Sunday Worship Service April 5, 2020
We encourage you to gather in your homes at 10am on Sundays to listen for God's word and to pray for our friends and loved ones.
Welcome to our on-line worship time together. May this help you all feel a sense of connection with God and His family, our church family. We are glad that you are continuing to worship, giving praise and glory to God.
PREPARING FOR COMMUNION: Today we will be having Communion in a unique fashion where Rev. Charlie Scoma will lead us (see links below for both video and in print versions)
Each of us, at our own residence, will ‘self-serve’ our own bread and wine, juice or water. Since we are used to having a special wine chalice and plate at church and we suggest for you to do the same. Find a plate and cup that has special meaning to you, put a little bread or cracker on the plate and pour your choice of wine, juice or water in the cup. God is always present with us and in a time as this, we will witness His love and compassion as we celebrate the Lord's Supper together.
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
(if you have a candle and it is safe to do so, please light the candle)
(If a candle is not possible, turn on a lamp or light)
OPENING PRAYER – (based on Psalm 118:25-29)
Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD. God, you have given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. We give thanks to you LORD, your steadfast love endures forever. Amen
OPENING HYMN: #196 - “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” - (click on the YouTube link below to sing a-long)
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
God of compassion and mercy, we are your wounded and wounding children. We bring our wounded selves, our divided society, and our broken world.
Seeking your healing and transforming grace; It is easy for us to point the finger at others, yet we know that we all need your forgiveness; So we lift into your presence today, not only the victims of conflicts, but also those we have called enemies.
Break down the walls of hatred, distrust and bitterness and open a way for us to reach one another in truth and love. Enable us to build a society where all can belong; to share our gifts in mutual respect and to seek for the new future which you offer us through Jesus the Christ. We praise you and thank you for allowing us to be a forgiven people. Amen.
PASSING THE PEACE: “May the Peace of Christ be with you --- And also with you!”
FOCUS ON MISSION - (Please see our Ministries page for the weekly ‘One Great Hour of Sharing’)
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
-Please take a moment to pray for those in need of healing or comfort.
-Continued prayers for those who are caring for the sick and injured, putting their own health at risk.
-Continue to pray for peace and calm for our country and the world.
(Since we are not able to meet in person to ask for prayers - If YOU would like to add a Prayer Concern or Joy to the weekly worship bulletin, please click on the link below to submit your prayer request by Friday evening.)
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Almighty God, give us ears to hear your story in these words of Scripture, give us eyes to see your story in the faces of those that surround us; and give us faith enough, that by your grace, we might serve you until the end of our days. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Zechariah 9:9-13
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will arouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON #2: 2 Kings 9:11-13
When Jehu came back to his master’s officers, they said to him, “Is everything all right? Why did that madman come to you?” He answered them, “You know the sort and how they babble.” They said, “Liar! Come on, tell us!” So he said, “This is just what he said to me: ‘Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.’” Then hurriedly they all took their cloaks and spread them for him on the bare steps; and they blew the trumpet, and proclaimed, “Jehu is king.”
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: John 12:12-19
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”
THE MESSAGE: “Too Good to be True” by Rev. Charlie Scoma
To watch Rev. Scoma – click on this YouTube Link:
To see the written version, click on this link:
THE LORD’S SUPPER – Led by Rev. Scoma
Please click on this YouTube Link:
Invitation to the Table
The Lord’s Prayer
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 our sins as we forgive those who sin
against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the
power, and the glory, forever. Amen
Breaking the Bread
CLOSING HYMN: #853 - “We Are Marching in the Light of God”
(click on the YouTube link below to sing a-long)
EXTINGUISHING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE - (if you lit a candle, please extinguish it)
The Light of Christ goes with you until we meet again
God of love and all creation, we praise you and thank you for teaching us new ways of connecting with you. Continue to embolden us, that as we receive your loving embrace, we are empowered to reach out and share that with those around us. Amen
Content and message by Rev. Charlie Scoma
May the Peace of Christ be With You – Hallelujah, Amen!