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Tower Weekly
March 29, 2024

Sunday March 24, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

PALM SUNDAY, YEAR B

MARCH 24, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements     Benjamin Black, lay leader

 

Choral Introït     “Hosanna!”     Christian Gregor

My heart, my mind, my body, my soul

I give to You; take control.

I give my body, a living sacrifice:

Lord, take control.

 

† Call to Worship

We gather to prepare for the holiest of weeks,

Embarking on a journey of praise, with joy resonating from our lips;

We traverse through the valleys of betrayal and death,

Yet we cradle hope deep within our hearts’ breath.

Jesus guides us through this sacred passage, and we willingly tread,

For he embodies the life we fervently seek, the Word that nourishes and spreads.

With palm branches aloft, we await his arrival with anticipation,

Laying our love as a cushion for his path, a gesture of adoration.

Setting aside all grandeur, power, and might, he humbly descends,

A beacon of humility and obedience, teaching lessons that transcend.

Hosanna! Hosanna! Our voices rise in exaltation,

Blessed is the One who brings forth the kingdom of divine revelation.

 

† Opening Hymn     “What Wondrous Love is This?”     UMH 292 v.1-3

 

Words of Preparation

As we hear the word, let our minds be of one mind in Christ Jesus. Let us empty ourselves, and with humility and grace listen for the word of God as the Spirit speaks to us this day.

 

Old Testament Lesson    Psalm 118:102, 19-29 NRSV

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

 

Call to Confession

At the name of Jesus, may every knee bend, every tongue confess, and every soul trust that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of us all. In trust and hope, let us confess our sins before God.Prayer of Confession

 

Gracious God, you know our every sorrow, our every need. Hear us as we remember the times when our strength failed us and our distress led us onto paths of hopelessness and despair. Forgive us when we betray you, when we deny you when we deride you or mock you. Awaken in us a new resolve to be aware of your call and presence in our lives. Help us stay awake, even when the days are hard and the nights are long. Strengthen us to trust in you and to walk with you, even on this path to the cross. Let your face shine upon us, that we may know your steadfast love and trust in your resurrection promises.
In Christ
s name, we pray.

 

Assurance of Pardon

Know that the Lord is God, and that Christ’s face shines upon us even when we turn away from God’s brightness. Walk in the light, dear friends. Gaze upon the Son and know that in the name of Christ, we are forgiven!

Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response     “Cares Chorus”     TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And anytime that I don’t know what to do

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson     Mark 11:1-11     NRSV

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, “Hosanna! 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.

The Gospel of our Lord.  Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “Lift Up Your Heads”     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!

 

Fling wide the portals of your heart;

make it a temple, set apart

from earthly use for heaven’s employ,

adorned with grace, God’s love and joy.

 

Redeemer, come, we open wide

Our hearts to You – come and abide;

Your inner presence let us feel:

Your grace and love in us reveal.

 

Offering Prayer

Omnipotent God, as we offer our gifts to you, we recall the crowds in Jerusalem who laid their cloaks on the road, crying “Hosanna” as Jesus passed. They sought a Messiah of worldly power, yet you sent Jesus with compassion and mercy to heal, love, and redeem. Search our hearts, that we may trust in the Messiah we truly need—Jesus Christ, your anointed one. In his name, we pray. Amen.

† Closing Hymn     “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”     UMH 298 v.1-3

 

† Benediction

Christ is going before us, even now, on the road to the cross. Christ goes before us as the way, the truth, and the life. Let us feel the light of his love, even as we enter the darkness of this Holy Week. Amen.

 

† Choral Benediction     “Ride on, King Jesus”     Spiritual arr. Moore

Ride on, King Jesus!

No-one can hinder Him.

 

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

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