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The Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday ~ 5 April 2020 ~ Good day! Welcome to Epiphany! This is a place where we nurture souls with prayerful worship, uplifting hymns - both old and new. We are glad you are here! If we can help you in any way, please let the priest or an usher know. Please stay in touch! Church Office: 570-563-1564 Rev. Lou Divis: 570-878-4670
Page 270 – Book of Common Prayer (BCP) The Liturgy of the Palms The Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 Glory to you, Lord Christ. There is great irony in the approach of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey. There is a story that Pontius Pilate is entering Jerusalem at the same time, at a different gate, on a powerful warhorse, surrounded by soldiers. What would you wonder about if you were there? 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." Praise to you, Lord Christ.
#154 Hymnal (Processional) All Glory Laud & Honor
#S-98 Hymnal (Kyrie) Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
The Collect: 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.
Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9a This reading tells of the servant who speaks for God and suffers persecution but trusts in God’s help and vindication. The people are weary and tired of trying to do what God require, but the servant continues. The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens--wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty? Hear what God’s Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Response: Psalm 31:9-16. 9 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; * my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly. 10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; * my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed. 11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; * when they see me in the street they avoid me. 12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; * I am as useless as a broken pot. 13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; * they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life. 14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. * I have said, "You are my God. 15 My times are in your hand; * rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. 16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, * and in your loving-kindness save me."
The Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11 This is part of an early Christian hymn. We hear how Christ Jesus accepted the condition of a servant, and was obedient to the point of death. 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 God’s Spirit is saying to God’s people. #458 Hymnal (Gospel) My Song is Love Unknown
The Passion of our lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew: 27:11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You say so." 27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?" 27:14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 27:15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" 27:18 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 27:19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him." 27:20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 27:21 The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas." 27:22 Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" All of them said, "Let him be crucified!" 27:23 Then he asked, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!" 27:24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." 27:25 Then the people as a whole answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" 27:26 So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 27:28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 27:29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 27:30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 27:31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 27:32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 27:33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 27:34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 27:35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 27:36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 27:37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." 27:38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 27:39 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads 27:40 and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross." 27:41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 27:42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 27:43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, 'I am God's Son.'" 27:44 The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. 27:45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 27:46 And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 27:47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah." 27:48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 27:49 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." 27:50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 27:52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 27:53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 27:54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"
Page 358 BCP – The Creed
Prayers of the People Leader: Lord, have mercy. Response: Christ, have mercy.
The Peace & Announcements
#168 Anthem (Offertory) O Sacred Head
Page 361 BCP – Holy Communion Prayer A #S-124 Hymnal Holy, Holy, Holy Lord #S-161 Hymnal Lamb of God
#164 Hymnal (Communion) Alone Thou Goest
Page 365 BCP – Prayer after Communion
Images in today's Readings In daily life this week, meditate on Jesus final days before his death on the cross. Begin the journey with Jesus, following his path to Jerusalem through prayer with others of in solitude at the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and unloved. At the Lord’s table, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world. Plant the cross on your heart, so that the power of love helps you continue to be Christ’s representative in the world at work, school, and play.
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