Palm Sunday Worship Bulletin, April 14, 2019

SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

PASTORAL GREETING

CHORAL INTROIT O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days

by David Ashley White 

PRELUDE A time to reflect and prepare to hear God

Shepherd and Friend by Michael Helman       Wesley Bell Ringers

WRITTEN WORD Luke 19.28-40

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The parade today is just the beginning of our hope.

People: We wave our branches and shout “Hosanna!”

Leader: But there will come a time of silence and of mourning.

People: Help us to be ready for that time, O Lord.

Leader: Blessed is Jesus, who came into Jerusalem on that day.

People: Blessed is Jesus who comes into our hearts always. Amen.

PROCESSIONAL

#278 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

#280 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2108

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  

Gracious God, we thank you as we witness once again your plan of salvation for all humanity unfold. We are amazed at the crowd that gathered to welcome him and join in the celebration of him whom we know came in your name. May our hearts be filled with joy as we acknowledge how you have come into our hearts. We are blessed by the opportunity of grace and forgiveness his death provides us. We are humbled by the realization that the many who sang his praise had conflicting agendas and ask that we might have only one agenda – to follow you and witness to the world that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As you entered Jerusalem, and cleansed the temple, cleanse us, O Lord, that the sincerity of our offering be true to your purpose for our lives. Amen!

OFFERING Herzlich tut mich verlangen – Johann Gottfried Walther

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

DOXOLOGY

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

#488 Jesus Remember Me

Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

#488 Jesus Remember Me

Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.

SILENT PRAYERS

EXPLANATION OF “TENEBRAE”

IT IS FINISHED

A musical service of Tenebrae by Mary McDonald

Dedicated by the chancel choir to honor the life of Virginia Homan, pastor Brian’s mother, who died March 28, 2019.

Introduction

The Lord’s Prayer

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 trespasses as we for those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen!

Meditation on What Wondrous Love

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Extinguishing the first candle

I Am Light, I Am Life, I Am Love

Let Us Break Bread Together on our knees. 

Let us break bread together on our knees. 

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, 

O Lord, have mercy on me.

Extinguishing the second candle

As You Will, It Will Be

Extinguishing the third candle

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Extinguishing the fourth candle

Let Him Be Crucified

Extinguishing the fifth candle

It is Finished with  Were You There

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Extinguishing the Christ’s Candle

RECESSION IN SILENCE

We leave this time of reflection in silence in appreciation for the sacrifice of Christ.