Hybrid Worship

2 April 2023

Palm Sunday Greetings!

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. 

During 9:00 am Adult Spiritual Formation, we're in the midst of a series for Lent called What Matters. Today is our last discussion on this series and it's a great one: "We listen to a Still Speaking God." What does that mean to us? Everyone is welcome to this energizing conversation!

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Centering Affirmation: I am both teacher and learner. 

Welcome and Announcements

Musical Call to Worship ~ "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

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.

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.

“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!

Call to Worship

Right Side Worship Leader: 

Open the gates, for on this side of Jerusalem, a grand parade of Empire brings visual reminders of power and prestige to the streets for the Passover Feast.

Left Side Worship Leader: 

Open the gates, for on the other side of Jerusalem, a humble procession enters the city in joy and solidarity among the Jewish poor and marginalized.

Right Side, All: 

Entering through the gates, we ride in on horses with the powerful armor of Rome. Let the feast begin!

Left Side, All: 

Entering through the gates, Jesus the Human One comes riding on a donkey. The crowd joins in, laying down palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna!”

All: Open to us the gates of God and together we will proclaim, “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Singing Our Faith ~ "The Rebel"

Speaking parts between the verses are shared by the Cornerstone Chorale

He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!

He changed water into wine, he was human and divine,

And he sold a revolutionary line.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the rebel!

He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!

Common people were so glad, pious leaders just got mad.

When he ate and drank with people they called bad.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the rebel!

He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!

He suggested that my foe was somebody I should know,

Was somebody I could love not overthrow.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the rebel!

He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!

He said I would not be weak if I turned the other cheek

When somebody struck me, I would be unique.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the rebel!

He was a rebel, yes a rebel! He said you’re as good as me,

Though you’re from a strange country,

Though you’re red or white or black as ebony.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the rebel!

He was a rebel, yes, a rebel!

When his enemies had said: “We are safe now, he is dead”

He rebelled against his death and rose instead.

He was a rebel. He was a rebel. Let’s join the Rebel!


Pastoral Prayer and Silence

Responsive Lord’s Prayer

Our Creator, In Heaven

Hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On Earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those,

Who trespass against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

And deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours.

Now and forever.  




At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays, 

anniversaries, works of peace and justice. We celebrate even sorrows and grief as part of a comprehensive view of life. 

Celebration Song

Celebrate your heart and your spirit.

Celebrate your life while you live it.

Even when it’s hard to do, 

Celebrate the best of you.

Celebrate your dreams and your visions.

Celebrate the life you’ve been given.

Cherish all that you’ve been through,

Celebrate the best of you!

Invitation to Give

One: Kindred, Life is good, and the love that enlivens the 

Universe endures forever. We pause to be grateful for the gift of life and to become aware that we stand in the flow of gifts and givers. 

All: We give so that the world might know the flow of gifts and givers. Loving Creator, bless our gifts. May they work in the world to further peace and justice. Amen.

Offering and Offertory

Our Lenten Offering is the Refugee Resettlement Fund. Please use the special envelopes in your bulletin or

give online here.

Give Online



Celebrating the Table of Jesus

We invite you to participate with us in communion. The table before you is open to all. The offering in the baskets will benefit our Refugee Resettlement Fund.

Our Communion elements are gluten-free.

Prayers of Gratitude 

One: God meets our spiritual hunger and thirst with forgiveness, mercy, love and understanding.

Many: Each of us is invited to eat and drink at God’s table this morning. It is a table where all are fed.

One: We are grateful for the nourishment of a living bread that never goes stale.

Many: We give thanks for a cup of blessing that never drains empty.

One: We rejoice in the companionship shared at this table, for the faith that transforms us from strangers to siblings and reconciles those who’ve become estranged from one another.

Many: Spirit of Life, we thank you for your presence within this congregation, filling us with comfort and hope.

All: For communion with you and with one another we offer our heartfelt thanks.  

Receiving the Elements

The bread of the kin-dom; the cup of blessing. 

Receive them in hope.

Communion Song ~ "One Bread, One Body"


One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

One cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, though many throughout the earth,

We are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew, servant or free, 

Woman or man no more. 


Many the gifts, many the works, 

One of the Lord of all.


Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,

Gathered to one, for all.


Word About Life - John 12: 12-19

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion.

Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”

Word About Life for Today  

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman


Words for Mission

One: Having said a firm No to the gates of power and prestige, Jesus calls us to go out in love, compassion, and humility.

All: Having entered through the gates with regular folks and donkeys and children with palms, this Jesus has come to save and calls us to go out in hope.

One: Together, we are embraced by an enduring and boundless love that forges us together in shouts of “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!”

All: We go forth humbly to serve the God whose love endures forever. We go forth in the strength of the Spirit, who calls us to rejoice in this very day.  

One: These are the times!

All: We are the people.

One: All of Creation is blessed.

All: May we love all and serve all.

One: May God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Amen.

All: Amen.

Sending Forth Song ~ "Hosanna, Hallelujah!"


Hosanna, hallelujah! Sing we loud and clear.

Hosanna, hallelujah! Jesus Christ is near.

With ancient psalms and new grown palms

Praise him on his way.

Hosanna, hallelujah! Christ our Lord is here.

This day in spring the streets will ring

With voices sweet and lyrical.

To greet our Lord, the one adored,

His very life a miracle.


King David’s Son now rides upon

A mule, of beasts the lowliest.

Amidst the throng it bears along

Of all of us the holiest.


After worship, stick around for Sermon Reboot! This informal time together is an opportunity to "talk back" to the scripture and sermon and go deeper into the morning's worship theme. All are welcome!

Pastor Ken has a conflicting meeting related to our Golden Anniversary celebration, so Karen will be convening Sermon Reboot and getting us started talking through the political theater of Palm Sunday.