Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday
We invite you to click through our on-line worship service below.
On this PALM SUNDAY, we also invite you to print a palm leaf, or create your own, and post a photo or video of you in our FB Group (or email them) so we can edit them together to create a virtual palm parade!
Words of Welcome & Call to Worship
Pastor Jason & Pastor Katie
"We Gather Together" Ken Oedemann
We are so glad that you are in worship with us today! Please take a moment and fill out our "friendship Folder" below to register your attendance.
Opening Prayer (Sawyer Cook)
we stand at the gate,
hesitant and uncertain;
we are reluctant to answer your invitation;
we are slow to embark on the journey
toward your reign.
Forgive us, we pray.
Grant us the help we need to be your people—
the courage to join you in the procession;
the selflessness to lay our cloaks before you;
the freedom to lift our palms to your glory;
and the knowledge that by your grace
we are forgiven. Amen.
"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" 278 (UMH)
1. Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple
the lovely 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 victor palm branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven
rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children
should on his bidding wait.
3. "Hosanna in the highest!"
that ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer,
the Lord of heaven our King.
O may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer
Rev. Dr. Jason Snow
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
"I Come To Him" by Sally Deford
Morgan Kelso, Soprano
First Scripture Reading Luke 19:28-39
Rev. Dr. Jason Snow
Luke 19:28-39 (NRSV)
28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Rev. Katie Carson Phillips
Prayer of Dedication
Name above all names,
as you emptied yourself for others,
we offer ourselves and these gifts
as a sign of our hope in your reign.
Where there is illness, bring healing.
Where there is death, bring life.
Where there is sorrow, bring joy.
Where there is injustice, bring courage for change.
May you use our gifts to bring glory and hope to our community and our world.
It Is Well With My Soul,
Horatio Spafford & Phillip Bliss
Emily Wilson, piano
"All Glory, Laud, and Honor" 280 (UMH)
All glory, laud, and honor,
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.
1. Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David's royal Son,
who in the Lord's name comest,
the King and Blessed One.
2. The company of angels
are praising thee on high,
and we with all creation
in chorus make reply.
3. The people of the Hebrews
with psalms before thee went;
our prayer and praise and anthems
before thee we present.
4. To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.
5. Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King.
"All Glory, Laud and Honor" arr. Douglas E. Wagner