Palm Sunday In Person Service

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A few “ground-rules” are important to help keep everyone safe.

  • Distancing: As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. Please maintain 8 or more feet from other households at all times. You are welcome to wave to one another!
  • Masks: Please ensure all members of your household over age 4 are wearing a mask covering both the mouth and nose at all times. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
  • Eucharist: Everyone is invite to receive. The ministers will come you with the host. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. We will only be receiving in one kind. The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time. Gl
  • Singing: at this time we cannot sing safely as a group. You are welcome to quietly recite the words along with the musician. Please leave your mask on as you speak the words.
  • Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. An offering container is available near the altar, if you would like to make a gift after the service.. You can also make a gift online by clicking here.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold.

Prelude

The Gaslight squares will play to begin our service. Please maintain a twenty foot distance from the band.


Welcome and Opening Acclamation

The rector welcomes the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Let us pray:
Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our
salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation
of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and
immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Opening Hymn in Procession

O When the Saints Go Marchin’ In Traditional Spiritual


The Blessing of the Palms

The Lord be with you.
And Also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by
which you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ
our Lord. On this day Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem in
triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who
spread their garments and branches along his way.

Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that
we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives
and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and
for ever. Amen.


The Gospel for the Palm Procession

A reading from the Gospel according to Mark (Mark 11:1-11a)

When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’” They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Homily The Rev. Mike Angell


The Prayers of the People

Gracious and Loving God, help us to walk these days with patience and attention. Our world is waiting, waiting for word that it is safe to gather, waiting for the chance to breathe freely and embrace. This week is a week of waiting and watching. Help us to enter in to these days, to allow the story to form us for patience, to form us for hope. Give us the courage to pay attention.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. We pray for all of those who minister beyond the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.

We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Denise Carpenter, Charlotte Gage, Donna Robey, and Nancy Adams.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who are sick and suffering: for those with COVID, for those with lingering symptoms, for all the sick and the vulnerable. We pray for those who have lost income, lost housing, lost work, or lost out on a dream in this year of pandemic.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who have died: for all who have died of COVID, and for all the departed, especially the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Peace 

The Peace is then exchanged. Please wave to folks! We must ask you not to approach folks from outside your household.

The Peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.


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Eucharistic Prayer                         

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The presider offers our thanks to God for the grace and mercy made available to us in Christ.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The presider gives thanks to God for the reconciling work of Christ’s passion and resurrection and prays over the bread and wine.

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The presider concludes with prayer for the coming of God’s reign.

By Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is
yours, Almighty God, now and forever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

Pray in the language you prefer:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


Administration of the Sacrament

All are invited to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Gluten Free wafers are available, on request, from the minister. The ministers will come to where you are seated wearing a mask. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. (The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine at this time.)


Hymn during Communion

All Glory Laud and Honor Hymnal 1982 #154

All Glory Laud and Honor Hymn

Post Communion Prayer  

God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.


The Passion: Mark 15:1-39

Read by the Rev. Chester Hines.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark

At daybreak, the chief priests—with the elders, legal experts, and the whole Sanhedrin—formed a plan. They bound Jesus, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” The chief priests were accusing him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? What about all these accusations?” But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate marveled. During the festival, Pilate released one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. A man named Barabbas was locked up with the rebels who had committed murder during an uprising. The crowd pushed forward and asked Pilate to release someone, as he regularly did. Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” He knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of jealousy. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas to them instead. Pilate replied, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done?” They shouted even louder, “Crucify him!” Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, so he released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus whipped, then handed him over to be crucified.

The soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard of the palace known as the governor’s headquarters, and they called together the whole company of soldiers. They dressed him up in a purple robe and twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him. They saluted him, “Hey! King of the Jews!” Again and again, they struck his head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt before him to honor him. When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Simon, a man from Cyrene, Alexander and Rufus’ father, was coming in from the countryside. They forced him to carry his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place. They tried to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he didn’t take it. They crucified him. They divided up his clothes, drawing lots for them to determine who would take what. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The notice of the formal charge against him was written, “The king of the Jews.” They crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? Save yourself and come down from that cross!” In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself. Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe.” Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him. From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?” After hearing him, some standing there said, “Look! He’s calling Elijah!” Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.” But Jesus let out a loud cry and died. The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “This man was certainly God’s Son.”


Hymn

“Were you there when they Crucified my Lord?” vs. 1-3
Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #37

The service finishes without a dismissal, because our worship will not conclude until Easter.

Service Leaders
Preacher and Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Celebrant for the Eucharist: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Assisting: Seminarian Emilee Walker Cornetta
Prayers of the People: David Luckes
Greeters/Ushers: Rudy Walz, Susan Norris, David Luckes
Musicians: Mary Chapman and the Gaslight Squares

Music reprinted with permission by OneLicense # A-704988