March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Procession of Palms

Gather in the parking lot (or fellowship hall if inclement weather).

P: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
C: Hosanna in the highest.

Processional Gospel
Mark 11:1–11

P: The holy gospel according to Mark the 11th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

1When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, [Jesus] sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? just say this, The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately. 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, What are you doing, untying the colt? 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Blessing of the Palms

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray.
We praise you, O God, for redeeming the world through our Savior Jesus Christ. Today he entered the holy city in triumph and was proclaimed messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Bless these branches and those who carry them. Grant us grace to follow our Lord in the way of the cross, so that, joined to his death and resurrection, we enter into life with you; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

Procession Around the Parking Lot
(weather permitting)

P: Let us go forth in peace,
C: in the name of Christ. Amen.

Processional Music

P: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
C: Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of the Day

O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Lesson: A Reading from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians

Philippians 2:5–11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Mark


Mark 15:1–20

1As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, Are you the King of the Jews? He answered him, You say so. 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you. 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

6Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9Then he answered them, Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews? 10For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12Pilate spoke to them again, Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews? 13They shouted back, Crucify him! 14Pilate asked them, Why, what evil has he done? But they shouted all the more, Crucify him! 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

16Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. 17And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18And they began saluting him, Hail, King of the Jews! 19They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.


Music for Reflection

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the Church

P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer

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 and ever. Amen.


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Altar Flowers

Last year we lost our florist. With the start of indoor services again, we have a new florist, and we will begin having real flowers at the altar starting in April after Easter. The new price will be $25 per vase. A new sign-up sheet is in the narthex ready to be filled. Thank you all for helping make the sanctuary complete again.

Easter Lilies

Today is the last day to sign up to sponsor an Easter lily to decorate the sanctuary for Easter. Each lily is $13. Include a note if you want to dedicate the lily in someone's honor.

Mission Opportunity at Safe Harbor

The Mission Committee will be preparing and serving dinner at Safe Harbor on Easter Sunday, April 4. They will be serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, fresh fruit, milk, and juice. If you are interested in signing up to donate items for the meal, there is a sign up in the narthex. Please have donated items in the OSLC kitchen by 12:00 noon on April 1. We have also had some members express an interest in making a monetary donation instead of shopping. If you are interested in this option you can include it in your weekly giving envelope. Please indicate the amount in the "Other" box and indicate it is for "Safe Harbor Meal." If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Rob Mahnke. Thank you for taking the time to care for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Coat Rack Check

There are several coats left on the coat rack. Since we have not been in the church, they have gone unnoticed and unclaimed. Please check and see if any of these coats belong to you. If still unclaimed by Easter, they will be donated.

Mission Opportunity at Midwest Food Bank

The Mission Committee will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank again on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We need a group of 20–25 volunteers. Children 10 years and older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have closed-toe shoes. Midwest Food Bank now requires volunteers to sign up ahead of time using this link: If you have questions, please contact Rob or Shawna Mahnke.

Lutheran World Relief

The Mission committee will start collecting personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief during Lent. The kits include the following items:

These items can be put in the baskets in the narthex used for food collection. Committee members will sort the items.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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