Bulletin and Announcements for April 2, 2023

Dunsford United Church

Sunday, April 2, 2023 – Palm Sunday

Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #122 “All Glory, Laud and Honour”

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS (Unison):

We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishinaabe/Mississauga peoples with whom Treaty 20, Williams treaty, was signed, on the lands where I am, and we acknowledge also and give thanks for the lands and people of treaties and unceded territories of all who are worshiping. It is up to all of us to live into truth, respect and reconciliation with all our relations.

CALL TO WORSHIP

They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it and he sat.

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, others spread leafy branches that they

had cut from the fields.

Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting;

Hosanna! blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!  Hosanna!

Written by Allan Warren Gatherings 2023 P. 38. Used with permission.

† HYMN: VU #124 “He Came Riding on a Donkey”

OPENING PRAYER

Today is a day of triumphal entry as we join in welcoming Jesus.

We are enthusiastic to be part of this world,

O God, when there is joy and celebration all around us.

Today is a day of sombre preparation.

We seek your presence O God, when the way is challenging.

Today is a day of commitment as disciples of Jesus.

Motivate us to be a people of faith, willing to share in the journey Jesus embraced.

Instill in us hope and confidence for the future despite present realities,

As we are reminded of your assurance in the words Jesus taught us. “Our Father”.

Written by Bill Steadman Gatherings 2023, p. 38.  Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “I Surrender All” Sylvia V, accompanied by Llew S

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

The palm branches are symbols of all we have to celebrate as we welcome Jesus, God’s just and caring one, to Jerusalem.

Our gifts symbolize renewed faithfulness to God. Amen

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

MINUTE FOR MISSION: Sylvia V

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament  Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29.  The stone the builders rejected.

 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.[c]
25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
    O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.[d]
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
    up to the horns of the altar.[e]

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

New Testament   Matthew 21:1-11  Jesus enters Jerusalem

1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.”[a] This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

“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.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd[b] spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”

10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth.

† HYMN: VU #123 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

SERMON

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

LORD’S PRAYER

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.  Amen

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today after worship – Pancake Breakfast: bacon/sausage and pancakes, juice and coffee.  Free will offering.

Good Friday, April 7th Worship Service at 10 AM

Easter Sunday: Rev. Anne asked that we wear our Easter bonnets (and ties).  Let’s celebrate Easter in style!

MILK BAG MINISTRY: Would you like to help make milk bag mats?  Come to the church on Wednesdays at 10 AM.  Contact Shirley to let her know.

CHEER MINISTRY:  Please call Linda when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; special birthday/anniversary wishes, or sympathy.

Please keep in your prayers: Mary Lou; Emma J; Abigail.

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Stewardship is a spiritual practice. How do we share our abundance to prepare the way for Jesus?

https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-12/stewardship-seconds_jan-june-2023.docx

FROM THE UNITED CHURCH

Embracing the Spirit: EDGEy Conversation with Soul Space Ottawa, Signpost Series Bundle, and more!  (mailchi.mp)

E-ssentials: Together for the Love of Creation Earth Week, Ask and Imagine Youth Webinars, and more! (mailchi.mp)

Living into Right Relations: March 2023 (mailchi.mp)

POSTLUDE


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