At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’ve put together this worship guide for Palm Sunday. Please use it to help you and your family worship this Sunday morning along with our church family. Video recordings of the songs and sermon are embedded in this worship guide. (If you’re having any questions or problems with the worship guide, please reach out directly to our Communications Director via Slack.)
God Calls Us to Worship
from Luke 9:51; Matthew 21:8; Luke 19:37, 38; Matthew 21:9
LEADER: As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. As he went along, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen, saying:
PEOPLE: (with a loud voice) “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
LEADER: And the multitudes that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
PEOPLE: (with a loud voice) “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!
We Sing Praises to God
ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME
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.
Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.
O that with yonder sacred throng, We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all;
We’ll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all.
HOPE OF THE WORLD
Jesus Christ the King of Kings,
Heaven sent to set us free,
Clothed in everlasting light,
You’re bringing hope to life
Son of God left Heaven’s throne,
To redeem the wayward ones,
On the cross he hung condemned
With nail-pierced Holy hands
Jesus, Jesus, Hope to the hopeless, Light in the darkness
Jesus, Jesus, You are the hope of the world
Laid to rest inside the grave,
Buried with the weight of sin
Death’s dark grip could not contain,
All hail the risen King! (chorus)
Jesus reigns on Heaven’s throne,
Hope renewed, the light of dawn,
Clothed in everlasting light,
Our hope is now alive! Our hope is now alive! (chorus)
HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS
Up to the hill of Calvary, my Savior went courageously
And there he bled and died for me, Hallelujah for the cross
And on that day the world was changed, a final perfect Lamb was slain,
Let earth and heaven now proclaim:
Hallelujah for the cross!
Hallelujah for the war he fought, love has won, death has lost
Hallelujah for the souls he bought, Hallelujah for the cross!
What good I’ve done could never save, my debt too great for deeds to pay,
But God my Savior made a way, Hallelujah for the cross.
A slave to sin, my life was bound, but all my chains fell to the ground,
When Jesus’ blood came flowing down,
Hallelujah for the cross! (chorus)
And when I breathe my final breath, I’ll have no need to fear that rest,
This hope will guide me into death,
Hallelujah for the cross! (chorus)
God Reveals His Will for Our Lives
from Romans 5:1-6
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
We Confess Our Sins to God
A Puritan Prayer from The Valley of Vision
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips,
supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy Son,
made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man, thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified, and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due, and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live.
O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou mightest spare me, All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished; Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise, my every step buoyant with delight, as I see my enemies crushed,
Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me the cross, mighty to subdue, comfort and save.
Silent Prayer of Confession
THE POWER OF THE CROSS
Oh, to see the dawn, Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men, Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.
This, the pow’r of the cross: Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain, Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought, Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow. (chorus)
Now the daylight flees; Now the ground beneath,
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two, Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry. (chorus)
Oh, to see my name, Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.
We Give to the Lord (Offering)
While we are parted, you may mail your checks to the church office at 43 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401. You may also contribute online or through our Venmo account: @redeemer-charleston.
We Pray for God’s People, Work, & World
Pray for our missionaries around the world.
We Hear God’s Word (Sermon)
Especially good for families, Bible Project offers short audio and video clips plus discussion questions centered around Scripture. Check out their Church at Home guide for commemorating Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem that kick-starts the series of events leading to his death and resurrection.
Rev. Craig Bailey preaches a Palm Sunday sermon from Luke 19:28-40 in three parts plus some final remarks.
We Lament Before the Lord
from Psalm 42:1-5
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
WE WILL FEAST IN THE HOUSE OF ZION
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things we will say together
We will feast and weep no more
We will not be burned by the fire
He is the Lord our God
We are not consumed by the flood
Upheld protected gathered up (chorus)
In the dark of night before the dawn
My soul be not afraid
For the promised morning oh how long
Oh God of Jacob be my strength (chorus)
Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together bring shalom (chorus)