April 17, 2011 Palm Sunday

April 17, 2011     Palm Sunday

 

WE GATHER TOGETHER

MUSIC IN PREPARATION

TRINITY IN ACTION

 WE CENTRE OURSELVES IN GOD’S LIGHT

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

One: Hosanna to the Son of David!

All: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

 HYMN:  Tell Me the Stories of Jesus          357 VU

 PRAYER OF APPROACH:   Eternal God, this morning we have come to cheer you on.  We can feel the excitement of the crowds who welcomed Jesus with such joy, and we want to join in, to share their hope, remembering your promise of a saviour.  Bless us as we greet your Son, who arrives now.  As his followers we pray: Our Father....

 JESUS’ PRAYER

THE JERUSALEM PARADE:    Matthew 21:1-11

A TIME FOR LEARNING

 We join with the crowd that eagerly awaited the coming of Jesus.

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

 Fulfilling prophecy, Jesus entered the city riding humbly on a donkey

<louder> Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

Jesus' followers were excited, filled with anticipation.  Yet within a few short days, they were scattered, disillusioned and frightened, unwilling to follow as far as Christ would have them go.

<softer> Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

 We too, long to join the triumphal procession, only to find ourselves burdened by the past, fearful of the future, reluctant to accept the way of the cross.

<softer> Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

Yet this Palm Sunday, we receive palm branches, a reminder of the welcome offered to Jesus as he travelled toward the cross.

<louder> Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

Like the crowd in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, we take our palm branches and greet Jesus, shouting:

<very loud>  Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!  Hosanna in the Highest!

 HYMN :  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna               123 VU

WE LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD

 THE BETRAYAL:  Matthew 26:29-36,  47-56

  Reader:  Debbe Rogers

 ANTHEM:

REFLECTION

AND WE RESPOND

 COMMUNION

 God is with us.

we are not alone.

Christ is present here.

the Spirit is among us.

Let us give thanks to God,

in memory and in hope.

Let the heavens be joyful!

let the earth be glad!

We give thanks to God!

 THE LAST SUPPER: Matthew 26:14-28

 PRAYER, SHARING BREAD & WINE 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

 Surprising God, you come to our lives in ways we do not expect.

We ask for success;

You teach us acceptance.

We ask to be loved;

You ask us to love.

We ask for ease;

You challenge us.

We ask for a triumphant Messiah,

You come as one obedient unto death.

We glorify the winner,

You glorify the loser who died on a criminal's cross.

Walk among us, surprising God of peace.  Sanctify our joys and our successes; turn our hearts to you.  At the name of Jesus, we bow before you.  May your name be glorified in your church and in your world, now and always.  Amen.

 HYMN:  "Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!"                127  VU (t. 108)

 PRAYERS FROM OUR HEARTS

 OFFERTORY: (VU 603)

In loving partnership we come,

seeking, O God, your will to do.

Our prayers and actions now receive;

we freely offer them to you.

 PRAYER DEDICATING OUR GIFTS:  We come before you, O God, with the many blessings that you have bestowed upon us.  Accept them, as in Jesus you accept us.  Use what we bring, so that the whole world might glorify Jesus with shouts of Hosanna!   Amen.

 HYMN: Go To Dark Getsemane               133 VU

 WE ARE SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD

 CHORAL BLESSING: "Go Now In Peace"

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.

Know God will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show that you believe.

Reach out to others so all the world can see.

God will be there watching from above.

Go now in peace, in faith, and in love. AMEN. AMEN.  AMEN.
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