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Palm Sunday 2020

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We are looking forward to starting off Holy Week 2020 this Sunday! Obviously, it'll look different than it has in the past. We, as a worship staff, are trying really hard to think through ways to make things as normal for you as possible. We are also thinking creatively to engage you where you are, knowing that some things you'd be traditionally used to might not translate to your living room in the same way they would in the sanctuary. This Sunday is a case study in that. 

"All Glory, Laud, and Honor"

We will not have the palm processional as we sing the traditional opening hymn for this morning. We encourage you to feel free and do that from your homes though as you sing it with us! Our tech team is making preparations to make the organ as real in your homes as it is in our space at church. This is a beloved way to begin the week and we intend to keep it that way. "All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring! Thou art the King of Israel, thou David's royal Son, who in the Lord's name comest, the King and blessed One!"

"He Leadeth Me"

This song is being sung this week for two reasons. The first is that it is really good to affirm and remember in a time such as this. The second is that it reminds us of Christ going before us in that first Palm Sunday to his Passion and leading us now through the most difficult times. "My heart attests his loveliness in summer's sun or winter's gloom. In darkest times where I can't see, still by his hand he leadeth me."

"My Song is Love Unknown"

This is a great song that we reserve for particularly heavy moments like this. It's also the perfect song to help us transition to the aspect of Christ's Passion. "Sometimes they crowd his way, and his sweet praises sing; resounding all the day, 'hosannas' to their king. Then 'crucify' is all their breath. Then 'crucify' is all their breath and for his death they thirst and cry. With angry shouts they have my dear Lord done away; a murder they save, the Prince of Life they slay. Yet willingly he bears the shame, yet willingly he bears the shame that through his name all might be free."

Response – "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

We'll respond to the Word preached and be sent into Holy Week with our eyes fixed on the cross. "When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride."