Worship: March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

22 Gettysburg Street  Box 538

Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Palm Sunday

Sunday of the Passion

March 28, 2021

10:00 am

 Livestream link:  Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – March 28 2021

Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors in these days of adjusting to a new normal in worship.  Weather permitting, we will observe outdoor parking lot worship today at 10 am.  We will be livestreaming from the parking lot in case you are unable to join us and in case of inclement weather we will livestream from the sanctuary at 10 am (with no in person worship).  Please check your email on a Sunday morning to be sure of the worship schedule.  The weather can be a bit unpredictable!!

We ask for your patience and understanding and your faithful support of the church in these days of a new normal for all of us.  Let us continue to pray and to remain faithful, knowing that our God continues to reach out and to embrace us.  We sometimes need to be reminded that our God promises to be near to us in the most difficult days as well as the days when life seems easy for us.

As you follow along in the bulletin during live stream worship, please participate quietly when you come to the bold print.

 

PRELUDE

“Festival March on ‘St. Theodulph’”, ©1978 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

TIME OF SHARING

 

READING OF THE GOSPEL

St. Mark 11: 1-11

11:1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
11:2 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.
11:3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'”
11:4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,
11:5 some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
11:6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.
11:7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
11:8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
11:9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11:11 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.

Hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

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, thou David’s greater Son,

Who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and blessed One.

 

The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;

Our praise and prayer and anthems before thee we present.

 

To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;

To thee, now high exalted our melody we raise.

 

Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring,

Who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King!

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Children of God, rejoice.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

 Behold, your King is coming to you.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Your king rides, not on a war horse, but on a donkey.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

He comes, not to bring conflict, but to bring peace.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Yet his dominion will be from one end of the world to the other.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

His reign will be from everlasting to everlasting.

Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!

Let us pray.

Merciful God, as we enter this Holy Week

and gather at your House of Prayer,

turn our hearts again to Jerusalem;

to the life, the death, and the resurrection

of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

We ask that we might be united with Christ and

with all the faithful

so that one day we may enter in triumph the city

not made with human hands, the new Jerusalem,

eternal in the heavens,

where with you and the Holy Spirit, Christ lives forever. 

 

BLESSING OF THE PALMS

May God be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to God Most High.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

O God, who in Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem,

heralding a week of pain and sorrow,

be with us now as we walk the Way of the Cross.

In these events of defeat and victory you have

sealed the closeness of death and resurrection,

of humiliation and exaltation.

We thank you for these branches that promise to become for us

symbols of martyrdom and majesty.

Bless them and us,

that through us this day may announce in our time that Christ has come,

and that Christ will come again.

Amen!  Come, Jesus Christ, come!  Amen!

 

Distribution of Palm Branches

(At this time the palm branches will be distributed to you at your seats.)

“The Palms”, Jean Baptiste Faure/arr. D. Wells, ©1978 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

TIME OF CONFESSION

Will we wave our leafy branches today and hide them tomorrow?

Will our hosannas melt into another chorus of death?

Will we, like the builders of old,

reject the stone that is meant to hold all things together?

Is Jesus Christ truly the cornerstone of our lives?

Come let us admit the truth about ourselves.

Humble God, we admit that we often have chosen

to demand service rather than to give service.

We often have chosen to expect mercy rather than to offer mercy.

We often have chosen to exalt ourselves

 rather than to exalt our brother, Jesus.

Help us to find our way back to humility,

 back to an awareness of our life as servant people.

Give us the courage and light-heartedness

 to embrace that service that frees us for true discipleship.

 

And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.

 

CONFESSION MEDITATION

“Ride On In Majesty”, tune “St. Drostane”, John Dykes/arr. E. Broughton, ©1971 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

In the mystery of God, One came among us, fully human yet fully divine, to lead us to the throne of grace.  Though in the form of God, Jesus emptied Himself, taking a servant’s role in humble service to humanity.

This was for our sakes, that we might bend our knees before God in humility and trust.

We are saved by God’s steadfast love!

Live in that hope and die in that hope!

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

What Is Your Only Comfort, In Life and In Death?

That I am not my own, but belong

– body and soul, in life and in death –

to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood

and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.

    He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair

can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven;

in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit,

assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly

willing and ready from now on to live for him.

 

THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS

“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16).

In response to God’s grace, let us give our tithes and offerings.

 

(If you have not placed your offering in the offering box, we would ask you to mail your offering to Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 538, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 17303, or to use the Electronic Funds Transfer option which is available by contacting the church office.  Your ongoing support of the church is deeply appreciated in these days.)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Let our minds not regard the abundance we have been given as our due,

but let us empty out everything into your hands, O God.

May our obedience be our confession that Jesus is our Lord.

 

VOCAL SOLO

“The Wondrous Cross”, Christy Nockels, Jorge Mhondera, Jonny Pike, Nathan Nockels, Willie Meeks, Molley Moody, ©2015 Worship Together.com

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON FOR THE MORNING

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

 

EPISTLE LESSON FOR THE MORNING

Philippians 2: 5-11

2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.
2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION

“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”, tune “Ellacombe”/arr. E. Broughton, ©1987 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Eternal God, whose whisper silences the shouts of the mighty,

 quiet within us every voice but your own.

Speak to us now through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ

that by the power of your Holy Spirit

we may receive grace to show forth Christ’s love

 in lives committed to your service.

 

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD  

St. Mark 14:12 to 15:47

 

*CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Have mercy on us, God,

when our courage fades in the face of questioning,

when our enthusiasm wilts into apathy,

when we begin well but end miserably,

when determination withers before challenge.

 Forgive us, O Merciful One,

and give us the courage to live out our convictions

 and the fortitude to complete our commitments.

For we ask it in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

*HYMN  “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146

Sheet music in back of bulletin

O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred head, what glory, what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call thee mine.

 

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners’ gain;

Mine, mine, was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘Tis I deserve thy place;

Look on me with thy favor, and grant to me thy grace.

 

What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,

For this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?

O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.

COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

In this week ahead we will be asked to walk the hard road of faith

and face the full cost of discipleship.

The sacrifice we are called to share

involves true commitment and devotion.

May our hearts and minds follow wherever the road of faith may lead.

 

“Jesus, Remember Me” (sing twice)

Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.

Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.

 

POSTLUDE

“Postludium”, Donald Lee Moore, ©1980 Lorenz Publishing Co.

 

Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.

Coming Up This Week:

Mar. 28        Outdoor Worship                       Parking lot             10:00 a.m.

Sunday School                           Zoom                       9:00 a.m.

Apr. 1          Maundy Thursday service         Live stream              7:00 p.m.

With Holy Communion

Apr. 2          Good Friday service                   Live stream              7:00 p.m.

 

Looking Forward:

Apr. 4          Easter sunrise service                 Fairview Cem.         6:30 a.m.

With Trinity Lutheran

Easter service with Holy            Parking lot             10:00 a.m.

Communion & Confirmation

No Sunday School

 

Pastoral Care:  If you would like a visit from George, please contact him and let him know a convenient time.

 

Holy Week Schedule:  Please note whether the service is livestreamed or on the parking lot.  Any service livestreamed from the sanctuary will have NO in-person gathering.

Sunday, March 28th, 10 a.m. – Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion – Service on the parking lot (weather permitting, otherwise livestreamed from inside the sanctuary).

Thursday, April 1st, 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Service will be livestreamed from the sanctuary.

Friday, April 2nd, 7 p.m. – Good Friday Service, livestreamed from the sanctuary.

Sunday, April 4th, 6:30 a.m. – Easter Sunrise Service at Fairview Cemetery with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  This is a shared service with Trinity Lutheran Church.

Sunday, April 4th, 10 a.m. – Easter Service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  We will also celebrate the Rite of Confirmation during worship.  Service on the parking lot (weather permitting, otherwise livestreamed from inside the sanctuary).

 

Happy Belated Birthday to Don H. who celebrated 82 years on March 22nd, and to Jane G. who celebrated 86 years on March 23rd!

Happy Anniversary to John & Connie L. on April 4th!

 

Thank You from Shirley C. for all the cards and calls while she was under the weather!

 

Community Aid Update:   You may have noticed that the Community Aid Bin is no longer in the parking lot at Zion.  However, Zion is still participating in the donation program in order to raise funds for Mission projects.  So, Zion will start a monthly collection of items to be driven to the Hanover location.  On Saturday morning, April 17, the trailer will be available in the church parking lot from 9 AM until 11 AM or until it is full.  Zion UCC gets credit for poundage of clothing items, but Community Aid will also accept shoes, purses, and belts.  Please have your clothing items bagged separately from other donations as we will tally them separately.  You may also deliver donation items directly to Community Aid locations if you wish.  Please be sure to attach a donation slip (sent to you by email) to your clothing and note our Partner Number 20054 so appropriate credit can be given to Zion.  Notify your friends and family of our first collection on Sat, April 17.  Any questions, please contact Angie V.

 

Covid Vaccine Information:  Dr. Mike M. has graciously volunteered to answer questions you may have concerning the various Covid-19 vaccines as you decide when and if to get the shots.  He will do this in a Zoom session answering your questions and addressing your concerns.   If you would like to attend, please reply to the church office so we can plan a date and time.

 

On the Fence about summer camp at Nawakwa?  The PCC will pay half the cost of camp registration!  Just contact Anne Rankin at annerankin524@gmail.com.

 

Prayer Requests:  Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.

 

Ladies Breakfast Group News From Sally:  We are welcoming spring by resuming our monthly breakfast meetings!  Join us at The Apple Bin on Monday, April 12th at 9:00 a.m.  We may be outside enjoying the sun or, if the weather is inclement, we will meet inside – socially distanced for your comfort level.

 

Maintenance Projects Update:  The Consistory is excited to report that the replacement of the Sunday School roof will be done this spring!  The roofing company needs the weather to break and have a consistent warm temperature before proceeding.  Even more exciting – the costs for that project are covered!!  The contract for the parking lot project has been signed with C. E. Williams and planning has begun.  Zion is pursuing various revenue sources for this project and would encourage anyone wishing to donate to this project to mail a check to the church office with “capital improvement” in the memo line.