Eureka First United Methodist Church

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Worship this week

WORSHIP April 5, 2020
Eureka First United Methodist Church
Palm Sunday

We plan to share a live-streamed worship service on the church Facebook page this Sunday, April 5 at 9:30 AM. Though we can’t gather as a congregation to worship, nothing can separate us from God in this time of “Shelter In Place.” Following is a guide for worship in your home for Sunday, April 5, so that whether you can tune into the live stream our not, we can all worship “together.” Choose any songs to sing or play recordings of. Included here are the songs we plan to use for the live stream service this Sunday morning. Sing them, or prayerfully read them aloud.

HYMN/SONG: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” #278 UMH
1. Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
2. From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.
3. “Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King.
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
There is a flower on the altar in honor of the birth of Aurora Kay Dionne, born March 31, 7 lbs. 2 ounces in San Diego. Proud parents are Lee and Morgan Dionne and proud grandparents are Dan and Linda Dionne.
Good Friday service at 6:00 PM at eurekafirstbaptist.com
Easter Sunrise service at 6:00 AM
on Eureka First United Methodist Church Facebook
Easter Sunday “take out” breakfast – Call the church office for delivery

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
O give thanks to the Lord for the Lord is good,
the Lord’s steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say, “The Lord’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 cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and God has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,
for the Lord’s steadfast love endures forever.

HYMN/SONG: “Days of Elijah”
These are the days of Elijah, declaring the word of the Lord.
And these are the days of your servant Moses, righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trials of famine and darkness and sword.
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
Chorus:
Behold He comes, riding of the clouds.
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call.
Lift your voice it’s the year of Jubilee.
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes.
We sing and Praise Jehovah,
we sing and praise Jehovah…
These are the days of Ezekiel, the dry bones becoming as flesh.
And these are the days of your servant, David, rebuilding the temple of praise.
And these are the days of the harvest. The fields are as white in the world.
And we are the laborers in your vineyard, declaring the word of the Lord!
Chorus

FOR THE CHILD IN US ALL:
A long held tradition on Palm Sunday is to make crosses out of the palm fronds that we waved during the opening song. The palm crosses are a reminder of Jesus’ death on the cross later in the week on Friday. The church ordered palm fronds months ago in anticipation of Palm Sunday. If you would like some, and directions to make the crosses, please call the church office and we will deliver them to you.
Please old all of our children in your prayers, that they may know love, comfort and peace in this time,

PRAYERS:
Gracious and Holy God, we come before you from our separate places on this Palm Sunday, remembering how Jesus was greeted with loud Hosannas by the crowds gathered in Jerusalem. Later in this week we will hear stories of crowds yelling to crucify Jesus. We like to think they were different crowds, not the same people crying Hosanna and Crucify, but many of us have been reminded in these weeks that our own emotions can go too quickly from highs to lows.
O Lord, in the midst of our own tumultuous days help us to keep our eyes on you, remembering the suffering of Jesus, but also remembering that death did not have the last word then, nor does it now. Even as we approach the remembrance of the crucifixion, help us to remember Jesus’ triumph over death and that he lives and reigns with us even now.

Hear us as we lift up the names of persons and situations on our hearts this day:
– Irene Hedgecock, recovering from pneumonia at home
– Ruth Cole, niece of Dorothy Weber, who has many medical issues and is on oxygen
– Thanksgiving for Shirley Peterson responding to a nudge to call her cousin Eileen, who passed away shortly after Shirley’s call this week.
– Josh Rusch
– Sharon Sligh, finally able to drive this week after weeks of her feet healing.
– All first responders and medical personnel
– Those who continue to clean our hospitals and public buildings
– All who are living in fear and isolation
– Thanksgiving for all who provide essential services, especially food providers
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Let us Pray
Lord, Hear Our Prayer

And now, hear us as we pray together:
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. Amen.

OFFERING:
Pause for a time of quiet, perhaps accompanied by music. Contemplate ways to give to the church and those in need at this time. The expenses of the church continue in this time, so please don’t stop giving. You can write a check for your offering, mail it to the church, or drop it through the mail slot in the office door when you are out getting groceries or other necessities or save it until we are able to meet together again. You may also give online through our church website, https://firstumceureka.org/, and selecting “Support.”

DOXOLOGY:
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia!

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 21:1-11
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.[a]

Matthew 21:1-11 NRSV – – Bible Gateway

” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: “Come, Holy Spirit”
Come Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit.
Come to this place.
We will embrace your presence.
Come soften our hearts,
Come soften our hearts, that we may obey.
Teach us your way – come lead us.
Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit.

MEDITATION: “A Tumultuous Time”
As a child my family did not participate in services during Holy Week, but we were in worship on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. From a child’s perspective we went from one Sunday of exuberant praise with “Hosannas” on Palm Sunday to the next Sunday of exuberant praise of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today!” I didn’t understand the lows of Holy Week and the depth of sorrow in the death of Jesus on the cross on Friday until I was a young adult. I encourage you in your own personal worship and devotion times this week to read the story of Jesus’ betrayal, suffering, crucifixion and death in Matthew 26:14 – 27:66, and if you have time read the other Gospel accounts as well.
Holy week, between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, for us, is traditionally a time of deep introspection, even calm as we commemorate all the events of that week, but 2000 years ago it was a time of great tumult: confusion, fear, death, wondering what the future would be like. I can see parallels to the time we are living in now. We are certainly experiencing confusion, fear, death and wondering what the future will be like. It was during that week 2000 years ago that Jesus instituted what we have come to call communion when on the night he was betrayed he shared a meal with his companions and told them to remember him whenever they consumed the regular food and drink that sustained them.
In the midst of all our days let us pause frequently to remember Jesus’ great love for us, and let us listen for his call to follow.

COMMUNION: During our online service this morning we will be offering communion with the communion liturgy that closely follows the words in the Methodist Hymnal beginning on page 9, and encourage participants at home to have some form of bread and cup so they receive communion. You are encouraged to receive every meal in gratitude, and in this time, especially, remember those who have provided that food for you – from the fields to the grocery story to the hands that have prepared it for your consumption. Remember that Jesus took the ordinary food and drink of his time and place and told his followers that every time they were to eat and drink of it, to remember Him – may we do likewise.

BENEDICTION SONG: “Shalom to You”
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living, and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom,
Christ me your shalom.

BENEDICTION:
Go forth with the Love and Joy and Peace of Christ
and share that Love and Joy and Peace
with all with whom you come in contact.
Be creative and safe in contact with all!