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Sunday of the Passion - Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022 - "Places of the Passion: Bethphage" by Pr. Josh     

Sunday of the Passion

Palm Sunday

April 10, 2022

The Rev. Joshua Heimbuck, Pastor



We extend the hand of fellowship to all who worship here this morning. May all present grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in love and desire to serve Him. Guests and visitors, please honor us by signing our Guest Book located on the table in the entrance hall of the church as you leave. If you have no church home of your own in the area, we invite you to make Grace Lutheran Church the center of your worship, learning, fellowship, and service. Pastor Josh or the lay assistant for the day will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning our parish. The fellowship of this morning continues with a Coffee Hour/Fellowship Hour following worship. Do join us and let us become better acquainted with you as you get to know us better. Come to worship with us again and often!



The words of the prophet Zechariah echo throughout this special day: “Behold your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). On this day, we remember how Jesus Christ, the King of all creation, came down the Mount of Olives riding “a colt, the foal of a donkey.” We know the time and the place of that coming down the hill and traveling in procession across the valley and up to the city of Jerusalem. Jesus rode down a real mountain in a definite time in history and at a place still very much there today. All this was for a most certain purpose. On this day of celebration and of sorrow, we have reason to rejoice in the salvation our humble King brought for us to and through Jerusalem and to the cross on Calvary’s hill. The people there called out Hosanna!—which means “save us now!” And Jesus fulfilled their—and our—heart-felt request.


Lord God, it is through our lives that your love touches others. Stir us by your Spirit to serve all people with willing hearts and bring them the message of your love. We ask this in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




PRELUDE     Hosanna-Jesus of Nazareth — by Tricia Walker Debra Harris, flute and Tatsiana Asheichyk, Piano


(If the congregation is already seated in the nave, it now stands and faces the processional cross at the entrance to the nave.)


Pastor The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Congregation        Amen.

Pastor Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Congregation        Hosanna to the Son of David.


Pastor 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.

Congregation        Amen.


1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Pastor This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congregation        Praise to You, O Christ.

Pastor Let us go forth in peace,

Congregation        in the name of the Lord.


(When all have arrived at their places, the people may raise their branches as the procession concludes with the following:)

Pastor Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Congregation        Hosanna in the highest.


Pastor All hail to Jesus, the King of our lives! Lift up your hearts and rejoice in Him!

Congregation        He came from the very throne of God, but He gave that up to suffer a criminal’s death on the cross.

Pastor But God raised Him up that the ends of the earth may bow before Him as their King!

Congregation        Jesus Christ is Lord! Hosanna!

Pastor In Him is forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

Congregation        Have mercy on us, Lord! Bless us with Your peace! Hosanna! Hosanna!



Pastor Let us now make confession of our sins to God, our gracious, heavenly Father.

Congregation        Eternal God, we confess that we were born sinful and have continued to sin in thought, word, and deed. O God, in Your mercy, forgive our sin and renew Your Spirit within us that we may joyfully follow Your will and gladly obey Your commandments. For the sake of Jesus, our Lord, forgive our sins and direct us in ways of compassion and love.

Pastor In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in + peace.

Congregation        Amen.


[The congregation is encouraged to share the peace of Christ and greet one another with the words: “The Lord’s peace be with you.” The response: “And also with you.”]


Refrain: Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s Kingdom.


You came in Word and Sacrament to strengthen us in holiness


You will come in glory with salvation for your people.



Congregation     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. Amen.

+ WORD +


[The prophet Zachariah speaks of the messianic king humbly riding on the foal of a donkey, predicting the triumphant future coming of The Prince of Peace into Jerusalem with shouts of Hosanna!]

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Leader This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation        Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE Philippians 2:5–11

[Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn that describes Jesus’ humble obedience, even to death and his exaltation as Lord of all.]

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.

Leader This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation        Thanks be to God.

GRACE CHOIR: Celtic HosannA — by Mark Hayes Debra Hayes, Flute


Pastor The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-third chapter.

Congregation        Glory to You, O Lord.

 [Through the teachings and events of the passion story we see and hear the great contradictions that characterize the coming of God’s reign. Jesus—the innocent bringer of life—is arrested, beaten, executed, and buried.]

1Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16I will therefore punish and release him.”

18But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

26And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

44It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

50Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Pastor This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congregation        Praise to You, O Christ.


SERMON Places of the Passion: Bethphage Text — Matthew 21:1-11


Congregation        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 + everlasting. Amen.




Congregation Gracious God, we bring before you a portion of what you first gave us and with these gifts our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior, and Lord. Amen.



Pastor The Lord be with you.

Congregation        And also with you.

Pastor Lift up your hearts.

Congregation        We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Congregation        It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


Pastor Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


Pastor As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Congregation        Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Pastor O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:


Congregation        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.


Pastor The peace of the Lord be with you always.

Congregation        Amen.




Congregation        Blessed are You, heavenly Father, for You have once again fed and nourished us at Your Table through the body and blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. As Lord of our lives, strengthen and support us so that we continue to proclaim Your redeeming love shown in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ to all the world. Bless us day by day and keep us filled with hope as we await Your eternal kingdom, where You live and reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Pastor 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 T give you peace and may you be a blessing to others!

Congregation        Amen.




Pastor Go in peace! Serve the Lord!

Congregation        Thanks be to God.

+ With Great Boldness … Tell Everyone What He Has Done! +

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Grace Notes

To everyone who participated in Worship ‘n Work Clothes last Sunday, “Thank You!” We had a great turnout, a delicious lunch, and a fun time.


  • Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm, Walker Street - Field 4
  • Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am, Walker Street - Field 4

LILIES FOR EASTER — Would you like to help decorate our chancel for Easter by providing a potted lily plant? You may bring your lily to the church during the regular office hours of Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, or on Easter Sunday morning. Following Sunday worship, you may take your lily home to enjoy, or leave it for one of our homebound parish members.

Easter Sunday BreakfastWe’re excited to once again have our Easter Sunday Breakfast. We will be serving breads and pastries, fresh fruit, and proteins in the Fireside Room at 9:00 am. Please take a moment to take a look at the sign-up sheet posted in the back of the Sanctuary and select an item to contribute. If you have any questions, talk with Mary P., Nan G., or Pearl B.

MAILBOX REORGANIZATION COMPLETE! — The reorganization of the Church mailboxes in the Administrative Wing hallway is finished. Please take a moment to stop by, find your box’s new location, and see if you’ve got mail! If we have somehow overlooked you and you don’t have a box, please let Margaret in the Church Office know.

AID TO UKRAINE — Lutheran World Relief is sending help for our neighbors suffering in the Ukraine crisis. Your gift will deliver urgent support, such as food, shelter, and other critically needed items. Give directly:

  • Online at   
  • By mail to LWR, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061.  Please write “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line.


  • Online at LCMS.Org.
  • By mail to The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, PO Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.  Make your check out to “The LCMS” and write “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line.


TUESDAY the 12th: Council ZOOM Meeting 6:30 pm

WEDNESDAY the 13th: Choir Practice 7:00 pm

THURSDAY the 14th: Maundy Thursday Service 12:00 noon

FRIDAY the 15th: Good Friday Service 12:00 noon

SUNDAY the 17th: Easter Sunday

Easter Breakfast 9:00 am

Worship 10:00 am

STUDY OPPORTUNITIES at Grace: The Women’s Study will resume meeting on Tuesdays on April 19th at 10:00 am in the Library/Conference Room. Next NewMen’s Coffee Study is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 14th, beginning at 8:30 am. Set these times aside now for times of good discussion and fellowship.



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