Chilmark Community Church, United Methodist
April 5 , 2009
Prelude Aria from Partita # 4 by J. S. Bach
Call to Worship:
As crowds of people welcomed Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem, acclaiming him as their ruler, so we welcome you, God, Creaator, Christ, and Spirit. Above all human powers and dominions, you lay rightful claim to our praise, our love, and our obedience. Therefore we have come to worship you and to hear your word. We love you, God, and we pray that we, with all people, might do your will on earth.
Hymn 280 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
Peace Let us greet each other with the Peace of Christ
O God, we are like the people of Jerusalem so long ago. We are hungry for a hero. We crave some glimpse of greatness. We are starving for the spectacular. We are gathered here like those who watched the Passion-Parrade in Jerusalem, craning our necks to atch a glimpse of our Messiah. As we sait here for the Savior to come let us not be disappointed when the special one appears even though we are certain to be surprised; and give us courage to follow where the one on the donkey might lead us. Amen.
Psalm Page 839, Psalm 118:14-29
Prayer for illumination
May the words from our lips, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, our God.
Hymn # 278 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”
Concerns and Prayers
Let us bring our concerns and joys into the presence of God in our hearts in silence.
God of Joy and Arrival, enter our lives as Christ entered Jerusalem. May we celebrate your coming. May we cry out with the stones so the world might hear your glad arrival. Yet do not leave us in the events to come. This joyous crowd which greets you will turn and flee. From a crowd of hosannas, we turn into a silent, denying crowd at the Cross. Do not leave us in the events to come Even though we may leave you, do not leave us, O Christ! Then forgive us, so we can return to you changed. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Offering Hymn 95
Prayer of Thanksgiving: God of all true pwer and glory, we thank you that Jesus Christ came to Jerusalem not with a sword to challenge the power of this world, but with love, recognizing your authority in human life. Enable your church to choose your ways, winning the victory over sin and death. Establish your righteous realm on earth. Use our gifts and our lives to your glory. Amen
Hymn # 288 “Were You There”
Benediction #673 verse 1
Postlude Pastorale by Friedrich Burgmuller
Organist: Carol Loud
Leader: Marilyn Hollinshead
This week’s prayers were taken from Touch Holiness by Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi
Next Week’s scripture: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18
Holy Week: Read:Mark 14:1-15:47