RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2020
PALM and PASSION SUNDAY
GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME
PRELUDE HYMN #196 “All Glory, Laud And Honor”
CHIMING OF THE HOUR AND WELCOMING THE LIGHT
INTRODUCTION OF SERVICE – Rev. Martha M. Shiverick
INVITATION TO GIVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS
The Act of Gratitude
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CALL TO WORSHIP
Cry out, people of faith! Rejoice and praise God!
If we did not sing praise, the very stones would cry out!
Cry out, people of faith, for your savior draws near to Jerusalem.
Hosanna! God saves! Blessed is the One who comes in God’s name!
Let us worship God!
God of salvation, our Lord entered his passion to raise us to life. In this holiest of weeks, help us to walk the way of the cross, that we may be raised in a resurrection like his and dwell forever in you, Eternal God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION – Rev. Rosemary Noga Welton and Rev. Dr. David Welton
- ROSEMARY: Judas, slave of jealousy, where are you?
- DAVID: I am here.
- DAVID: Peter, slave of fear, where are you?
- ROSEMARY: I am here.
- ROSEMARY: Thomas, slave of doubt, where are you?
- DAVID: I am here.
- DAVID: People of Jerusalem, enslaved to mob rule, where are you?
- Rosemary: I am here.
- Rosemary: Pilate, slave of expediency, where are you?
- David: I am here.
- David: The story of Christ’s passion and death mirrors for us much of our own weaknesses and sin. We all come here as men and women who have missed the mark and are alienated from God and our neighbor near and far. Let us confess our sins.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of all times and places, we confess that we would rather join the crowds than stand alone. We prefer the popular point of view to a solitary witness for justice and truth. We like safety and security while shrinking from the risk of involvement. We sing ‘hosanna’ when everyone else is doing so – but not when the hostile “Good Friday” forces may hear us. We do not like to admit our lukewarm response to you, but neither do we want to be considered fanatics.
We believe Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. We know that means us, not just the other folk involved in obvious evils
everyone knows about. We ask you to be patient with us, to help us to understand our own guilt. Then pour out your forgiveness in such a way that we are forever transformed.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God sweeps into our human scene, redeeming all who turn from evil and do good. There is grace, mercy, and renewed strength for all who earnestly seek the new life Christ brings. Let us rejoice together, for even the stones cry out with good news. God forgives. We are freed from the burden of our sin. Praise God!
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
Come Holy Spirit, source of all life. As we hear again the story of the passion, let the same mind be in us that was in Christ, who was a servant that we might be free. Awaken our ears, open our hearts, and sustain the weary with your word. Amen.
INTRODUCTION TO PASSION
CHRIST’S PASSION ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
- HYMN #218 – Ah, Holy Jesus
- THE PASSOVER WITH THE DISCIPLES – Ethan Lee: MATTHEW 26:17-30
- PRAYING AT GETHSEMANE – Michele Ready: MATTHEW 26:31-46
- HYMN #221 O Sacred Head Now Wounded
- THE ARREST OF JESUS – Elaine Lanaris: MATTHEW 26:47-67
- PETER’S DENIAL AND JUDAS’ SUICIDE – Karen Collier: MATTHEW 26:69- 27:10
- JESUS IN THE HANDS OF PILATE – Amy Bogardus: MATTHEW 27:11-26
- HYMN #223 When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
- THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS – Christian Mazzola: MATTHEW 27:27-44
- THE DEATH OF JESUS – Rev. Martha Shiverick: MATTHEW 27: 45-54
- They Crucified My Lord (He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word)
Bryan Page, Soloist
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Riviera’s Food Pantry Ministry will be distributing food on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon on the east entrance of the sanctuary.
If you would like to shop for the food pantry the following items are needed: paper bags, peanut butter, tuna, rice 1 lb bags, dried beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, crackers, pasta sauce and pasta. Please, NO condiments at this time.
Donations can be dropped off at the church Fellowship Hall doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. If you are ordering the food to be delivered please schedule them for Tuesdays or Thursdays.