April 5 Palm Sunday Worship

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning.  You can follow along with the order of worship below.  Each video will play on this page and the words to the prayers and hymns are listed below the video.  If you so choose, there is a playlist on YouTube that you can find here.  The words to hymns and prayers for the playlist can be found by clicking “show more” on the bottom left, below each video.  For both choices, closed captions can be used by clicking the “CC” button at the bottom right in the video screen.


Toan-Yan: La Fète du Double Cinq by Pierre-Octave Ferroud

John Lane, flute

Welcome, Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession

Call to Worship

Luke 19:28-40 

Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” 

Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters

Prayer of Confession

Holy and most beautiful Lord,
We are humbled by your compassion and mercy.
We recognize within us there is much that has hurt and offended you.
We acknowledge our faithlessness
and admit that we are undeserving of your commitment to us.
We avert our eyes to the sight of those in need
for fear they’ll ask us for help.
We perpetuate societal structures
that benefit some but not all.
We don’t share, hoarding our goods, depriving others.
But now, empowered by your grace,
given to us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection,
we seek forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Friends in Christ, hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.


George Somerville, tenor and Marissa Chalker, piano

All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!

1 Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name comest,
the King and blessed One. (Refrain)

2 The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayers and anthems
before thee we present. (Refrain)

3 To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. (Refrain)

4 Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King! (Refrain)


Time with Children

Corrie Berg


Scripture, Sermon, Call to Offering

Rev. David A. Davis

Luke 13:1-5

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.  Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

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Maria Palombo, soprano and Michael Ryan, piano

Affirmation of Faith, Prayers of the People, Benediction

Rev. Len Scales

from the Brief Statement of Faith

In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Tending the Flock


Barbara Welch Salmon, mother of Alex Welch and mother-in-law of Anne Marie Kelly on March 18, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 

Ricarda Froehlich, wife of Karlfreid Froehlich on March 29, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey


Elem Eley, baritone and Miriam Eley, piano

1 Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
thy humble beast pursues its road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

2 Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
o’er captive death and conquered sin.

3 Ride on! ride on in majesty!
The hosts of angels in the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain;
then take, O God, thy power, and reign.


Noel Werner

Adult Education



Hymns from “Glory to God” the Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal. Musical streaming and print rights granted under OneLicense #A-730100 and CCLI#11457258.