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March 28, 2021 Sunday Worship
Guest Minister: Major Rev. Bob Lay
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March 28th, 2021~ 10:30 AM ~ Palm Sunday

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Leading us today in Worship
Guest Minister: Major the Rev. Bob Lay
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader & Scripture Reader: Jim Dolmer
Soloist: John Thompson    

~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics    

PRELUDE
Sonata K. 333, 2nd Mov’t, W.A. Mozart                                       

GREETING (2 Cor. 13:13) (Lay Leader)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.    

WELCOME (Lay Leader)
Welcome  to Major the Rev. Bob Lay, who will be leading us in worship today.      

CALL TO WORSHIP                                               
This is the day the Lord hath made;
He calls the hours His own;
Let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
And praise surround the throne.  

OPENING PRAYER  
Jesus, this morning I’m thankful that you are not caught up in the enthusiasm of a crowd that saw you in political and military terms.
But you had a larger and greater purpose to redeem not just Jews, but Jews and Gentiles alike.
Thank you, Lord, for saving our soul.
Thank you, Lord, for making us whole.
Thank you, Lord, for giving to us your great salvation so rich and free.
Amen.  

HYMN  VU #122 All Glory, Laud and Honour
Refrain    
All glory, laud and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
   
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
 

1. You are the King of Israel, and David's royal son,    
now in the Lord's name coming, our King and blessed one.

Refrain    
All glory, laud and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
   
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
 

2. The multitude of pilgrims with palms before you went;    
our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present.

Refrain    
All glory, laud and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
   
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
 

3. To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise;    
to you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

Refrain    
All glory, laud and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
   
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
 

4. Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring,    
great author of all goodness, O good and gracious king.

Refrain    
All glory, laud and honour to you, Redeemer, King,
   
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION  
Let us come together to a moment of confession. Imagine Jesus entering our presence just as he entered Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. Envision the palm branches, the donkey, the shouts of "hosanna." Understanding who he is and knowing who we are…  

Leader: …we pray together…
All: O God, you know us well. We are quick to speak of faith, but slow to live it fully. We shout "hosanna" as Jesus approaches, as did the people of Jerusalem many years ago; but we do not want him to come too close -- not close enough to really see…
Silent Confession  

Leader: And we pray together…
All: O God, you know us well. We are quick to claim faith in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour; but, like the throng who greeted his entry into Jerusalem, we are fickle, slow to live fully and everywhere as faithful disciples. We know where we fail…
Silent Confession  

Leader: And we pray together…
All: O God, you know us well. We are quick to want the blessings of faithfulness; but, like the Twelve who spent the last week with him, we are slow to accept the pain and suffering of authentic Christ-like living. Forgive our weakness and fear…
Silent Confession  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The Lord is God. The Lord brings light to those in darkness, forgiveness to those who truly confess, and pardon to all who seek to follow Jesus. Rejoice that the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever and ever. In the name of Jesus the Christ, receive the love that never dies and never fails. Amen.            

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (Lay Leader) (CGP p44)
As we prepare to listen for what the Bible is saying to us, let us pray together:
O God, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear what you are saying to us today.  Amen.  

SCRIPTURE (Lay Leader)                                  
Psalm 118  Parts: 1,3 & 4 VU# 837 The Psalm is Responsive  
Refrain :   
Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!
   

Let Israel now say,  
God’s love endures for ever
.  
Let the house of Aaron say,  
God’s love endures for ever.  
Let those who fear God say,  
God’s love endures for ever.
 
Refrain: 
Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  

Open to me the gates of the temple, that I may enter and give thanks to God.
This is the gate of God; through it the righteous shall enter.
I thank you for you have answered me; you have become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is God’s doing, marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  
Refrain: 
Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!     

Save us O God, we pray;
God, we pray, give us success.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
We bless you from the house of God.
God, our God, has given us light;
with palm branches in hand let us march to the alter.
You are my God and I will thank you;
you are my God and I will extoll you.  

Second Reading (NRSV)
Hebrews 10:4-10  The Sacrifice of Jesus  
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.  Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’  (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.  And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Third Reading (NRSV)
Mark 11:1-11  Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem   
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples  and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.  If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’”  They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.  Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.  Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

RESPONSE (Lay Leader)
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.  

MUSICAL INTERLUDE 
Little Litanies of Jesus. G. Grovlez  

PRAYER OF PREPARATION  (AWA)
May the words of my mouth… and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.  

SERMON
“Allowing the Lord to Lead”                                                                             

HYMN   VU #123 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna  

1. Hosanna, loud hosanna the happy children sang;    
through pillared court and temple the joyful anthem rang;
   
to Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
   
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
 

2. From Olivet they followed 'mid an exultant crowd,    
the victory palm-branch waving, and singing clear and loud;
   
the lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
   
content that little children should on his bidding wait.

3. "Hosanna in the highest!" That ancient song we sing,    
for Christ is our Redeemer; earth, let your anthems ring.
   
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
   
and in his humble presence eternally rejoice!
      

PROFESSION OF FAITH A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.  
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
 

We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus,   
crucified and risen,   
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death,
in life beyond death,
God is with us.

We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (VU #909) 
Merciful God, you are close to all in need, and by our prayers we draw close to you. Claiming your love in Christ Jesus for the whole world, we dare to pray for others. Committing ourselves to the care in his name for those around us, we bring our prayers and concerns for friend and stranger:  
(Silent prayers for people both near and far may be offered)  
Bountiful and merciful God, accept our prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ. Amen.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, VU 921)
As a child turns to a loving caregiver who watches over them, we turn in prayer to you, O God, who are our heavenly parent, our mother,
Our Father, who art in Heaven…  

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The Peace of Christ be with you.         
And also with you.
Think of one person with whom you would like to share the peace of Christ. You can also share the peace by typing in the chat box.  

MUSIC for PASSING the PEACE 
Improvisation on a Hymn. C. Burton  

OFFERING 
We  honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
With an offering stone to honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering let us pray:
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF        (CGP,50)  
We bring our gifts to you, God.
Here is the work of our hands,
and here is the love of our hearts.
Accept them and use them,
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.           
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS (LAY LEADER)
Congregational Meeting                                         
Coffee Hour: Join us via ZOOM for community time. The link was sent out by e-blast.        

HYMN   MV #8 And on This Path  
1. And on this path, the gates of holiness are open wide,    
and on this path, the gates of holiness are open wide,
   
and on this path, the gates of holiness are open wide!
   
Open wide! Open wide! Open wide!
   
the gates are open wide:
 

2. So enter in the gates of holiness are open wide,    
so enter in the gates of holiness are open wide,
   
so enter in the gates of holiness are open wide!
   
Open wide! Open wide! Open wide!
   
the gates are open wide!
 

SENDING (CGP p. 72)
Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God!  

SUNG 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 you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, * within, around, above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
Amen, amen, amen.  
* alternate words: watching from above

In response to congregation feedback, the Worship Committee has decided that, a sending or blessing other than Go Now in Peace will be sung one Sunday a Month  

POSTLUDE
Sonata Op. 10 #2, !st Mov’t  L.van Beethoven                                               

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RESOURCES USED

LITURGY SOURCES:
The following are used with permission:

- Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed.” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968. Alt. 1998
-The Call to Worship is written by Isaac Watts., Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession and Prayer of Assurance are written by Major the Rev. Bob Lay.
- Prayer of Illumination , Prayer of Dedication and Sending from Celebrate God’s Presence Pg. 44,50 &72. Used by permission. One License #608577
- Prayer of Preparation from Abington Worship Annual 2021. Copyright © 2020 by Abington Press. Written by Kirsten Linford .Used by permission One Licence # 608577
-Prayer of the People: Copyright © The United Church Publishing House  

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
- Psalm refrain: “Hallelujah” Composer: Albert Ham ca. 1900 VU # 837 Used by permission One License #608577
- “All Glory Laud and Honour.” Words: Theodulph of Orleans ca.820. alt.,trans. John Mason Neale 1851. Music: Melchior Teschner 1615. One License #608577
- “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”. Words: Jeanette Threfall 1873. Music: trad. 18th-century German tune, adapt. Xavier Ludwig Hartig 1868. Public Domain.
- “And On This Path.” Words: Lynn Bauman, Music Linnea Good, 2003. Words copyright 2000 Lynn Bauman, from Aincient Songs Sung Anew: The Psalms as Poetry.  Used by permission. Music copyright 2003 Borealis Music, Used by permission. One License # 608577.
- “Go Now in Peace.” Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. © 1988 Harold Flammer Music, Inc. Alternate words used with permission. Used by permission, One License, #608577.    

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.  

Prelude:  Sonata K. 333, 2nd Mov't, W.A. Mozart
Musical Interlude: Little Litanies of Jesus G. Grovlez
Passing of the Peace:  Improvisation on a Hymn  C. Burton
Postlude: Sonata Op. 10 #2 1st Mov't L. van Beethoven
All public domain