Morning Worship at 11:00
What one of us can understand
a love so great
that we would willingly
limit our limitlessness,
put the flesh of mortality
over our immortality,
accept all the pain
and grief of humanity,
submit to betrayal
by that humanity,
be killed by it,
and die a total failure
(in human terms)
on a common cross
between two thieves?
THE CHURCH GATHERS
Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms
St. Mark’s Evangelical Luthern and Lovely Lane United Methodist Churches
Palm Sunday Procession
Organ Prelude: He Rode in Peace (Medieval Carol)
Words of Welcome and Announcement (by the Lay Leader)
Choral Introit: Hosanna! (Christian Gregor)
Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes! Hosanna in the highest!
Hymn No 280: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
1. 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.
2. All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. The company of angels are praising thee on high, and we with all creation in chorus make reply.
3. All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went; our prayer and praise and anthems before thee we present.
4. All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.
5. All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring, who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King.
Call to Worship
We find ourselves in the crowd, asking
“Who is this before whom we sing our praises?”
Christ, our King, a ruler made known
in brokenness and strength, not in earthly power.
Who is this before whom we wave our palms in worship?”
Christ, our Redeemer, who at the heart of the passion
and pain gives life in all its fullness.
Who is this whose name brings salvation
and life wherever preached?
Christ, our Savior, who lifts our hearts in praise: Hosanna!
Blessed are you who comes in the name of the Lord!
O God, we are like the people of Jerusalem so long ago.
We are hungry for a Leader. We crave a glimpse of greatness.
We are starving for change that transforms.
We are gathered here like those who watched
So long ago,
Craning our necks to catch a glimpse of our Messiah.
As we wait here for the Savior to come,
Let us not be disappointed when the expected one appears
Even though we are certain to be surprised.
Give us courage to follow
Where the one on the donkey might lead us. Amen
TO HEAR THE WORD
Reading from Letters to the Early Church: Philippians 2: 5-11
Cathy Dryden is the Liturgist
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.
The Psalter: Psalm 31: 1-16 with Sung Response 2 (Hymnal p 764)
Response 2: Let all things their creator bless; Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
Let me never be put to shame;
In your righteousness, deliver me!
Incline your ear to me,
Rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
A strong fortress to save me!
You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
For your name’s sake lead me and guide me;
Take me out of the net which is hidden for me,
For you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
I hate those who pay regard to vain idols;
But I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
Because you have seen my affliction,
And have taken heed of my adversities.
You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a broad place.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted 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 in 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, Ye Gates (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.
Reading from the Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.”
This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Sermon: “Managing Expectations” Rev. Roberta Scoville
TO RESPOND IN FAITH
Hymn No 292: What Wondrous Love is This
1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
2. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, to lay` aside his crown for my soul.
3. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing, to God and to the Lamb, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing; while millions join the theme I will sing.
4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.
For just one day Jesus heard a cheering crowd saluting him
With hosannas. The people didn’t understand.
He could not be side-tracked by applause or palm branches.
He rode his donkey toward Jerusalem
And cried as he looked at the city.
Outside Jerusalem, he knew a hill
Where crosses were often planted in the ground.
Our palm branches, hosannas, and a lot of praise
And good intentions eventually turn into ashes.
May we see and do the work that really matters.
Offertory: Prayer For Our Time (Hal Hopson)
Almighty Father, Who does give
The gift of life to all who live,
Look down on all earth’s wrong and strife,
And lift us to a nobler life.
Lift up our hearts, O King of Kings,
To brighter hopes and kindlier things.
To visions high of a larger good,
And holier dreams of brotherhood.
Your world is weary of its pain;
Of selfish greed and fruitless gain;
Of tarnished honor, falsely strong,
And all its ancient deed of wrong.
O hear the prayer your people pray
Uprising from all lands today,
And o’er the vanquished power of sin,
O bring Your great salvation in.
Presentation of Offering: No. 298 (stz 4)
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
Prayers of the Congregation and the Lord’s Prayer
AND SCATTERS TO BE THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD
Hymn No 160: Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
1. Rejoice, ye pure in heart; rejoice, give thanks, and sing; your glorious banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
2. Your clear hosannas raise, and alleluias loud; whilst answering echoes upward float, like wreaths of incense cloud. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
3. Yes, on through life’s long path, still chanting as ye go; from youth to age, by night and day, in gladness and in woe. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
4. At last the march shall end; the wearied ones shall rest; the pilgrims find their heavenly home, Jerusalem the blest. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
5. Praise God who reigns on high, the Lord whom we adore, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God forevermore. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
Dismissal with Blessing
Choral Response: Ride On, King Jesus (Spiritual, arranged Donald Moore)
Ride on, King Jesus! No-one can hinder Him.
Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell