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29 Mar

Passion/Palm Sunday

A SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR PASSION/PALM SUNDAY

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This service embodies the sharp contrasts of Holy Week. In the Entrance with the Palms we experience the joyous demonstration of loyalty to Jesus as he enters Jerusalem, including festive Palm Sunday music. In the Proclamation and Response we confront and respond to the story of Jesus' passion, including somber Passion Sunday music.

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Lectionary Planning Helps for Passion/Palm Sunday (March 29)

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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 (Philippians 2:5-8, NRSV).

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Palm/Passion Sunday Service

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This service was designed for the Scottsdale (AZ) United Methodist Church for Holy Week 2005 (Dr. David Schildkret, Music Director; Dr. David Patterson, Senior Pastor; Phil Norton, Associate Pastor). Dr. Schildkret writes, "The original idea came from an article on the Discipleship Ministries worship website that talked about the 'problem' of the extensive readings for this day and suggested doing all of them dramatically, dispensing with a sermon."  

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The Rhythm of the Passion

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It is another blessed Holy Week. It was not until I was a teenager and getting serious about playing piano and organ for church and directing choirs that I came to appreciate the rhythm of the liturgical year.  

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Why Palm/Passion Sunday and Not Just Palm Sunday?

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A blog article at Christian Century ("Against Passion Sunday") last week has prompted a variety of responses to the current practice of celebrating the last Sunday in Lent as Palm/Passion Sunday. Many remember that these two events were not always part of the same day. Their memories are correct.  

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Palm Sunday Processional Entrance with Psalm 118

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Open to me the gates of righteousness that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

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Hosanna to the Son of David! A 21st Century Worship Resource for Palm Sunday

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On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered the Holy City, Jerusalem
The crowds cheered and cried out:
Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna to the Son of David!  

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Music for Palm/Passion Sunday

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Music scores in Sibelius and pdf for Palm/Passion Sunday.

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Prayer of Confession for Palm Sunday

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Let us come together to a moment of confession. Imagine Jesus entering our presence just as he entered Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. Envision the palm branches, the donkey, the shouts of "hosanna." Understanding who he is and knowing who we are…   

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Ride On, King Jesus—A 21st Century Worship Resource for Palm Sunday

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Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!  Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your king comes to you. (Zechariah 9:9a, NRSV)
Ride on, King Jesus, no one can hinder you! 

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The Master Needs Your Donkey: A Prayer of Confession for Palm Sunday

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Lord, we are afraid to give you what you ask.
Help us realize that what we have is just a gift from you.  

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