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PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,

Join us in our Journey!

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
TO PONDER: This Sunday focuses on the irony of the Gospel. We live out at once the triumph of the entry into Jerusalem and the tragedy of the crucifixion.

MUSICAL PRELUDE ( A time for quiet reflection and preparation for worship )

HYMN: " All Glory, Laud and Honour" V.U. 122

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Today we begin Holy Week. It is a week when we follow Jesus into Jerusalem as the people wave palm branches.
By the end of the week we stand at the foot of the cross.
Today we see the kiss of betrayal and hear the sound of thirty pieces of silver.
We listen as Jesus is condemned by false witnesses.
We see him mocked in a purple robe.
We feel the crown of thorns pressed upon our heads.
We follow his lonely walk to Golgotha.
We stand at a distance as He is nailed to the cross and raised toward a lonely sky.
As such a violent and fearful week begins, we remember that God's steadfast love endures forever.

OPENING PRAYER
Merciful God, we come out of our darkness to receive Your light. We come out of our sorrow to receive Your joy. We come out of our doubts to receive Your certainty. We come out of our anxiety to receive Your peace. We come out of our sin to receive Your forgiveness. Open our hearts that Your grace may fill our every need. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN

HYMN: " Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" V.U. 123

LITURGY OF THE PALMS: Mark 11: 1-11

Psalm 118 (Parts 1,3 and 4) VU 837

THE LENTEN TRIAD LITURGY

Lent 6 - War
Reader 1 : Conflicts in our world cause at least 1,000 deaths per year. We welcome into our midst the One we call the Prince of Peace. Today we celebrate His triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem.
Reader 2: In a few days He will die as a traitor. His country was occupied by a foreign power and peace was maintained by military might.
Reader 1 : Civil unrest, armed conflict and unjust use of power are all too common. Conflict plagues our world. It destroys natural resources. With the planet groaning under our excesses, we need to find ways to promote peace among all people. As we extinguish this candle we lament the terror and destruction caused by conflict and war.
(Last purple candle is extinguished)
Let us join in our Prayer of Confession.

A PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of mercy, we long for peace in our own lives and among the nations of the world. We turn to You and confess those places where our resentment and prejudice make us slow to cooperate in efforts for reconciliation and peace. Forgive us, we pray. Giver of life, in the midst of a world at war, we groan with creation: have mercy upon us. AMEN

SUNG RESPONSE "As the Sun With Longer Journey"

V.U. 111 (vs 2)
Through the days of waiting,
watching in the desert of our sin,
Searching on the far horizon for a sign of cloud of wind,
We await the healing waters of our Saviour's victory.

ANTHEM
WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

FIRST TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 50: 4-9a

PSALM 31: 9 - 16 (Parts Two and Three) V.U. 758

DRAMA OF THE PASSION: Mark 14: 1 - 15: 47

HYMN: " O Sacred Head" V.U. 145

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

PASTORAL PRAYER

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

OFFERING INVITATION

OFFERTORY RESPONSE:
For food in a world where many walk in hunger,
for friends in a world where many walk alone,
for faith in a world where many walk in fear,
we give you thanks, O God. V.U. 552

OFFERTORY PRAYER: We have received much that we did not earn . . . the dancing colours of spring, and the early morning music of the birds, the laughter of friends and the love of family. We have received these things as a gift. As abundantly as we have received, let us also give. AMEN

HYMN: "Were You There" V.U. 144

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE ( A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning
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