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PALM SUNDAY

*Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Pastor Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN #216, All Glory, Laud and Honor

*PROCESSION OF THE PALMS   

MUSICAL OFFERING, “Alleluia,” from Brazilian Psalm by Jean Berger and Jorge de Lima
The Chancel Choir

Alleluia!
O Lord, O Lord.
Cymbals and the sounding harp I do not have.
I’ll make a fair procession for you, O blessed Lord.
We have no cymbals for your praise, no harps to praise you.
But I’ll praise you with waving of palms.
Accept them, I implore you.
I will dance and sing your praises!

PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Marti Hoffacker

We come together as a community of faith.
We have gathered to talk, and listen to, and care for each other.
We acknowledge this is a privileged time.
Here we share covenants of promise and hope.
Our fears melt into awe and wonder before God.
Our failures become opportunities for learning.
So let us share and celebrate this life we live.
In hope, faith and love, we remember the prayer of Jesus . . .

Holy God, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  AMEN

SCRIPTURE READING,  Matthew 21:1-11
Marti Hoffacker

MUSICAL OFFERING, Palm Sunday Hosanna by Jennette Threlfall/ELLACOMBE, arr. Joel Raney
The Chancel & Children’s Choir

Hosanna, loud hosanna!
The rocks cry out, the children sing.
Hosanna, loud hosanna, hosanna to the King of kings.
Blessed are they that come in the name of the Lord.
Raise your palms and banners high, Jesus Christ is passing by, hosanna.
Glory, laud, and honor, sing praise to our Redeemer, King, hosanna.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna!

children are dismissed for church school

A PRAYER OF BLESSING AND ACT OF AWARENESS FOR PALM SUNDAY
Pastor Matt Braddock

By Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook, and Gretta Vosper, We All Breathe

A blessing can be heard coming from a long way off. A blessing is making its steady way toward us.
This blessing blooms in the throats of women, springs from the hearts of men and tumbles from the mouths of children.

This blessing is stitched into the seams of the cloaks that line the road, etched into the branches that trace the path, echoes in the breathing of the willing colt, the click of the donkey’s hoof against the stones. Something is rising beneath this blessing. Something will try to drown it out.

But this blessing cannot be turned back, cannot be made to still its voice, cannot cease to sing its praise of the one who comes along the way.

When, in the bursting forth of a new day’s truths, we feel the unbinding of what once stood fast, might we recognize the freedom upon which we are invited to embark and feel ourselves released into a future of goodness, truth, and beauty. We open ourselves to this possibility with love for the ground upon which we walk and the stars for which we reach.

SERMON, “Who Is This Man?”
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Matt Braddock

OFFERTORY, “Sanctus'” from Requiem, Maurice Duruflé
The Chancel Choir

Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth,           Holy, Lord God of hosts.
pleni sunt coeli                                        The heavens and the earth
et terra gloria tua.                                    are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna in excelsis!                               Hosanna in the highest!
Benedictus, qui venit                               Blessed is He Who cometh
in nomine Domini.                                   in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in excelsis!                               Hosanna in the highest!

*DOXOLOGY, DUKE STREET

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow:
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Marti Hoffacker

Remember this: within and all around us is our Source.
May we return to it, heed it, and honor it. Amen.

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH #219, Journey to Gethsemane, stanzas 1-3

*BENEDICTION    
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

CHORAL POSTLUDE    Blessed One, Messiah! by Mary McDonald and Rose M. Aspinall
The Chancel Choir

From the blind who called his name to the sinners lost in shame,
all the broken and the lame, he gave his love the same.
Are you the blessed Messiah?  Are you the Chosen One?
Jesus, are you the Messiah, the Promised One?
Hosanna! Blessed One, Messiah!  Hosanna!  Beginning and the end!
Are you the way, the truth, and the life, Son of God, Blessed One?
Messiah!  Messiah!

Ev’ry wounded heart restored, he sought the poor and ignored.
Opened ev’ry prison door, he gave his love to the world.
You are the blessed Messiah!  You are the Chosen One!
Jesus, are you the Messiah, the Promised One!
Hosanna!  Blessed One, Messiah!  Hosanna!  Beginning and the end!
You are the way, the truth, and the life, Son of God, Blessed One!
Messiah!  Messiah!  Messiah!

A special thank you to Clarice Snyder for sharing her musical talents with us this morning.
Please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the downstairs social hall following the service.
Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543

The flowers on the altar today are given by Dave and Toko Ackerman
in celebration of 50 years of marriage and of this
wonderful faith community which nurtures us.

The Sanctuary Committee invites you to take a bouquet of flowers, made from the beautiful altar arrangement, to someone to whom you’d like to extend support and prayers. You will find the bouquets in the church lobby window after the 10:30 worship service

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