APRIL 4 & 5
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Awake to the day of triumph for our Savior!
Give thanks for the day that leads to the cross!
Come with your branches, hosannas, and songs!
Fill the air with welcome to the Lord!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week and gather together in prayer,
turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
that united with Christ and all the faithful we may one day enter in triumph the
city not made by human hands, the new Jerusalem, eternal in the heavens, where with you and the Holy Spirit, Christ lives in glory forever. Amen.
Praise is Rising – Contemporary
Rejoice the Lord is King – Traditional
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21: 1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell them that the Lord has need of them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet; “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘see your king comes to you gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
O Worship the King – Contemporary
O Worship the King – Traditional
Mark 14: 17-20
When evening came, Jesus arrived with the twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me – one who is eating with me.
They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I.”
“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.”
Mark 14: 22-26
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus is arrested and taken away. He goes before the authorities for a hearing.
He is beaten and mocked.
Mark 15:22- 24
They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
SERMON: PALM SUNDAY TO EASTER
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Our Savior comes to us humbly, riding a donkey and proclaiming a message of peace.
Let us pray for the church all over the world that it will be a light to the troubled people everywhere.
Let us pray for all leaders of church and state, that they prefer humble service to empty power.
That all people live with gratitude for the gifts of food, friendship, family, trust, patience and hope.
We ask for courage and wisdom as we wander in this uncertain time right now.
We pray for your strength and presence to keep our faith strong that we are not alone and that we can come through this dark time with you guiding us each step of the way.
Help us to remember those around us who might be struggling even more than we are-let us be a blessing to them as you have blessed us.
We pray for all those who are ill with many different forms of illness, for those looking for jobs, for those forced to leave their work temporarily, for those struggling with depression, and for those needing assistance of any type.
We pray that those who see the cross starkly revealed in their lives, may draw strength from the name that is above every other name.
Give us gratitude, O God, and a great desire to serve you, by taking our cross and following in the way of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
TIME OF SILENT PRAYER
Let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
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First Presbyterian Church of Harvard
PO Box 846
Harvard, IL 60033
Hosanna – Contemporary
All Glory, Laud and Honor – Traditional
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong.
Let all that you do be done in Love.
May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit remain with you always. Amen.