Palm Sunday, 2020.
Verse for the Week: John 3:14b–15
“The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.”
Call to Worship: Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
2 Let all Israel repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
and giving me victory!
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
You are my God, and I will exalt you!
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
1 要感謝上主，因他至善；他的慈愛永遠長存。2 願以色列人說：他的慈愛永遠長存。 19 為我開啟聖殿的門；我要進去頌讚上主。20 這門是上主的門；只有正直的人能夠進去。21 上主啊，我要頌讚你，因為你垂聽我，使我得勝。22 泥水匠所丟棄的這塊石頭已成為最重要的基石。23 這是上主的作為；這是多麼奇妙啊！24 這是上主得勝的日子；我們要歡樂，我們要慶祝。25 上主啊，救我們，拯救我們；上主啊，求你使我們順利成功。26 願上主賜福給奉主名而來的那位！我們從上主的聖殿祝福你。27 上主是上帝；他光照我們。開始我們的節慶，拿著樹枝向著祭壇行進。28 你是我的上帝，我感謝你；我的上帝啊，我要宣揚你的偉大。29 要感謝上主，因他至善；他的慈愛永遠長存。
Lenten Verse: John 12:24
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”
Lenten Reading 11: Luke 23:44–46. The Death of Jesus
44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
44 約在中午的時候，日光消失了，黑暗籠罩大地，直到下午三點鐘；懸掛在聖殿裏的幔子裂成兩半。45 併於上節46 耶穌大聲呼喊：「父親哪，我把自己的靈魂交在你手裏！」說了這話，他就斷了氣。
Lenten Reading 12: Matthew 27:57–60. The Burial of Jesus
57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left.
57傍晚的時候，有一個亞利馬太的財主來了；他名叫約瑟，也是耶穌的門徒。58 他去見彼拉多，要求收殮耶穌的身體；彼拉多就吩咐把耶穌的身體交給他。59 約瑟把身體領了去，用乾淨的麻紗包裹起來，60 安放在他自己的墓穴裏；這墓穴是他最近才從巖石鑿成的。他又把一塊大石頭滾過來，堵住墓門，然後離開。
Scripture: Luke 19:29–40
29 As Jesus came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. 36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. 38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” 39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” 40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
29 快到伯法其和伯大尼、向著橄欖山去的時候，耶穌打發兩個門徒先走，30 吩咐他們說：「你們到前面的村子去，進去的時候，會看見一匹還沒有人騎過的小驢拴在那裏。你們把牠解開，牽到這裏來。31 如果有人問你們為甚麼解開小驢，你們就說：『主要用牠。』」32 他們去了，所遇見的正和耶穌所告訴他們的一樣。33 當他們在解開小驢的時候，驢的主人問他們：「你們為甚麼解開小驢呢？」34 他們回答：「主要用牠。」35 然後他們把小驢牽到耶穌跟前，把自己的衣服搭在驢背上，扶著耶穌騎上去。36 耶穌前進的時候，大家拿自己的衣服鋪在路上。37 當他靠近耶路撒冷、到橄欖山下坡那地方時，眾門徒因所看見的這一切奇蹟就都感謝上帝，大聲歡呼：38 「願上帝賜福給奉主名來的君王！天上有和平，榮耀歸於至高上帝！」39 人群中有幾個法利賽人對耶穌說：「老師，命令你的門徒安靜吧！」40 耶穌回答：「我告訴你們，他們要是不作聲，這些石頭也會呼喊起來。」