Bulletin for April 1

Palm Sunday

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

CHILDREN’S PALM PROCESSION

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ, We Do All Adore Thee by the Adult Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks.
People: We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;
we will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts.
Leader: Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow, for he is the life we long for, he is the Word who sustains us.
People: We wave palm branches in anticipation, we lay our love before him, to cushion his walk.
Leader: Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes:
modeling humility and obedience for all of us.
People: Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the One who brings us the Kingdom of God.

*HYMN No. 89 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: When the parade is over, do we pick up our lives, brush them off, and live in the old way? Do we toss our palm branches aside, so we can grasp the seductions of the world? As we begin the journey through the holiest of weeks, let us speak the truth, as we confess to our God, praying together.
People: Ever constant Love, mixing love and hope together, you pave the way to the kingdom, but we prefer to stub our toes on the potholed roads of temptation. You will touch the cup of grace to our parched lips, but we seem to hunger for the ashy taste of bitterness. You beg us to learn the songs of salvation, but we hum along with the chorus death plays in the background of our lives. Have mercy upon us, God of Holiness. As you come to us, you bring healing for our brokenness, peace for our troubled lives, hope for our doubting minds. May we empty ourselves of everything which keeps us from following you, so we may receive these gifts, and more, from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Laying aside judgment, God offers up redemption;
setting aside anger, God embraces us with love;
letting go of grief, God pours living water upon us.
This is the good news, my friends:
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
People: Hosanna! Hosanna!
Blessed is the One who brings us the kingdom of God!
Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, Passion Sunday B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

ANTHEM
A Crown of Thorns
by the Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 98 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 50: 4-9a Old Testament Page 681 in pew Bible

SERMON
WHICH PATH?
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
Religious leaders hated Jesus
because he criticized their hypocrisy
and reproved their neglect of justice and mercy.
They charged him with blasphemy and sedition
when he claimed to speak and act with God’s authority.
One of Jesus’ followers betrayed him.
Others abandoned and denied him
because they were afraid to stand with him.
Civil authorities condemned him
because he provoked unrest among the people.
He was sentenced, mocked, beaten,
and crucified as a common criminal.
We confess that in the execution of Jesus
the sin of the human race reached its depths.
The only innocent One was condemned and put to death,
not by the sinfulness of one nation,
but by the sinfulness of us all.
In the presence of Jesus,
who lived out what God wants us all to be,
we were threatened beyond endurance.
Blinded by our rebellion against our Creator,
we killed his Son when we met him face to face.
We believe that in the death of Jesus on the cross
God achieved and demonstrated once for all
the costly forgiveness of our sins.
Jesus Christ is the Reconciler between God and the world.
He acted on behalf of sinners as one of us,
fulfilling the obedience God demands of us,
accepting God’s condemnation of our sinfulness.
In his lonely agony on the cross
Jesus felt forsaken by God
and thus experienced hell itself for us.
Yet the Son was never more in accord with the Father’s will.
(Chapter 4 “God in Christ”)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 88 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Bethune Presbyterian Church in Bethune, SC and its 28 members.

EASTER SUNDAY:
Please bring fresh flowers next Sunday morning to be used for the flowering of the Cross.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING:
This collection will be received on Easter Morning for refugee and disaster assistance, and hunger relief within and outside the US through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Please use the enclosed envelope.

BUDGET UPDATE through the week of March 25, 2012
2012 Budget $126,855.00
Needed each week 2,440.00
Budget amount received past 13 weeks $29,217.46
Ahead/(Behind) budget past 13 weeks ($2,502.54)

RECENT MEMORIALS:
In Memory of Al Williams given by Laura Matheson
Choir Fund in Memory of James G. Williams given by Janesta Williams
Building Fund in Memory of James G. Williams given by Annette Denton
Building Fund in Memory of Bonnie Teager given by Annette Denton

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jack and Carol Leedy

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