Palm Sunday April 5, 2020



Gathering Music

I Will Celebrate!

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I will celebrate, sing unto the Lord, I will sing to Him a new song! (Repeat)

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I will (clap, clap, clap, clap!) praise Him, For He has triumphed victoriously! (Repeat)


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Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest! (Repeat)

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Lord we lift up your name; with hearts full of praise;

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Be exalted O Lord my God! Hosanna in the highest!

Verse 2

Glory, Glory, Glory to the King of Kings! (Repeat)

Lord we lift up your name; with hearts full of praise;

Be exalted O Lord my God, Glory to the King of Kings!


Call to Worship         Psalm 18:1, 2, 19, 20

1O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!

2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.” Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

20This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day     

Holy God, you reveal the truth about your people and the ways of our world in the suffering of the Son and his steadfast love. Show us again the image of humility you desire for us, and teach us obedience, so that self-emptying may be our pathway, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

Hymn of Praise #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” 

Invitation to Healing

In the light of Christ, we see the shadows of our world and of our hearts. Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Prayer Seeking Wholeness

Christ, at times we call out to you and shout “Hosanna” in our joy. Yet all too often, our shouts of joy are short-lived and we follow the examples around us, acting as if we do not know you, saying instead with our actions “Away with him!” Please forgive us our flighty hearts; lead us into your vision so that we may know the peace of wholeness in you.                  Please continue in silent prayer

Lenten Response: Hymn #442 “Just as I Am, without One Plea” Audio recording:

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. And also with you!   Please share God’s Peace with those worshiping with you.

Hymn #544 “Bless the Lord” (Repeat 3x)

 Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

“Joy Jar” collections, part of our church budget, go toward local and international missions. During this time, please continue to use your One Great Hour of Sharing fish boxes for your joys and holy stories.

Sung Response #264 “At the Name of Jesus” 


Prayer of Illumination:

O Lord, may the words of your mouth be our daily bread, and may the leading of your Spirit reveal to us the hidden mystery of your love. Strengthen our faith, we pray, that we may walk the road ahead this week with Christ. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 118:21-29  “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Sharing the Story with Children: “Journey to Jerusalemfrom Matthew 21:1-11

Gospel Reading: Matthew 27:11-54 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ” Please spend several moments in silent reflection. Stay tuned as Holy Week unfolds for some thoughtful reflections posted to the church’s Facebook page.


Hymn of Response: #530 “One Bread, One Body” 

Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.21

In the experience of the reconciling work of Jesus, his cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for women and men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience, the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to all, moves people to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates new life in Christ.

Pastoral Rite of the Church: Installation of Elder Judy Skelton on Session

Litany of Installation

Any of you baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to the one hope of our calling.

In baptism, Judy Skelton was clothed with Christ, and is now called by God through the voice of the church to enter into ministries of service and governance, announcing in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ.

We remember with joy our common calling to serve Christ, and we celebrate God’s particular call to our brothers and sisters.

As it is recorded in 1 Cor. 12:4–7, 27, there are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them.

There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served.

God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished.

To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good. Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.

Session has unanimously agreed to install Judy Skelton, formerly ordained an Elder, to active service on Session for a three-year term. Having previously answered constitutional questions for service as an ordained and installed Elder, we remind you of the question previously answered in the affirmative:

Will you be a faithful elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in governing bodies of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?

To which Judy replied, I will.

We therefore by acclamation declare Judy Skelton to be duly installed on Session of First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, and offer this blessing:

Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ. And all those present with us online respond by saying “Amen.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People Using Hymn #469:

With all the faithful, let us pray to the Lord, who is our hiding place in times of trouble, who surrounds us with glad cries of deliverance.

Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

We pray for all who are hungry whether hungry for power and glory or hungry for a simple meal. Show the mighty that you alone can satisfy their deepest need, and feed the poor from the abundance of your good creation.

Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

We pray for the church in times of trial whether tested by tempestuous change or tempted by safety of the status quo. Give us peace when anger and fear threaten to divide us, and challenge us when we are too comfortable in this world.

Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

We pray for leaders in high places whether determined to help those who suffer or distant from the cries of the oppressed. Open their eyes to see your saving power at work; open their ears to hear your prophets’ calls for justice, open their hearts to live and move and have their being acting in compassion.

Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

Lord God, instruct us in the way we should live and move and have our being, and let your steadfast love surround us always: Especially those we lift up at this time in the silence of our hearts.

Lord, listen to your children praying. Lord send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.


Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!  People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to the Lord.  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

How can we thank you, O God? For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new. With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them, I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.

Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.

Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone. Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.


All has been prepared and our tables await. The gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.

Communion of the People Partake where you are, as you are, with your own bread as you are able.

Prayer following Communion

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand. Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory. Amen.


* Closing Hymn #471 “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” 

* Blessing and Charge

* Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Lyrics inside front cover of the hymnal.

Questions for Reflection

As this week unfolds, spend some time each day pondering the mind of Christ. What is the shape of his compassion? Describe the image of such great love. Finally, what does it feel like, physically, to be so utterly cared for?

Household Prayer: Morning

I rise, O God, awakened by your Word, to live another day. Lead me in your path. Show me the steps to take toward greater faith. Hold me in your care as I move through this Holy Week where the shadows deepen even in the daylight. Hosanna! Save me now, dear God! Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

I come to the darkness of night, O God, tired and ready for a sweet respite in your care. keep me safe from all harm, and bring me to the morning light with renewed strength. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray. Amen.


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