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Sunday, April 5th

Winter Park Presbyterian Church
https://winterparkpresbyterian.org/
 
Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday

Liturgy for Home Worship
 
We are led in worship today by the Rev. Aaron Doll.  Friends, on this Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday, we continue to gather in many places as one.  Please pray for your church family as well as the health and well being of all God's children - as together we lift up the prayer and acclaimation: "Hosanna! Blessed is the One of Comes in the Name of the LORD!  Hosanna in the Highest!"
THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY

Matthew 21:1-11
21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
21:3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately."
21:4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
21:6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
21:7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
21:8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
21:10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?"
21:11 The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
 
Rachel Doll tells Matthew 21:1-11
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Gathering Palm Sunday Prayer

Almighty God, on this day, your son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread garments and palm branches along his way.  Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life.  In his name we pray. Amen.


HYMN:  "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"
Hymn:  "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" 
and Palms and Hosanna
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We Assemble in God's Name

Call to Worship:

Some:     Hosanna to the Son of David

Others: Hosanna in the Highest

Some:     Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

All:     Hosanna in the highest!

Some:     From our God who loves us with an everlasting love, who brings forth a new creation in Christ, who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness: Grace and abundant mercy be with you all.

Others: And also with you.

Some:     Almighty God, you sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take our flesh upon him and to suffer death on the cross. 

Others: Grant that we may share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

All:    Amen.




SONG - "Jesus Was a Carpenter"
 

"Jesus Was a Carpenter"
Written by Sharon Moore's uncle Christopher Wren
Performed by Ed Beck
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(Hosted on Google Drive - may work better on computers than phones)
LET US CONFESS OUR SINS BEFORE GOD, AND TO ONE ANOTHER:

Palm Sunday Prayer of Reconciliation 
O God, we stand at the gate,
hesitant and uncertain;
we are reluctant to answer your invitation;
we are slow to embark on the journey toward your reign.
Forgive us, we pray.
Grant us the help we need to be your people—
the courage to join you in the procession;
the selflessness to lay our cloaks before you;
the freedom to lift our palms to your glory;
and the knowledge that by your grace
we are forgiven. Amen.

Assurance of Grace
Hear this good news!
The procession is ever moving forward.
We can join at any moment.
The invitation still stands!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Glory to God! Amen!

 
"Glory Be to the Father"
Sharon Moore, Organ
We Hear God's Word
Prayer for Illumination

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.
Matthew 27:27-50

27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.
27:28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
27:29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
27:30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
27:31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
27:32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.
27:33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull),
27:34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.
27:35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots;
27:36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him.
27:37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
27:38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
27:39 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads
27:40 and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
27:41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,
27:42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.
27:43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, 'I am God's Son.'"
27:44 The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.
27:45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
27:46 And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
27:47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah."
27:48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.
27:49 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
27:50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.
Aaron Doll tells Matthew 27:27-50
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Message  -  "Social Fasting"
Sermon:  "Social Fasting"
Rev. Aaron Doll
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Musical Call to Prayer:   "Spirit of the Living God"
Sing or Play Along:  Click to Download Hymn
 
"Spirit of the Living God"
Sharon Moore, Organ
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We Respond to God

Prayer of Common Concerns

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE FROM: WORLD IN PRAYER .ORG

Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled. *

Beloved, how are we to pray in these times of pandemic, when country after country imposes stringent stay-at-home orders? When schools and restaurants and businesses are closed, and all public gatherings banned? When what we do to relax and let go of tension…when the ways we come together to celebrate birthdays and weddings and graduations…when what we rely on to grieve and reassure and comfort one another in funerals and hugs and touch….when these have all been closed off?  When life seems to be increasingly put on hold while we shelter in place, and even those who like long stretches of time alone are finding the walls starting to close in?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when fears start to consume us? When we can’t shake our worries about our own safety and the safety of those we love? When we are daily reminded of the risks taken by health care workers and grocery clerks and delivery people and emergency service providers and all other essential personnel? When closed borders (between U.S. and Mexico, between Germany and the rest of Europe) leave migrant agricultural workers unemployed, while farmers lose their crops and food shortages threaten for lack of harvest labor? When too many are desperate for income as their work places are shut down and jobs eliminated?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when the number of Covid 19 illnesses and deaths keep rising exponentially? When these stop being safely anonymous numbers, and start being stories about real people: the doctor in China who first recognized and spoke out about the impending epidemic; the priest in Italy who gave up his respirator so someone else might live; the nursing home residents in Spain who died alone after having been abandoned by their caregivers; the first known case in Zimbabwe; the first teen who died in the U.S., shocking those who thought only “old folks” were at risk; the relative – of a friend – of one of your online acquaintances, who is now on your prayer list…?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when there are still those (even among our own families!) who believe and spread wild and provably-false conspiracy theories? When seemingly-rational adults claim they have a right to ignore the personal and public safety rules? When there are a handful of religious leaders who endanger those they are pledged to care for, by insisting on holding public worship services in the midst of the pandemic? When too many government leaders still deny the seriousness of the situation and refuse to act, or demand to put profits before human lives? When there is a real risk in other countries that temporary measures put in place for public safety will lead to cancellation of elections, extended government control, totalitarianism?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when nearly every country in the world has insufficient Covid 19 tests, medical masks, respirators, ICU beds, morgue space? When many people lack access to even basic medical care, or can’t afford it? When we know it would take but a single spark to make the epidemic run rampant among the homeless, those in jail, refugee camps, or the many others in the world who simply can’t take the basic precautions of frequent handwashing or social distancing, because they don’t have access to soap and running water, or live in overcrowded conditions?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when our prayer lives are so cramped by worries about the virus, that we can barely take in the fact that there was a major earthquake in Croatia? That the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has suffered another mass bleaching? When we know that there must be so much else going on in the world – both good and bad – that merits prayer, only right now neither the media nor we, ourselves, have the energy to focus on it?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when hints of goodness and love creep into our tightly-closed-in lives? When governments in IndiaUnited Kingdom, and Canada promise payments to assist the poor, the self-employed and/or unemployed during this crisis? When banks and other lenders promise not to foreclose on mortgages and extend the time for monthly payments? When homes become festooned with Christmas lights, or candles or stuffed animals in front windows to cheer the neighborhood? When churches and synagogues and mosques learn to worship and minister to one another via the internet, and schools move classes online or send work home for their students? When free web-based courses in just about every subject, and virtual museum and park tours, and music, and dance performances, and amazing photography proliferate and go viral? When grandparents can meet their loved ones through closed windows, and we check in with one another with love, and clergy administer pastoral care (and even last rites) via phone?

Breathe.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Beloved, how are we to pray when we remember that You are with us always? That You are full of mercy – no matter whether we are angry, frustrated, fearful, sad or full of joy? When we believe – or so much want to believe – that “Love will not be cancelled. Songs will not be cancelled…Hope will not be cancelled”? When we trust that Your love for us will never be cancelled?

Breathe.
Breathe.
Lord, you are full of mercy.
Christ, you are full of mercy.
Lord, we are filled with your mercy.
Breathe.
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;
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.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Isaiah 53:3-6
He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.


Offering
"Sea to Sky"
Performed by Aaron Doll on Recorder


We are called by God to be disciples of Christ Jesus.  We are called by God to offer our time and talents to serve others, do works of love and charity, and bear witness to the Good News of Christ our Savior.  Let us offer unto God the gifts that we have been given.

Take a moment to consider the ways in the week ahead that you might:
Remember and give thanks for the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Offer encouragement to others.
Bring hope to God's children.
Reach out to someone who may be ignored or overlooked.
Use your gifts of creativity, music, education, art, writing, making, or building to make the world of others a better place.
Witness to Jesus Christ - Especially to someone who needs to hear it this day.

Also, consider as you are able donating to support the continuing ministry of our church:  
https://winterparkpresbyterian.org/donate/


Prayer of Dedication:  Gracious God, as we journey with you through this Holy Week, from the joy and excitement of Palm Sunday, through the love embodied of Maundy Thursday, through the utter sadness of Good Friday, and through the hope that we wait for on Easter, guide us and keep us.  Help us to give of ourselves fully, that we might be transformed by your loving sacrifice and made new by the greatest news that we long to hear of Christ's Resurrection on Easter.  Be with us Lord, and call us to be with you this day.  Take the gifts of our lives and hearts and use them for your will.  Amen.



The Doxology (consider standing and singing while the track below is played)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
The Doxology
"Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow"
Sharon Moore, Organ


Hymn - "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
Claire Canning, Soprano; Sharon Moore, Piano
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BENNEDICTION

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but
first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he
was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way
of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and
peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Postlude:  "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
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The Peace

The Peace of Christ Be with You!

And Also with You!
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