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In an effort to continue to be Church, to honor our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being, and to follow the pastoral direction of our diocesan bishop,
for the forseeable future we ask all of St. Alban's stay in their homes and gather online for worship.
We will share the Liturgy of the Word on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on our Facebook page. You can see the bulletin for March 22 below. 
 

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Austin
April 5, 2020

The Liturgy of the Palms + Liturgy of the Word

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979).  Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
 
Welcome
 
Hospitality Blessing
All: Holy Spirit, living within us, guide our hearts and minds as we welcome today all those who worship with us at St. Alban’s. Give us discerning hearts so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels welcomed in the spirit of your love. Help us to recognize each person as an individual sent by you who will enrich our lives. And most of all, O God, let this be a place of love and acceptance of all of your children; in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
THE LITURGY OF THE PALMS
Presider: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
People: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
Presider: 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. Amen.
 
The Worship Leader reads Matthew 21:1-11.
When they 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 Blessing of the Palms (branches)
Presider: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Presider: 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 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. Amen.
 
Presider: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
People: Hosanna in the highest.
 
Hymn 154 “All glory, laud, and honor” vs. 1-3
We invite you to wave your branches during the hymn!
 
Refrain:
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 Blessed 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.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Collect of the Day
Presider: The Lord be with you.
People:  And also with you.
Presider: 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. Amen.
 
The Readings
The First Reading – Isaiah 50:4-9
Worship Leader: 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 backwards. 
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?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
   the moth will eat them up. 
 
Worship Leader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
 
 
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Worship Leader: The responsorial psalm appointed for today is Psalm 39 verses 9 to 16. It is found on p. 623 in the Book of Common Prayer. We will pray this portion of the Psalter in unison.
 
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
       my eye is consumed with sorrow,
       and also my throat and my belly.
For my life is wasted with grief,
   and my years with sighing; *
       my strength fails me because of affliction,
       and my bones are consumed.
 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.
  I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
       I am as useless as a broken pot.
  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.
 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
        I have said, "You are my God.
 My times are in your hand; *
        rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
        and from those who persecute me.
  Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
        and in your loving-kindness save me."
 
The Second Reading – Philippians 2:5-11
Worship Leader: A reading from Paul’s letter 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. 
 
Worship Leader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
 
Hymn 450 “All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!” v.  1-3
1. All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;

bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

 
2. Crown him ye martyrs of our God,
who from his altar call;
praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
and crown him Lord of all!
praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
3. Hail him, the Heir of David’s line,
whom David Lord did call,
the God incarnate, Man divine,
And crown him Lord of all!
the God incarnate, Man divine,
and crown him Lord of all!
 
 
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
 
 
Reflection                                                                                                                                                       The Rev. Erin Hensley
 
The Nicene Creed and Confession of Sin and Absolution are omitted today.
 
Prayers of the People Form I, BCP p.383
Worship Leader: With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying “Lord, have mercy."
 
Worship Leader: For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
 
Worship Leader: For our Bishops, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For this city, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For all who are affected by the coronavirus, whether directly or indirectly, whether physically, biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and for many economically, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: For the medical professionals who care for those who are ill, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.
 
Worship Leader: In the communion of St. Alban and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
People: To thee, O Lord our God.
 
Presider: O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
 
Offertory Sentence and Moment of Silence
Presider: A true word from the anonymous letter to the Hebrews: “Do not neglect to do 
good and to share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.In a 
  moment of silence to follow, I invite you to consider all the blessings of this life
even during this wilderness time. Consider what you have, not what you don’t. 
  Consider how you can offer what you have in service to the Kingdom of God
  where you are.
 
The Lord’s Prayer
Presider: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
 
Presider & People:
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,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

 
The Blessing
 
The Peace
Presider: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.

 
Parish Prayer List:
To add a name to the public parish prayer list, please call Rev. Erin (512-297-9981).
Canon Andrew and Community of Hope Malawi, Gene and Jill B., Dale B., Robert B., Becky C., Ruby D., Ellen E., Addison F., Joel and Mindy F., Deyanira H. and family, Ellie H.,  Charlene and Tom J., Jeff K., Bobby M., Reta and Royd M., Mica P., Nancy P., Rita P., Gus & Lauren R., Don and Michael R., Fred  R., Alice, Evans, and Nelson S.,
Bob and Maryetta T., Michael W., Nancy W.


Ministry Leaders:

  • If you would like to reserve space at St. Alban's for your ministry, please use the Facilities Reservation Request Form found here.
  • If you do not need to reserve space, but would like to have something publicized for the wider parish, please click here for the Opportunity Publicity Request. (For example, if you would like to let people know what your ministry is up to or to invite people to join.

Please contact Parish Life Administrator Lisa Perez for more details (lisaperez@stalbansaustin.org).