Look for the Unexpected

Palm Sunday

Order of Worship

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.

      You are welcome here…come and worship!


First Reading: Mark 11: 1-11,  The Palm Parade -Cris Hudson

Opening Hymn: We Are Marching In the Light of God

(Lyrics)                                                                    #853

  1. We Are Marching In the Light of God
  2. We Are Living In the Love of God
  3. We Are Singing In the Light of God
  4. *Repeat  #1

Call To Worship:

One: Hosanna, hosanna, loud Hosanna!

Many: Blessed is the one who comes.

One: Hosanna, hosanna, loud Hosanna!

Many: May the rivers of justice run.

One: Children singing, families dancing,

Many: The elders give a shout!

One: Peace in heaven, glory in the highest!

Many: Even the stones cry out!

One: Hosanna, hosanna, loud hosanna!

Many: May our refrain never cease.

One: Not by power nor by might,

Many: But the way that makes for peace.

Opening Prayer:

God of everlasting love, how humbly you enter our

world to show us your Way: in Christ Jesus on a dusty road, riding a donkey. Help us to pave the way for your Kin’dom

with our prayer and praise, with our service and love,

until the very stones cry out at the coming of your new

creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.               Luke 19:28-40

Gathering Music:  Show Us How to Love (by Mark A. Miller) 

                                                                       -Jennifer Comeau

Hearts open, minds awake,

change us now for heaven’s sake.

Leave us not alone in hatred’s wake.

Show us how to love.

Show us how to love.

Show us how, show us how to love.

Reading:  Mark14:1-25,  The Anointing and The Last Supper     

                                                  – Cris Hudson, Peter McPheeters

                       Quiet Reflection Time

                      Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

        Words of Invitation             The Bread and The Cup

                           Prayer of Thanksgiving                

Music:  Meditative Instrumental               ~ Jennifer Comeau

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.                                                          Jennifer Comeau

                             Prayers of the People                              

           Silent Prayers                             Pastoral Prayer

Offertory:  I Will Change Your Name (by J.D. Butler)  -Jennifer Comeau

Doxology:  Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Prayer of Dedication:

Readings: Mark 14: 32-72  The Story Continues: The Garden, The Betrayal, The Arrest and The Denial    

                        A Time of Silence

Closing: Now we enter the week we call the “holiest” of weeks in our liturgical year. We have all known the longing for love and the loss of love. We know that to love greatly is to risk deep pain. And yet, we were made for love. It is what gives life meaning and purpose. Let us begin our journey of reflection this week, knowing that Love Looks for Us.

Closing Music:  Blest Be the Tie that Binds   #306

Blessing:  Go forth into the world knowing that the God of love walks with you. May you go in the Peace of Christ…Amen.

Postlude:  Go In Peace

Please Join Us

Maundy Thursday-April 7th, 6pm Service with A Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Easter Sunday- 10am with A Time for the Children

                 For Your Reflection…

“The Poet Thinks About the Donkey”

On the outskirts of Jerusalem

the donkey waited.

Not especially brave, or filled with understanding,

he stood and waited.

How horses, turned out into the meadow,

   leap with delight!

How doves, released from their cages,

   clatter away, splashed with sunlight.

But the donkey, tied to a tree as usual, waited.

Then he let himself be led away.

Then he let the stranger mount.

Never had he seen such crowds!

And I wonder if he at all imagined what was to happen.

Still, he was what he had always been: small, dark, obedient.

I hope, finally, he felt brave.

I hope, finally, he loved the man who rode so lightly upon him,

as he lifted one dusty hoof and stepped, as he had to, forward.

                                                                     + Mary Oliver

Blessing for Palm Sunday

Blessed is the one

who comes to us

by the way of love

poured out with abandon.

Blessed is the one

who walks toward us

by the way of grace

that holds us fast.

Blessed is the one

who calls us to follow

in the way of blessing,

in the path of joy.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.                         http://paintedprayerbook.com/

                With Appreciation…

Many Thanks to our musician, Jen Comeau, and to our Readers and Zoom Host today.

Worship Notes:  Worship series design © Worship Design Studio by Marcia McFee. Used with permission. www.worshipdesignstudio.com.