First Congregational Church, UCC
Wolfeboro, NH
April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday
**For today : you will need some bread, a cup of juice or wine. It need not matter what kind or fashion, for communion was, at first, a ritual made from leftovers.**

You may also wish to mark this day with a branch, wreath, scarf or ribbon on your door, to mark that you celebrate the coming of the Messiah into our town, this Palm Sunday remembered.

Should you wish to participate in the responsive communion liturgy during worship. Please download this document to have at the ready.
Mark 11:1-11

11 When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone says to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ say,
‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’”

4 They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. 5 Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. 7 They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. 9 Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “ Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  10 Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve.

Mark 14:3-9
3 Jesus was at Bethany visiting the house of Simon, who had a skin disease. During dinner, a woman came in with a vase made of alabaster and containing very expensive perfume of pure nard. She broke open the vase and poured the perfume on his head. 4 Some grew angry. They said to each other, “Why waste the perfume? 5 This perfume could have been sold for almost a year’s pay and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
6 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you make trouble for her? She has done a good thing for me. 7 You always have the poor with you; and whenever you want, you can do something good for them. But you won’t always have me. 8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body ahead of time for burial. 9 I tell you the truth that, wherever in the whole world the good news is announced, what she’s done will also be told in memory of her.”
The NH Conference of the UCC is hosting a series of theological roundtables around the themes and conversations of Holy Week. Panelists (including Pastor Gina) are UCC pastors from all over New Hampshire.

These will begin on Palm Sunday.
You can find them on the Conference's Facebook page.
A link will also come out in the Weekly News
that the Conference sends out by Constant Contact emails.

If "study" is your way to move through Holy Week, be sure to tune-in.

I encourage you to make good practice of them in times that work for you. You will need a wreath with four candles in it, and one in the center (the Paschal light). If you do not have an advent wreath for candles, simply use four candles circling one in the center.

Please remember to send in your offering, as you are able.
We are still checking mail at the post office, and our counters are still making deposits. Many of our expenses continue.