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Palm Sunday Worship on April 5, 2020

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Psalm/Passion Sunday Worship

April 5, 2020

Welcome and News in the life of the church

Dear sisters and brother in Christ,

Welcome to online worship at Contoocook United Methodist Church. We are in a very special and challenging season in our lives. Please guard your hearts in the Spirit of God to worship God same as you gave your worship to God at church before. Although we are worship at different places now, all of us are worship before the Lord, our God, in the presence of God. I hope and pray that all of us can give our best worship with our lives as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)

Centering Words

On the back of a humble donkey, Christ looks beyond the shouts of "Hosanna in the highest." He is traveling a slow journey to the cross - and He will pay the price of turning the tables on the money changers, upsetting the status quo, and living authentically before God. Will He travel that road alone?

Introit / UMH #328

: Surely The Presence of the Lord

Silent Prayer

: Invite the Holy Spirit to come in the midst of our hearts.

Prayer Response / FWS #2193

: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

Invitation to Worship

L: This is the day that the Lord has made.

P: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

L: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

P: God's steadfast love endures forever.

L: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

P: This is the Lord's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.

L: Bind the festival procession with branches.

P: Jesus is the gate of the Lord. The Righteous enter through Him.

L: This is the day that the Lord has made.

P: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Blessed One, we are humbled by Your example.

You entered Jerusalem in lowly estate,

riding on a donkey.

You emptied Yourself and came as a servant to all,

forsaking the power to command.

Son of David, come to us now and be our King,

that we too may sing our hosannas!

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Ministry of Music

: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Scripture (Old Testament) / Isaiah 50:4-9

4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lrd has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Scripture (New Testament) / Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prohet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Today, as we celebrate a special Sunday as Palm Sunday, we join in the Remote Love Feast for Palm Sunday 2020 led by the New England Annual Conference Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar and Conference Lay Leader Rene Wilbur.

The Remote Love Feast for Palm Sunday 2020 (Click Here)

Offertory Invitation

If you are able to send your weekly pledge by mail, would you do so, please? Our church address is Contoocook United Methodist Church PO Box 356, Contoocook, NH 03229.


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.


Blessings of the Offering / Pastor Gil

Holy One, Your love for us is so great

that You gave us Your own Son

to teach us the ways of life and death.

May the gifts and offerings we bring this morning

reflect our gratitude for Christ's gift of self,

for Christ's anguish and passion,

and for christ' never-failing love.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn / Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley (Click Here)


L: The gates of righteousness are thrown wide.

P: We go with God's blessings.

L: The path of salvation is made plain.

P: We go in Christ' truth.

L: The cornerstone of our faith is sure.

P: We go with the Spirit's grace.

L: Go with God and walk with Christ during this holy week.

All: Amen.

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