Dear Veradale UCC Friends and Members,
Thank you to all who checked in last week! I am grateful to know how you are all doing. Please, let me know how this week is going and if you have prayers to add to our list.
Would you like to be a reader for this Sunday or for Maundy Thursday — or both? See readings marked below.
Would you like to offer music for Maundy Thursday?
Please, add to your prayer list:
Wayne as he recovers from knee surgery.
Sally as she recovers from a sever illness.
Randy Kahler’s healing
Holly’s healing after teeth removed
The migrant children at the boarder
The victims of gun violence
Those suffering from covid.
Karen and James as they grieve the loss of Karen’s mom.
Noelle, as she grieves the loss of her husband.
Diana’s family as the grieve her death.especially Diana’s children ages 12 and 8, her husband and her mother.
Barbara as she and her family continue to grieve the loss of her daughter.
The Schmidt family as they grieve
Stacie, Marvin’s caregiver who lis grieving the sudden lost of her son suddenly.
For Elissa’s health in her pregnacy and for her baby.
Bob as he is near the ned of this life and for his daughter Deb.
Tom who is struggling through the cancer treatments.
Deb and Melodie Bradshaw as they both recover from Covid.
Linda P as she seeks physical therapy.
Sarah R as she prepares for cancer surgery.
All those suffering from isolation and for those who are stress to their capacity.
Robyn and the heaviness on her heart.
Gratitude for the vaccine and all who are helping get it to as many people as possible.
Gratitude for all willing to fight for racial justice.
Gratitude for our small, loving, mighty church
5 to 6pm this Friday, March 26, Drive Through Palms
10:30 am Palm Sunday, March 28
6pm Maundy Thursday, April 1
6pm, Tenebrae, Friday, April 2
10am to noon, April 3, decorate for Easter
6:15am, Easter Sunrise outdoors
10:30am, Easter Celebration
We will be on Zoom, Facebook, and Radio Daniel as well as we have room for 25 in-person worship this Sunday. Do you want to come in person? Does anyone want to read scripture? Please, let me know.
For those who come in person, expect:
- Enter through front door (church wings will both be closed).
- Only the one bathroom by the front doors will be used.
- Temperature and names will be taken at the door.
- Masks are required (we will have masks for forgetful folk). No Face shields unlessthey include a cloth mask which MUST be worn over the nose. The new more contagious strain of covid requires us to be more vigilant. So, masks must be worn over the nose.
- Chairs are set at 6’ apart. Please, do not move chairs.
- The Bibles, Hymnals, pens, pencils, coloring pages are all REMOVED from the sanctuary. If you want to print your own bulletin or bring your own Bible, that is fine.
- There will be absolutely no eating or drinking in the building.
- There will be no singing in the sanctuary. We will have hymns but only those on Facebook and Zoom can sing.
Thank you for keeping flexible!
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship
Time: 10:20am gathering, 10:30am Worship Begins
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Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
March 28, 2021 • 10:30 a.m.
Wayne Shull, Music Director
Charlie Salt, Acolyte and AV
Naomi Hanvey Facebook Monitor
Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor
Call to Worship
Pastor: Hosanna to the Son of David!
All: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!
The Entrance into Jerusalem
READER: ” When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his 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,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
READER: Then he 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.
Blessing of the Palms
Pastor: God be with you.
All: And also with you.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to God Most High.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Pastor: Let us pray.
All: Beloved Jesus, today we remember that you entered Jerusalem in peace and dignity, heralding a week of pain and sorrow. Be with us now as we follow. Remind us again that you have sealed the closeness of death and resurrection, of humiliation and exaltation. We thank you for these branches that become for us reflections of the past and visions of the future. Bless them and us that their use this day may announce in our time that Christ has come, Christ is here, and Christ will come again. Amen! Come, Christ Jesus!
Pastor: Let us welcome the Christ!
All: Let us receive Christ with Praise!
Praise and Palms
Hymn: Our God is an Awesome God
God reins from Heaven above
with wisdom. power, and love.
Our God is an awesome God.
Call to Confession
One: Let us return to God.
Prayer of Confession
ALL: Holy One, we have travel through this season of Lent, opening up to your transforming love. We offer to you all that we have done and all that we have left undone. We return our life to your way of mercy and justice. We place before you the truth of ourselves. Set us free from our regrets. Let shame have no power over us. Help us begin anew. Help us to return to you. We ask following the way of Jesus. Amen
Silent Confessions with God
One: God’s love is fully and unconditionally given to all.
All: We thank God with humble hearts.
Response: Amen, amen, amen
A Time of Offering
An Invitation to Share
Dedication 780 (NCH)
Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God for all that love has done; Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen
ALL: Holy One, you came among us to show us the way of compassion, justice, and a life long journey with you. Bless and multiply these offerings that we may serve you fully in the care of all your creation. Amen
Listening for God
Mark’s interpretation of Holy Week
Sunday – (Mark 11:1-11 ) Entry into Jerusalem
Monday (Mark 11:12-19 ) – Cursing of the Fig tree and cleansing of the temple.
Tuesday (Mark 11:20-13:37) – Teaching
Wednesday (Mark 14: 1-11)– Anointing in Bethany and Judas betrayal
Thursday (Mark 14:12-72)– Preparation for the Passover, Last Supper, Gethsemane, arrest, trial before Sanhedrin
Friday (Mark 15: 1-47) – Trial before Pilate, condemnation, crucifixion, burial.
Saturday– Jesus in the tomb
Sunday, the first day of a new week (Mark 16:1-8) – Resurrection
READER: Mark 14:54-72 Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, ‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.” ’ But even on this point their testimony did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah,* the Son of the Blessed One?’ Jesus said, ‘I am; and
“you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power”, and “coming with the clouds of heaven.” ’
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘Why do we still need witnesses? You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?’ All of them condemned him as deserving death. Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, ‘Prophesy!’ The guards also took him over and beat him.
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.’ But he denied it, saying, ‘I do not know or understand what you are talking about.’ And he went out into the forecourt.* Then the cock crowed.* And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, ‘This man is one of them.’ But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.’ But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know this man you are talking about.’ At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.
Message: He Broke Down and Wept
Benediction and “What does the Lord Require?”
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- What does the Lord require of you? What does the Lord require of you?
- Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your God.
- To seek justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.
Maundy Thursday 6pm
Solo: Would anyone want to sing or play something as people gather?
READER 1 ________
12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
Harmonica Instrumental “Let Us Break Bread Together” Art Metzger
READER 3 ______________
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba,[d] Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37 He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38 Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;[e] the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”
Anyone have a song ?
READER 5 __________
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” 61 But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah,[f] the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 Jesus said, “I am; and
‘you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power,’
and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 64 You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65 Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.
Song “Were You There” Coville