The United Church of Canada
Drumbo-Richwood Pastoral Charge
P.O. Box 97, Drumbo, N0J 1G0
Office: 519-463-5222

Palm Sunday
Sunday Mar. 29, 2015
Lay Preacher : Fran Bell
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Organist: Joan Shantz- Willis
Betty Ford – Richwood

*Indicates a time to stand if you are able.
Please respond with the words printed in bold


Lighting of the Christ Candle
Christ is our Light.
Thanks be to God.

Call to Worship
We gather together in this place.
Joyful as our palm branches fan the air in praise
Filling this space with peace.
Waiting with great expectation to see Jesus, eager for a healing touch, a blessing received.
We gather together in this place.
Joyful as our palm branches reach high with hope.
Longing for a calm moment in the midst of pressing worry and hurry, longing for a message of welcome and acceptance on our journey.
We gather together in this place.
Anxious as our palm branches lay still next to us.
Questioning if we are able to walk with Jesus through the week ahead, through anguish, accusations, despair and darkness.
We gather together in this place.
Waving branches of prayer. Walking toward Easter.

Hymn VU #123 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (children march around the church with palm branches)

Prayer (together)
Hosanna, O God in the highest!
How you come to us in ways we never expect.
How is a king on a donkey?
How can a Savior be hung on a cross?
How do we see you when we are only trained to see defeat in these actions?
In this week ahead will we see you with us, among us?
Will your message come through?
Will the palms we wave with joy today be thrown down tomorrow with doubt?
May your Spirit guide us through this Holiest of Weeks, beside us, around us, before and behind us, within us, as we pray together the prayer Jesus taught us:

Lord’s Prayer VU #959 (sung)
Willis Adult and Youth Choir “When They Heard That Jesus was Coming”
Ministry of Music
Hymn VU #127 “Ride On, Ride On In Majesty”
Story for All
Scripture Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 118 1-2, 19-29 VU#837 Parts 1, 3 and 4
Mark 11: 1-11
Reflection I Love a Parade!
Hymn VU #122 “All Glory, Laud and Honour”
Dedication VU 541 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Offering Prayer (together)
Loving God, as Hosannas fade to cries of despair, may these gifts be used for peacemaking that settles strife and justice-seeking that creates all good hope. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Hymn VU #567 “ Will You Come and Follow Me”

Announcements/ Upcoming Events
• Coffee Time- Every Monday Morning from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Willis.

• Choir Practice – 9:20 a.m. at Richwood
- 10:30 a.m. at Willis

• Sun. Apr. 5 – Fran Bell will be the Lay Preacher.
Sun. Apr. 12 – Rev. Liz Lemon will do communion.

• Roll-up the Rim- Thank you to everyone who donated "roll-up-the-rims" which have been forwarded to a homeless shelter. Sent out in the mail this week were 33 rims for free donuts, 85 rims for free coffee, 6-free Macdonald coffee cards and 1 donated Tim Hortons gift card. Thanks for making the day for someone in need.

• Sun. Mar. 29 – Willis Outreach Service 1:30 p.m. at Park Lane Terrace, Paris ON - Willis Outreach Team presents Jonah and the Whale. Join us in the chapel.

• Mon. Mar. 30-Willis Choir Pratice Youth:6:15-7 p.m. Adult:7 – 8 p.m.

• Fri. Apr. 3 Good Friday 10 a.m. In order to celebrate Easter we have to feel the sadness of Good Friday. Come and listen to the Good Friday story told in music “Footprints in the Sand at the Plattsville Missionary Church, Plattsville.

• Official Board Meeting-Date to be determined.

• Sun. Apr. 12 – Fellowship Lunch at Willis after church. Please bring Sandwiches and Squares.

Sixth Sunday in Lent/ Palm Sunday
We have gathered here, week after week, sharing a common quest for a deeper faith and a deeper experience of the divine. I invite you now to close your eyes and let go of the things that distract and concern you. Listen! The time is drawing near. Jesus is preparing to enter Jerusalem. How will we greet him? Will we follow him all the way to the Cross? The power of Jesus is that he lived what he taught, even when it led to his death. He lived with an abiding awareness of God, radiating the light of God in all he said and did. But that light was too much for the world. There are forces today, as there were in ancient Judea, that conspire to put it out. Where are we in this drama? What are we willing to risk to follow Jesus?
(Silent time.)
As we extinguish this light, we acknowledge the darkness and pain of illness and disease in the world.
(A candle is extinguished.)
Let us pray.
Loving God, there are so many choices before us every day. Choices offered by our friends, our families, our culture, our own past. Some of them encourage the well-being of the earth, ourselves and our neighbors; others are destructive. Help us to distinguish between them. May we learn from the choices of Jesus and embody compassion, justice, and inclusion in all we say and do. Amen.