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3/24/24 Bulletin - Palm Sunday


We respect tradition — and we welcome inclusive language about people and expansive language about God. Please pray using words most meaningful to you.

Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children


March 24, 2024 - Palm Sunday

This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 10:00  (Recorded for Facebook and YouTube)

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 The first pew in front of the pulpit has books and quiet activities for people of all ages.

Please find something that suits you, take it to your pew, and return it after the service.

Silent Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, as you upturn all expectations make us ready to follow you,

whatever that path might bring, loving and serving one another in your name. Amen


* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit




Prelude       Behold the King                                                                                     David Paxton 




*Introit       Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates  (vs. 3)                                                R. #127

Redeemer, come! I open wide     my heart to you; here, Lord, abide!

Let me your inner presence feel;     your grace and love in me reveal.


*Call to Worship (from Psalm 118) & Palm Parade

One: O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever!

All: Hosanna!

One: This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

All: Hosanna!

One: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

All: Hosanna!

One: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

All: Hosanna!

One: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

All: Hosanna!


*Passing of the Peace (ASL) and Lighting of Peace & Justice Candle


*Hymn       Hosanna, Loud Hosanna                                                                              B. #213

“Hosanna, loud hosanna,” the little children sang;

through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang;

To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,

the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.


From Olivet they followed amid a cheering crowd,

the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.

The one whom angels worship rode on in lowly state,

and glad to see the children, slowed down the donkey’s gait.


"Hosanna in the highest!" That ancient song is ours.

We hail our great Redeemer and sing with all our powers:

“Hosanna, Christ, we praise you with heart and life and voice.

Hosanna! In your presence forever we’ll rejoice!”


*Invocation (in unison)

Let your Word, O God, break open our hearts this day through the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may enter into the coming Holy Week ready to meet Jesus as he is, not as we expect him to be. Amen


Children’s Message                 Godly Play - Faces of Easter              


Christian Scripture                                                                                       Matthew 21:1-11

Hebrew Scripture                                                                                         Psalm 118:19-29


Special Music       Jesus, the King                                                                              Loyd Larson




*Hymn        A Cheering, Chanting Dizzy Crowd (vs/ 1-4)                                                R. #180

 A cheering, chanting, dizzy crowd had

stripped the green trees bare, and hailing Christ as

king aloud, waved branches in the air.


They laid their garments in the road and

spread his path with palms and vows of lasting

love bestowed with royal hymns and psalms.


When day dimmed down to deep’ning dark the

crowd began to fade ‘til only trampled

leaves and bark were left from the parade.


Lest we be fooled because our hearts have

surged with passing praise, remind us, God, as

this week starts where Christ has fixed his gaze.


Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns 

Our Father (Creator, Mother) 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen


   Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.

   For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.        


Invitation to Offering –  Let our hosannas to the one who brings liberation take form in our tithes and offerings.


Offertory      If Thou Art Near                                                                                         J.S. Bach  


*The Doxology

     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. Amen


*Prayer of Dedication (spoken in unison)                                                              

God of all good gifts, we thank you for showing us how to care for each other. May these gifts be put to your good use. Give us grateful hearts, O God, in the name of the one who came to draw all people to himself, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen


*Hymn       All Glory, Laud, and Honor                                                                     R. #178

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;

our praise and prayer and anthems before thee we present..


Thou art the King of Israel, thou David’s royal son,

who in the Lord’s name comest, the true and blessed One;

to thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;

to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.  

Thou didst accept their praises, accept the prayers we bring,

 who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King.

All glory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!


*Sung Blessing     Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (vs. 1)                                      R. #333

Lord, dismiss us with your blessing; fill our hearts with joy and peace;

let us each, your love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace:

oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.




Postlude       Hosanna!                                                                                             Craig Penfield 

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

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 Many thanks to those who make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons – Doug Kimmel & Robin Long

Liturgist – Gina Tansey

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


Resources, adapted

UCC Worship Ways and Feasting on the Word: Lenten Companion


"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE,                   

License #A-738532. All rights reserved

Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

Words and Music - ©pd Public Domain

Contributors: Public Domain


Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Words and Music - ©pd Public Domain

Contributors: Public Domain


A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd

Words - ©1985 Oxford University Press

Contributors: Thomas H. Troeger


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - Public Domain 


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