Palm Sunday – 4/10/2022

Greeting

Call to Worship
L: We are here today to worship the King of kings!
All: We worship a king who defies expectations.
L: Our King pours himself out for us and for all.
All: We come like empty cups, ready to receive his grace.
L: In his pouring out we find blessings of compassion, mercy, and presence.
All: We find that the good life is not the easy life, it is the life walked with God.

Prayer:
(All) Jesus, as we journey with you today from triumph to despair to hope, lead us to radically trust in you, even in the most desperate of places, because you have been there, and you have prevailed. Amen

First Reading: John 12:12-19
Liturgist: 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,
All: “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord-the King of Israel!”
Pastor:   Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written:
All:   “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
Liturgist: 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,
All: “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”

Song: Hosanna – WAS 3079
Jim Strathdee CCLI# 7148614
L: Hosanna, All: hosanna
L: hosanna, All: hosanna.
L: Hosanna, All: hosanna. Hosanna to the King.
L: We welcome him All: We welcome him.
L: We welcome him All: We welcome him.
L: Hosanna All: hosanna. Hosanna to the King.
L: We’ll follow him All: we’ll follow him.
L: We’ll follow him All: We’ll follow him.
L: Hosanna, All: hosanna. Hosanna to the King.
L: We’ll walk with him All: we’ll walk with him.
L: We’ll walk with him All: We’ll walk with him.
L: Hosanna All: hosanna. Hosanna to the King.

First Message

Second Reading – Psalm 22 (responsively)
Liturgist: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
All: Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.   In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.   To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
Liturgist: But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people. All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;   “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
All: Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.   On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Liturgist: Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.   Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;   they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.   I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;   my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled;   I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me;   they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!   Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion!
All: From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.   I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:   You who fear the Lord, praise him! 
Pastor: All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!   For he did not despise the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.
Liturgist: From you comes my praise in the great congregation;   The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord.   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.   For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
All: To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn saying that he has done it.

Second Message

Song: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross – UMH 301
Fanny Crosby and William Doane CCLI#36736
Jesus, keep me near the cross; there a precious fountain,
free to all, a healing stream, flows from Calvary’s mountain.
Refrain: In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever,
till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul, love and mercy found me;
there the bright and morning star sheds its beams around me.
Refrain
Near the cross! O Lamb of God, bring its scenes before me;
help me walk from day to day with its shadow o’er me.
Refrain

Third Reading – Psalm 23

(unison)The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.


Third Message

Song: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – UMH 298
Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason CCL #27893
When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride
Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.
See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Prayer of Confession:
God of Hope, you stand in solidarity with us even when we betray you. Forgive us for how our worship is sometimes conditional. Forgive us for putting expectations on you instead of learning what to expect from you. When we try to escape the pain of the world, forgive us, and give us eyes to see you in every suffering neighbor. Help us to lean on you when thigs are good and when they’re not, to lament when we need to lament, to hope in our despair, and to share our hope with the hopeless. Amen

Pastoral Prayer

Song What Wondrous Love Is This – UMH
USA Folk Hymn CCLI# 197297
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Benediction

Cokesbury CCLI License #2851555

Please keep in prayer: Donna and Roshier Bailey, Tom Fabricus, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen Kuvasko, Margaret Franklin, Benny Willis, Bagby family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry and vision of Cokesbury.

Welcome Table (Messy Church) today at 11:30am. All are welcome.

Holy Thursday Service April 14th at 7pm.

Bring Easter flowers to decorate the sanctuary on April 17th

Learn
Bible Study Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom and in-person. “Holy Spirit: Here and Now” by Trevor Hudson. Contact Pastor Gayle for Zoom link.

Devotion
The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly Mondays at 6pm on Zoom – all are invited to join and participate! Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention.
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Canned Vegetables, especially peas, 15 oz size, Low sodium canned vegetables, Snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, Single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Cleaning Supplies in general, Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items, Size 4T pull-ups, Size 6 diapers.

Griefshare is a biblical, Christ-centered grief support group ministry. Griefshare helps group members apply biblical principles to the healing process after the death of a loved one. Through videos and workbooks participants see how the gospel brings hope and restoration. Plans are being made to form a group here at Cokesbury. If you are interested in participating or facilitating a group, please contact Pastor Gayle at cokesburyumc@gmail.com.

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