April 17, 2011 Palm/Passion Sunday
Worship leader today – Pat Ribey
God invites us to worship

Life and Work of the Church family
Call to Worship: Matthew 21: 1-11
–“Triumphant entry into Jerusalem”
“Sing Praise” Amanda & Gregg Weaver
Hymn 123 VU “Hosanna” “Praise Parade”
Song of Faith- “We sing of Jesus......”
Prayer of Humility

God of relationship, because you first loved us, we want to reach out in love as Jesus did. We want to be channels through which your mercy and healing power flows.
“ Because Jesus’ witness to love was threatening, those exercising power sought to silence Jesus.”
Forgive us when we try to silence others through words or actions.
(2 candles extinguished)
“ Jesus suffered abandonment and betrayal.”
Forgive us when we betray or walk away from those who suffer; forgive us when we deny our own pain.
(2 candles extinguished)
“Jesus suffered state-sanctioned torture and execution. He was crucified.”
Forgive us when we follow crowd mentality.
(2 candles extinguished)
“Song of Faith”-.......In Jesus’ resurrection, God overcomes death. Nothing separates us from the love of God.
Assurance of God’s forgiveness: 97 MV (Lis-ten) Listen, God is calling, through the Word inviting, offering forgiveness, comfort and joy. (Lis-ten)
Story Time “ Sunshine” the goat or Drama: “A different Perspective”
SOLO: Kaitlyn Rogers

8 MV “And On This Path”
Circle Prayer
The Scriptures speak to us
Scripture: Matthew 26; 11-27-54“ Jesus’ Passion”
Hymn 78 MV “ God Weeps”
“ God’s Loving Powers and human suffering”

God Invites us to Respond
Hymn 89 MV “ Love is the Touch
Offertory: Invitation
Celebration Ringers: “The Journey”

*a traditional Chinese melody
Flute solo by Bev Webb
MV # 187 “We Give Our Thanks”

We give our thanks to God (repeat 4X)
Offertory Prayer
Prayers of the People
Hymn 182 MV “Grateful”
Commissioning and Benediction:
Choral Blessing: “Walk with the Lord”

Mission Statement: In response to God’s call, we the congregation of Grace United Church understand our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all ages. Using the Bible as our guide, we are challenged to worship and praise and celebrate God’s love and accept God’s grace, learn God’s will, live in faith, and reach out in humble service in the community and the world.
Volunteer Staff Paid Staff
Music Director: Gladys Jack Interim Minister: Rev. Tom Sawyer
Pianist: Lois Sonnega Office Manager: Mary Laursen
Organist: Linda Anderson Envelope Sec.: Diane Davies
Irene Knowlson (Medical Leave) Rev. Lyn Lamers
Caretaker: Joyce Dickson
Ministers Emeriti:
Harold Martin
Wilma Sharpe
Serving the Community – The congregation:

The church office will be closed Friday, April 22nd
and Easter Monday, April 25th