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Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday March 25 th , 2018 Holy Communion (ELW 5)

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday March 25 , 2018 Holy Communion (ELW 5) INTRODUCTION The contrasts

INTRODUCTION

The contrasts in this Sunday’s ritual are unsurpassable. Christ’s joyful

entry into Jerusalem as Messiah turns to lament for his suffering and

death ..

But Christians always gather for worship in faithful expectation of

Christ’s final vindication and the promise of his unconquerable love.

Mark's account for the Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God's living Anointed

One.

CHILDREN are always welcome to our Worship Service. Rainbow bags and a cry room are available. A staffed nursery is also available if needed. An usher will gladly provide you with assistance.

As a worship courtesy, we ask that you please turn off or set to vibrate all cellular telephones and pagers during the worship service.

We ask that all present today please fill out the Attendance and Communion registration card found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate so that we may record your presence with us.

PRAYER UPON ENTERING THE PEW

O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to me and to all people. Gather me with all the baptized around the cross of Christ, draw all people everywhere by the light of your love in the cross, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

PRELUDE

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP

Fantasia on Theodulph

Wells

A MESSAGE FOR OUR CHILDREN

The congregation is invited to stand.

GATHERING

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

Hosanna in the highest.

PROCESSIONAL GOSPEL: Mark 11:1-11

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and 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. 3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'" 4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5 some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" 6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" 11 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.

The Gospel of the Lord!

Praise to you, O Christ.

BLESSING OF PALMS

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. We praise you, O God, for redeeming the world through our Savior Jesus Christ. Today he entered the holy city in triumph and was proclaimed messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Bless these branches and those who carry them. Grant us grace to follow our Lord in the way of the cross, so that, joined to his death and resurrection, we enter into life with you; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

PROCESSION

Let us go forth in peace,

in the name of Christ. Amen.

All are invited to join in the procession…

BLESSING OF PALMS The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. We

CONGREGATIONAL SONG: All Glory, Laud, and Honor (ELW 344)

BLESSING OF PALMS The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. We

After the procession, the presiding minister continues:

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

Hosanna in the highest.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:49a

A reading from Isaiah.

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.

  • 9 It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Silence for reflection follows the reading.

PSALM: Psalm 31:916

Refrain:

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4 – 9a A reading from Isaiah. The Lord GOD has given me

Tone:

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4 – 9a A reading from Isaiah. The Lord GOD has given me

9 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I | am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat | and my

belly. 10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my | years with sighing; my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones | are consumed. 11 I am the scorn of my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to | my acquaintances; when they see me in the street | they avoid me. 12 Like the dead I am forgotten, | out of mind;

  • I am as useless as a | broken pot.

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13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is | all around; they put their heads together against me; they plot to | take my life. 14 But as for me, I have trusted in | you, O LORD.

  • I have said, "You | are my God.

15 My times are | in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who | persecute me.

16 Let your face shine up- | on your servant; save me in your | steadfast love."

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SECOND READING: Philippians 2:511

5 Let 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.

REFLECTION Pastor Charles Peterson

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Please stand.

All sing the response, the cantor will sing the verse

then all repeat “Glory and praise…”

taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human
taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human

Verse:

Christ humbled himself and became obedient to the point of deatheven death/ on a cross* Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the

name that is above/ every name.

(Philippians 2:8-9)

GOSPEL: Mark 14:115:47 As the Gospel is announced, worshippers are invited to trace a cross upon their forehead, then over their lips, and then over their hearts, silently

praying, “May the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ be ever on my mind, on

my lips, and in my heart.”

The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

The congregation may be seated as the reading of the passion of Christ is

begun.

The narrator will invite the congregation to participate by reading

the lines printed below, following the prompts provided by the narrator.

It 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; for they said,

Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.

While 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. But some were there who said to one another in anger,

Why was this ointment wasted in this way?

For this ointment

could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and

the money given to the poor.

…On 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 preparations for the Passover?

…Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,

We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with

hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with

hands.”

...Then

after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter,

Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.

…They shouted back,

Crucify him!

…But they shouted all the more,

Crucify him!

…And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns

into a crown, they put it on him.

Hail, King of the Jews!

And they began saluting him,

…Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Aha!

You who would destroy the temple and build it in three

days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!

…In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also

mocking him among themselves and saying,

He saved others; he cannot save himself.

Let the messiah, the

King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.

Please stand.

…When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

Listen, he is calling for Elijah.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

The gospel concludes:

Silence for reflection follows the reading.

HYMN OF THE DAY: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (ELW 351)

CREED

As they recite the creed, worshippers are invited to bow beginning with the

words “born of the Virgin Mary,” until the words “he descended to the dead.”

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, as incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The service continues with the prayers.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us join our hearts and minds with all the people of God in Christ Jesus

as we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

Please kneel or sit as you are able.

Each petition ends with:

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Into your hands, living God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

PEACE

Please rise and greet one another in the peace of Christ.

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please be seated.

OFFERTORY

Were You There

We invite you to please stand and sing:

OFFERTORY HYMN

Create in Me a Clean Heart

(ELW 188)

OFFERTORY Were You There We invite you to please stand and sing: OFFERTORY HYMN Create in

OFFERING PRAYER

God our provider, you have not fed us with bread alone, but with words of grace and life. Bless us and these your gifts, which we receive from your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

DIALOGUE

OFFERTORY Were You There We invite you to please stand and sing: OFFERTORY HYMN Create in
OFFERTORY Were You There We invite you to please stand and sing: OFFERTORY HYMN Create in

PREFACE

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

(ELW 190)

OFFERTORY Were You There We invite you to please stand and sing: OFFERTORY HYMN Create in
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body and blood,

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body and blood, each time the words “Do this for the remembrance of me,” are

spoken.

Holy God, our living Water and our merciful Guide…Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory are yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.

LORD'S PRAYER

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body and blood,
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body and blood,

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to Christ, broken and poured out for you.

Please be seated.

All baptized people are welcome to the table to receive Christ’s body and blood. If you have not been baptized, you are also welcome to the table as

God’s guest; we are honored by your presence. We recognize the Body of

Christ as the community of the baptized, so if you would like to become part

of the Body of Christ, we encourage you to seek baptism. If you can’t or don’t wish to receive today, we encourage you to hold your hands over

your chest for a blessing as you come forward.

LAMB OF GOD

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body and blood,

HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION

Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

(ELW 337)

HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (ELW 337) Jesus, Remember Me (ELW 616)

Jesus, Remember Me

(ELW 616)

HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (ELW 337) Jesus, Remember Me (ELW 616)

Once the altar is cleared and the hymn is sung, the congregation stands.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

BLESSING

The God of all grace, Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever. Amen.

SENDING SONG:

DISMISSAL

Go to Dark Gethsemane

(ELW 347)

Go in peace. Remember the poor.

Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE

Toccata

Johann Pachelbel

Today’s bulletin cover is given to the glory of God and in memory of

Richard Heinlein.

Presented by Sharon Heinlein

UPCOMING COMMEMORATIONS

Annunciation of Our Lord

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Nine months before Christmas we celebrate the annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. The ancient church believed that this was also the date of the world's creation and of Jesus' death on the cross.

Hans Nielsen Hauge, renewer of the church, died 1824 Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hauge was a layperson who wished to revitalize the church in Norway. As

a result of a mystical experience, he felt called to preach. Many professionals in the church feared his motives and influence, and he was imprisoned for leading unauthorized gatherings.