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- On the Sundays of Lent this year, we are engaging “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Desert “Father” and monastic theologian Evagrius of Pontus is credited with first drawing up a list of “offenses and wicked human passions,” but in the late 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great modified the list and ranked them based on the degree to which they “offended against love.” This morning’s “offense” is cliquez pour la source SLOTH.
- dating gay de la torre de esteban hambrán SLOTH is often associated with laziness but, according to “the ancients,” SLOTH can have as much to do with busyness as with idleness. In 2 Thessalonians, Paul calls those living in idleness “busybodies.” How can one be both a busybody and idle?! The Greek work translated as “busybody” in the NRSV actually means to “bustle about uselessly.” SLOTHFUL behavior is more than a failure to do anything. It’s a failure to do anything that matters.
- SLOTH has to do with “not caring.” One of the problems that we struggle with in our society is that we don’t expect very much from others, from ourselves, or even from the life that God has given us. If we don’t expect much, we don’t care much. We become mesmerized by SLOTH and start losing hope in what “can be.”
- It’s Palm Sunday and things are “speeding up.” Our service will begin with a parade, a processional, but by its end we will turn our gaze toward the cross. Far from the deadly sin of SLOTH, Jesus is about to do something that matters and that shows how deeply he “cares” for the world. What about us?
- Use these moments before the ringing of the bell to greet your neighbor and consider: Would we have walked into Jerusalem on this day? Do we do things that “matter” in our lives? Or do we “bustle about uselessly”
CALL TO WORSHIP – John Bott
- Leader: Hosanna!
- People: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
- Leader: Hosanna! Loud Hosanna!
- People: Blessed is the Kingdom of our God!
- Leader: Hosanna in the highest heaven!
- ALL: WE HAVE ENTERED THE TEMPLE! LET THE PROCESSION BEGIN. HOSANNA, LOUD HOSANNA!
PROCESSIONAL HYMN NO. 89: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” – ELLACOMBE
CALL TO CONFESSION
- Leader: We come before you, O God, in the in the midst of the parade, grateful for your great love for us.
- People: As you came to us in Jesus, reveal yourself among us still. Hear our prayer…
- O God, even as we sing, we know we are like the people of Jerusalem so long ago. We are hungry for a hero. We crave some glimpse of greatness. We are starving for the spectacular. We are gathered here like those who watched the first Passion Parade, craning our necks to catch a glimpse of our Messiah. But we are easily distracted and disillusioned. As we wait for a Savior to come, let us not be disappointed when the special one appears, though we are certain to be surprised. Give us the courage to follow where the one on the donkey leads us. In Christ’s name, hear our prayers … (a time of silence for personal confession)
KYRIE, Hymn No. 572
- Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
- Our hearts are washed anew in the healing waters of God’s love.
- For the steadfast love of God endures forever …
- Through the Holy Spirit, God nourishes us into life.
- For the steadfast love of God endures forever …
- WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS?
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE, HYMN NO. 85
- What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
- What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
- What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
- To bear the heavy cross for my soul, for my soul,
- To bear the heavy cross for my soul!
TIME WITH THE YOUNGER DISCIPLES
MUSICAL OFFERING – The Chancel Choir: “Hosanna!” – VICTOR C. JOHNSON
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
SERMON: SLOTH: Do Not be Weary in Doing What is Right – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor
PROCLAMATION HYMN NO. 343: “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” – BEECHER
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – from THE IONA COMMUNITY
- With the whole church … We affirm that we are made in God’s image, befriended by Christ, and empowered by the Spirit.
- With people everywhere … We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity, planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
- With all creation … We affirm and celebrate the miracle and wonder of life and the unfolding purposes of God, forever at work in ourselves and the world. Amen.
TIME OF GIVING THANKS – CELEBRATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
PRESENTATION OF GIFTS, TITHES, AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY: “Ain’t No Rock Gonna’ Shout for Me” – LLOYD LARSON – The Men’s Quartet with Shirley Hawkes, accompanist
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
- God of all true power and glory, we thank you that once again we have arrived with Jesus in Jerusalem, not with a sword to challenge the powers of this world, but with love to transform them. May these gifts be a sign of the offering of our whole selves in this season. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN NO. 97: “Go to Dark Gethsemane” – REDHEAD 76
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
THE RINGING OF THE BELL
POSTLUDE: “Come, Sweet Death” – J.S. BACH