Sunday April 5, 2020
Welcome to First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Charlevoix’s online worship experience. Though we are separated physically for one another’s physical health, we still join together to worship God, be inspired, and care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
You are invited to find a comfortable place in your house and set aside a time for worship and prayer. This could be your usual Sunday morning time, or at sunset. Light a candle if you wish, or get a cup of tea.
Take your time as you read, listen, watch, sing, pray, and share in this worship of God. Whether you worshiping on Sunday morning or whenever you have time, we are glad you are a part of our community.
As always, we want your feedback on how we can worship better with you in this time of physical distancing. Feel free to give feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org Ok, let us begin!
Welcome – Rev. Greg Briggs
Introit – All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Call To Worship – Mindi Welton Mitchell
read aloud. If you are worshiping with someone else, alternate readings.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is our God, and God has given us light.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to You.
You are my God, and I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good,
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Opening Hymn – “Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights”
Prayer of the Day – Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Gospel Reading – Matthew 21:1-11
When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that their master needs them.” He sent them off right away. Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, Say to Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring.” The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.
Now a large crowd spread their clothes on the road. Others cut palm branches off the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds in front of him and behind him shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
[“Yes, save us, Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes to us in the Lord’s name. The one who saves us is the greatest!”]
And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. “Who is this?” they asked. The crowds answered, “It’s the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Song referenced in Sermon “Tonight Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins
Hymn – “Down to the River To Pray”
Children of God,
In this time of change and uncertainty, we all are realizing what is truly important and vital in our lives. We are also recognizing how many blessings we have that we have previously taken for granted. These things are both to be treasured and to be offered up to God.
We hope and pray that your faith community is one of those things that is truly vital and necessary in your lives. Though we may not be physically together, the ministry of the church goes on and needs your support. Please remember to keep current with your pledges and offerings. Also remember that we are currently participating in the One Great Hour of Sharing, which provides disaster relief across our country and around the globe.
You can mail your donations into the church, and you can also give online by clicking here: Donate to the church
Lenten Prayer : “You were there, you are here” by Katherine Kussmaul
Creator of Palms and Presence in Passion, you were there.
You were there for the triumphant entry –
riding a donkey and colt
(untied for sacred purpose)
on a road
covered with cloaks
padded with palms.
You were there to battle injustice –
rejecting the den of robbers
ensuring a house of prayer.
You were there to witness generosity –
the rich giving much
(a pittance from their abundance)
the widow giving all
(everything she had)
You were there in a new commandment –
“Love one another –
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another”
Love the Lord your God with all…
Love one another as you hope to be loved.
You were there to forgive –
two who did not know
many who did know
Praying on their behalf
on our behalf
grace upon grace upon grace.
Creator of Palms and Presence in Passion, you are here.
Entering our lives in unexpected ways –
Entering our lives in more familiar ways –
companionship in isolation
spoken word in silence
laughter in restless longing
quiet in constant murmur
nourishment for every hour.
Entering our lives as you entered Jerusalem –
Creator of Palms and Presence in Passion, you were there – you are here.
Grant us what we need
that we may receive what you offer
and share what you give.
Prayers of the People: – Thom Shuman
- 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 debts,
- as we forgive our debtors,
- and lead us not into temptation,
- but deliver us from evil
- For thine is the kingdom,
- and the power, and the glory,
- for ever and ever.
Join us this Sunday, 4/5, on Zoom at 11 am to celebrate communion together.
And join us every Sunday on the church’s Zoom channel for prayers of the people and virtual coffee hour. Check your email for instructions for zoom, or email email@example.com. We are not posting the link publicly to discourage zoom crashers. Yes, that is now a thing.
Go from this time of worship, knowing God has always loved you, loves you now, and will always love you. No matter what.