Palm Sunday Lessons and Carols
St. Peters-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
March 28, 2021
Order of Service
Responsive Reading (Isaiah 53:3-6)
He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom other hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Reading: John 18:1-12
Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. They Jesus, knowing that all was to happen to him came forward and asked them “Whom are you looking for?” They answered “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “ I am He.”Judas, who betrayed him was standing with them. When Jesus said to them “I am he.” they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked the, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken. “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath, Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrented Jesus and bound him.
Bells: Ah, Holy Jesus
Reading: John 18:13-24
First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The Woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teachings. Jesus answered, “ I have spoken openly to the world, I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying. “ Is that how you answer the high priest? Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, who do you strike me?” Then Annias sent him bound to Caiaphas the high Priest.
Reading: John 18:24-40
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him. “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “ I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I ot see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
Then they gook Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate when out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them. “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.: They Jews replies, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.: (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kid of death he was to die)
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did other tell you about me:” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over the the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
Bells: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed
Reading: John 19:1-16
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him saying. “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the Man!” When the chief priest and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him!” Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “ Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “ We have a law and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.”
Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?”But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “ You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.”
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was a bout noon. He sad to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify Him! Pilate asked the, “Shall I crucify your King? The chief priest answered, “We have no king but the emperor. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
Reading: John 19:17-25
So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is call The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is call Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrews, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priest of the Jews said to Pilate, “ Do not write, “ The King of the Jews, but, “This man said, I am King f the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says, “The divided my clothes among themselves and for my clothing they cast lots.” And that is what the soldiers did.
Bells: Jesus Keep me Near the Cross
Reading: John19:25 -27
Meanwhile, standing near the cross f Jesus were his Mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your so.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Bells: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
And one of the malefactors who was hanged, rail on him and said, “If you be Christ, save yourself and us.” But the other answering, rebuked him, saying “Do you not fear God, seeing that you are in the same condemnation? And we, indeed justly, for we receive the due rewards of our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrog.” And he sad to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus said unto him. “Verily I say unto you, this day you shall be with me in paradise.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am Thirst.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full f wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “ It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his Spirit.
The Lord’s Prayer
(The congregation and worship leaders depart at will Quietly)
This week's Children's Church Lessons
Lessons and Carols
March 28, 2021 @ 5:00pm
Performances include our Hand Bell Choir, J.T. Anglin and some of his students
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