April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

 Prelude: Marche Religieuse           Alexandre Guilmant

Chiming of the Hour

Procession of the Palms – The Palms           Jean Faure

The Congregation is invited to join in the chorus:

Praise ye, Praise ye the Lord!

Let every voice resound with joyous acclamation!


Praise ye the Lord, Hosanna!

Bless him who cometh to bring us salvation.

*Hymn: #196 All Glory, Laud and Honor


Joys and Concerns

Choral Introit: Glory,Glory,Glory

Call to Worship

One:                We gather together in this place.

All:                  Raising our branches in joy!

One:                Joining all who wish to see Jesus

All:                  Eager for a healing touch,

a blessing received.

One:                We gather together in this place.

All:                  Raising our branches in hope!

One:                Joining all who wish to hear Jesus

All:                  Longing for a message of welcome

and acceptance on our journey.

One:                We gather together in this place.

All:                  Laying down our branches in fear.

One:                Wondering if we are able to walk with Jesus

All:                   Through the week ahead, through anguish, accusations, despair.

One:                We gather together in this place.

All:                  Waving branches of prayer.

                        Walking toward the Cross, and the empty  tomb.

One:                Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

Hosanna, O God in the highest!

How you come to us in ways we never expect.

A king on a donkey?

A Savior on a cross?

How can we recognize you, with us, among us?

Will your message come through?

Will the palms we wave with joy today

be thrown down tomorrow with doubt?

May your Spirit guide us through this Holiest of Weeks,

beside us, around us, before and behind us, within us. It is in Christ’s name that we pray. Amen.

 Call to Confession

We share our confessions acknowledging that we can get swept up in a crowd allowing fear to overcome our trust.

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Loving God, we confess that the streets of our lives

are often crowded with a parade mood filling the air

masking a callous indifference and lukewarm faith.

Save us from thin hopes and small dreams. Hear us now as we turn to you with our silent confessions, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of silent prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Responsive Reading – Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

(Page 695 HS in the pew bible)

Hebrew Scripture Reading Isaiah 50: 4-9a

(Page 833 HS in the pew bible)

Children’s Message and Lord’s Prayer

(Children leave for Sunday School and Youth Discussion Group)

*Hymn: # 197 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Hosanna! Blessed Is He That Comes Gregor-Mueller

Christiane Olson, soprano soloist

*Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 Prayer of Dedication

Gospel ReadingMatthew 21: 1-11

(Page 27 in the pew bible)

Sermon: “Swept up in the Crowd”

Reverend Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer and Silent Prayer

Choral Response: Amen

*Hymn: #198 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty


Response: (to be sung by all) #198 Ride On! (verse 1)

Postlude: Toccata                               Jacques Lemmens

(* Please stand if able.)

If you are visiting us today, Welcome! Please sign the guestbook at the front door and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons.

 Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Our host today is Cynthia LaPier.

Please see an usher:

If you would like to use a hearing device;

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

 Many thanks to:

Karin Noyes for serving as lay reader

Bob Weber & John Arnold for ushering

Prayer List

Hatsie Baltus, Emma Mae, Leonard Kaufman, Laura Flores, Gordon Weekly, Paul McAbee, Shirley Rogers, Jane Fitting, Nancy Tuckerman, Barbara Jacquette, Gloria Buckley, Petie Robinson, Gay Ayers, The Sosnoff Family, Wilma Tillerman, Will, Schaper family; family and friends of Walter Crain


The 270th Annual Meeting, Part II, of the Congregational Church of Salisbury will be held following the worship service on Sunday, April 23, 2017 for the purpose of:

  1. Presentation of Reports from the Boards and

   Committees including an update on the 2016 Epiphany Fund

  1. The Nominating Committee’s Report
  2. The Election of Officers and Committees
  3. Vote on Trustee’s recommendation to sell the parsonage.


Today:             3 pm Oratorio Concert

Monday:          6 pm AA Meeting

Tuesday:          5:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:     9 am Music Committee Meeting

7:15 am Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service with Communion

Friday:             Good Friday ~ Office Closed

Saturday:         Holy Saturday

Sunday:            6 am Easter Sunrise Service at the Town Grove

9:45 am Bell Choir

10 am Worship in the Meeting House

2:00 pm Worship at Noble Horizons







































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