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PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017

Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,

Join us in our Journey!

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

MUSIC PRELUDE

TO PONDER: Who has been a model of faith for you?

A model of humble leadership?

HYMN: "He Came Riding on a Donkey" V.U. 124

CALL TO WORSHIP:

For whom are you looking? The great I AM.

For whom are you looking? The Good Shepherd who came riding on a colt.

OPENING PRAYER (in unison)

Loving God, on this Palm Sunday we remember the crowds who shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David!" We remember those who declared with joy, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee." And yet we know that the road to Jerusalem is the way to the cross, to Golgotha and death. Be with us now, as we journey with the Christ, through his Passion, knowing that it is you who defends both Christ and us. Amen.

We continue to pray with the words that Jesus taught us to pray, singing together: THE LORD'S PRAYER

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HYMN: "This is the Day" V.U. 412

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH:

Parade of the Palms

SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CANDLE: (in unison)

Almighty God, we are looking for you. May this candlelight remind us that you are here with us, as we worship you this day, and may we remember that you are always near, just a prayer away. Amen.

ANTHEM: "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION : O God, we seek you in the temples of power, but you are found on the margins, humbly riding a donkey. Broaden our vision, widen our understanding that we may hear your liberating Word with open hearts. Amen.

RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 118 (V.U. 837)

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 21: 1-11

This is the Good News of the Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God.

HYMN: "Ride on, ride on" V.U. 127 (melody #100)

MESSAGE BY DRAMA: "Who Do You Say That I am?"

RESPONSE: V.U. 400 Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place,

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

PASTORAL PRAYER:

OFFERING INVITATION:

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For the gift of creation, the gift of your love, and the gift of the Spirit by which we live, we thank you and give you the fruit of our hands. May your grace be proclaimed by the gifts that we give. V.U. 538

OFFERTORY PRAYER: Creator God, in Jesus Christ you came, showing us that we achieve our greatest worth through service. Bless us and these offerings, symbols of our service, that your goodness may be more fully known through us and through them. May the service of all your people, including us, make the abundance of your love fully known. May the food you provide be fully shared, that the earth and its Creator may be universally recognized, adored, and praised. Amen.

HYMN: "I Come with Joy" V.U. 477

COMMISSIONING: O God, in Jesus Christ you triumphantly entered Jerusalem, thus beginning a week of pain and sorrow. In these days of defeat and victory, you have brought together humiliation and exaltation, death and resurrection. Be with us now, as we follow in joy and in sorrow the way of the cross, in the footsteps of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

POSTLUDE LicenSing # 620168