his right and one to his left. Those who passed by were shaking their heads in derision and saying, "So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Save yourself. Come down from the cross." Likewise the priestly collaborators mocked him as they said to one another, "He saved


others; himself he cannot save. Let the Anointed One, the King of Israel, come down from the cross that we may see and believe." Even the two crucified with him reviled him.

Now from midday there was darkness over the whole land until three in the afternoon.'" At that hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema shevaqtani!" words that mean, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders said, "Look, he is calling for Elijah." One of them put a sponge full of vinegar on a stick and laid it to his lips. Others said, "Wait! Let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." Then Jesus, having uttered a loud cry, breathed his last breath."

Suddenly the curtain of the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.' The earth shook, and the rocks were split. Even the tombs of the dead were opened. Now, when the centurion on watch and the others who were with him saw all that was taking place, they were filled with awe and said. 'This man truly was God's royal son!"



Prayers of the People Form V (adapted) p. 389

In peace, let us pray to the Lord saying, "Lord have mercy."

We pray for the churches of our Southwest Mission Area in Fairmont, Mankato, Marshall, Morton, and here in St. Peter. We pray for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the United States, and the world wide Anglican Communion. In the Anglican cycle of prayer today we remember ....

For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For the peace of the world; that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation; that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer, especially . . . For refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For all who serve in the Armed Forces; that God will watch over them. Bring comfort and relief to their loved ones. For all civilians in harm’s


way, and that there may be peace in the world, we pray to you O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For all who have commended themselves to our prayers, especially those who have birthdays or anniversaries this week:

For our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For all who have died in the communion of your Church and those whose faith is known to you alone remembering especially ...; that they may have rest with all the saints in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord have mercy.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.

To thee O Lord our God.


Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them with your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (together) 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,

for ever and ever. Amen.



Blessing, Dismissal

Coffee Hour

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