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    A Church of

    The Lutheran Church—

    Missouri Synod

    420 1 st St. SE

    PO Box 118

    Gwinner, ND 58040

    Office 701-678-2401

    Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard

    Cell 701-680-2658


    Parish Assistant: Tana McKenna


    Palm Sunday

    March 25,

    Year of Our T Lord 2018

    The Cross and Passion of Our Lord

    Are the Hour of His Glory

    “Behold, your King is coming to you . . . humble

    and mounted on a donkey” (Zech. 9:9–12; Mt.

    21:1–9). Our Lord rides in this humble fashion

    because He is entering Jerusalem to humble

    Himself even to the point of death on a cross

    (Phil. 2:5–11). His kingly crown will not be made

    of gold but of thorns, the sign of sin’s curse. For

    His royal reign is displayed in bearing this curse

    for His people, saving us from our enemies by

    sacrificing His own life. The sinless One takes the

    place of the sinner so that the sinner can be

    freed and bear the name “Barabbas,” “son of the

    Father” (Matthew 26 and 27). It is at the name of

    this exalted Savior, Jesus, that we bow in humble

    faith. With the centurion who declared, “Truly this

    was the Son of God!” (Mt. 27:54), we are also

    given to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the

    glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:11).

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    If you were to ask most people what “worship” is, they might

    say, “Worship is praising the Lord” or “Worship is what human

    beings do to express their thanks to God” or “Worship is going

    to church,” or something like that. While there is some truth to

    each of these answers, they do not adequately describe the

    main purpose of Lutheran worship.

    We Lutherans have a unique perspective on worship. We know that God’s Word and

    His holy Sacraments are His precious gifts to us. They are the tools the Holy Spirit uses

    to give us forgiveness, life and salvation. The main purpose of Lutheran worship is to

    receive these gifts from God.

    Our Lutheran Confessions explain this truth as follows: “The service and worship of the

    Gospel is to receive good things from God” (Apology to the Augsburg Confession,

    Article IV.310).

    I am not sure whether we have adequately emphasized this important truth. God gives

    His gifts. We receive them. That is the main purpose of Lutheran worship. He does this

    as His Gospel is proclaimed, as His Word is read, as His forgiveness is announced and

    sinners are absolved, and as we receive our Lord’s body and blood in Holy Communion.

    In these wonderful ways, God is present with us, His people, drawing us to Himself and

    giving us what we need so much-His mercy, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, power and

    comfort! The purpose of worship, therefore, is to be gathered by God around His gifts.

    Having clearly established this important point, I need to say that it would be wrong to

    assume that we are merely passive participants in the worship service. Listen to the

    beautiful introduction to Lutheran Worship. Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is

    heard acknowledges the gifts, received with eager thankfulness and praise. Saying back to Him

    what he has said to us, we repeat what is most true and sure… The rhythm of our worship is

    from him to us, and then from us back to him. He gives his gifts, and together we receive and

    extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and

    spiritual songs (Lutheran Worship, p. 6).

    How true! God speaks. We listen. Then we speak the great “amen” of faith, saying,

    “Yes, yes, this is true!” Praise God for His mercy in permitting us to receive His gifts!

    Praise God for drawing us together around His gifts!

    _________ By: A.L. Barry A Presentation to the Real Life Worship Conference: Seven Theses on Worship Denver, Colorado (February 1998) Lutheran Worship: 2000 and Beyond

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    T Procession of Palms T

    The congregation is invited to stand

    as the service begins from the back of the Sanctuary.


    P The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of

    the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    C Amen.

    P Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

    C Hosanna to the Son of David.


    P Let us pray.

    Most merciful God, as the people of Jerusalem, with palms in their hands, gathered

    to greet Your dearly beloved Son when He came into His Holy City, grant that we

    may ever hail Him as our King and, when He comes again, may go forth to meet

    Him with trusting and steadfast hearts and follow Him in the way that leads to

    eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You

    and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    C Amen.

    Holy Gospel: John 12:12-19

    P The Holy Gospel according to St. John the twelfth chapter.

    C Glory to You, O Lord.

    The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming

    to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying

    out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of

    Israel!” 14And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

    15“Fear not, daughter of Zion;

    behold, your king is coming,

    sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

    16His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified,

    then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been

    done to him. 17The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the

    tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18The reason why the

    crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19So the Pharisees

    said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone

    after him.”

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    P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

    C Praise to You, O Christ.

    P Let us go forth in peace,

    C in the name of the Lord.

    During the Processional Hymn, the Children with palm branches will enter the Sanctuary.

    The children will reverence the Altar and then place the palm branches at the foot of the Altar.

    Following the placement of the palm branches, the children will return to their seats.

    Processional Hymn: 442 All Glory, Laud, and Honor LSB 442


    P Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

    C Hosanna in the highest.

    Collect of the Day

    P Let us pray.

    Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take

    upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we

    may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers

    of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns

    with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    C Amen.

    T Service of the Word T


    Old Testament Reading Zechariah 9:9–12 9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

    behold, your king is coming to you;

    righteous and having salvation is he,

    humble and mounted on a donkey,

    on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim

    and the war horse from Jerusalem;

    and the battle bow shall be cut off,

    and he shall speak peace to the nations;

    his rule shall be from sea to sea,

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    and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,

    I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;

    today I declare that I will restore to you double.

    P This is the Word of the Lord.

    C Thanks be to God.

    Gradual Ps. 73:23b–24, 1

    P You hold my right hand.

    C You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

    P Truly God is good to Israel,

    C to those who are pure in heart.

    Epistle Philippians 2:5–11 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he

    was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but

    made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the

    point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and

    bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus

    every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every

    tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to