Sunday, March 20, 2016
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
It ain’t the heat, its the humility. – Yogi Berra
The Church Gathers
Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms on the South Portico with St. Mark’s
Palm Sunday Procession through the streets of our neighborhood
Organ Prelude: “Adveniat Rex” Gregorian
† Choral Introit: “The Palms” Faure
O’er all the way, green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation,
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away,
Even now the throng to welcome Him prepare,
Join all and sing, His name declare,
Let every voice resound with acclamation.
Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!
Bless Him who cometh to bring us salvation!
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Call to Worship
The sinners, the saints; the broken, the whole
We all come seeking the One who offers grace and hope.
The doubters, the devout; the wonderers, the wanderers
We all seek to follow the One who works for justice and hope for all of God’s people.
The hesitant, the heroic; the grandparents, the little children
We all listen for the songs of joy all creation sings to the One who gives life and peace.
† Hymn: “All Glory Laud and Honor” No. 280
Refrain: All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel, thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and Blessed One. (Refrain)
The company of angels are praising thee on high,
and we with all creation in chorus make reply. (Refrain)
The people of the Hebrews with psalms before thee went;
our prayer and praise and anthems before thee we present. (Refrain)
To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. (Refrain)
Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King. (Refrain)
Morning Prayer (unison) Passion/Palm Sunday No. 281
Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and ever. Amen.
To Hear the Word
A Reading from the Gospel: Luke 23:13-25,32-49
Betsy Fisk is the Liturgist.
Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him.” Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.” But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
† The Psalter: (chanted) Psalm 31:9-16 No. 765
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many— terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me through your steadfast love.
Anthem: “Lift Up Your Heads” (insert) Lloyd Larson
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near;
The Savior of the world is here!
A Helper just He comes to thee,
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness,
His scepter, pity in distress.
O blest the land, the city blest,
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!
O happy hearts and happy homes
To whom this King in triumph comes!
Fling wide the portals of your heart;
Make it a temple, set apart
From earthly use for heaven’s employ,
Adorned with prayer and love and joy.
Sermon: “emptied himself” Rev. Travis Knoll
Philippians 2:5-11: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “Were You There” No. 288
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
† Our Mission Statement
We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning, and life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence and mission in the city.
We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “Buss und Reu” St.Matthew Passion – Bach
Madeleine Gray, Mezzo Soprano
Penance and remorse
Grind my sinful heart in two,
So the drops of my tears
May produce as incense for you, faithful Jesus.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “Lord, Who Throughout These 40 Days” No. 269
Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins and close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend, and didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight, in thee to conquer sin.
As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst, so teach us, gracious Lord,
to die to self, and chiefly live by thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence, and through thy passiontide,
yea, evermore in life and death, Jesus, with us abide.
Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past,
an Easter of unending joy we may attain at last.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, to live all in for God.
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response: “Ride On, King Jesus” Spiritual, arr. Moore
Ride on, King Jesus! No-one can hinder Him.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Bestrewed With Palms” Thomson