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WORSHIP and SERMON

Palm Sunday

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WORSHIP Aboard the Silver Whisper Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Liturgy of the Palms

Officiant Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
People Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by 
which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who 
spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. 
 Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who is alive and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for 
ever. Amen.

Officiant Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
People Hosanna in the highest.
Officiant Let us go forth in peace. 

People In the name of Christ. Amen.

During the procession, all hold palms in their hands. Psalm 118:19-29 is recited in unison

Open for me the gates of righteousness; * I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD.

“This is the gate of the LORD; * he who is righteous may enter.”

I will give thanks to you, for you answered me * and have become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders rejected * has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the LORD’S doing, * and it is marvelous in our eyes.

On this day the LORD has acted; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! * LORD, send us now success.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; * we bless you from the house of the LORD.

God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; * form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

“You are my God, and I will thank you; * you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; * his mercy endures for ever.

[b]HYMN[/b]: All Glory, Laud and Honor

Let us pray. Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the
human race you sent your Son Jesus to take our nature upon him and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant 
that as we walk in the way of his suffering, we may also share 
in his resurrection; through him who is alive 
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever 
and ever. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke

When Jesus had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’ (19:29-40)

Reflection The Reverend William J. Eakins

On that first Palm Sunday, Jerusalem was in the mood for a celebration. The streets were filled with people come there for the Passover feast. There was talk of a Messiah in the air, rumors about a new rabbi from Galilee. They knew their Scripture, this crowd. They knew Zechariah’s prophecy, “Behold your King is coming to you, humble and mounted on an colt,” and then they saw him, the one called Jesus, and he was entering the city riding an ass, just like the prophet had said.

Some of them spread their cloaks on the ground; some cut down palm branches and made a carpet. “Hosanna,” they cried. “Hosanna to the Son of David!” It was a parade, and everybody loves a parade. But something was different about this parade. Jesus didn't wave like a politician but rode on silently knowing that this was no political rally. Palm Sunday was the beginning of a week that would end at the cross.

Jesus had told his disciples that this journey would lead to his death, but they didn’t believe him, didn’t want to follow him to his death. That’s not part of a parade. And so Jesus asked them as he asks us, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” And we say no, we’re really sorry, Lord, but we’ve got a tour in Cape Town and Trivia is at 4:45 and there’s a great show at 10 tonight. “But could you not come and remember why I got nailed to the cross?” he asks. And one way or another, we say, “Well, we’re not comfortable doing that, Lord, because it’s not really part of the cruise experience, not part of our parade.

So Jesus continues on toward Calvary. Now it is a funny thing, but when you are dying, the important thing isn’t the parade but the cross. When you know that your life is going to end, you want somebody to listen to your fears and tell you that your life matters, not to reassure you that every little thing’s gonna be all right. When you are dying, you want somebody to say that they love you and they’ll stay with you and they’ll remember you. It is a funny thing, but it is through Jesus’ death, ugly as it is, that life is offered to us and hope is poured into our hearts. What matters is that Jesus Christ loves us enough to die for us. What matters is that Jesus Christ came to hang beside us on all the crosses of our living and all the crosses of our dying too. What matters isn’t the party but that someone loves us when the party’s over.

God asks those of us who come to the Palm Sunday parade to keep on walking to Calvary. And maybe the reason God asks us to do this is so that we can learn how to be present at the crosses of today: to listen to the bereaved, to sit by sickbeds, to hold the hands of the anxious, to hold out hope for those who are getting divorced and give confidence to those who have lost their jobs, to dream dreams for the despairing, to engage the lonely, to look the poor in the eye because we are brothers and sisters all of whom are in need.

When there are no quick fixes, no easy answers, God asks us to walk with those who go through the valleys of death. That is a hard thing for people like us who like solutions and plans, construction and parades, who want to fix things and make them all better. But then I imagine that Jesus preferred the parade to the cross too, and that is why he asked his disciples - why he asks us who would follow him: Could you not watch with me an hour?

The Prayers

Gracious and loving God, you sent your Son Jesus to walk the way of the cross and teach us that new life and new hope are present even in suffering and death.
You never forsake those who seek you.

Pour your Holy Spirit upon the leaders of all nations that they may work together to bring peace on earth and justice to all your children.
You are known by your acts of righteousness.

Bless the refugees who roam this earth. Unite your people everywhere that together, we may give hope and help to those who have no homeland and no home.
The needy shall not be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Open our eyes to see a world without boundaries, and give us the will to free our lands and seas from pollution and contamination
that we may be not trapped in the works of our own hands.

Give us hearts and minds to see your wondrous presence in the varied forms of faith and worship we meet along our journey.
Let everything that has breath praise You.

Console all who mourn, all who are fearful and uncertain, all who have lost their way.
You will not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Comfort and heal those who are sick; shelter the homeless; relieve the troubled; guide the confused.
You are a refuge for the oppressed in time of trouble.

Soften our hearts to forgive those who have hurt or ignored us, those whom we envy, and those whom we scorn. Strengthen us to recognize our faults, repent, and make amends for our wrongdoing.
Have pity on us, O Lord.

Receive those who have died into the arms of your love, and eternal rest grant unto them.
You lift us up from the gate of death and remember all whom you have made.

Summing up all our petitions and all our thanksgivings, we pray in the words Jesus taught us

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 forever and ever. Amen.


The Blessing

Life is short and we have little time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind….and may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.

HYMN: Ride on, ride on in majesty

. Officiants: The Reverend William J. Eakins, The Reverend Hope H. Eakins
. Altar Guild: Jane Kline, Directress; Jill Ingham
. Music: Alex Manev
.
. Expected time of next service: Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This Thursday, April 18, is known as Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, because on this day Jesus commanded (gave a mandatum) those who follow him to love one another. On this day at 5:30 pm, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to come and receive the sacrament.

This Friday, April 19, is called Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ death. At our ecumenical service at 9:15 am, we will say the Solemn Collects and pray for the world Jesus died to save.

Choir rehearsal for Easter Sunday is on Saturday, April 20, in the Show Lounge at 9:15 am.

On next Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 21, we will worship together at a sunrise service on the deck at 7:15 am.

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