Rejoice, O Zion's Daughter

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Stanza 1 and 2 – see Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 18:28-44 and John 12:12-19.

Stanza 4 – for references about the concern for justice see Micah 6:8, Colossians 4:1 and James 2:1-13 and similar exhortations.


Rejoice, O Zion's Daughter

Call to Worship

As we are called into worship today,
it is sobering to remember
that when God appeared on earth in the person of Jesus,
most of the world did not recognize him
and therefore did not worship him.
Today we ask for faith that will open our eyes
to see Jesus for who he is,
that we might worship him in truth.
People of God, behold and see your God!
We open our eyes to see his glory.
We open our ears to hear his wisdom.
We open our hands to offer him gifts.
We open our mouths to sing his praise.
We open our hearts to offer him our love.
He is Lord!
[Reformed Worship 27:42]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two


God and Father of Jesus Christ,
we leave this place for a week in which busy activities
and worshipful remembrance are intertwined.
Teach us, even now, how to make every day a day of prayer,
so that each day of our lives is filled with hope
because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Through Jesus we pray. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

The following is a guide for extemporaneous prayers. The pattern provides a suggested text
for the opening and closing of each part of the prayer and calls for extemporaneous prayers of
thanksgiving, petition, and intercession.
Son of David,
you entered Jerusalem with a triumphal procession
that left you alone and in humiliation on the cross.
We thank and praise you
for your selfless sacrifice . . .
for the redemption of creation . . .
for those who offer their lives in Christlike service
around the world . . .
for your work as it continues in our community . . .
for the sacrificial love of those who serve us in your name . . .
for our redemption . . .
The cries of “Hosanna!” soon turned into cries of “Crucify him!”
Today too there are those who refuse to recognize you as King.
The effects of sin continue to be felt in all of life. So we pray
for creation . . .
for the nations of the world . . .
for our nation and its leaders . . .
for this community and those who are in authority . . .
for the church universal as it works on your behalf . . .
for this local church in its ministry . . .
for persons with particular needs . . .
With the angels and all of creation we look forward
to the day when we will join in declaring “Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Rejoice, O Zion's Daughter

Tune Information

f minor
Meter D

Rejoice, O Zion's Daughter

Hymn Story/Background

LLANGLOFFAN is a Welsh carol or ballad tune, which appeared as a hymn tune in Llwybrau Moliant (The Paths of Praise). That collection of tunes for use by Baptists was edited by Lewis Jones and published in Wrexham in 1872. LLANGLOFFAN is named for a town in Glamorgan, Wales, at one time presumably the location of a church that honored St. Cloffan.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. (b. Clarion, Pennsylvania April 2, 1923; d. Gettysburg, Pensylvania, March 13, 2007) was educated at Susquehanna University (A.B., 1945), Lutheran Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), Union Theological Seminary (S.T.M., 1967) and Southern California School of Theology at Claremont (Th. D., 1971). From 1947-1959, Rev. Stuempfle, served as pastor of parishes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Board of Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America. Throughout his 27-year career as Professor of Preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Rev. Stuempfle also served as the school’s Dean (1971-1976) and as President (1976-1989).

In 2004, Dr. Stuempfle was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His work is found in an ever-growing number of hymnals. GIA has published five collections of his hymn texts: The Word Goes Forth (1993); Redeeming the Time (1997); Awake Our Hearts To Praise (2000); Wondrous Love Has Called Us (2006); and The Song of Faith Unsilenced (2013), published posthumously. Dr. Stuempfle died on March 13, 2007 after a long battle with ALS. 
— GIA Publications, Inc. (http://www.giamusic.com)
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