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April 10, 22 Bulletin

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

Cara B. Hochhalter, Palm Sunday: Even the Stones.

Sixth Sunday in Lent

April 10, 2022

The Altar flowers today honor and celebrate the life of Gertrude Wildes

on the anniversary of her birth.

This service will be in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m.

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10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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Rev. Hochhalter says of her print: "Palm Sunday offers a complex scene.

If you look carefully, you can see the laying down of the cloaks

in honor of Jesus riding in on a small colt or donkey,

the waving of palms—even the Pharisee warning Jesus not to come into Jerusalem for fear of trouble.

You may also see the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate,

who is coming from another direction with his soldiers in tow to keep order.

There is a rooster who reminds us of Peter’s upcoming betrayal

and perhaps warns us all of our doubts in the power of a way of nonviolent resistance...

This is a story of rejoicing and praise.

It is also a story of trepidation and fear knowing that there are forces

that will not allow Jesus to continue teaching and healing

through the love of an Infinite and All-Inclusive God."

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Silent Prayer 

Gracious God, as we enter this Holy Week, strengthen us to move beyond the festive parade of palms and to follow Jesus into the way of the cross, that united with him and all the faithful, we may one day enter through the gates of righteousness into the eternal city, the New Jerusalem, where we may praise you with Christ and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen

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




*Introit We Gather Together (v. 2) tune R. #23

Beside us, forgiving, enabling, sustaining, you call us, O Savior, to life that is new.

You draw us away from self-centered complaining. You lead us and guide us in ways that are true.

*Call to Worship

One: Hosanna, hosanna, loud Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes. Many: Hosanna, hosanna, loud Hosanna!May the rivers of justice run. One: Children singing, families dancing, the elders give a shout! Many: Peace in heaven, glory in the highest!Even the stones cry out! One: Hosanna, hosanna, loud hosanna! May our refrain never cease. Many: Not by power nor by might, but the way that makes for peace.

*Passing of the Peace (ASL) - Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace

*Hymn All Glory, Laud, and Honor B. #216

All glory, laud, and honor to you, O Christ, we sing,

to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring! The people of the Hebrews with palms adorned your way;

Our praise and prayer and anthems we offer you this day.

O Promised One of Israel, of David’s royal line,

The one called “God’s beloved,” of flesh and yet divine,

To you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise;

To you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

As you received their praises, receive our prayers today, whose justice and whose mercy and sovereignty hold sway.

All glory, laud and honor to you, O Christ, we sing,

To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

*Invocation (spoken in unison)

Hosanna to the Holy One. Hosanna! Shouts of praise! Come, we cry. Lord Jesus, come! We gather in Your Name.

Children’s Message

New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Luke 19:28-40

Special Music

Message                                                                                                             Rev. TJ Mack

*Hymn A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd R. # 180

A cheering, chanting, dizzy crowd had stripped the green trees bare,

And hailing Christ as king a-loud, 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.

Instead of palms a winding sheet will have to be unrolled,

a carpet much more fit to greet the king a cross will hold.

Prayer of Reflection and Growth (in unison)
Consummate Creator, Lover of Life, Giver of all that is Good, we have forsaken our calling and abandoned your love. We have paid lip service to life while serving the powers of death. Violence parades through the streets of our world. It normalizes oppression and disavows truth, without regard for human life. We see it in our schools, our sanctuaries, our soil. We find it on the borders of our nations and our neighborhoods. In our politics. In our pockets. In our religion. In our relationships. Violence has invaded the habits of our hearts. The time for transformation has come upon us and found us unprepared. Creation groans, the stones shout out. The Church has remained silent. Forgive us we pray. Revive our communities. Restore our hosannas. Rekindle our flame for justice, that again we may join with Creation and proclaim, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Assurance of God’s Grace
Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns                      
Community Prayers/Responsive Prayer/Pastoral Prayer

Lead Me Lord

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.


Welcoming our Tithes and Offerings –


*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)

May these gifts be used to bring healing, wholeness, and joy to the world God so dearly loves. Amen

*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 victory 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!”


*Sung Benediction Go With Us, Lord R #336

Go with us, Lord, and guide the way through this and every coming day,

That in your Spirit strong and true our lives may be our gift to you.


(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Deb Riley – Music Minister

Everett Espling & Doug Kimmel – Deacons

Mary Angela Davis – Liturgist

Cynthia Wood – Graphics Minister

Ron Schwizer – Audio-Video Support

Vicky Espling – Office Secretary

TJ Mack – Settled Minister

You – The Body of Christ


Worship Ways ( & Feasting on the Word

Call to Worship inspired by the hymn, “Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang,”

by Jennette Threlfall (1873), The New Century Hymnal #213

"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”

We Gather Together

Words - ©1992 Pilgrim Press, The

Contributors: Lavon Bayler

All Glory Laud and Honor

Words and Music - ©1983 Public Domain

Contributors: Public Domain

A Cheering, Chanting, Dizzy Crowd

Words - ©1985 Oxford University Press

Contributors: Thomas H. Troeger

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Words and Music - ©2021 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music

Contributors: Jeanette Threlfall, Traditional, Stephen DeCesare

Bulletin April 10, 2022
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