April 14, 2019 ⁂ 10:30am

Palm Sunday

The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Gary Boelhower, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Sara Olson Dean

Prelude      Suite en trio by Mel Bonis

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

Choral Call to Worship    “Hosanna …” by Tomás Luis de Victoria

*Responsive Call to Worship                          by 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)

Palm Processional by Our Children

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

Story for All Ages       Kelli Farell, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

God is Revealed in the Word

Scripture Readings:    Zechariah 9:9-17 & Matthew 21:1-17

Anthem “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo; Wendy Durrwachter, piano

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed is He who comes. Hosanna in the highest.

Sermon    “Palms and Passion”     Rev. Sara Lund

Hymn    “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”   (#213)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, The Lord’s Prayer (using ‘debts’), & Choral Amen

Sharing Our Offerings

Offertory       “Scollay’s Reel”

*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”   (#9 P&W Songbook)


*Postlude   “John Ryan’s Polka”