Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm-Passion Sunday

Lenten Sermon Series:  This is Us

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Siciliana (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit – Hosanna! (Christian Gregor)                                                                  Choir

Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes!  Hosanna in the highest!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

* Psalm of the Day – Psalm 118 (without musical response) Hymnal 839-840

L: (14)     The Lord is my strength and my power;

L:     The Lord has become my salvation.

ALL:     (15)     There are joyous songs of victory

ALL:     In the tents of the righteous:

L:     ”The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,

L: (16)     The right hand of the Lord is exalted,

ALL:     The right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

L: (17)     I shall not die, but I shall live,

L:     And recount the deeds of the Lord.

ALL:     (18)     The Lord has chastened me sorely,

ALL:     But has not given me over to death.

L: (19)     Open to me the gates of righteousness,

L:     That I may enter through them

L:     And give thanks to the Lord.

ALL:     (20)     This is the gate of the Lord;

ALL:     The righteous shall enter through it.

L: (21)     I thank you that you have answered me

L:     And have become my salvation.

ALL:     (22)     The stone which builders rejected

ALL:     Has become the cornerstone.

L: (23)     This is the Lord’s doing;

L:     It is marvelous in our eyes.

ALL:     (24)     This is the day which the Lord has made;

ALL:     Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

L: (25)     Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!

ALL:     O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

L: (26)     Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

ALL:     We bless you from the house of the Lord.

L: (27)     The Lord is God,

L:     Who has given us light.

ALL:     Lead the festal procession with branches,

ALL:     Up to the horns of the altar!

L: (28)     You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;

L:     You are my God, I will extol you.

ALL:     (29)     O give thanks to the Lord, who is good;

ALL:     For God’s steadfast love endures for ever!

* SongTell Me the Stories of Jesus Hymnal 277

1. Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear; things I would ask him to tell me if he were here: scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

2. First let me hear how the children stood round his knee, and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me; words full of kindness, deeds full of grace, all in the love-light of Jesus’ face.

3. Into the city I’d follow the children’s band, waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand; one of his heralds, yes, I would sing loudest hosannas, “Jesus is King!”

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Scripture Reading – Mark 11:1-11                                                                        Denzel Enos

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Sermon – “This is Us: Destined”                                                     Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicLift Up Your Heads (Lloyd Larson)                                                         Choir

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.

Song – Prayer of Confession Hymnal 890

ALL:     Most merciful God,

ALL:     We confess that we have sinned against you

ALL:     In thought, word, and deed,

ALL:     By what we have done,

ALL:     And by what we have left undone.

ALL:     We have not loved you with our whole heart;

ALL:     We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

ALL:     We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

ALL:     For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

ALL:     Have mercy on us and forgive us;

ALL:     That we may delight in your will,

ALL:     And walk in your ways,

ALL:     To the glory of your name. Amen.

All pray in silence.

L: Almighty God have mercy on you,

L: Forgive all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,

L: Strengthen you in all goodness,

L: And by the power of the Holy Spirit

L: Keep you in eternal life.

ALL:     Amen.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   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.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude

Christ of the Cross,
Thank you for inviting us to your table and feeding us richlyl.
May we be as willing as the wood of the tree upon which you died
to give ourselves to your purposes as you agave yourself to us in this meal.
May the one who was, and is, and is to come be Lord of us all.
May this Holy Week lead us to a deeper faith and a richer love of you.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Heart of Stone (Lloyd Larson)                                                                    Choir

We’re gathered in this upper room to spend some time with You;
The meal we share, a sacred sign of what You soon will do.
So much of what You’ve said I’m still not sure I understand;
And now You want to wash my feet; this was not in my plan. 

Put down the basin, drop the towel.
Lord, where is Your pride?
You must not do a servant’s work,
It is not dignified.

Of course, I want to follow You;
I’ll do what You command.
If you must, wash all of me – my feet, my head, my hands.

You see the pride within my heart;
Lord, cleanse me from my sin,
And please forgive my stubborn will as I learn how to bend.
I want to follow where You lead and be Your very own.
O Master, bathe me in Your love and melt my heart of stone..

Prayer of Dedication –

Loving Lord,
today we remember Jesus’ triumphant ride from the Mount of Olives.
Jesus obediently gave everything so that we could live a life worthy of your calling.
Grant us the courage and the determination to be your obedient disciples.
Instill within us the desire to proclaim,
“Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Increase our generosity so that these monetary gifts
may be transformed into inspired ministries.
In the name of the Sacrificial Lamb, your only son, we pray.  Amen

*       Song to Present the Offering – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Hymnal 298

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

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.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Leader:      From a parade of celebration to a cross of crucifixion.

People:      Christ bids us to follow, so we step out in faith.


* Choral Response – Ride On, Lord Jesus! (Spiritual, arr. Moore)                                       Choir

Ride on, King Jesus! No-one can hinder Him

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro in A (Blake)

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