Prelude         Hosanna to the King!  

Welcome & Opening Prayer

            Welcome to First Church.  Today is the 6th Sunday in the journey of Lent, better known as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, and the marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Some people choose to call it Palm Sunday, which refers to Jesus’ more festive and celebratory entrance into the city of Jerusalem.  There are others that refer to today as Passion Sunday, and refers to a more solemn and somber remembrance of the beginning of Holy Week.  Whatever may be your choice of reference, it’s Sunday morning… Please join with me in prayer…

Holy Father, Gracious and Almighty God, as we gather this morning, we do so to revisit and remember Jesus’ entrance to the city of Jerusalem.  Today marks the beginning of another Holy Week, six days when we will read Your Holy Words as a way of returning to those days of yesteryear, those days when Jesus walked the earth and in His ministry, would change the world forevermore.  Bless our worship this morning, O God.  Hear us as we share the next hour and do so to honor Your Son, Jesus, the One we now know as The Messiah, the Promised One, our Savior.  In Your’s and His Holy Name we pray and live.   Amen and Amen.

Call to Contemplation      His Name is Wonderful  

His name is Wonderful / His name is Wonderful / His name is Wonderful / Jesus my Lord
He is the mighty King / Master of ev’rything / His name is Wonderful / Jesus my Lord

Call to Worship (abbreviated Scriptures)

    P:     God awakens us and calls us to this time of worship. Our ears are opened to hear God’s Word of truth.

    C:    Speak to us, Gracious God, and command our attention; Teach us Your Way, and bless our response.

    P:     God blesses us with His Words, Words that sustain and comfort us.

             C:    Hear us, O God, as we worship and praise You; Strengthen our convictions to live in Your Word and Ways.

              P:     God has come to us, in Jesus Christ, to open us to new opportunities;  Let us empty ourselves of pretense that we may learn.

             C:    Increase our knowledge and compassion, O Gracious God, as You teach us through the power of Your Son’s Cross.  Indeed, may the Peace of Christ be with us all.   Amen.

Hymn             Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 2: 5-11 (Lector: JoEllen Graham)

A Musical Moment for Meditation                     Majesty!  

Majesty worship His majesty / Unto Jesus be all glory / Honor and praise
Majesty kingdom authority / Flow from His throne / Unto His own His anthem raise

The Message –  Luke 19: 28-44       

          “…that you of all people would understand the way to Peace…”   (Pastor Matt)

Hymn             You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd

Prayers of the People

In this segment of our worship, we have been introducing the book 31 Days of Prayer by Ruth and Warren Myers.  This is the beginning of Holy Week – Palm/Passion Sunday.  Continuing in the eight areas of a stronger prayer life… 5th area is to “Depend on the Word, Not Feelings;” the 6th area is “Learn to be Still Before God;” the 7th area is “Pray with a Nonjudgmental Attitude;” and the 8th area is the ultimate goal of “View Prayer as a Way of Life.”  The Myers noted, “…we include our best, our heavenly Friend, in our daily experiences rather than just ignoring Him… Ask Him to overcome anything in you that hinders a constant, quiet, prayerful spirit – anything that divides your heart or diverts you from communion with the Lord… While on earth Jesus prayed continually… Prayer was a way of life to Him… and Prayer will become a more constant, more measured part of our lives, too, the more we know Him…”

Indeed, it is still Lent and we continue to hold in prayer:   The Roberts family; Elaine; Rick and Jacqui; the Reardon family; The Evans and Trapp family, the Pulselli family, and Evie and the Lika family, along with several additional “special intentions” (we are up to 12!).   On behalf of those who are named above, their family and friends, we again say, “Thank you for your thoughts & prayers!”

Please join me now in a time of prayer…

Holy Father, You brought us through yet another week in our journeys of faith and life.  For some of us, there were quieter days and nights, while for others, the days were chocked full of challenges that went well into night after night and continued through to morning after morning.  But You were there for and with us, we got through the week, and here we are once again, reaching out for Your Grace, Mercy, Wisdom, Peace and healing touches.  Thank You for the green pastures and the still waters… and hear us as we pause, wherever we may be in this moment, as we reach out to You…  hear our prayers, O God…and now let us pray together the Lord’s Prayer…

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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Invitation

Each week we come before you and share our appreciation for your support for the ministry here at First Church.  As Holy Week 2021 begins, our efforts to persevere in ministry and outreach have not changed… so once again, here at First Church, know we are deeply grateful for your support!  Indeed, thank you!

Offertory                               Pié Jesu by Gabriel Fauré                                         Karin Foley

Merciful Jesus, grant them rest everlasting

Doxology

Closing Hymn         What Wondrous Love Is This

Benediction –  As we all head out on our separate ways, don’t forget to step outside, look up to the heavens, and give God thanks for the many blessings in which we all are surrounded…. And remember, we all go in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Hopefully you will join us this Thursday evening at 7pm for our Maundy Thursday service – a brief time of Scripture, reflections, prayer and a simple sharing of Holy Communion. Have a great week, be a blessing.  God bless….

Postlude       Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley  

Jesus walked this lonesome valley / He had to walk it by Himself / Jesus walked this lonesome valley /

He had to walk it by Himself / O nobody else could walk it for Him / He had to walk it by Himself / Jesus walked the road to Calv’ry / He bore our sins upon the cross / O nobody else is like our Savior /

He died that we may live

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Scriptures for Sunday, March 28, 2021

Philippians 2:5-11

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up His Divine Privileges; He took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.   8When he appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor  and gave Him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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Luke 19:28-44

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

28 After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”

34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.

36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” 

39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”

40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

 

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.[b]

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Philippians 2:5-11

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His Divine Privileges[b];
He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When He appeared in human form, 8He humbled Himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the Name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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