Palm Sunday | Passion Sunday

April 14, 2019Prelude:Carillon de Westminster                 Louis Vierne

Chiming of the Hour

Procession of the Palms The Palms Jean Baptiste Fauré


*Hymn: #196 All Glory, Laud and Honor


Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer

Introit:#199 Filled with Excitement (v. 1)

Call to Worship

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.

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

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

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

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

Assurance of God’s Love

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.

Responsive Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29                 (Pg. 694 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 50:4-9a     (Pg. 833 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

A Thought for Young Minds & Lord’s Prayer

(Children leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)

*Hymn: #197 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Celtic Hosanna                                Mark Hayes

*Doxology: #607

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.

Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading: Luke 23:1-49

        (Pg. 107 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: “Is it I?”                           Pastor John Nelson

Pastoral Prayer | Silent Prayer

Response: Filled with Excitement (v. 1)

*Hymn:#212 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed


Response: #212 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

Postlude: March Religieuse                Alexandre Guilmant

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

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).

Prayer List:

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

(No Sunday School)




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