Palm Sunday (March 28, 2021): “Jesus’ Journey into Jerusalem”

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Preparing for Worship

In recent weeks we have walked with Jesus from Galilee through Samaria, into Judea, and now are entering with him into Jerusalem—his “last stop.” With the crowd of his day, we too want to pick up our palm branches in praise and worship. We stand in community with others, knowing we will be challenged to understand the ways of Jesus in the following week.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Dianne H. calls us to worship together.

Songs of Praise

Join in praise as we sing along to STS 75 Jesus is Coming, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus is coming, pave the way with branches!
Jesus is coming, Hosanna!

Jesus is coming, pave the way with branches!
Jesus is coming, Hosanna!

Hosanna, Jesus is coming! Hosanna to the Prince of Peace!
Hosanna, Jesus is coming! Hosanna to the Prince of Peace!

For our second song of praise, we sing along to HWB 238 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, to the tune of HWB 46, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.

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.

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.

“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heav’n our King.
Oh, may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the weekly email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • The 26 million people around the world living as refugees, due to things like religious or racial or political persecution, war or hunger. Half of the refugees are under the age of 18. Pray especially for the Rohinga refugee camp in Bangladesh, where a devastating fire this past week destroyed 10 000 shelters. Initially at least 15 people had died, and 400 were missing.
  • To thank God for the vaccines which are beginning to protect people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Thank God for the vaccination site in our own community.
  • To thank God for the good things in our lives. Pastor Ben is thankful for successful eye surgery, and for the prayers said on his behalf.
  • Those among us facing challenges, including Mary D., whose daughter, Doreen, in Winnipeg, is in palliative care due to cancer.
  • All of us, that we may strive to have “the same [humble] mind” . . . “that was in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5)

Congregational Prayer

Dianne H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing HWB 500 As the Hart with Eager Yearning, accompanied by Dianne H. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

As the hart with eager yearning, seeks the cooling water course,
so my soul with ardor burning longs for God, its heav’nly source.
When shall I behold God’s face? When shall I receive God’s grace?
When shall I, God’s praises voicing, come before our God rejoicing?

Day and night in grief and anguish bitter tears have been my meat,
while my longing soul may languish to partake of manna sweet.
O my soul, be not dismayed. Trust in God, who is our aid.
Hope and joy God’s love provides you,
’tis God’s hand alone that guides you.

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Reflection

Please take this time to reflect, to pray for the items listed in the bulletin, or to send up your own personal prayers as we listen to Deep Calls to Deep, by Steve Bell.

Scripture Reading

Dianne H. reads Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, and Mark 11:1-11 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Join Kristy L.H. and Cooper H. as they discuss Palm Sunday!

Meditation

Ron F. shares the following meditation with us, entitled “Jesus’ Journey into Jerusalem.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 237 All Glory, Laud, and Honor, accompanied by Loretta T.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel and David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name cometh, the King and blessed one.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
The company of angels is praising thee on high,
and we, with all creation, in chorus make reply.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems before thee we present.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
To thee before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
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 to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Benediction

Dianne H. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. 

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands.
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
while you go out with joy.

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. The Peace of Christ be with you.

Songs: Jesus is Coming (Text: Bret Hesla; Music: Bret Hesla; Text and Music copyright ©1999 Bret Hesla; admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission.); Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Text: Jeannette Threlfall, Sunshine and Shadow, 1873, alt.); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Music: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784; harmonized by William H. Monk, Hymns Ancient and Modern, Appendix, 1868); As the Hart with Eager Yearning (Text: based on Psalm 42, Christine T. Curtis, 1939, The Hymnal (Evangelical and Reformed), 1941, alt. Music: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551; harmonization adapted from Claude Goudimel, Les Pseaumes …, 1565); All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Text: Theodulph of Orleans, “Gloria, laus, et honor,” ca. 820; tr. John M. Neale, The Hymnal Noted, 1851; Music: Melchior Teschner, 1613, Ein andachtiges Gebet…, 1615); You Shall Go Out With Joy (Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann; ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)

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