Sunday, March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021 Worship Service 10 a.m.
Reflecting on the war years in Germany, The Rev. Martin Niemoller, German Lutheran pastor confessed his own hesitancy to be obedient to the Truth and to the King of Kings by saying:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Prelude: “As the Winter Days Grow Longer” – sung by Kathie Jones
“Prepare the Royal Highway” – sung by Carolyn Raudenbush
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Reading: Mark 11:1-11
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom
of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Gathering Song: “I Believe” – led by CLC Praise Band
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a Brad Wagner
The image of the servant of God is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant. For Isaiah that servant was likely a group of faithful Hebrews in exile in Babylon., Early Christians associated the servant with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love.
4The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
In the Synoptic Gospels (meaning same view), Matthew, Mark, Luke, Jesus says only 3 words during his trial before Pilate, “you say so”. Not so in the gospel of John. In that gospel, Jesus argues with Pilate and discusses things like, what is the nature of Jesus’ Kingdom and “What is truth?”
1 As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.”
3 Then the chief priests accused him of many things.
4 Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.”
5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “Hosanna!” led by CLC Praise Band
Prayers Carolyn Raudenbush
Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need. We begin with our own silent personal prayers. A brief silence.
O God, in Jesus you came among us as a suffering servant. Give your church humility. Redeem your people from pride and the certainty that we always know your will. Heal us and empower us to be Christ crucified.
Hosanna, blessed is he who comes with humility
O God, in creation, life springs from death. Enliven your creation awaiting resurrection. Restore lost habitats and endangered species. Create new possibilities for areas affected by climate change. Grant relief from natural disasters. Nurture new growth in nature and in us. We will bloom and grow for you.
Hosanna, blessed is he who comes to encourage.
O God, Jesus was handed over to the powers of this world. In all nations, instruct and inspire the powerful so that they do not exploit their power but instead maintain justice. Inspire us to recognize that all humans have worth, and we will support those leaders who see that worth in all humanity.
Hosanna, blessed is he who comes to inspire.
O God, on the cross Jesus joined all who feel forsaken. Abide with those who are condemned to death. Defend those who are falsely accused. Console and strengthen those who are mocked or bullied. Accompany all who suffer, (especially Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Ruth, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Larry, Gene Heft, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Mel, Linda, Kristen, Tim M., Claudia, Pat & Al Apple, Anne Z, Janet Z., Maryse, Erna & Tony, Bill & Donna, Dawn & Kay G., Norine, Joe and Debbie.
Hospitalized this week: Al Horvath
Sal Boscia who is in hospice care.
And all those who suffer from the COVID-19 virus and those who mourn for those who have succumbed to it, and we pray silently for loved ones we name in our hearts. ) A brief silence.
O God, you called followers to tend Jesus’ body in death. Sustain hospice workers and funeral directors. Bless this congregation’s ministries at times of death: those who plan and lead funerals, those who prepare meals, all who offer support in grief.
Hosanna, blessed is he who comes to comfort.
We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Closing Hymn “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” – led by Kathie Jones
Benediction “Bind Us Together” – led by Carolyn Raudenbush
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.