Worship Bulletin for Sunday, March 28, 2021
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All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore * 46 Cherry St., Danvers MA 01923 * 978-774-1150
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March 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Palm Sunday
(Please have available a candle, bread, wine or juice)
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Today’s worship begins with glad shouts of “Hosanna!” and moves to shouts of “Crucify him!” We journey with Jesus as he is welcomed in triumph upon entering Jerusalem, and then is utterly rejected and crucified at Golgotha, outside the gates of the city. We enter Holy Week today with prayers, music, and ceremonies that would be recognized by ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem, walking the way of the cross. This is not merely the story of Jerusalem two thousand years ago—it is our story, too. We have a part in this great act by which God redeems the whole of creation through Jesus Christ. Even on our virtual platform on Zoom, today we are part of the passion of Christ, and through it we hope to see the reality of God’s saving action in our lives.
Hosanna means “save us.” The jarring intersection of triumph and defeat encompassed in this worship shows us that when the power of self, and the powers of this world fail utterly, it is in this humble, frail Jesus of Nazareth that the power of God is revealed.
(Officiant 1) – Convene Worship
All Glory Laud and Honor (with slide show of palm waving)
(Officiant 1) - Rules of the Road
Liturgy of the Palms
(Officiant 1) - When you are ready, repeat silently to yourself: Here I am. (‘Here I am’ is from the Hebrew ‘hineini’ and is used in the Torah to signify being present in body, mind, and spirit. It means settling into where we are and simply being here.)…..Pause)
For the past five weeks of the Season of Lent, we have been preparing for this moment in the story of Jesus' journey. Although our tradition calls today ’Palm Sunday,’ we wont hear about palms” in this story from Mark. The gospel of John, written 30-40 years later, is the only one that says people waved 'palm' branches for Jesus. This is the day on which, Jesus entered Jerusalem, and just days before his death. You are invited to take a moment to reflect on some of the feelings associated with Holy Week. (Pause)
(Officiant 1) - Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
(Officiant 1) - Let us pray
Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV)
(Deacon) - When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples and said to them:  Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it.  If anyone says to you, Why are you doing this?just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them: What are you doing, untying the colt? They told them what Jesus had said,   and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it. And he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
(Officiant 1) - Twenty centuries past, what city has not heard of your coming? From Beijing to Berlin, from Jerusalem to Johannesburg, from New York to New Delhi, the word has spread that you've come in peace, not violence, to enrich, renew, transform our lives and bring us to shalom.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.  Hosanna in the highest.
(Deacon) - Twenty centuries past, what people have not heard of your church? From Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Evangelical, Progressive or Pentecostal, the message of acceptance, healing, and confidence in your royal advent, has been passed on through faithful living.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.  Hosanna in the highest.
(Officiant 1) - Twenty centuries past, who has not rejected you? From penthouse to tenement, from factory to fitness center, from theme park to concert hall, the news is that this life is for taking, not giving, and what stands in the way of this lifestyle must now be removed.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.  Hosanna in the highest.
(Deacon) - Twenty centuries past, who does Christ seek to enter? From leafy suburb to the projects, from housing estate to West-End flat, the sign of the church, free from pride, united in deed, must be the welcome as Christ enters our hearts.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.  Hosanna in the highest.
(Adapted from .J Young/lird)
Opening Hymn (Officiant 1) – Invitation to wave blessed palms on screen!
Who is He?
Courtyard bell sounded once            
(Officiant 1) - Jesus dared to live Gods way in the midst of all the 'ups' and 'downs' of life. We too are called to proclaim our faith by the way we live and treat one another.
Courtyard bell sounded once
(Deacon) - Jesus wanted his disciples to live passionate, justice-seeking, God-centered lives.
Courtyard bell sounded once
(Officiant 1) - Jesus, as the human face of God, shared his life that others might sense the new signs of hope in their everyday lives.
(Deacon) - In this quiet hour ahead of us, let us open our hearts to hear the story of Jesus. After the many hosannas, may our minds be open to know the truth that descended upon Jesus and his followers.
(Officiant 1) - May we open ourselves to the seeds of wisdom that lie dormant in these readings.
And may our minds be fertile soil in which they may grow strong and true. 
The Collect of the Day – in unison
(Deacon) - God of transcendence, as an example of humility for the human race, You sent our savior to become incarnate and accept the lot of the cross. Grant us the grace to learn from this patient sorrow and agony, so to share in the resurrection; through Jesus Christ who is alive with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Hebrew Testament Lesson                                  Sue Dugan
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The 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. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 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. The 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; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  Thanks be to God.
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 31:9-16 (please read together the bolded lines).
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.
For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance;
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am as useless as a broken pot.
For 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.
But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.
I have said, "You are my God.
My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
Make your face to shine upon your servant,
and in your loving-kindness save me."
Pause to reflect on reading
A Reading from the Greek Testament Lesson                                Sally Gamble
Philippians 2:5-11
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.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.  Thanks be to God.
Pause to reflect on reading
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
(Officiant 2) – Invitation for a Great Pause
Hymn 436
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates, vs. 1, 4, 5
The Prayers of the People                                                                   Bob Stains
We pray to you, Lord of palm-branches and the cross, for you understand us, and in love, you have promised not to push away any who come to you. [pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for people who feel pushed away by other people if they do not share the same kinds of ideas, ways, or by those who want power. [pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for your church, in all the places in and beyond our Anglican Communion, that all those who trust in Jesus will be made able by your Spirit to follow his humility, to see and imitate his servant life, to welcome, and not to condemn. We pray to you, Lord of palm-branches and the cross, for you know the warm glow of being praised and the loneliness of being hated. [pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for world leaders, quick to stand in the limelight, making decisions which affect everyone in the world, but slow at times to do the steady, less glamorous work to which they are called. [pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who rejoice this week as they celebrate their birthdays, especially: Kellie MacDonald, Gordon Thomson, Bradley Kirshen, Richard Lilja, Sally Symmes, and Ashley Blake.
[pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray to you, Lord of palm-branches and the cross, because you know how quickly life changes. We pray for healing, freedom, and hope, and especially for Carol and Ken Bouffard, Carolyn Dennis, Lizzie, Harry, Susan Sahoveyor, Drew Howard, Mary Pettus, Frank and Pat Swasey, Gail, Paul, Rick, Julie, Tim, Carol Quinn, Amy, Charles Boulanger, Joe Maher, Victoria, Sharon, Peter, Amy and Charlotte, Nora, Ella, Anne, Marie, Erik, Sonya, Chris, Lindley, Marge, John Losa and Anna Bone. [pause for silent prayer] Are there others?
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who have died, especially for Richard Bone, brother-in-law of Johanna and Allen Hill. We pray also for the victims of the Boulder, Colorado, grocery store shooting this week, including Eric Talley, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, Rikki Olds, Neven Stanisic, Denny Strong and Jody Waters, and for those who are grieving the loss of  those whom they love. We offer our heartfelt prayers for those who mourn, knowing that You invite those in sorrow to turn to you. [pause for silent prayer] Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We ask, God of grace, that you will make us more like some of the crowd:  that we will follow Jesus and give him our praise in the way we live; that we will turn away from wrong and evil and stand on Jesus’ side. Bless, we pray, all that is given to your glory and the good of many. Through Jesus, who is the Savior of all. Amen.
Pause to reflect on the prayers
Shared Agape Meal (bring Agape food to your Zoom table)
(Officiant 2) - Friends, we have acknowledged before God and in each other’s presence that we depend on God for our lives; that we are sorry for our sins; that we long to be reconciled in the peace of Christ, and that we are ready to turn around and walk in a new way of love. Let us turn in fellowship to one another at our table of love.
(Officiant 2) - Out of darkness came light.
People:  And the power of God was revealed in the running wave and the flowing air; in the quiet earth, and the shining stars.
(Officiant 2) - Out of the dust came life.
People:  And the image of God was revealed in the human face and the gentle heart; in the warmth of flesh, and the depth of soul.
(Officiant 2) - Out of justice came freedom.
People: And the wisdom of God was revealed in the need to grow, and the will to love; in the chance to know, and the power to choose.
(Officiant 2) - And God looked at the creation and saw that it was good.
Prayer of Adoration
(Officiant 2) - I will bless the Lord at all times; God’s praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34)
I will keep on thanking God with constant words of prayer. I will glory in the living God. The humble will hear and be glad!
(Deacon) - The Sanctuary Lamp burns in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, and for the good health of  Clara and Leonard DeMild, given by Winnie Mercer. Palms are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Donald Harris, and Owen and Violet DaSilva, by Phyllis Harris.
(Deacon) - Let us pray.
Agape Prayer
(Officiant 2) - Gracious and ever-living God, we come before your table with thanksgiving. This is your table, your love table, in which everyone is invited. We celebrate our agape food as it represents our Lord Jesus Christ's love for us. We give thanks for those who harvest the seeds from our mother earth, and the fruits for our drink. We are all one through our Lord Jesus Christ. This love feast is a sign that God loves us, and we love the ever-living Spirit that flows through us. During this time of Lent, when we are reminded there are dark and beautiful days coming, we ask you to bless us in our darkness, and in our beauty. Let this meal fill us with the goodness of your peace, that we may always be helpful toward the needs of others. We pray this through our crucified and risen Christ, and we give you thanks.
(Deacon) – And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray:
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 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,
    for ever and ever. Amen.
Let each person take agape food in their hands
(Preacher) - Let us share the feast with each other! Experience the grace of God!
Agape Meal Voluntary
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
(Officiant 2) - Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of all grace, may we live in expectation and hope, and may the gifts we have received at this table remind us not only of the gift of your Christ, but of your steady presence among us, that we may act faithfully in response to your love. Amen (Adapted from
(Officiant 1) - The Passing of the Peace
Christ is here right now making peace among us. 
The peace of the Lord be always with you!
And also with you.
(Marya) - Announcements and Prayers for Birthdays and Anniversaries
The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
(Deacon) – Final Blessing
Whatever wilderness the Spirit has brought you to:
walk in boldness, as a beloved child of God
walk in peace, under the shelter of the Most High
walk in faith, knowing Christ walks with you. Amen.
(Officiant 2) - Closing Hymn
My Song is Love Unknown, My Savior’s Love to Me, vs. 1, 2, 3
(Deacon) - Dismissal
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Officiant 2) - As we leave one another today with joyful voices of goodbye, let us remember the words of St. Augustine in his confessions: “O God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Stay in love with God as God’s light shines in your lives until we meet again!
(Usage of music images is authorized through Church Publishing Inc. for The Riteseries Online)
Special thanks to our worship team for the Season of Lent: Brett Johnson and The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, Ginna Coulson, who authored the Agape Meal Prayer, The Rev. Jim Chapman who authored the Prayers of the People.
Special thanks to our worship assistants this morning:
1st Lesson and Psalm:  Sue Dugan
2nd Lesson:                   Sally Gamble
Prayers of the People:  Bob Stains
Voice of the People:     Erika Bianchi
Interim Musician:          John Churchwell
Counters:                     Gail Arnold
                                     Phyllis Harris
The readers of The Passion:
Scott McAllister-Dionne
Allen Hill
John Gettings
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