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Palm Sunday

For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, the Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Lent as the Ride of your Life.” “The crowd can always go in one of two directions: follow the man on the horse, or the one on the donkey. Keep the ritual of the status quo, or dare to animate the dream that makes things better. On Palm Sunday we choose a rider, and make Jerusalem a commercial tourist trap or a truer sanctuary.”

For the prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play two settings of the hymn Farewell, I Now Must Leave You (which we sing as All Glory, Laud and Honour) by J. S. Bach and Gilles Leclerc, and two settings of Ah, Holy Jesus by Johannes Brahms and Helmut Walcha. The postlude will be O World, I Now Must Leave Thee by Johannes Brahms. The Metropolitan Choristers and Sparklers will sing Enter into Jerusalem by Father Richard Holung from Jamaica. The Metropolitan Choir will sing Hosanna to the Son of David by Thomas Weelkes and Hold Us Now by Jonathan Willcocks. At the Offertory, Great Heart will sing Stay Alive by José González. The hymns will be No.122 (All Glory, Laud and Honour), No.123 (Hosanna, Loud Hosanna), and No.127 (Ride On, Ride On in Majesty) sung to the tune Winchester New. The carillon will be played by student carillonneurs Mateusz Olechnowicz and Naoko Tsujita, and the last piece in the prelude will be All Glory, Laud and Honour, arranged by Beverly Buchanan.

The Bible readings are Isaiah 50:4-9a (the servant’s humiliation and vindication), Romans 8:31b-39 (God’s love in Christ Jesus), and Mark 11:1-11 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem).