*Each song title is linked to a youtube video just in case you don’t know the words. I want to encourage you, however, to try to sing along without the videos if you’re even semi-comfortable doing so. Worship is not a performance, it is an offering of who we truly are in response to who God truly is.
Download Children’s Resources Here (Thanks, Jen Milsten!)
Opening Song—Hosanna, Praise is Rising
Call to Worship: (Covenant Book of Worship, 264-265)
On this Palm Sunday, we root ourselves in the common story and common liturgy of the world wide church which will be reflecting on this significant event as we enter Holy Week.
If you are two or more people, consider participating with one taking the role of the leader, and the other(s) taking the role of the people. If you’re by yourself, declare this words in whole, to the Lord!
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!
Leader: We praise and bless you, ever-living God, for the acts of love by which you redeem the world through Jesus Christ our Lord.
People: This day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed king by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way.
Leader: Let these branches be for us signs of his victory; and grant that we who bear them may always acclaim Jesus Messiah,
People: by walking the way of his suffering and cross; that, dying and rising with him, we may enter your kingdom.
All: Through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Or, consider joining in this prayer:
On this Palm Sunday we gather our joys sorrows, our personal struggles and the strife of the world—and we place it at your feet. From the specter of Coronavirus to our acute and chronic illnesses, we place them at your feet. From the fears and anxieties caused by an invisible foe, we place them at your feet. From mental and emotional trauma and a cloudy picture of the future, we place them at your feet.
We place at your feet, our economic insecurity and how that lays bare our own insecurity. We place at your feet, feelings of loneliness and frustration at being isolated. We place at your feet, our emotional exhaustion caused by crisis, and sorrow at the loss of our best laid plans. We place at your feet, our decision makers and those challenged to execute those decisions—whether on the front lines or those forced to retreat against their will.
This week LSCC is investing $750 in the Bellingham Family Resource Center (FRC). The FRC is a wing of the Bellingham School District designed help of our most vulnerable children and families receive basic supplies from food and personal hygiene items to mental health and financial and legal assistance.
Pray over your offering of finances and heart. May the Lord continue
his work through LSCC by multiplying these gifts and granting us wisdom to invest them well.
You may give online HERE, or by mailing to:
P.O. Box 5645
Bellingham, WA 98227
*About the Offertory Song, from Christine Wasserman:
This song has been an anthem for me lately as I navigate the heaviness of the world. It reminds me that Jesus is here in the unknown and darkness. Whether the battle is fear, addiction, lonleness, depression, or some other darkness, this song is a reminder that God is our refuge and strength.
Offertory Song: Rescue
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21.1-11
If there are young readers in the room, encourage them to participate in the scripture reading!
Communion Song: Beautiful Scandalous Night
Song of Response: Goodness of God
Benediction (A Pastoral Committal)
Just as we have committed our own souls to the Living God today, so I commit you—individually and as a congregation—into the hands of the Father. May he carry you through all that life brings, and bring you safely home in his own good time.