March 24th 2024 – “What is good for us is hidden”

Dear friends,

THERE WILL BE PALM BRANCHES available to everyone upon entering the sanctuary.  Please be sure to receive yours from one of the ushers.  Everyone is invited to process around the sanctuary, waving their palms, at the time of The Procession, right after the reading from Mark’s gospel.

OUR GOSPEL READING is taken from Mark 11: 1-11, “The Triumphal Entry”.  In his account, Mark describes Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, where he rides on a donkey, fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9: 9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!  Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  The crowds welcome him with enthusiasm, laying down their cloaks and palm branches while chanting “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”).  This event signifies the beginning of Holy Week and is commemorated by fellow Christians all around the world as Palm Sunday, symbolizing Jesus’ role as the promised Messiah and King.

OUR CLOSING HYMN this Sunday will be sung after the benediction, and we ask that everyone leave from the sanctuary in silence….

GOOD FRIDAY:  We will be holding a solemn service of prayer and song in the sanctuary, to which all are invited, at 11 am on Good Friday.  Please join us for this special service.  This service will not appear on our YouTube channel.

EASTER FLOWERS:  Anyone wishing to contribute to the purchase of Easter flowers for our sanctuary may place their name and donation on the offering plate – or send an e-transfer.  Should you wish these to be memorial flowers, please include the name(s) of the person(s) you would like to remember.  The last day for contributing is Wednesday March 27.

Order of Service

Call to Worship
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
Praying together, followed by The Lord’s Prayer
The Gospel according to Mark 11: 1-11
The Procession: Hymn 218: “Hosanna, loud hosanna”
Children’s Time
Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Responsive Psalm 31: 9-16
Gloria Patri
New Testament Lesson: Philippians 2: 5-11 (en français BFC)
Hymn 379: “From heaven you came, helpless babe” (vs 2&3 en français)
The Passion according to Mark; Mark 15: 1-39 – Dramatic reading
Anthem – Response to the Gospel – “When the Son of God was dying”
The Sermon: “What is good for us is hidden”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 231: “When I survey the wonderous cross (vs 2 en français)
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “How deep the Father’s love for us” (vs 2 en français)
(The Congregation shall depart in silence)