Palm Sunday Church at Home Service – Pinnacle Lutheran Bulletin


Palm Sunday

Now Is the Hour When the Son of Man Is Glorified

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming.” He comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey’s colt,” yet also as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13, 15). His royal glory is faithful obedience and self-sacrificing service “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8).

The love of God is manifested in the cross and Passion of His Son for the salvation of sinners. Since He has borne our sins and suffered our death, “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9), and He exalts us in His resurrection. Our Lord did not hide His face “from disgrace and spitting” (Is. 50:6), but He trusted His God and Father, who raised Him from death and the grave and exalted Him to His right hand. This same King Jesus now comes to us in gentle humility in His Supper, where He feeds us with His body and cleanses and covers us with His blood, so that “after his resurrection” we also shall rise and enter the holy city (Matt. 27:52–53).

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P     The grace of our Lord 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.

12The 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.”

P      This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C      Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN: #442 – All Glory, Laud, and Honor
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ref  All glory, laud, and honor
    To You, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
    Made sweet hosannas ring.

1  You are the King of Israel
    And David’s royal Son,
Now in the Lord’s name coming,
    Our King and Blessèd One. Refrain

2  The company of angels
    Is praising You on high,
And we with all creation
    In chorus make reply. Refrain

3  The multitude of pilgrims
    With palms before You went;
Our praise and prayer and anthems
    Before You we present. Refrain

4  To You before Your passion
    They sang their hymns of praise;
To You, now high exalted,
    Our melody we raise. Refrain

5  As You received their praises,
    Accept the prayers we bring,
O Source of ev’ry blessing,
    Our good and gracious King. Refrain

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

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P  Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

P  If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P  Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

P  Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit .


PSALM (spoken responsively by verse)                                  Psalm 118:19-29

19Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
20This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.

29Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY                                                  

P  The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
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.

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                 Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord God has given me
  the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
  him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
  he awakens my ear
  to hear as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
  and I was not rebellious;
  I turned not backward.
6I gave my back to those who strike,
  and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
  from disgrace and spitting.
7But the Lord God helps me;
  therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
  and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
  8He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
  Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
  Let him come near to me.
9Behold, the Lord God helps me;
  who will declare me guilty?

P       This is the Word of the Lord.
C       Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL (spoken in unison)         Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a

[Christ] entered once for all into the holy places, by means of his own blood,
  thus securing an eternal redemption.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant,
  so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
He sent redemption to his people;
  he has commanded his covenant forever.

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 the glory of God the Father.

P       This is the Word of the Lord.
C       Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL                                                                         John 12:20–43

P  The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twelfth chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

20Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

  27“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
  and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
40“He has blinded their eyes
  and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
  and understand with their heart, and turn,
  and I would heal them.”
41Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C       Praise to You, O Christ.


P   God has made us His people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried.
     He descended into hell.
     The third day He rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy Christian Church,
     the communion of saints.
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life
X everlasting. Amen.

HYMN of the DAY: #438 – A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
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Children’s message folding of the palm into a cross – Palm Sunday
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Let us pray for the Church, that the Lord would defend her against all her enemies and keep her true to Jesus Christ by the power of Your Word and Spirit:

Gracious Lord, keep Your scattered Church in Your mercy, that she may endure the assaults of the evil one and remain faithful for the sake of those numbered within Your Kingdom and those who have not yet heard the Gospel and been brought to faith; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for all the baptized in their vocation as God’s people:

Almighty God, by Your Spirit You have gathered us as Your Church and promised that wherever two or three are together in Your name, there You are in our midst. Do not allow stress or disaster to distract us from the vocations into which You have called us to serve in the Church, home and community. Grant to us every gift and blessing needful, that we may honor our calling and serve You to the best of our ability; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for the government, for all in authority over us, and for our own lives as citizens and neighbors:

O mighty Lord, You have established the kingdom of the left and hold accountable all those who govern in this and every place. Guide our president; the members of Congress; the governor of this state; and all who make, administer and judge our laws, that they would serve nobly and wisely, pursuing the path of justice and protecting the citizens entrusted to them. Give them the wisdom and strength needed to bring our world out of crisis and back to stability; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for an end to violence and terror, for those imprisoned, for the troubled in mind, and for those who suffer any afflictions of the body:

Merciful Lord, Your grace is sufficient for all our needs, and You have promised to be the strength of the weary, the hope of those who fear, the healing of the ill, the fullness of those disabled, and the peace of all who are distressed. Hear us on behalf of our nation and the world suffering pandemic and isolation. We pray especially for those we list on our bulletin and all whom we name in our hearts, that they may be well supplied by Your grace in every time of trouble; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for those not yet of the Kingdom, that God would make us bold to speak the faith to them and that hearing, they might believe:

Everlasting Father, it is Your will that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of Your Son by faith. Give to Your Word success and deliver from error all those who live in darkness and fear, that they may walk in the light of the Lord Jesus and have confidence for the trials of this world and hope for the world to come; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for the earth to be fruitful, and for our good use of all the fruits of the earth:

Blessed Lord, You give food to the hungry and provide for all our needs in this mortal life. Grant to us a grateful heart and knowledge to use wisely and well all that You have entrusted to our care. Bless those who work to make, prepare, deliver or serve our daily bread, and give relief to those whose work has been halted; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Let us pray for our unity of faith, and our fellowship today in the communion Saints:

Holy Lord, as once Your Son was welcomed with palms and hosannas, help us to welcome Him who comes to us this day in His Word and Spirit. Help us to discern truth from error, that none may be led astray or lost from the fellowship of Your Son. Look with kindness on all who are separated from Holy Communion and comfort them with Your promises, especially that they are never distant from the mystical body of Your Son, the communion of saints; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



P   Taught by our Lord and trusting in His promises, we are bold to pray:

C   Our Father who art in heaven,
     hallowed be Thy name,
     Thy kingdom come,
     Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
     give us this day our daily bread;
     and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
     and lead us not into temptation;
     but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


P: O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


P  Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

P  The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and X give you peace.



P Go in Peace. Serve the Lord.

C Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN: #441 – Ride On, Ride On in Majesty
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Some Additonal Palm Sunday Informational Videos

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