Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

PRELUDE                                                                                                                     Chris Pierce

CALL TO WORSHIP (Nancy Allen)

God of all life,

Soaring music, falling rain,

Springtime joy, evening rest.

Children’s laughter, loud hosannas.

God of all life,

Our journey and our home,

Restless searching, gracious finding.

Lenten mysteries, Easter hopes.

God of all life,

Your praise we sing and offer you our lives.

 

OPENING PRAYER (Cathy Martini)

Awaken our ears, O God.  Open our minds, that we might recognize your voice and discover your wisdom.  Guide our thoughts, that we might adopt Christ’s attitude of humility and love.  Strengthen our resolve, that we might walk with you to the end, even if it means death on a cross.  In your holy name, we pray.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING                                                                                     Philippians 2:5-11

(MaryKate Kroyer)

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, to the glory of God the Father.

GOSPEL READING                                                                                            Matthew 21:1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.”

This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

SERMON

HYMN                                                    “ Lamb of God”                                          TFWS2113

(Chris Pierce)

  1. Your only Son, no sin to hide, but you have sent Him from your side,
    To walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God

 

  1. Your gift of love they crucified, they laughed and scorned him as he died,
    The humble king they named a fraud, and sacrificed the Lamb of God.

 

(Refrain) Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God, I love the Holy Lamb of God!
Oh wash me in His precious Blood, My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

  1. I was so lost I should have died, but You have brought me to Your side,
    To be led by Your staff and rod, and to be called a lamb of God.

 

(Refrain) Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God, I love the Holy Lamb of God!
Oh wash me in His precious Blood, My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}

“Like broken vessels, we need God’s healing.  Like those who are dead, we need the stirring of God’s life within us.  Like an army surrounded by its enemies, we need Christ’s deliverance.  Let us lift up our prayers to God – the one who delivers us from evil, the one whose steadfast love makes us whole again”.

  1. For our churches and the ongoing ministries here, especially Food Pantry. May God grant us wisdom, discernment, and grace at this time.  Prayers especially for our shut ins and homebound individuals. 2. For the medical professionals and first responders in our community.  3. For the leaders of the nation and the church and their discernment. 4. For the family of Joyce Howes (Joyce’s mother, Gerda Buttner passed recently 3/27). 5. For people, who lost their loved ones by COVID-19.  6. Please, add your prayers …

PASTORAL PRAYER

OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we pray…

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, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN                        “O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done”                                     UMH 287

(Linda Nicholls)

  1. O Love divine, what has thou done!  The immortal God hath died for me!
    The Father’s coeternal Son bore all my sins upon the tree.
    Th’ immortal God for me hath died: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

    2. Is crucified for me and you, to bring us rebels back to God.
    Believe, believe the record true, ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood.
    Pardon for all flows from his side: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

    3. Behold him, all ye that pass by, the bleeding Prince of life and peace!
    Come, sinners, see your Savior die, and say, “Was ever grief like his?”
    Come, feel with me his blood applied: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

BENEDICTION

In the hours and days and week ahead, Christ goes with us, leading the way.  Let us journey together to the cross.

Greetings from our friends who are out of town: Richard Ketigian(FL), Rev. Howard & Carol Velzy (AZ), Aneata Benjamin (FL), Elaine Johnson(FL).

  1.  Live Easter Celebration: Our Annual Conference is working on providing an online, live Easter celebration originating from the Annual Conference Center.  More information will be released soon.
  2. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, extended the closure of New York schools until April 15th and continues in his firm directives that people should stay at home. The Bishop Bickerton told us he is following the lead of Governor Cuomo regarding the stay at home and no public gatherings mandates.  Our churches will continue to be closed to public worship and other gatherings and events until such time as Governor Cuomo lifts the stay at home mandates.
  3. Useful information site: Remembering Holy Week, Celebrating Easter at Home.
  4. General Conference has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.  Annual Conference also will be rescheduled from June to a date in the fall.