~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of all time, as we prepare to worship you today and this week, help us to remember these events in Jesus’ life so that we can see their significance for our present lives and for the future you are preparing for all creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(tap on the video to watch the service)

Upper Room Link.png

PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

     Pastor:  O give thanks to our God, who is good.

     People: God’s steadfast love endures forever!

     Pastor:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 

     People: For Christ has opened the gates of righteousness, that we may enter.

     Pastor:  He has emptied himself for love of us. 

     People: Christ took human form, that we might know we are known.

     Pastor:  Holy One, you are our God, 

     People: and we give thanks to you.

     Pastor:  We give thanks to our God, who is good. 

     People: God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Scifres, Mary. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p.77). Abington Press. Kindle Edition.

GATHERING HYMN  

“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

                                            

“Hosanna, loud hosanna” the little children sang;

Through pillared court and temple the lofty anthem rang;

To Jesus, who had blessed them close-folded to his breast,

The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

 

From Olivet they followed amid a cheering crowd,

The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.

The one whom angels worship rode on in lowly state,

And glad to see the children, slowed down the donkey’s gait.

 

 “Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song is ours.

We hail our great Redeemer and sing with all our powers:

“Hosanna, Christ we praise you with heart and life and voice,

Hosanna, in your presence, forever we’ll rejoice!”

ELLECOMBE

Jennette Threlfall, 1873 / Gesangbuch der Wirtembergishcen, 1784

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Forgiving God, we come to you shouting, “Hosanna!” Yet we are all too aware that we would rather stay on the street corner, joyfully watching the parade. We do not want to be a part of the betrayal, the trial, the crucifixion, the pain. Merciful God, we need you to lead us through the days ahead. Help us to know your presence in the hard times, even as we trust that you will guide us on to the victory of your resurrection. Amen.

Permission is granted to print this page for local church use. © 2013 Abingdon Press.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

A Song Of Victory

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 themand 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 rejectedhas 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. 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.

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 11: 1-11

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

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.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

 

HYMN

“Ride On, Ride On In Majesty”

Ride on, ride on in majesty! O Christ, with brave humility;

On lowly colt, your road pursue, 

As palms and cloaks are spread for you.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty! As crowds of people come to see

And shout hosannas lifting high

Their praise for one about to die.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty! Ride on in humble dignity;

Behold the ones you came to save

From senseless life and endless grave.

ST. DROSTANE

Henry H. Milman, 1827, adapt. Lavon Baylor, 1993 / John B. Dykes, 1862

 

TEACHING TIME

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

HANDBELL ANTHEM

"All Glory, Laud & Honor"

Joyful Ringers

arr. Kevin McChesney 

 

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

 

PARTING HYMN

“All Glory, Laud, & Honor”

All glory, laud, and honor to you, O Christ, we sing,

To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

The people of the Hebrews with palms adorned your way;

Our praise and prayer and anthems we offer you this day.

 

O Promised One of Israel, of David’s royal line,

The one called “God’s beloved”, of flesh and yet divine,

To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise,

To you, now high exalted, our melodies we raise.

 

As you received their praises, accept our prayers today,

Whose justice and whose mercy and sovereignty hold sway.

All glory, laud, and honor to you, O Christ, we sing,

To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

ST. THEODULPH

Theodulph of Orleans, 9th Century / Melchior Teschner, 1615

 

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

Permission to reproduce / podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

License #A​ - 737625.​ All rights reserved.

 

  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Holy Week 2021

  

Today, March 28

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers

 

Tuesday, March 30

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Maundy Thursday, April 01

6:00PM – Holy Communion & Stripping Of The Altar

 

Good Friday, April 02

7:30PM – Service @ St. Mark’s UCC

 

Easter Sunday, April 04

9:00AM – Worship Service & Holy Communion

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

You are invited to worship with St. Mark's UCC on Good Friday, April 02. The in-person service will be held at 7:30PM and will be livestreamed for those who prefer to worship from home.

 

Anyone who would is participating in the "40 Days of Lent" food collection is reminded that all items should be brought to the church on Easter Sunday to be dedicated and sent to the Food Pantry.

 

Because of the success of our Fall clothing giveaway, the Mission Team will be holding a Spring/Summer clothing giveaway on Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24. Anyone wishing to donate clothing or volunteer should contact the church office. 

© 2021 Saint John's United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven, PA.   Created with WIX.com