Palm Sunday bulletin

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Service for the Lord’s Day April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday
11:00 a.m.

As we come together before our God to worship, let us prepare our hearts and minds as the Prelude begins. The following meditation is offered for your personal preparation:

The liturgy of the Palms and the liturgy of the Passion occupy the same stage, their dramas unfolding so close in proximity that we can scarcely make the emotional shift. Celebration and praise converge with loss and grief; strength and vulnerability share one liturgical moment, inviting us to shout “Hosanna!” while also bracing ourselves for the poignancy of the crucifixion and the mourning that follows. The Liturgy of the Palms punctuates the moment with a call to communal faith, courageous proclamation, and conspicuous action as we consider

again our shared identity as the church and community of faith.   – Veronica Miles

PRELUDE "All Glory, Laud and Honor"


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Lo, your king comes to you;

triumphant and victorious is he,

humble and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


We praise you, O God, for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ, who entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph and was proclaimed Messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Let these branches be signs of his victory, and grant that we who carry them may follow him in the way of the cross, that, dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.



HYMN “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” 197

1. Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple

the joyful anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them, close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

2. From Olivet they followed 'mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud; the Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,

nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.

3. “Hosanna in the highest!”
That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer;
the Lord of heaven, our King.
O may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence
eternally rejoice.

TEXT: Jennette Threlfall, 1873, alt; MUSIC: Gesang buch der Herzogl., 1784, alt.


Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29

Matthew 27:11–54

SERMON “Bracing for Impact” Rev. Neill Morgan 
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  Romans 8:1, 28, 38, 39

We believe there is no condemnation

for those who are in Christ Jesus;

for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.
We are convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

OFFERTORY "The Palms," Faure, Alisa Waggoner, soprano

During this time of online only worship, we invite you to  click here to  Give to DPC. Or, you can mail a check to DPC, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd., Darnestown MD 20878.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise!

Let us pray ... The Lord's Prayer

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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

The Words of Institution

The Communion
Prayer after Communion

HYMN “O Christ, the Great Foundation” 361

1. O Christ, the great foundation on which your people stand
to preach your true salvation
in every age and land: 

pour out your Holy Spirit to make us strong and pure,

to keep the faith unbroken as long as worlds endure.

2. Baptized in one confession, one church in all the earth,
we bear our Lord's impression, the sign of second birth:

one holy people gathered
in love beyond our own,
by grace we were invited;
by grace we make you known.

3. Where tyrants' hold is tightened, where strong devour the weak, where innocents are frightened, the righteous fear to speak,

there let your church awaking attack the powers of sin
and, all their ramparts breaking, with you the victory win.

4. This is the moment glorious when he who once was dead

shall lead his church victorious, their champion and their head.

The Lord of all creation

his heavenly kingdom brings:
the final consummation,
the glory of all things.

TEXT: Timothy T'ingfung Lew, 1739, altm trans. Mildren A Wiant, 1966.; MUSIC: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864.


“Go Now in Love”

Go now in love, go now in peace; serve the Lord in all you do. Follow the way of the Lord 'til we meet again.
May God's love guide and protect you, surround you in all you do; may peace be within you 'til we meet again. {PAUSE}
Go now in love, go now in peace; serve the Lord in all you do. Follow the way of the Lord. Go in love, go in peace. Amen.

Worship leaders: Neill Morgan, Pastor; Eric Waggoner, Music Director; Alisa Waggoner, Vocalist; Sarah Henderson, Lay Reader; Alan Munter, A-V Technician. Shannon Marsh, video editor.



The Session will meet Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Read, Think, Dessert - April Book Pick: “The Stationary Shop” by Marjan Kamali (Award winning Author of Together Tea”)
1953, Tehran.
loves nothing better than to while away the hours in the local stationery shop run by Mr. Fakhri. The store, stocked with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of writing paper, also carries translations of literature from all over the world. And when Mr. Fakhri introduces her to his other favorite customer – handsome Bahman, with his burning passion for justice and a shared love for Rumi's poetry - Roya loses her heart. But around them, life in Tehran is changing. Meeting Time: Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: TBD- possibly a Zoom meeting this month.
We have a great time at Book Club - you won't want to miss the lively discussions and the divine desserts. If you have suggestions for Book Club reads or questions, feel free to contact Terrie May,


NAMI is currently working remotely like most of you. I spoke with Kathy Rose,the NAMI MC's Fun Walk coordinator, to find out what their plans were in case it was still not safe to walk at RIO. NAMI is determined to continue fundraising for this walk. And so is DPC. We will walk together, walk at a later date or walk together virtually!!!!!

NAMI is holding classes remotely by using the web site ZOOM where the participants can see each other, respond to each other and give each other support. The HELP and Information lines are still open!!!
NAMI's staff is creative and they know their services are needed more than ever during the pandemic. This is a huge reason to support NAMI today with our dollars. Go to Search for team: Darnestown Presbyterian Church. You can also donate through the DPC webpage.
NAMI HELP and Information Line (800) 950-NAMI (6264)


Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741. Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273- TALK (8255) or (800) SUICIDE(784-2433)

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