Palm/Passion Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

INTROIT     Palm Branches (bell/piano duet)

Joan Fossum & Heidi Prior

WELCOME

ANNOUNCEMENTS & FUNNY STORY

CENTERING WORDS               Pastor Bob

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.

Due to a recording problem, please read in your bible

PROCLAMATION OF THE ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM

Mark 11: 1-11

THE PEOPLE’S RESPONSE

(wave your palms while responding)

Hosanna to the Son of David!

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!

HYMN:                  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

UMC Hymnal #278

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

Almighty God, on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we might bear them in his name and may ever hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life. In his name we pray. Amen.

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

Debbie Young - Liturgist

~ Prayer for Illumination  UMC Hymnal #281

Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to suffer death on the cross. Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One god, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Lesson from the Old Testament    Isaiah 50: 4-9a

~ Psalm 31: 1-16     UMC Hymnal #764 sung response #1

Scripture Lesson from the New Testament  Philippians 2: 5-11

HYMN:          Jesus, Name above All Names

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2071

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE

Emmanuel, Emmanuel

UMC Hymnal #204

HYMN:

Lord of the Dance       UMC Hymnal #261

PRAYER OF PREPARATION TO THE WORD

(PSALM 19)

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.

PROCLAMATION OF THE PASSION STORY

Mark 14:1 - 15:47              Pastor Bob

RESPONSE TO THE WORD (unison)

from Philippians 2

God of Life, we give thanks that our strength is found in you. May your word move within us and renew our faith. May the same mind be in us that was in Jesus, that we might have courage enough to walk with him all the way to the cross. Amen.

OFFERTORY                         Were You There

Debbie Young – soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (unison)

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 gifts of hearts and hands to sustain the weary in word and deed. May we be awakened to all who long for God’s peace, and have courage enough to walk with them. Amen.

BENEDICTION

(Based on Ephesians 3:18-19)

Throughout this Holiest of Weeks, May you have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

DEPART IN PEACE…Shalom!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Change My Heart, O God

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2152