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Palm Sunday April 5, 2020

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St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

A Beacon of Christ’s Love, Spirit Fed, Serving Others










The Sunday of the Passion

Palm Sunday

The Holy Eucharist – Rite II

April 5, 2020



The Liturgy of the Palms                                                                            

Weather permitting, the people gather just outside the front entrance.  Palms will be distributed as the service begins outside.


Celebrant       Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People           Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.


Celebrant       Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People           Amen.



A reading from Matthew 21:1-11



When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”


The Celebrant then says the following blessing


Celebrant       The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Celebrant       Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People           It is right to give God thanks and praise.


It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of Kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way.  Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.


People           Amen.


Celebrant       Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

People           Hosanna in the highest.


Celebrant       Let us go forth in peace;

People           In the name of Christ.  Amen.



The procession pauses at the entrance to the nave.



Celebrant       Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People           Amen.



The Word of God


Processional Hymn 154       “All glory, laud, and honor”           Valet will ich dir geben

All glory, laud, and honor

To thee, Redeemer, King!

To whom the lips of children

Made sweet hosannas ring.


1 Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s Name comest,
the King and Blessèd One.
2 The company of angels
is praising thee on high;
and we with all creation
in chorus make reply.
3 The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayers and anthems
before thee we present.
4 To thee before thy passion
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.
5 Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King.



The Collect of the Day

Celebrant       The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Celebrant       Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. People     Amen.


Children’s Moment                                                  Mother Leslie Scoopmire



The Lessons


The People sit.

The First Lesson                                                                                Isaiah 50:4-9a

Reader        A Reading from the Book of Isaiah


The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord GOD who helps me;

who will declare me guilty?


Reader        The Word of the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.








Please remain seated

Psalm 31:9-16 (read in unison)                                                               BCP 623


9        Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *

     my eye is consumed with sorrow,

     and also my throat and my belly.

10       For my life is wasted with grief,

          and my years with sighing; *

     my strength fails me because of affliction,

     and my bones are consumed.


11       I have become a reproach to all my enemies and

               even to my neighbors,

a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.


12       I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *

     I am as useless as a broken pot.


13       For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;

fear is all around; *

     they put their heads together against me;

     they plot to take my life.


14       But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *

     I have said, “You are my God.


15       My times are in your hand; *

rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

     and from those who persecute me.


16       Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

               and in your loving-kindness save me.”



The Second Lesson                                                       Philippians 2:5-11

Reader        A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death–
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.


Reader          The Word of the Lord.

People           Thanks be to God.


Sequence Hymn 439            “What Wondrous Love is This”                                 


1 What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
that caused the Lord of bliss
to lay aside his crown
for my soul, for my soul,
to lay aside his crown
for my soul.
2 To God and to the Lamb,
I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb,
I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb
who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme
I will sing.
3 And when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on.

Words: American folk hymn, ca. 1835
Music: Wondrous Love, from The Southern Harmony, 1835; alt. acc. Carlton R. Young, (b. 1926)
Meter: 12 9. 12. 12 9





The people may be seated


The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

According to Matthew 26:36-27:54


Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'” The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you,

From now on you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?”

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said,


All shout:      “Barabbas.”


Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said,


All shout:      “Let him be crucified!”


Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more,


All shout:      “Let him be crucified!”


So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered,


All shout:      “His blood be on us and on our children!”


So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.

The people stand

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

All:     “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!

          If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.


In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, `I am God’s Son.'” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!

Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, `After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, `He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.



The Nicene Creed                                                                           BCP 358

All standing, the people join in saying


We believe in one God,

     the Father, the Almighty,

   maker of heaven and earth,

   of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

   the only Son of God,

   eternally begotten of the Father,

   God from God, Light from Light,

   true God from true God,

   begotten, not made,

   of one Being with the Father.

   Through him all things were made.

   For us and for our salvation

        he came down from heaven:

   by the power of the Holy Spirit

        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

        and was made man.

   For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

        he suffered death and was buried.

        On the third day he rose again

             in accordance with the Scriptures;

        he ascended into heaven

             and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

   who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

   With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

   He has spoken through the Prophets.

   We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

   We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

   We look for the resurrection of the dead,

        and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Please kneel or stand as you are able.

Prayers of The People


Celebrant      Brothers and sisters, are we not wholly reliant on God’s tender love and mercy?  So let us cry out to our Lord, saying, “Look upon us in mercy; and with compassion remember us.”


Reader        We especially pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Wayne our Bishop, Deon our Bishop-Elect, Leslie our priest, and   Sally our priest associate. In our Missouri diocese we pray for the people and ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Kirksville; Campus Ministry at Truman; and Amy their Vicar.  In our companion Diocese of Lui, we pray for Lozoh Parish, and Evans, their priest.  So let us cry out to our Lord, saying, “Look upon us in mercy; and with compassion remember us.”


Reader         Have mercy on your Church, O Lord, for the times we have denied you.  We have not been humble as you are humble.  We are too often quick to speak and slow to love.  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.


Reader         Have mercy on those who hold authority in the nations of the world, O Lord, especially those who are threatened by your message of love and mercy.  Forgive us for our silence and complicity.  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.


Reader         Have mercy on those of us who are called to be stewards of your creation, O Lord.  We have exploited and mistreated your masterpiece.  Teach us to love what you have called good.  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.


Reader         Have mercy on our enemies, O Lord, and on those who persecute us.  Teach us the love of Jesus, who from the cross prayed, “Father, forgive them.”  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.


Reader         Have mercy on all who are sick and suffering, O Lord.  Strengthen the afflicted.  Comfort and care for those wasted with grief.  Make your face to shine upon your servants.  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.


Reader         Merciful Lord, you became obedient to death, even death upon a cross.  Even as you have shared our mortality, mercifully grant us to share in your resurrection.  Look upon us in mercy.

People          And with compassion remember us.

 Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow.  For the sick:  Bob Elsperman, Diana Hauser, Joan Voit, Carey Lane, Mary Mathai, Karen Nesbit, and Jim Duncan.

For the departed:  Don Ebner, brother of Judy Harbaugh, Jerry Holifield, brother-in-law of Mary K Heyde, and Phyllis Duff, former parishioner and Vestry member.


Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty           New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765)

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart, bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. Amen.


Concluding Collect

Celebrant continues

 Almighty and Eternal God, Maker of all things in heaven and on earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Peace

 Priest               The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People           And also with you.


Prayer for Spiritual Communion


In union, O Lord, with the faithful of your Church where the Holy Eucharist is now

being celebrated, we desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. We present to you our souls and bodies with the earnest wish that we may always be united to you. And since we cannot now receive you sacramentally, we beseech you to come spiritually into our hearts. We unite ourselves with you and embrace you with all the love of our souls. Let nothing ever separate you from us. May we live in you, and may you live in us, both in this life and in the life to come. Amen.


Prayer over the People

Priest            Let us bow down before the Lord. Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.


Recessional Hymn           When We Face an Unknown Future      by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

                                                                                                    Beach Spring

BEACH SPRING D (“God Whose Giving Knows No Ending”)


When we face an unknown future that we can’t imagine yet,

when the closeness we have treasured turns from blessing into threat—

As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community,

may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.


Jesus faced the lonely desert as a time to look within.

There he met such trial and conflict; there he knew you were with him.

In this time of separation when we miss the life we’ve known,

may we hear your voice proclaiming:  “I am here! You’re not alone.”


May we cherish those around us as we never have before.

May we think much less of profit; may we learn what matters more.

May we hear our neighbors’ suffering; may we see our neighbors’ pain.

May we learn new ways of offering life and health and hope again.


God, when illness comes to threaten, and when so much here goes wrong,

may we know this thing for certain—  that  your love is sure and strong.

You’re beside us in our suffering— and when times are surely tough,

we may face an unknown future, but it’s filled, Lord, with your love.


Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844; attributed to Benjamin Franklin White

Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Email: carolynshymns@gmail.com     New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com



The Dismissal

Priest            Let us bless the Lord.

People           Thanks be to God.




  St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

15764 Clayton Rd.  •  Ellisville, Missouri  63011

Phone: 636.227.1484




The Rt. Reverend George Wayne Smith, Bishop of Missouri

The Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire, Priest-in-charge, lscoopmire@stmartinschurch.org

The Rev. Sally Weaver, Priest Associate, SallySWeaver@yahoo.com

Janet Theiss, Parish Administrator, jtheiss@stmartinschurch.org

Denise Marsh, Music Director, dmarsh@stmartinschurch.org

Wendy Sain, Assistant to the Clergy, wsain@stmartinschurch.org

Kirt Beckman, Sunday Sexton