Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

Blessing of the Palms (Prior to Service on St. Paul Street Portico)   Dr. Emora Brannan

Palm Sunday Procession in Community

Organ PreludeRex Iudaeorum (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitThe Palms (Faure, arr. Dash)

1. O’er all the way green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festive preparation,
Where Jesus comes, to wipe our tears away,
E’en now the throng to welcome Him prepare.

3. His word goes forth, and people by its might
Once more their freedom gain from degradation,
Humanity doth give to each his right,
While those in darkness find restored the light.

2. 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!

* Call to Worship

L: On this day of palms and celebration, Jesus continues his journey with God.
P: We will go with him, for a while, until he turns towards Calvary.
L: From the top of Olive Mountain, Jesus prepares to travel through the valley
of heartache and loss.
P: We will follow Jesus, for a while, cradling hope in our hearts.
L: In the streets of Jerusalem, Jesus hears the cries of those who adore him.
P: We will shout Jesus’ name, for a while, until we cry out, “Crucify him!”

* Opening HymnHosanna, Loud Hosanna UMH 278

1. Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang; through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang. To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast, the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

2. From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd, the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud. The Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state, nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.

3. “Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing, for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King. O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice, and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Almighty God, on this day, your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life. In his name we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment (Distribution of Palms)

AnthemLift Up Your Heads, O Ye gates (Mathias)

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors
And the King of Glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts; He is the King of glory.

Reading from the Epistles – Philippians 2:5-11   Eleanor Packard, Liturgist

Let the same mind be in you that was[a] 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.

Call to Confession Eleanor Packard, Liturgist

Petty squabbles don’t belong in such a story of high drama & sacrifice, but they are there, just as in our lives, along with the other ways we fail to be the disciples of Christ. Please join me as we pray.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Sustainer of the weary, we know how we sang for joy when Christ came into our lives, and how we have not followed him as he leads us on this journey. We have hidden our faces from the pain and suffering of our world. We have turned a deaf ear to the cries of the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed. We trust in the slick promotion of the world, and not in your words that can transform our lives.

Forgive us, Steadfast God, & shine your face upon us. Help us to have the same mind as Christ, so we would know your promises; help us to have the same heart as Christ, so we might serve your children; help us to have the same Spirit as Christ, so we might go wherever you lead us.

Assurance of Pardon

L: God does not turn away when we fail to be faithful. God does not reject us when we do not
trust fully. God continues to love us, to forgive us, to restore us.
P: It is God who helps us; it is God who saves us. It is all we need or ever will need. Thanks be
to God. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationTell Me the Stories of Jesus UMH 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!”

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 19:28-40

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,

“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Sermon – “The Tension of This Day”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Sermon Response

L: Palm Sunday is found:
P: whenever we are serving a noble and unpopular cause with selfless devotion, holding to the ideals of truth and justice;
L: whenever we are seeking to uplift the fallen, to comfort the brokenhearted,
to strengthen and encourage the weak and hopeless;
P: whenever we are working bravely and persistently in the face of abuse and criticism to
establish more equitable relations in the world;
L: whenever we are sacrificing our lives on behalf of what we believe
to be the service of love for all humanity.
P: That is Palm Sunday!

The Offering of Gifts and Tithes

OffertoryPrayer For Our Time (arr. Hopson)

1. The gift of life to all who live,
Look down on all earth’s wrong and strife,
And lift us to a nobler life.

3. 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.

2. 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.

4. 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 OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna! Bless these gifts and our lives, O God, for we offer them in the name of Jesus,
our Lord. We pray that these gifts be used to proclaim the gospel which fills lives that are empty and lifts up those who need help. Amen.

* Closing HymnAll Glory, Laud, and Honor UMH 280

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.

* Benediction

L: When you leave this gathering, sing hosannas. Carry their glad cry into this new week.
P: However popular or unpopular the cause, we wish to follow Jesus Christ.
L: God overlooks our past and sends us into the world as representatives of the good news.
P: God in Christ is bringing wholeness to our lives and giving us opportunities to minister to others.
L: We have been commissioned and empowered to make a difference in the quality of life around us.
P: Hosanna! Blessed are all who go forth to serve. Glory to God in the highest!

* Choral ResponseDraw Nigh To Thy Jerusalem (Clark)

Draw nigh to Thy Jerusalem, O Lord:
Thy faithful people cry with one accord.
Ride on in triumph.
Lord, behold, we lay
Our passions, lusts and proud wills in Thy way!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Hosanna (Crabbe)

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