St. Paul's United Church

United Church of Canada

10206 100 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 0V6


The United Church
of Canada/L'Église
Unie du Canada
St. Paul's building

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Our Prayers are offered for, Lorena Ramsankar, Betty & Bob Wilson, Hazel Bloomfield

March 29, 2015

Putting one foot in front of the other, we will continue to walk on the path Christ has set for us. The People of St. Paul’s will: Belong… Believe… Love… Lead.

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Listen!  Can you hear the singing?

Wait!  Can you feel the excitement?

Look!  Can you see the dancing?

The Holy One of God is coming!

Let us sing and dance together!  Let us join in the parade of hope!

Come into the Streets with me....

 

PALM PARADE Come Into the Streets with Me

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

 

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

LIGHTING OF THE Christ CANDLE

We sing and dance with the crowds as we enter the city, joyfully we share the light of God that is among us.

May its light continue to glow as the week draws on and the darkness gathers.

 

OPENING PRAYER

As we gather along the roadside we feel the excitement filling the air.

Something is happening! We want to join in!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Look! Your king comes to you;

triumphant and victorious is he – humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey!

God, we join in the crowds, the jubilation, and the adoration.

The excitement is contagious, we have high hopes for what may come.

In the time of worship;

feed us in mind and body. Remind us where our loyalty truly lies.

And send us back out to proclaim the coming of the king, who taught us to pray saying...

LORD'S PRAYER

 

Gathering Hymn He Came Riding on a Donkey           # 124 Voices United

WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF PARDON

For the times we turn our backs on the parades of life, choosing instead the easy way of quiet we cry out…

Hosanna! Save us God!

For the times we have chosen to join the wrong parades, choosing the popular instead of the good we cry out…

Hosanna! Save us God!

For all the times we have been bandwagon jumpers, going with the flow of opinion, switching sides at random, we cry out…

Hosanna! Save us God!

…time of silent prayer…

God calls us to the parade of life. God offers us forgiveness where we fall short of God’s hope. And so it is with confidence we can cry out…

Hosanna! Save us God! Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Matthew 21:1-17

 

SERMON Triumph and Anger

 

Hymn Ride On, Ride On, the Time is Right                   #126 Voices United

 

WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute                                    

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn:       I Ask You God                (See insert)

 

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

 

Hymn Ride On! Ride On in Majesty                                # 127 Voices United

 

COMMISSIONING:

We have joined with the crowds in the cheering and celebrations.

We look forward to the coming time of glory.

As part of the hope-filled crowd we go to tell those around us of the possibilities that lie before us.

We share the promise of the Peaceable Kingdom found in a king on a donkey.

But off in the distance a shadow looms, a threat to all our hopes.

Nevertheless we will walk boldly towards the shadow, trusting in the light that lies beyond it.

Go out into this Holy Week to walk the path that leads to the cross.

Walk that path knowing that we do not walk it alone: the Crucified One goes with us, the Creator is there to strengthen us, the Holy Spirit fills us with hope everlasting.

Amen.

 

Sung Benediction:  Jesus Shepherd of My Soul (vs. 1, 4 See Insert)

POSTLUDE