24 March 2024 — Palm/Passion Sunday

An asterisk (*) invites the Assembly to stand.
Words in
bold indicate the responses of the Assembly.

Prelude “Hosannah!” (J. P. E. Hartmann)
Congregational Welcome
Gospel Reading of the Palms Mark 11: 1-11
*Procession of Palms/Hymn #88 All Glory, Loud and Honor

*Unison Prayer of Invocation and New Life
God of Jesus Christ, who teaches us the way, come and lead our journey today. Be with us in honesty and hope. Be with us as we seek the humble path to your kingdom. Hear us as we call out Hosanna – O save us – and empower us as we commit to serve and heal others. Bless us to stay with you, O Jesus, even when the crowds disperse during Good Friday’s darkness. Bless us in our journey to Jerusalem, to the cross, and throughout life, Amen.

*Assurance of Reconciliation

*Response in Praise Tallis’ Canon
All Praise to thee my God this day, for all the blessings of thy way.
Keep me, O keep me safe from harm within the shelter of thine arm.

*Sharing of Peace
One Voice: The Peace of Christ be always with you.
All: And also with you!

The Day’s Psalm Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-27
The Arrival of Jesus

*Salvation Hymn #91 Ride on! Ride on in Majesty
(Children depart to a special celebration during the hymn)

The Epistle Reading Philippians 2: 5-11
The Festival of Freedom

The Prayer of Presence and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father and Mother, 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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

The Offertory “Hosanna” (M.W. Smith, arr. Inman)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

*Prayer of Hope*The Passion Begins Selections from Mark 14, 15
*The Holy Week Hymn #85 What Wondrous Love

*Benediction Response “Jesus, Remember Me” (J. Berthier)

Postlude “Pie Jesu” from Requiem (Gabriel Fauré)

Chancel Flowers for Easter next week– can be ordered in the Parlor:
tulips and lilies for a $12. donation, as you are able.

After worship everyone is invited to greet the leaders and each other in the Parlor,
during a special fellowship time.

Thanks to worship leaders Ken Baily, Jan Zimmerman, Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan,
Amanda Ketchpaw (Soprano soloist), NHCC Community Choir, Tannika Scott, Council,
Sally Brickell, Rich Bryden, and Misha Hill.

Holy Week Events:

Maundy Thursday Seder Supper: Our Maundy Thursday Supper and Devotion takes place on March 28 beginning at 6 PM, with a 6:15 meal in the Parlor.

Good Friday: Our Good Friday Tenebrae service takes place at 7:30 in the Great Hall.

Easter Sunday: Our Easter Festivities begin with a Sunrise Worship at 6:15, followed by a 9:30 Easter Egg Hunt, and a 10 AM festival worship service with Holy Communion.

Each Sunday, NHCC is blessed to be able to include remote members and friends in worship
via YouTube and on our website. Our services are live streamed and recorded.
We don’t control who can watch or who can be seen. If you do not wish to have your likeness recorded, streamed, or photographed, please inform a greeter so you can be seated appropriately.

Newton Highlands Congregational Church seeks to reflect the inclusive love of God in Jesus Christ. As an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking Congregation of the United Church of Christ, we joyfully welcome all to our worship and into our membership regardless of race, ethnic background, religious background, gender, economic Status, age, handicap or sexual orientation. For in Christ we are a new creation, so we are glad to unite in worship together.

Newton Highlands Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming, Still Speaking Congregation
54 Lincoln Street
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461
(617) 527-3898
Visit our website at www.nhcc.net

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth F. Baily, Senior Pastor
Wendy Donnell, Director of Christian Education
Jan Zimmerman, Interim Music Director
Yevgenia Semeina, Organist
Judah Coffman, Administrator
Sally Brickell, Moderator
Yoko Bryden, Building Manager,
Misha Hill, Worship Technician

United Church of Christ

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