March 28, 2021 Worship
Palm and Passion Sunday
O, give thanks to our God, whose goodness and mercy endure forever. Who answers our cries. Who sustains the weary with a word.
Who takes human form to stand with us. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
And blessed are we when we stand with him.
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
O Give thanks to our God who is good.
God's steadfast love endures forever!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
For Christ has opened the gates of righteousness,
that we may enter.
He has emptied himself for love of us.
Christ took human form,
that we might know we are known.
Holy One, you are our God, and we give thanks to you.
We give thanks to our God, who is good.
God's steadfast love endures forever.
OPENING HYMN All Glory, Laud and Honor
No. 196 (Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
Refrain: All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!
Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David's royal Son,
who in the Lord's name comest,
the King and blessed One. (Refrain)
To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. (Refrain)
Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King! (Refrain)
CALL TO PRAYERS
When the parade is over, do we toss our palm branches aside, pick up our lives, brush them off, and live in the old way? As we begin the journey through the holiest of weeks, let us speak the truth to our God.
PRAYERS OF APPROACH & CONFESSION
Holy Brother, you have come in God's name and for our sake. You have entered our souls in moments of shouted Hosannas and waving cloaks. And you have come just the same to our late nights and our confused hearts.
Come to us again, Dear One, and let us follow you.
Let your name be on our tongues and in our hearts. Mercy of Mercies, where you go we often have been afraid to follow.
Sometimes the sorrows of our lives blind us
to the pain in the lives of others. Even yours.
When we are spent with sorrow, when our years are filled with sighing, when our souls waste away, when we can barely speak your name-we find it hard to trust your presence, though you have already made yourself humbled and broken, just like us.
Help us place our trust in you, no matter the cost.
Our times are in your hands. Give us the courage and the strength to stay by your side. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
God sustains the weary with a word, and so shall God sustain us all. The Holy One who helps us will not let us be put to shame. Christ stands with us, bringing the grace of our longing.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Let us greet one another as we would greet Christ, for all come in the name of the Lord. The peace of Christ be with you always!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen.
SCRIPTURE LESSON Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Oh to 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 them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the
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. We bless you from the house 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. 0 give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
SCRIPTURE LESSON Mark 11:1-11
SERMON Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro Save Us!
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord in your mercy/in thanksgiving,
Hear our prayer.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING Invitation
God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to serve others with joy, to share our love and material possessions. Our second offering today is in honor of One Great Hour of Sharing, to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters around the world. Special envelopes can be found in your bulletins. Let us rejoice in what we have been given and in what is ours to give.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church's work in the world.
Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, you have given us blessings beyond measure: hearts of mercy, hands of grace, and the presence of Christ in our souls and in our lives. We can never repay what we have received, so help us carry it forward. May we use the combined gifts of hearts and hands to sustain the weary in word and in deed. May we be awakened to all who long for God's peace, and have courage enough to walk with them. Amen.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN Ride On! Ride On in Majesty! No. 198
(You are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
Ride on! ride on in majesty! Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
thy humble beast pursues its road with palms and scattered garments strowed.
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
The hosts of angels in the sky look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die; bow thy meek head to mortal pain; then take, O God, thy power, and reign.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.