Songs and Scenes – Holy Week: Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time when we fix our eyes on Jesus’ triumphal entry, crucifixion, and resurrection from the dead. On Palm Sunday we look back on Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem. He was greeted with shouts of “Hosanna!” and hailed as the King who would triumph over Israel’s enemies. During this morning’s service, we followed Christ’s path from Jerusalem to the cross, seeking Him as our true Savior and King.

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1. Call to Worship: Psalm 47 (from Sojourn Community Church)

Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
For the Lord Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the king of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.

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2. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – Words by Edward Perronet (1780), Contemporary chorus by Judah Groveman (based on a arrangement by Jaron and Katherine Kamon)

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

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3. Here is Our King (chorus only) by David Crowder

Here is our King, here is our love,
here is our God who’s come
to bring us back to Him.
He is the One, He is Jesus.

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4. Prayer of Confession (adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)

Jesus, our Lord, we shout hosannas and worship you.
With eager hands, we place our palms of praise
on the path before you.

Yet, Lord, we confess that our mouths
often deny or defy you.
We confess that the hands that seek to serve you
often become clenched fists.
We confess our praise is often empty.

Just as the people of Jerusalem did long ago –
We sing “Hosanna,” but cry “Crucify.”

We confess that our faith
is often more show than substance
and our hearts are in need of cleansing.

Have mercy on us, Son of David,
Savior of our lives.

Help us to lay at your feet all that we have
and all that we are,
Trusting you to forgive what is sinful,
and to heal what is broken.

Lord, hear us as we silently confess
the ways we have denied and defied you
in our thoughts, words, and actions.

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5. From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130) – Words: Martin Luther (1523), Music: Christopher Miner (1997) My comments preceding this hymn were adapted from a song commentary by Kevin Twit.

From the depths of woe I raise to Thee 
The voice of lamentation; 
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me
And hear my supplication;
If Thou iniquities dost mark,
Our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our upmost need it soundeth.
King Jesus, good and true is He,
Who will at last His Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow.

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6. Assurance: Psalm 118:4-5, 14, 17 (adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Brothers and Sisters, this the good news of the Gospel.

In Christ, God answers us and sets us free!
In Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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7. Communion Song:  O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ber­nard of Clair­vaux (1153), Translation: James W. Al­ex­and­er (1830), Music: Page CXVI

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale are Thou with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
O how your face bears sorrow that once was bright as morn!

You bled by our hands. You bled by our hands.
You bled by our hands. You bled.

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8. Communion Song: Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel

The mystery of the cross,
I cannot comprehend the agonies of Calvary.
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

Your blood has washed away my sin;
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied;
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table;
Jesus, thank You.

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Music Team for Palm Sunday 2015:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars, loop programming
Kristen Camp: vocals
Scott Johnson: worship leader, acoustic guitar, piano
Joe Morgan: brass
Johnny Tucker: keyboards, loops
Stephen Varner: drums
Greg Wiele: bass

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