Palm Sunday Pondside 4 PM


The people gather with branches/flowers from their gardens


Presider           Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel!

All                   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Presider           Dear Friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery.  Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Savior, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with him in faith that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share in his risen life.

Gospel of the Triumphal Entry

Before the reading of the Gospel

Presider     The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

People      Glory to you, Lord Christ.

(Matthew 21:1-11)

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

After the reading of the Gospel

Presider     The Gospel of the Lord.
People      Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Blessing of “the Palms”.   People hold up their branches and flowers.

Presider           The Lord be with you.
All                   And also with you.
Presider           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Presider           It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have

redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
All                   Amen.

Presider           Let us go forth in peace!
All                   In the name of the Lord!

“Procession of the Palms”   

Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.

Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.

Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.

Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

“At the door of the Church”
Presider           Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Presider           The Lord be with you.
People            And also with you.
Presider           Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


First Reading                                                                                                                 Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,

that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.

Morning by morning he wakens–
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.

The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.

I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;

I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;

therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?


Reader:            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people
People:            Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to God.

20 “This is the gate of the Holy One; *
those who are righteous may enter.”

25 Hosannah, O God, hosannah! *
O Holy One, send us now success.

26 Blest is the one who comes in the name of God; *
we bless you from the house of God.

27 God is the Holy One, who has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28 “You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

29 Give thanks to God who is good; *
God’s mercy endures for ever.

Second Reading                                                                                                     Philippians 2:5-11

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.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Reader:            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people
People:            Thanks be to God.

Homily (Lisa)

The Nicene Creed 

We believe in one God,

The Father, the Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

Of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

The only Son of God,

Eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,


True God from true God,

Begotten, not made,

Of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.


For us and for our salvation

He came down from heaven:

By the power of the Holy Spirit

He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

And was made man.


For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

He suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

In accordance with the Scriptures;


He ascended into heaven

And is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

And his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.

Who has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayers of the People [Form 6 BCP]

The Leader and People pray responsively

Presider           In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;
People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;
People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;
People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Leader             For [N. our Presiding Bishop, and N. (N.) our Bishop(s); and for] all bishops and other ministers;
People             For all who serve God in his Church.

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.


The People may add their own petitions

Leader             Hear us, Lord;
People             For your mercy is great.

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.


The People may add their own thanksgivings

Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;
People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.


The People may add their own petitions

Leader             Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
People             Who put their trust in you.

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

  Silence may be kept.
All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Presider concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you
in eternal life. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer 

The Peace

Presider     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People       And also with you.

Presider     Let us share a sign of Christ’s Peace with one another.


Passion Year B — The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark

First Narrator:  They went to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples,

Jesus:  Sit here while I pray.

First Narrator:  He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated.  And said to them,

Jesus:  I am deeply grieved, even to death.  Remain here, and keep awake.

Second Narrator:  And going a little farther, he threw himself onto the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  He said,

Jesus: Abba, Father, for you all things are possible.  Remove this cup from me, yet, not what I want, but what you want.

Second Narrator:  He came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter,

Jesus:  Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not keep awake one hour?  Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

First Narrator:  And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to say to him.  He came a third time and said to them,

Jesus:  Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  Enough!  The hour has come.  The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up, let us be going.  See, my betrayer is at hand.

Second Narrator:  Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived.  And with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.  Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

Judas:  The one I will kiss is the man.  Arrest him and lead him away under guard.

Second Narrator:  So when he came, he went up to him at once and said,

Judas:  Rabbi!

Second Narrator:  and kissed him.  Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.

First Narrator:  But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  Then Jesus said to them,

Jesus:  Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit?  Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.  But let the scriptures be fulfilled.

First Narrator:  All of them deserted him and fled.

Second Narrator:  A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth.  They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.+++

First Narrator:  They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.

Second Narrator: Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire.

First Narrator:  Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.  For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.  Some stood up and gave false testimony against him:

Council:  We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.”

First Narrator:  But even on this point their testimony did not agree.

Second Narrator:  Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus,

High Priest:  Have you no answer?  What is it that they testify against you?

Second Narrator:  But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him,

High Priest:  Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?

Jesus:  I am.  And “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power” and “coming with the clouds of heaven.”

First Narrator:  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,

High Priest:  Why do we still need witnesses?  You have heard his blasphemy!  What is your decision?

Second Narrator:  All of them condemned him as deserving death.  Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him,

Council:  Prophesy!

First Narrator:  The guards also took him over and beat him.


Second Narrator:  While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by.  When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said,

Servant-Girl:  You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.

First Narrator:  But he denied it, saying,

Peter:  I do not know or understand what you are talking about.

First Narrator:  And he went out into the forecourt.  Then the cock crowed.

First Narrator:  And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders,

Servant-Girl:  This man is one of them.

First Narrator:  But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter,

Bystanders:  Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.

First Narrator:  But he began to curse, and he swore an oath:

Peter:  I do not know this man you are talking about!

First Narrator:  At that moment the cock crowed for the second time.  Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him,

Jesus:  Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.

First Narrator:  And he broke down and wept.


Second Narrator:  As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council.  They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.  Pilate asked him,

Pilate:  Are you the King of the Jews?

Second Narrator:  He answered him,

Jesus:  You say so.

Second Narrator:  Then the chief priests accused him of many things.  Pilate asked him again,

Pilate:  Have you no answer?  See how many charges they bring against you.

Second Narrator:  But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.


First Narrator:  Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection.  So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom.  Then he answered them,

Pilate:  Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?

First Narrator:  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.  Pilate spoke to them again:

Pilate:  Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?

Everyone:  Crucify him!

Second Narrator:  Pilate asked them,

Pilate:  Why, what evil has he done?

Second Narrator:  But they shouted all the more,  (Pilate prompts congregation again.)

Everyone:  Crucify him!

First Narrator:  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.


Second Narrator:  Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters).  And they called together the whole cohort.  And they clothed him in a purple cloak.  And after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him.  And they began saluting him:

Council:  Hail, King of the Jews!

Second Narrator:  They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.  After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him out to crucify him.


First Narrator:  They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.  Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).
(All are invited to stand.)

And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

Second Narrator:  It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.  The inscription of the charge against him read,

First Narrator:  “The King of the Jews.”

Second Narrator:  And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Council:  Aha!  You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!

First Narrator:  And in the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying,

Chief Priests:  He saved others.  He cannot save himself.  Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.

Second Narrator:  Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.


First Narrator:  When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

Jesus:  Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?

First Narrator:  Which means,  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

Bystanders:  Listen, he is calling for Elijah.

Second Narrator:  And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,

Someone:  Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.

Second Narrator:  Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

(All are invited to kneel.)

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said,

Centurion:  Truly this man was God’s Son!

First Woman: There were also women looking on from a distance.

Second Woman:  Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and Jesus, and Salome.

Third Woman:  These used to follow him, and provided for him when he was in Galilee.

All Three Women:  And there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.


Second Narrator:  When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time.  When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.  Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.  He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where the body was laid. 

Depart in silence