Gathering as the Body of Christ
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“King of Kings”
Conty and Batya
Youth Choir* (singing from our homes)
Call to Worship
Liturgist: With palm branches and joy, we shout:
People: “Hosanna to Christ our Lord!”
Liturgist: With blessings and songs we come:
People: to worship and to praise.
Liturgist: With humility and love,
People: Christ comes to meet us now.
Awaken our ears, O God. Open our minds, that we might recognize your voice and discover your wisdom. Guide our thoughts, that we might adopt Christ’s attitude of humility and love. Strengthen our resolve, that we might walk with you to the end, even if it means death on a cross. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.
“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
“Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus”
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glory and grace.”
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.”
The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.
Message in Music
“By Loving Forces...”
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(one year before he was martyred by the Nazis in 1944)
By loving forces silently surrounded,
I feel quite soothed, secure, and filled with grace.
So I would like to live these days together,
and go with you into another year.
Still matters of the past are pressing our hearts
and evil days are weighing down on us.
Oh Lord, to our souls, so scared and sore,
give rescue, as it's that you made us for.
And when you pass to us the bitter chalice
of suffering, filled to the brim and more,
we take it, full of thanks and trembling not,
from this, your caring and beloved hand.
But if you want to please us, over and again,
with our shining sun and wondrous world,
let us muse on what is past, and then we shall,
with our lives, in all belong to you.
Warm and bright be our candles' flame today,
since into gloom you brought a gleaming light,
and lead again us, if you will, together!
We know it: you are beaming in the night.
When silence now will snow around us ev'rywhere,
so let us hear the all-embracing sound
of greater things than we can see and wider,
your world, and all your children's soaring hail.
By loving forces wonderfully sheltered,
we are awaiting fearlessly what comes.
God is with us at dusk and in the morning
and most assuredly on ev'ry day.
Blessed are you, Christ Jesus, as you come to us this day. Blessed are you, as you work through the gifts we bring you now. Blessed are you as you live in our lives, helping us become faithful disciples and stewards of your love. Bless and strengthen our gifts, that they may bless and strengthen others. With gratitude and joy, we pray. Amen.
“All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
The Blessing and Sending Forth
In the hours and days and week ahead, Christ goes with us, leading the way. Where Christ leads, let us follow Jesus. Let us journey together to the cross. Where Christ leads, let us follow Jesus.
*Youth Choir Singers:
*Youth Choir Band:
The palms are donated by the Jewett Family in memory of Lois and Ellsworth Jewett
Liturgist: Bev Welsh
Video: Mark Beatty