March 28, 2010
Minister: Sharon S Littrell
Worship Leader: Jannis Floyd
Judas: Jerry Akey
Piano: Charles Worle
Simultaneous Processions Sharon
Call to Worship Jannis
O Give Thanks to the Lord for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say
God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord,
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing
it is marvelous in our eyes …
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,
for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
CH #192 All Glory, Laud and Honor v. 1, 2, 3
Reading of Luke 19:28-40 Jannis
“The Stones will Cry Out!” Sharon
Blessed is the sovereign
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory to the highest heaven!
For us, Jesus is not an example of peace,
Jesus is peace!
Come, savor the peace of Jesus.
CH #198 Were You There? with choir; choir v 1, all v 2, 3
Joys and Concerns Jannis
Pastoral prayer Sharon
Confession and assurance Sharon
O Lord, we have sinned against you in word, in thought
and in action. We have not walked in the ways you have
taught us or worshiped you in the wholeness of our
hearts. We have sung praises to you when the crowds
were singing, but have not followed you in the suffering
of Calvary. Forgive us for our unfaithfulness and give us
the spirit of true repentance. For yours is the kingdom of
love and mercy. Amen.
God’s heart is always open when we confess our sin.
God will receive our prayers and bless the intentions of our hearts.
God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.
God’s loving kindness is to all generations – including ours! Amen
CH #202 O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Words of Institution Sharon
Communion Sharon and Jannis
Judas’ Perspective Jerry
Reading of Luke 23:1-49 Sharon
Litany CH #201 Jannis
“Certainly this man was innocent” Sharon
Drape the sanctuary then Leave in Silence
CH #195 Charles plays – no singing
Pastor Sharon LIttrell writes:
Soul Link Faith Community, a UCC/DOC congregation, is an emerging,
new church plant in the very conservative north central region of Pennsylvania.
We are deliberately inclusive, open and affirming, nontraditional – seeking those
who have been hurt by the conservative, punitive theology prevalent here. I
often make our worship “out there” to appeal to this group of seekers. As
the word gets out, we grow, albeit it slowly. The attached liturgy is one I
used this year.
Since Protestants often celebrate Palm Sunday then go directly to Easter, I
wanted my congregation to experience more of Holy Week. The attached liturgy
took us from children spreading palms for Jesus ride into Jerusalem through
his death. On Sunday, Easter morning, we enter the sanctuary that is still
draped, and a member of my congregation and I will take off the black cloth
(piano playing “Were you There”) then we will redress the communion table
with white parliaments.
When we worshiped on Palm/Passion Sunday, one of my most conservative
members told me it was the best worship service I had ever done. Another, my
most liberal member, cried through the service. (I have had quite a few
people cry when they attend our worship services though I think I am upbeat.
But I do know that they get emotional to find a church community that
accepts them and operates out of love.)
I hope this is the type of liturgy TCPC is looking for for the liturgy project.
Sorry I cannot contribute money.
blogging at http://Soullinks.blogspot.com
Pastor, Soul Link Faith Community UCC/DOC, “seeking spirit together”