- John T. Redman, CRE
April 10 Worship - Palm Sunday
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, April 10 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.
YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am,
ORDER OF WORSHIP
April 10, 2022 10:30 am
FLOWERS today are given to the glory of God and in honor of the baptism of granddaughter Magnolia Jo Redman by John Redman and Marie Lee Farris.
USHERS today are Dan and Karen Olson. If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.
FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS today are Jeff Bousche and Donna Trafagander. Signup chart is in the Fellowship Hall.
MID-WEEK MEDITATION A YouTube link will be sent out via email, Wednesday Apr 13.
EASTER LILIES orders due TODAY, $15 each. If you'd like to help enhance the beauty of our sanctuary in memory or honor of a loved one, please fill out an envelope in the pews. Please print the dedication and include a check made out to Union Church.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: There will be a Meditation and virtual Communion for Maundy Thursday, April 14.
GOOD FRIDAY: The church sanctuary will be open from 12-3PM for private meditation or prayer with the Pastor for Good Friday, April 15.
EASTER SUNDAY SUNRISE SERVICE, April 17 at 6:30 am on the Riverfront.
OUTREACH: Prom Night is coming in May to NFA and not all girls can afford a dress for the occasion. Sue Young has arranged for us to help! If you have Prom-like dresses that you are no longer using, please donate! Teachers are collecting them from various sources, advertising their availability, and allowing students to come and take a dress that works for them. Bring any dresses on hangers to church and hang them on the coat rack in the Narthex. DO NOT put these dresses with Food Pantry clothes. Call Karen Olson (845) 564-0572 or Sue Young (845) 561-4477
HABITAT Annual Walk for Housing Sunday, Apr 24 at 1 pm (registration at 12pm). Donations from Union church will go to Unity Build, a group of Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and other congregations that will fund a Habitat Newburgh Home. More information is available on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Apr 11 and Wednesday, Apr 13 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
Union Food Pantry is part of Stop & Shop’s Bloomin' 4 Good program for April. For every Bouquet sold, $1 is donated to a local hunger organization. Should you need flowers in April, you can help to support our program!
ORDER OF WORSHIP
**Kindly stand if you are able
When you enter, converse with your neighbors; when the Prelude begins, converse with your God.
PRELUDE All Glory Laud and Honor
Presentation of Palms to the Congregation by the Children
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Extinguishing the Lenten Candles – one through six
CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 118) Leader: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! People: Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." Leader: Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. People: This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. Leader: I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. People: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Leader: This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. People: This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Leader: With branches in your hands, start the festival and march around the altar ALL: Give Thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.
O God, your messiah draws near. We have cut the palm branches; we have spread our coats over the muddy road all to welcome his coming. Shall we shout Hosanna with the crowd? Or if we remain utterly speechless as he passes by, if we stand by the road in timid silence, let the very stones beneath our feet cry out:” Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
CALL TO CONFESSION
As we enter into the holiest week of our church year, we freely admit our sins and shortcomings. Let us come together in confession to our Lord.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Eternal God of mercy hear us as we confess our sin. Every day we awake to the life hyo give us, yet we fail to be thankful for the rest we have received. Time waits for our decision to serve you, yet that time passes by as we think only of ourselves. Our lives afford us the chance to minister to others, yet we are absorbed with our own self-improvement. The day is soon passed, and it has been much the same as others. Forgive us for casting aside the precious time you have given.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
My sisters and brothers in faith, believe the message of the Gospels. By the grace of God and the Love of Jesus, we are forgiven.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
OPENING HYMN Baptized in Water Blue #492
Today we will perform the Sacrament of Baptism for Magnolia Jo Redman, Daughter of Jonathan Farris Redman and Morgan Dodge Redman, granddaughter of Mary Lee Farris and myself, and granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Dodge of Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania. (see insert)
HYMN OF PRAISE Hosanna, Loud Hosanna Blue # 89
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Draw us close, Holy Spirit, as the Scriptures are read, and the Word is proclaimed. Let the word of faith be on our lips and in our hearts, and let all other words slip away. May there be one voice we hear today — the voice of truth and grace. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 31: 9-16 Theresa Cotanche
NEW TESTAMENT Luke 19: 28-40
SERMON Season of Contrasts John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
DearLord of Heaven and Earth, we come before you as your people, rejoicing in the arrival of Spring and the Hope of Easter as it approaches. We ask for your continuing watch over all those
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.
OFFERTORY O Sacred Head Now Wounded
PRAYER OF THANKS
We thank you, our Lord for those gifts to us that we send to you for your work and ours in congregation, community, and culture. Guide us in good use as we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
HYMN OF PARTING Ride On! Ride On in Majesty! Blue #90
May the grace of Christ – which renews us daily, and the love of ‘God – which enables us to love everyone, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit – which unifies us in one body, hold and keep us until we meet again. Amen.
As we enter Holy Week, we will do so in silence as the candles are extinguished.
INVITATION TO FELLOWSHIP BRUNCH
John Redman, CRE
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