PALM SPRINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Worship of the God of Grace in Jesus Christ
March 28, 2021 - 10:00 AM ServicePalm/Passion Sunday
Liturgical Color: Purple
"If I Ask, Will You Follow?" by Rev. Christine Dickerson
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|Pre-worship Music||Palm Sunday Medley||Alex Danson|
|Gathering Song||God Welcomes All||Hymn #399|
|Welcoming||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
|Life of the Church||Kay Chabot|
Good Morning Palm Springs Presbyterian Church!
And, welcome to our Palm Sunday Worship service. It is officially Spring now, so we hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful weather. We also hope everyone has received or will be receiving soon their COVID vaccines and enjoying a bit of relief and freedom. It has been a very long challenging year!
We are pleased to announce our Annual Congregational Meeting was held last Sunday, with great attendance by our members. Thank you to those that attended and participated in our importance topics for our church. As promised, the voting ballot has been sent to all members to cast their votes on our Pastor Nominating Committee nominees, 2021 Budget and a few topics on the re-opening of our church.
The possibility of re-opening our church for small gatherings is being researched by a small task team that has been organized. We will be reporting to you their progress each week and your input will be valuable along the way, as we address this very important topic.
If you have not donated your Easter lily yet, please do so as soon as possible. The lilies will be purchased this week for display on our altar next Sunday, Easter Sunday. Your lilies will be available the following Friday for you to pick up from the church, and for the lilies not taken, will be donated to various homes in the area.
Special birthday wishes are extended to a very special lady to us all, Caryl Williamson, and a very special gentleman, Matt Lashey. May God watch over you both on your birthday this week and bless you with great health and happiness all year long.
|Passing of the Peace||My Peace||Congregarion|
|Preparation for Worship||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
|Prelude||The King Is Coming||Alex Danson|
|Call to Worship (Responsive)||Kay Chabot|
One: We are here today to worship God;
All: To remember that on this day Jesus was welcomed into the city of Jerusalem.
One: With palm branches and singing the people greeted Jesus, chanting...
|Opening Hymn||Hosanna, Loud Hosanna||Hymn #197|
|Prayer of Adoration & Confession (Responsive)||Kay Chabot|
God, our source of all hope, we are as small children when we remember your son coming through the gates of Jerusalem. We wave our palms and sing for joy, and we reach out to touch the hem of his robe: Your son, your gift, your great love. We give thanks for his light and willingness to surrender himself for us. We want to follow him, but it is hard. We wait by the gate, afraid to enter, afraid to lose ourselves, afraid to be vulnerable, afraid to die. Help us, O Lord, to understand the freedom and life of the Cross, and be willing to surrender ourselves to a life in Christ. We ask in his name, Amen.
|(A moment for silent reflection)|
|Assurance of Forgiveness (Responsive)||Kay Chabot|
Hear the Good News! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know you are forgiven and be at peace. Amen.
|Gloria Patri||Hymn #581|
|Praise Hymn||Fairest Lord Jesus||Hymn #630|
|Prayers of the People & Lord's Prayer||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
|Anthem||The Holy City||solo by Matt Lashey|
|Prayer for Illumination (Unison)||Kay Chabot|
Teach us, O God, by your Word and Spirit, help us to hear, know and live the Gospel so that we might proclaim in work and deed, the Good News that you offer us this day. A message of peace to the whole community and love with faith through Christ our Lord. Amen
|Psalter Lesson (Unison)||Psalm 118:1-2, 19-24||Kay Chabot|
|Hebrew Lesson||Isaiah 50: 4-9a||Kay Chabot|
|Song of Preparation||Under His Wings||Hymn #356|
|Gospel Lesson||Luke 19: 28-40||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
|Pastor: "The Word of the Lord." People: "Thanks be to God."|
|Sermon||If I Ask, Will You Follow?||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
|In Response||All Glory, Laud and Honor||Hymn #196|
|Morning Tithes and Offerings|
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
|Offertory||The Palms||Alex Danson|
|Prayer of Dedication|
God of unending gifts, we praise you for your abundant goodness.
As you are generous, we want to be generous too.
May the gifts we bring extend your generosity into the world,
so that all people may be made whole by your goodness and grace. Amen.
|A Challenge to Go Forth||Rev. Christine Dickerson|
|A Sending Song||Let There Be Peace on Earth||Hymn #681|
|Benediction||Rev. Christine Dickerson|