Worship March 28, 2021: Palm Sunday, the Sixth Sunday in Lent

Download and print Mt. Tabor Bulletin 3-28-2021 L6 (Booklet) here.

Download and print Trout Lake Bulletin-TL 03-28-2021 L6 (Booklet) here. 

THE GATHERING

Gathering with Bowl and Falme (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Gathering Music/ Mt. Tabor Prelude: “Step by Step” ~ Pastor Scott

Step by Step

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” arr. John Purifoy (Trout Lake 10:45)

Call to Worship Using Mark 11:1–11

Blessed is the coming kingdom.

Hosanna in the highest!

When Jesus and his disciples were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said:

“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. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’”

They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them,

 “What are you doing, untying the colt?”

They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

 “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!”

Then 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. Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

God of salvation, our Lord entered his passion to raise us to life.  In this holiest of weeks, help us to walk the way of the cross, that we may be raised in a resurrection like his and dwell forever in you, Eternal God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #196 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”   

All Glory Laud and Honor

Invitation to Healing

Let us lift up our lives to God, whose steadfast love endures forever.

Prayer of Wholeness

God our Redeemer, we confess that we are people of ashes and dust.  We join the parade and shout hosanna, then deny our Lord in his hour of need. We wave the palms and sing praise, then hand our Savior over to die. Forgive us, God of grace.  Our lives are in your hand – deliver us from broken patterns and knit us into wholeness once again, through Jesus Christ our Lord.        Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie: “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy(Trout Lake 10:45)

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Lenten Response #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” Chorus only – 2x (Trout Lake 10:45)

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: “The ‘Thank You, God!’” Song” ~ Pastor Scott

Thank You, God Song

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Come Holy Spirit, source of all life.  Illumine our minds and hearts as we hear again the story of the passion. Let the same mind be in us that was in our Servant Savior, Jesus Christ, and awaken our weariness with your sustaining Word. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a

4   The 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.
5   The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
          and I was not rebellious,
          I did not turn backward.
6   I 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.

7   The 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;
8        he who vindicates me is near.
     Who will contend with me?
          Let us stand up together.
     Who are my adversaries?
          Let them confront me.
9a  It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
          who will declare me guilty?

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:5-11  (Trout Lake 10:45)

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6   who, though he was in the form of God,
          did not regard equality with God
          as something to be exploited,
7   but emptied himself,
          taking the form of a slave,
          being born in human likeness.
     And being found in human form,
8        he humbled himself
          and became obedient to the point of death —
          even death on a cross.

9   Therefore God also highly exalted him
          and gave him the name
          that is above every name,
10  so that at the name of Jesus
          every knee should bend,
          in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11  and every tongue should confess
          that Jesus Christ is Lord,
          to the glory of God the Father.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 14:1-31

14:1It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”

3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

17When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”

22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written,
     ‘I will strike the shepherd,
          and the sheep will be scattered.’
28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29Peter said to him, “Even though all become deserters, I will not.” 30Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them said the same.

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Participatory Reflection on: Mark 14:1-31 (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Message: Why Did He Do It?~ Pastor Scott Crane  (Trout Lake 10:45)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #197 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

Hosanna Loud Hosanna

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967

God’s reconciling act in Jesus Christ is a mystery which the Scriptures describe in various ways.  It is called the sacrifice of a lamb, a shepherd’s life given for his sheep, atonement by a priest; again it is ransom of a slave, payment of debt, … and victory over the powers of evil.  These are expressions of a truth which remains beyond the reach … in the depths of God’s love for humankind.  They reveal the gravity, cost, and sure achievement of God’s reconciling work.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings with Thanksgiving

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year! Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks made out to the church to the church address.

Offertory Hymn #202: “An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare”

An Upper Room did Our Lord Prepare

Prayer of Dedication:

Holy God, we give thanks for your saving love made known to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Bless these gifts of time and talents that we have brought to worship this day.  Guide our hands to do your work in and for the world, through the gift of the treasures of our lives. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (Trout Lake 10:45)

Jesu Jesu Fill Us with Your Love

Charge: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. Go forth in peace to love and serve the world.

Benediction: May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin.

Closing Song: “Go Now in Peace” (Mt. Tabor 9:00)

Go now in peace, go now in peace.  May the love of God

surround you!  Everywhere, everywhere you may go!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (Trout Lake 10:45)

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Questions for Holy Week Reflection

The passion of Christ is a story of terror in which, against all odds, love wins. How might this story reshape your week, your life, our world? Where will you commit to letting love win? How will this change your life?

Household Prayer: Morning

Jesus, in your passion and resurrection, you show me there is no place you have not been and no place you fear to go. Morning by morning, you awaken me more deeply to this truth. Send me into the world this day with the courage and wisdom to be a faithful witness to your coming reign of justice, mercy, and peace. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening                     

Although I have sought to serve you this day, I have failed to keep your love. You know my strengths and weaknesses more than I; reveal them to me that I may be healed this night and begin afresh tomorrow. Amen.

Lenten Study Questions: Palm/Passion Sunday, the Sixth Sunday in Lent.

Trout Lake’s Last Lenten Bible Study, will be Monday, March 29th at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room; see below for questions. Be prepared to journal some reflections on the following:

Informational Questions

These 31 verses happen in a series of locations.  Where is the first location?

What happens there?

Next we have a brief interlude with Judas. What happens?

The next major section begins in Bethany and ends in Jerusalem.

What happens in between?

Where do they end up?

After supper, where do they go?

What happens there?

Informational Questions

Taking a step back and looking at this passage from above, we find a chiastic structure: Beginning and ending are in intimate conversation settings, the first at supper, the last just after another supper. In each, what does Jesus speak about?

In a chiastic structure, often the middle is the most important part.  In verses 20-21, Jesus speaks about the “Son of Man.” Why do you think he is so oblique in describing himself there?

Why do you suppose Mark structured this passage this way?

In your opinion, Is Jesus more clear at the first dinner with his friends in Bethany, or more clear at the Passover meal in Jerusalem?

What about at the Mt. of Olives? Do you think his conversation is connected to the table discussions?  Why or why not?

Who do you suppose were included in the Passover meal? Just the 12?  Others? Whom?

Would you associate any specific meaning to Peter and Jesus’ dialog about denial?

Lifting yourself and this story from history and placing it in contemporary context, can you identify modern equivalents? 

Personalized Questions

What verse or verses speak to you the most personally?  Why?

Imagine you hear Jesus speak in all three of these teachings.  In each scene, are you the same person, or does your perspective shift with each conversation?

Do you need all three of these conversations to be faithful in your following Jesus?

Lifting yourself and this story from history and placing it in contemporary context, can you identify who exactly you would be in this story in today’s context?

Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above. 

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