Bulletin for April 5, 2020

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April 5, 2020

Palm/Passion Sunday

Bold indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good;

God’s 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;

let the faithful come and worship God.

PROCLAMATION OF THE ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM

Luke 19:29-40 (selections)

“The Palms” By Jean Baptiste Faure

Soloist Karen Bengtson

PRAYER OF THE DAY

God Most High, gracious and glorious,

blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Lead us now on the road to the cross.

May we follow with faithfulness and joy,

shouting hosanna in the highest heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen

CALL TO CONFESSION

The Lord GOD helps us; therefore we have not been disgraced.

We know that we shall not be put to shame; our redeemer is near!

If it is the Lord GOD who helps us, who will declare us guilty?

With confidence in God’s redeeming love, let us confess our sin.

First in silence, and then out loud.

SILENT CONFESSION

CONFESSION OF SIN

God of mercy,

you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.

We confess that we have strayed from you

and turned aside from your way.

We are misled by pride,

for we see ourselves pure when we are stained,

and great when we are small.

We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth.

Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.

Return us to paths of righteousness

through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Friends, hear and believe the good news of the gospel:

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Holy One, our strength in suffering and our hope for salvation,

lift up your Word of life and pour out your Spirit of grace

so that we may follow faithfully on the way to the cross;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING Isaiah 50:4-9a

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God

SECOND READING Matthew 27:11-54 (selections)

For the Word of God in Scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God.

SERMON

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

DECLARATION OF CHRISTIAN FAITH Traditional Apostles' Creed

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

INVITATION

“Unexpected Places” Heather Sorenson

Sung by Karen Bengtson

GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, giver of life and maker of all things.

You are our creator, knitting us together and breathing life into dust. You are our redeemer, healing our diseases and delivering us from death. You are our sustainer, strengthening us to serve you with freedom and joy.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place who forever sing to the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

You sent Jesus as the source and sign of your healing, saving power.

He spoke words of compassion and grace to those who were hurting and broken.

He reached out with kindness to touch those who were considered unclean.

He gave his own life for the healing of the world, and rose in glory to reign in love.

Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming.

With thanksgiving, we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit, unite us with Christ and with your church in all the world.

Heal our divisions, bind up our brokenness, restore us to abundant life, until all may share in the fullness and wholeness of your eternal realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

SHARING OF THE BREAD AND THE CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Loving God, you have given each of us a share in the one bread and the one cup and made us one with Christ. Help us to bring your saving power and healing love to all the world. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

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.

Liturgical Resources from

Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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