Palm Sunday | Passion Sunday
Introit:#199 Filled with Excitement (v. 1)
One: Morning by morning, God grants us a new day. Awake, beloved, to the joys of this moment.
All: This is the day that God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
One: God equips us to face all that the day may hold; watch and listen, beloved, for God’s leading.
All: We gather, seeking a blessing in the name of God. We come, thanking God for the invitation into union with grace.
One: See the gates of grace thrown open for us;
enter, beloved, to praise God’s marvelous works.
All: God’s steadfast love endures forever! Blessed is the one who comes in God’s name.
We stand together mighty God, for you have sustained us through weary days and anguished nights. We join the shouts of welcome, “Blessed is the one who comes in God’s name. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” This a day for celebration. There is joy in the air. We have witnessed the transforming power of Jesus’ compassion. But there are ominous overtones. There are voices that say might makes right, and love cannot endure. We cling to our faith that your steadfast love embraces life and death, that we are surrounded and upheld by your goodness. Meet us here, we pray. Amen.
Response in Song: #196 All Glory, Laud and Honor, v. 4
We confess, O God, that we identify with times of optimism and applause. We like a religion that makes us feel good. We prefer safety and security and certainty. Then Jesus comes, rising in on humility, reaching across borders to bring in outsiders, proclaiming obedience as a virtue, challenging us to change our ways. We sense danger. When Christ upsets our craving for stability we turn away from the risks. We seek to avoid rejection, and resist facing a cross. We confess, O God, we are not sure we really want to follow Jesus. O God, come help us.
Moment of Silent Prayer
Gloria Patri: #581 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, amen.
A Thought for Young Minds & Lord’s Prayer
(Children leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)
Offering of our Gifts
Anthem: Celtic Hosanna Mark Hayes
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit ever more;
praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.
(Pg. 107 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)
Response: Filled with Excitement (v. 1)
*Hymn:#212 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
Response: #212 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
(* Please stand if able.)
We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.
We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person. As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey: you are welcome here!
If you are visiting us today, Welcome!
Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list! Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is the Christian Action Committee.
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:
Jenn Oberto for serving as our lay reader
Pat Palmer & Jim Hussey for serving as ushers
Our guest instrumentalists: Andrea Bargabos (violin), Marcia Gates (flute), Kevin Dolan (guitar), Kevin Kuhn (bass), Robert Kelly (hand drums).
Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Gail Weigel, Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Elizabeth, Friends & Family of: Dan Cunningham & Alain
Today: 11 am Fellowship & Refreshments
Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge
Tuesday: 5:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting
7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday: Maundy Thursday
7 pm Tenebrae Service
Friday: Good Friday ~ Office Closed
7pm Good Friday Worship
(Trinity Episcopal Church,
484 Lime Rock Rd, Lakeville)
Saturday: Holy Saturday
Next Sunday: The Day of Resurrection!
6:30 am Sunrise Service at Town Grove
9:45 am Bell Choir Prelude
10 am Easter Sunday Service