Lectionary -- Lent 6 (Palm or Passion Sunday) Year C

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Readings differ according to whether Lent 6 is being observed as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a ..the Lord in my helper; therefore no insult can wound me
Psalm 118:1-2,19-29 blessed is he who enters in the name of the Lord
or Ps 31:9-16 Be gracious to me Lord for I am in distress
Philippians 2:5-11 he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant
Luke 19:28-40 Jesus enters Jerusalem: `Blessed is he who comes...'
or Luke 22:14 to 23:56 (23:1-49) Last Supper, suffering and death

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Passion/Palm Sunday, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
PG All glory praise and honour 333 250
G All hail the power of Jesus' name 224 159
E All praise to thee, for thou O King divine 180
O Alone you once went forth, O lord 252
E At the name of Jesus 231 170
G Brother sister, let me serve you 650 14
Ps By your saving power deliver me 19
E Come Holy Spirit, come! 422
Ps Come to be our hope, Lord Jesus 688
Ps Far beyond our mind's grasp 542 30
G Forgive our sins, as we forgive 635 564
E From heaven you came, helpless babe 256
O God has spoken to his people, hallelujah! 636 39
G Hail Redeemer, King divine 237 188
PG Hail to the Lord's anointed 275 203
O Here hangs a man discarded 356 45
E I will sing the wondrous story 233 173
Ps If we will trust in God to guide us 554 459
G In the cross of Christ I glory 349 265
E Let all be one in mind and heart 247 186
PG Lift up your heads, you mighty gates 267
G Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us 526 451
G Lord Jesus think on me 546 122
O Master speak, thy servant heareth 597 516
E Morning glory, starlit sky 174
PG My song is love unknown 341 257
O O God of truth, whose living word 507
G O Jesus crucified 354 273
Ps Our God our help in ages past 47 46
E Praise to the Holiest in the height 141 79
PG Ride on, ride on in majesty 348 264
O/G See Christ was wounded for our sake 275
G Sing my tongue, the glorious battle 331 249
Ps Sing of the Lord's goodness 183
O Sing praise and thanksgiving let all creatures… 107 125
E Son of God, eternal Saviour 606 529
O Thank you, for giving me the morning 162 114
PG The glory of our King was seen 353 272
O The great love of God is revealed in the Son 164 105
G There is a green hill far away 350 266
G Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown 206
G To the name of our salvation 127
PG Trotting, trotting through Jerusalem 244 187
G We have a gospel to proclaim 245 189
G Were you there when they crucified my Lord 345 261
G When his time was over 357 94
G When I survey the wondrous cross 342 258
G When my love to Christ grows weak 270

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)

Palm Sunday
65 (TIS 132) Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty
149 (TIS 219) Jesus comes with all his grace
286 (TIS 12) Ye gates, lift up your heads on high
SA 8 As Jesus came to Jerusalem
SA 89 Hosanna! Hosanna! We cry `Hosanna Lord'

Passion Sunday
254 (TIS 337) Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
255 (TIS 339) O Sacred head sore wounded
258 (TIS 342) When I survey the wondrous cross
260 God of unexampled grace
SA 60 (TIS 251) Lord Christ we praise you for your sacrifice

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Sermon Summary Lent 6 Year C (click here for complete sermon)

The Servant King

The followers of Jesus began to praise God joyfully as he came down to the city of Jerusalem, saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" -- Luke 19:38, recalling ancient events and the promises of God from Psalm 118:26 and Zechariah 9:9, rejoicing over the coming of the king who is triumphant and victorious and yet is humble and riding on a donkey. Remember the song sung at Bethlehem [Luke 2:14], and Isaiah 52:7; but they did not understand what led to peace [Luke 19:42, Colossians 1:20].

Hosanna: a welcome to one who has power to save

The other gospel writers (eg. Matthew 21:9) used the old Hebrew word of celebration Hosanna [Psalm 118:25] which means 'Save us, we beseech you, O Lord.' The Messiah has come to save, to set people free. 'Hosanna' is a plea for salvation, and it has a special meaning when applied to Jesus because that is the meaning of the name 'Jesus', which means 'saviour' [Matthew 1:21].

Ancient festivals of liberation and renewal

Psalm 118 was sung in the Festival of the Booths. It was like a ritual form of going camping with rough booths of branches, recalling how the ancient Israelite had to camp when they escaped from Egypt. [Leviticus 23:39-43, Deuteronomy 16:13-15.] It was a model for other celebrations [2 Maccabees 10:6-7 as today in the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.] [See also 1 Maccabees 13:51, 2 Chronicles 29:17]. When Jesus came to Jerusalem they used the ancient symbols for celebrations of renewal.

What sort of king? What does it mean to us today?

Those who welcomed him as a king understood a great deal, but much was yet to be revealed, especially about his humility. See Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 53, John 13:14, Mark 9:34-35. Here is the suffering servant king who deserves the love and loyalty we give and receive in personal devotion and sacraments. In practical living, the way modeled by the servant king is far more radical than any popular democratic model. The way of servant leadership is a challenge to all, both in giving such service and in accepting it.

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Order of Service - Lent 6 Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O LORD!
O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.
We bless you from the house of the LORD. -- Psalms 118:24-26

HYMN Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty TIS 132 AHB 65

Most merciful God, we confess to you, and to one another, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved the Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us;
Accept our repentance, Lord.
Restore us, good Lord;
Grant us forgiveness and time for amendment of life.
Strengthen us to overcome temptation;
And empower us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord;
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -- John 3:17
Dear friends, on the authority of this gospel I declare to all who truly repent: in Jesus Christ you are forgiven;
for which we give glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all,
and also with you.

Singing group

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Welcome to the servant king A word to the children.

HYMN Trotting, trotting through Jerusalem TIS 244 AHB 187

OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 50:4-9a ..the Lord in my helper ... no insult can wound m
PSALM 118:1-2,19-29 Blessed is he who enters in the name of the Lord


EPISTLE Philippians 2:5-11 he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant
GOSPEL Luke 19:28-40 Jesus enters Jerusalem: `Blessed is he who comes...'

SERMON The Servant King

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia, for James, President of the Assembly,
for .... Moderator, and all who hold office in this congregation and presbytery.
for all who serve God in the church.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray. [Silence]
Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life. [Silence]
We exalt you, O God our king; and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom. [Silence]
In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. [From Uniting in Worship]

Praise to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have won for me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.  O merciful Redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.
[St Richard of Chichester, 1197-1253]

(when observed as The Sunday of the Passion: Passion Sunday:-)
Father, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, loved the world so much that he went to the cross for our sake. So strengthen us with your grace, that we, for whom Christ died, may show forth the same selfless love and for ever walk in his ways; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(when observed as Palm Sunday:-)
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. The Hebrews acclaimed Jesus as Messiah and King, with palm branches in their hands, crying: Hosanna in the highest! May we also, carrying these emblems, go forth to meet Christ 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.

The Lord's Supper


HYMN Alone you once went forth, O Lord. AHB 252


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....

[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]



Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN At the name of Jesus TIS 231 AHB 170
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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