Online Worship – Palm Sunday – April 4th/5th, 2020


Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! When you’re done with the first video, keep scrolling down the page to get to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

For a printable copy of the order of service, including the readings, song lyrics, and prayers, please click here.

Click Here for our Sunday School Family Worship Activity for this week.

Welcome and Invocation

Blessing of Palms

Song – “Make Way”

Verse 1:
Make way, make way, for Christ the King
In splendour arrives!
Fling wide the gates and welcome Him
Into your lives!

Make way! (Make way!) 
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of Kings! (For the King of Kings!)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!
And let His Kingdom in!

Verse 2:
He comes the broken hearts to heal,
The pris’ners to free!
The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance,
The blind shall see!

Verse 3:
And those who mourn with heavy hearts,
Who weep and sigh,
With laughter, joy, and royal crown,
He’ll beautify!

Verse 4:
We call you now to worship Him
As Lord of all,
To have no gods before him,
Their thrones must fall!

Sermon – “Palm Sunday”

Response to the Message: Confession and Absolution

At the appropriate time, pause the video and use the following to reflect on God’s Commandments.

Where Do God’s Commandments Indicate That I Need Forgiveness and Change?

The First Commandment: You shall have no other gods.

  • In what or in whom do I hope for my happiness above all else?
  • In what or in whom do I trust most for financial security, physical safety, or emotional support?
  • Do I expect only good from God in every situation, or do I worry, doubt, or feel unfairly treated when things go wrong?
  • Do I withhold from God what is rightfully His?

The Second Commandment: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

  • Do I curse, speak carelessly, or misuse God’s name?
  • Do I keep all the vows I have made in the Lord’s name, such as confirmation, marriage, or legal vows, etc.?
  • Am I diligent and sincere in my prayers, or have I been lazy, distracted or unbelieving that He really hears? 

The Third Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

  • Do I attend the Church’s worship faithfully, taking in God’s Word and Sacrament, or do I attend sporadically because I prefer to be elsewhere?
  • Do I fail to stop working and rest properly? Why? Do I think God can’t hold the world together if I stop for a day? Am I trusting Him or me? (see 1st Commandment)

The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and mother.

  • Have I shown my dad and mom that I love and respect them (even if I don’t agree with them, etc.)?
  • Have I been angry, stubborn, or disrespectful toward those in authority over me, e.g. employers, teachers, pastors, police, government leaders, etc.?
  • Do I obey all the laws of the city, state, and country?

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not murder.

  • Have I unjustly taken the life of anyone, born or unborn?
  • Do I hate anyone, or am I still angry with anyone, harboring a grudge or resentment?
  • Do I ignore the plight of the helpless, or am I callous toward needy people?
  • Do I harm my own body by bad habits and neglect?

The Sixth Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.

  • Am I in a sexual relationship with someone other than my spouse?
  • Do I have sex outside of marriage?
  • Do I look at others with lustful intent (including on line)?
  • Am I honoring, generous, and intimate with my spouse?

The Seventh Commandment: You shall not steal.

  • Do I steal, cheat or otherwise seek to get what I have not earned? 
  • Do I slack off at work?
  • Do I pay what I owe, return what I borrow, and respect other people’s property?
  • Do I give generously and helpfully with my time and money?

The Eighth Commandment: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

  • Have I lied?
  • Do I gossip, listen to rumors, or take pleasure in talking about the faults or mistakes of anyone?
  • Do I explain things about others in the best possible way?

The Ninth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

  • Do I crave something better, different, or more than what God has given me, ascribing my unhappiness to what I do not possess?
  • Do I resent or envy those who have what I do not?
  • Do I give thanks for what I have? Every day?

The Tenth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

  • Am I discontent rather than thankful for the spouse, family, vocation, job, or employees the Lord has given me?
  • Have I encouraged someone to break with their spouse, family, friend, vocation, job, or employees?
  • Am I contentious, a source of disharmony in my family, congregation, or workplace?
  • Have I been active or neglectful in mending broken relationships?

Be sure to watch the end of the video to be assured of God’s forgiveness!

Gospel of the Passion: Matthew 26:1-27:2

You may follow along in your Bibles, or on the printed Order of Online Worship.


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Verse 1:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road
With palms and scattered garments strowed.

Verse 4:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
The Father on His sapphire throne
Awaits His own anointed Son.

Verse 2:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin
O’er captive death and conquered sin.

Verse 5:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God, Thy pow’r and reign!

Verse 3:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wond’ring eyes
To see th’approaching sacrifice.

Prayer of the Church


Postlude – “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Please enjoy some more Palm Sunday music from our Music Director, Christine!

Thank you so much for joining us! God bless you!


  1. Donald Reinertsen

    Thank you for this beautiful service. All those who participated- the feeling of connectedness- cutting through the various feelings of isolation. Great service-readings, message, prayers and music.
    Peace to all. Joan and Don

  2. Kristen Kornweiss

    Thank you for a beautiful and inspiring Palm Sunday message. Thank you for navigating how to bring worship to us while we are home. Thank you to all of the readers and musicians as well. I am praying for all of us, especially Pastor Neil and Carol, during this difficult time. God Bless us all.

  3. Bonnie Spiegel

    My heart is filled with so much gratitude to be able to hear this glorious and hopeful message. Thank you, Pastor and all who contributed to this very special service.
    May God’s healing come swiftly to you, Pastor that our prayers may be answered.
    I felt like I was in church with my wonderful church family.
    God bless each of you.

  4. The Beutel Family

    Thank you for providing a beautiful Palm Sunday service for my family. We are so appreciative of the time it takes to do this. The delivery of palms is also so appreciated. God bless you all. Be well.

  5. Deb Whalen

    Dear Church Family,
    We pray everyday for your health, your safety and are so thankful for your friendship. Today’s service was so important to us. Thank you for the palm gift bag and these wonderful videos, you all did such a beautiful job. Thank you Ryan for giving us the opportunity to be part of this service.

    As soon as we are able, we will see each other again…I sure miss all of you.

    Love and Blessings, Deb and Brian Whalen

  6. While we may be apart in distance Pastor, you have made it possible for us all to worship together the humble entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path… Thank you for making this possible.
    Please continue to pray for all those on the front line trying to keep us all well and safe.

  7. Angela Donohue

    Pastor Neil, I want to add my Thank You to you and all who made this worship service available to us today. Being able to hear you and the Word makes me feel good and hopeful. Seeing you and the others brings me peace. You reminded me several weeks ago, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. I cling to those words every single day

    I wish you peace and good health.
    Angela Donohue


    Thank you again Pastor and all people who took part in this worship service. Being far away, it is especially warm and pleasant to again feel the love and warmth emanating from StJLC! During this time it is a pleasure to sit and partake of a service and reflect and feel wonderful. I so do appreciate it.
    Take good care everyone at STJLC and St James New York. This too shall pass good Lord willing.
    Blessed Easter to you all, Love Doris

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