Psalm 130 says,
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.   
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.   
O People of God, put your hope in the Lord for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 

God’s Greeting

Prayer

O Lord, you rode on. You rode over the cloaks and under the branches, you rode through the shouts and past the praises,

Receiving the praise that you deserved, but not confusing our praise in your presence for your purpose in coming.

O Lord, you rode on. You rode towards the controversy and the cost, you rode towards the curses and the cross,

Receiving the stripes you didn’t deserve, to give us a reward that we couldn’t earn.

O Lord, you rode on. You rode through the tomb and the grave, you rode through our time and space,

Ascending to a throne that will never decay, a priesthood that will never pass away,

A life of love that will always remain, and hearing us even now as we pray.

O Lord, you rode on. We remember the journey you have taken as we commit ourselves to walking in the same way. 

May we cover the road to the cross with our hearts, our souls and our minds as we reflect on the final week of your life. 

Give us the strength, hope, and joy we need as we follow.

In your name we pray,

Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

Hear the promise of God: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you will be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.”

Sin is not the end; it’s the beginning of our surrender, and our reliance on our unchanging God. God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs, covering all our sins. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, for as Christ redeems our lives he reconciles us fully and completely to God. So hear the good news: In Jesus Christ we are sought, we are found, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Prayers of the People

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Song of Preparation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
    “His faithful love endures forever.”
Let Aaron’s descendants, the priests, repeat:
    “His faithful love endures forever.”
Let all who fear the Lord repeat:
    “His faithful love endures forever.”

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Though hostile nations surrounded me, I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
Yes, they surrounded and attacked me, but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire.
But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
My enemies did their best to kill me, but the Lord rescued me.
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.
Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.
The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.

Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the Lord.
These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there.
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.
Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, shining upon us.
Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you!
    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

Message

Song of Response

LYRICS:

This is my Father's world and to my listening ear
All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres
This is my Father's world, I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees of skies and seas, His hand the wonders wrought


This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise
The morning light, the lily white declare their Maker's praise
This is my Father's world, He shines in all that's fair
In rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere


This is my Father's world, Oh let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong God is the ruler yet
This is my Father's world, the battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, 
And earth and heaven be one

God’s Blessing