March 29, 2015 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Ellyn Wiens, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Human” by Christina Perri and “Ready for the Storm” by Dougie MacLean
Sung by Jane Aas, Tim Carpenter, Arlene Anderson; Dave Winchester, piano
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
“Ghost Dance” by Cusco
Annette Strom, Susan Ranfranz, Connie Lindquist, Sarah Jessico
*Responsive Call to Worship Thom Shuman
We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks.
We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;
we will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts.
Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow,
for he is the life we long for, he is the Word who sustains us.
We wave palm branches in anticipation, we lay our love before him, to cushion his walk.
Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes: modeling humility and obedience for all of us.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the One who brings us
the realm of God.
*Opening Hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (#216 black)
Palm Processional by Our Children
*indicates “please stand” (if you are able
Unison Prayer of Confession
Ever constant God, mixing love and hope together, you pave the way to you, but we prefer to stub our toes on the potholed roads of temptation. You will touch the cup of grace to our parched lips, but we seem to hunger for the ashy taste of bitterness. You beg us to learn the songs of salvation, but we hum along with the chorus death plays in the background of our lives.
Have mercy upon us, God of Holiness. As you come to us, you bring healing for our brokenness, peace for our troubled lives, hope for our doubting minds. May we empty ourselves of everything which keeps us from following you. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 11:1–11
Anthem “Sanctus” by John Rutter
Sermon “Walking In, Not By. . .”
Song “Bystander” by Jane Aas
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “The Palms” Mark Hakes, soloist
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You but Your Own” (#785)
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, as Hosannas fade to cries of despair, may these gifts be used for peacemaking that settles strife and justice-seeking that creates hope.
*Closing Hymn “The King of Glory Comes” (#9 P&W songbook)