Palm/Passion Sunday April 5, 2020
Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: like Peter, we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God. We wave palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on the cross. Amid it all we are invited into this paradoxical promise of life through Christ’s broken body and outpoured love in a meal of bread and wine. We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s astounding work.
We gather each week to worship and pray on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. For thousands of years they have walked on the land and paddled the waters of the Salish Sea. We are grateful to the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for their stewardship of these lands and adjoining waters throughout the ages. Set out on a table in front of you a green branch, a house plant, or simply a drawing of a leaf or branch. Another idea from Pastor Christoph Reiners of Our Saviour in Richmond is to attach a cedar bough to your front door to mark Palm Sunday and to welcome Jesus as our Lord and King.
The children may also enjoy this song and video of Jesus’ Procession into Jerusalem - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApEIjvE6S4 and another one here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwHBPC5V8MA&feature=youtu.be
Then speak this acclamation:
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying 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. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5“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.” 6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The 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!” 10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Prayer for the Liturgy of the Palms
Almighty God, whose Son was crucified yet entered into glory, may we, walking in the way of the cross, find it is for us the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Invite children to participate in “at-home processions,” in place, in circles, or outside.
Let us go forth in peace, in the name of Christ. Amen.
Prayer of the Day
As we now enter into the contemplation of the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and meditate on the salvation of the world through his sufferings, death, burial, and resurrection, let us pray. Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the Lord expresses absolute confidence in his final vindication, despite the fact that he has been struck and spit upon. This characteristic of the servant played an important role in the early church’s understanding of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9a It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11I am the scorn of all my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12Like the dead I am forgotten, out of mind; I am as useless as a | broken pot.
13For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. I have said, “You are my God.
15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.”
Living Psalm 31: 9-16
Passion Sunday In a Lent of Coronavirus
Be gracious to us, O God, for we are in distress;
those we love die, but our grieving is solitary, without funerals to ease our tears.
Our souls are compressed by quarantine, our bodies, masked and gloved, shrink from the bodies of others.
For we fear the virus walking among us, and have let physical distance turn into spiritual distance, heart distance. Our breath fails because of covid19 fever rages and we cannot taste.
We are locked down each to our own home, and become afraid of our neighbors. We step away from the lonely, the vulnerable. When we see another in the street, we flee.
Our employments are gone, our homes endangered. Our minds are full of anxiety and death and we have become like broken vessels. We hear whispering against elders, against Asians, and those in prison or immigration detention are easily cast off and discarded.
Our fear makes schemers of us all, to save our life at the expense of all others.
But we trust in you, O Holy One you open your arms -- pieta to all the world You name each of our days -- “good” as your sorrow made “good” a long ago Friday.
Deliver us from selfishness in the time of pandemic.
Let your face shine upon us that we may reflect your steadfast love.
"Living Psalm 31: 9-16 for Passion Sunday in a Lent of Coronavirus" was written by The Rev. Maren Tirabassi. Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. Maren Tirabassi, editor.
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Paul uses an early Christian hymn to help us comprehend Jesus’ obedient selflessness on the cross and how God has made Christ lord over all reality. The perspective of the cross becomes the way we rightly understand God, Christ, our own lives, and fellowship within the community of Christ.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL – The Reading of the Passion Narrative audio recording: https://youtu.be/Gc2OZ6Rv6nI
The Passion Gospel is read in parts, led by a narrator who begins by saying: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.
NARRATOR: One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,
JUDAS: "What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?"
NARRATOR: They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying,
DISCIPLES: "Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
NARRATOR: He said, JESUS: "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'"
NARRATOR: So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said,
JESUS: "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me."
NARRATOR: And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another,
DISCIPLES: "Surely not I, Lord?"
NARRATOR: He answered,
JESUS:"The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born."
NARRATOR: Judas, who betrayed him, said,
JUDAS: "Surely not I, Rabbi?"
NARRATOR: He replied,
JESUS: "You have said so."
NARRATOR: While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said,
JESUS: "Take, eat; this is my body."
NARRATOR: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying,
JESUS: "Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
NARRATOR: When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them,
JESUS: "You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee."
NARRATOR: Peter said to him,
PETER: "Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you."
NARRATOR: Jesus said to him,
JESUS:"Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
NARRATOR: Peter said to him,
PETER "Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you."
NARRATOR: And so said all the disciples. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,
JESUS: "Sit here while I go over there and pray."
NARRATOR: He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them,
JESUS: "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me."
NARRATOR: And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed,
JESUS: "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want."
NARRATOR: Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter,
JESUS: "So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
NARRATOR: Again he went away for the second time and prayed,
JESUS:"My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done."
NARRATOR: Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them,
JESUS: "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand."
NARRATOR: While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,
JUDAS: "The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him."
NARRATOR: At once he came up to Jesus and said,
JUDAS "Greetings, Rabbi!"
NARRATOR: and kissed him. Jesus said to him,
JESUS:"Friend, do what you are here to do."
NARRATOR: Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him,
JESUS: "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?"
NARRATOR: At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,
JESUS: "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled."
NARRATOR: Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said,
ACCUSERS: "This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'" NARRATOR: The high priest stood up and said,
HIGH PRIEST: "Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?"
NARRATOR: But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, HIGH PRIEST: "I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
NARRATOR: Jesus said to him,
JESUS "You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven."
NARRATOR: Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,
HIGH PRIEST: "He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?"
NARRATOR: They answered, CHIEF PRIESTS: "He deserves death." NARRATOR: Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying,
CHIEF PRIESTS: "Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?"
NARRATOR: Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said,
SERVANT GIRL: "You also were with Jesus the Galilean."
NARRATOR: But he denied it before all of them, saying,
PETER: "I do not know what you are talking about."
NARRATOR: When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders,
SERVANT GIRL: This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."
NARRATOR: Again he denied it with an oath,
PETER: "I do not know the man."
NARRATOR: After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,
BYSTANDER: Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you." NARRATOR: Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath,
PETER: "I do not know the man!"
NARRATOR: At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said:
JESUS: "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
NARRATOR: And he went out and wept bitterly. When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor. When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He said,
JUDAS:"I have sinned by betraying innocent blood."
NARRATOR: But they said,
CHIEF PRIESTS: "What is that to us? See to it yourself."
NARRATOR: Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said,
CHIEF PRIESTS: "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money."
NARRATOR: After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter's field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me." Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,
PILATE: "Are you the King of the Jews?"
NARRATOR: Jesus said,
JESUS: "You say so."
NARRATOR: But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him,
PILATE: "Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?"
NARRATOR: But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them,
PILATE: "Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
NARRATOR: For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,
PILATE’S WIFE: "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him."
NARRATOR: Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them,
PILATE: "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?"
NARRATOR: And they said,
NARRATOR: Pilate said to them,
PILATE: "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
NARRATOR: All of them said,
CONGREGATION: "Let him be crucified!"
NARRATOR: Then he asked,
PILATE:"Why, what evil has he done?"
NARRATOR: But they shouted all the more,
CONGREGATION: "Let him be crucified!"
NARRATOR: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying,
PILATE:"I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves."
NARRATOR: Then the people as a whole answered,
CONGREGATION: "His blood be on us and on our children!"
NARRATOR: So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying,
SOLDIERS: "Hail, King of the Jews!"
NARRATOR: They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. (At the mention of Golgotha, the congregation should stand and remain standing for the remainder of the reading.)
NARRATOR: As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,
BYSTANDERS: "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
NARRATOR: In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,
CHIEF PRIESTS: "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, `I am God's Son.'"
NARRATOR: The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,
JESUS: Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?"
NARRATOR: that is,
JESUS: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
NARRATOR: When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
BYSTANDERS: "This man is calling for Elijah."
NARRATOR: At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said,
BYSTANDERS: "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
NARRATOR: Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said,
CENTURION: "Truly this man was God's Son!
NARRATOR: Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said,
CHIEF PRIESTS: "Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, `After three days I will rise again.' Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, `He has been raised from the dead,' and the last deception would be worse than the first."
NARRATOR: Pilate said to them,
PILATE: "You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can."
NARRATOR: So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ Praise to you, O Christ
Having read these readings, think of this: As the Psalm today says, fear is certainly all around. This story of the suffering of Christ powerfully fits our time, and we can recognize ourselves in the fearful crowd, if not also in the betrayers and killers. But why does God in Christ enter into such agonies? To plant hope and life and God’s very self, deep in all human suffering, so that from now on there is no place of hurt and sorrow where Jesus Christ is not there first. To defeat all dread and death and sin, so that we might no longer live in fear. To plant the mind of Christ in us, so that we might turn to our neighbor in love.
HYMN OF THE DAY – O Sacred Head Now Wounded, sung by Sonja Koruga https://youtu.be/Y56QlOFESeM
Prayers of Intercession
In our separate homes but gathered together in the Spirit, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, and all in need, responding to each petition with words from one of today’s psalms, “O Lord, save us.”
A brief silence.
O triune God, God of majesty, mercy and might, hear and heed our fervent prayers: for the church around the world, that the faithful be nourished by your presence in the word; for pastors and bishops, that they be strengthened for their tasks of ministry; for all those who are assisting the digital sharing of worship materials; for guidance in keeping this Holy Week in devout prayer and praise;
A brief silence. O holy God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
For the earth, that it be saved from pollution and disregard; for endangered animals, that they and their habitats be protected; for scientists, that their knowledge of your earth will direct our society’s choices;
A brief silence. O creating God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
For peace through the world, especially in Syria and Afghanistan; for an end to terrorism and religious violence; for all elected leaders, that they see our crisis rightly and make judgments wisely; for wisdom in distributing governmental economic aid;
A brief silence. O mighty God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
For our distraught world facing the coronavirus; for countries hardest hit, especially China, Italy, Spain, and the United States; for those who grieve their dead; for the sick and their families; for those fearful of an unknown future; for the millions of unemployed; for children at home, that they be safe from abuse; for those who have been led to rely on empty remedies; for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies;
A brief silence. O compassionate God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
For all who are facing the criminal justice system; for those falsely accused of crime; for those who are incarcerated, that they be kept safe; for those who face isolation or execution;
A brief silence. O righteous God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
For those whose needs we know, for those whose needs are hidden; for those with prior illnesses whose treatments are now postponed; for all who today will die; for those who are homeless; for all who are sick; especially for those we name here;
A period of silence. O benevolent God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
And finally, for ourselves: A period of silence. O loving God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
With thanks for the technology by which we stay connected; with thanks for enough food; with thanks for the support of our community of faith; with thanks for the saints who struggled through life and died in you, especially those Christian artists whose work has enriched our faith, we praise your salvation now and unto our end.
A brief silence. O eternal God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Then conclude with these prayers. Let us pray. A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Music Meditation – Ave Verum, Mozart; Sonja Koruga on the church organ https://youtu.be/3ch3dpiim0o Please consider as you are able, ways that you can continue to give and support the church during this time
Prayer of Thanksgiving Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to render to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you, not with our lips only, but with our whole lives, turning the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lord’s Prayer - Lord’s Prayer The following link features Sonja’s Koruga singing the Our Father - https://youtu.be/QzbOGvej6BU
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
May the grace of Christ attend us,
and the love of God surround us,
and the Holy Spirit Keep us, now and ever. Amen.
SENDING SONG – Beneath the Cross of Jesus, sung by Sonja Koruga - https://youtu.be/D2kjHPDn9xE