KOG SERVICE FOR MARCH 28, 2021

The Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

Procession with Palms

Pastor:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

People:  Hosanna to the Son of David.

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:  Let us pray.

  Mercifully assist us, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with   joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have   given us life everlasting; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

The reading of the processional Gospel: 

Mark 11:1-11

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and 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. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ 

Then 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. 

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor:  We praise and thank you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you   have redeemed the world through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  On   this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was     acclaimed messiah, Son of David and King of kings by those who     scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path.

  We ask that you bless these branches and those who carry them, and   grant that we may ever hail him as our Lord and King and follow him   with perfect confidence.  Give 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, our Lord, who lives and reigns   with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever,

People:  Amen.

Pastor:  Let us go forth in peace,

People:  in the name of the Lord.

The people process into the church holding their branches

and singing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”

Hymn:  All Glory, Laud and Honor  

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Refrain:

All glory, laud, and honor to you, redeemer king,

to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

You are the king of Israel and David’s royal son,

now in the Lord’s name coming, our King and Blessed One.  Refrain

The company of angels are praising you on high;

creation and all mortals in chorus make reply.  Refrain

The multitude of pilgrims with palms before you went;

our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present.  Refrain

Yo you, before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise.

To you, now high exalted, our melody we raise.  Refrain

Their praises you accepted; accept the prayers we bring,

great author of all goodness, O good and gracious king.  Refrain

Pastor:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

People:  Hosanna in the highest.

GREETING

Pastor: From our God who loves us with an everlasting love

who brings forth a new creation in Christ,

who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness,

grace, love and abundant peace be with you all.

PRAYER OF THE DAY        

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross.  In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING   Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me
   the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
   the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
   wakens my ear
   to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
   and I was not rebellious,
   I did not turn backwards.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
   and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
   from insult and spitting. 


The Lord God helps me;
   therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
   and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
   he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
   Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
   Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
   who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
   the moth will eat them up. 

SECOND READING   Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
   did not regard equality with God
   as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
   taking the form of a slave,
   being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
   he humbled himself
   and became obedient to the point of death—
   even death on a cross. 


Therefore God also highly exalted him
   and gave him the name
   that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
   every knee should bend,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
   that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father. 

GOSPEL READING

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St.________, the _________ chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 11:1-11  (see above)

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“Christ the Life of All the Living”

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Christ, the life of all the living,

Christ, the death of death, our foe,

Christ, yourself for me once giving

to the darkest depth of woe;

through your suffering, death, and merit

life eternal I inherit.

Thousand, thousand thanks are due,

dearest Jesus unto you.

You have suffered great affliction

and have borne it patiently,

even death by crucifixion,

fully to atone for me;

for you chose to be tormented

that my doom should be prevented.

Thousand, thousand thanks are due,

dearest Jesus unto you.

Then, for all that bought my pardon,

for the sorrows deep and sore,

for the anguish in the garden,

I will thank you evermore;

thank you for the groaning, sighing,

for the bleeding and the dying,

for that last triumphant cry

praise you evermore on high.

APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

All:       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 again 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.

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, AnnE and Joel Zimmerman, Ursula Coakwell, Evelyn Robson, Audrey Hedlin, Liz Sand, Robin Stamm and baby Constantine, Mona Neher, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Marguerite Sanders (Don Sander’s sister), the family of Norm Gregory, and the family of Sophie Kobrynsky (Paul Slusar’s sister), the family of Mary Anderson (Evelyn Robson’s mother), the family of Steve Slusar (Paul Slusar’s brother).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, the Palestinians and Israelis,  Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes, the people in eastern Australia devastated by floods, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, especially the victims and their families of the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder Colorado, the victims of the stabbing attack in North Vancouver, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

[The congregational response after each petition is:  “ GRANT US YOUR PEACE.”]

Pastor:  As we journey with Jesus to the cross, the tree of life, witnessing to the transformation of life that comes with faith, repentance and forgiveness, let us pray for the renewal of the Church and the restoration of the whole world to the life of God, saying, “O God, in your compassion” and responding, “Grant us your peace.”

Petitioner: Merciful God, in your boundless compassion you lived among us and suffered death at human hands.  Hold the way of the cross before your people by your Spirit working through your Word and sacraments to make us faithful witnesses of your steadfast love.   Plant Christ’s cross in our hearts, so that as palms were carried in a procession of praise, so now our palms are offered in a life of service to the neighbour and all in need.  O God, in your compassion …

Petitioner:  God of wisdom, through the cross of Christ you have called all people from darkness to light, from error into truth, from death into life.  Raise us by your Spirit.  Revive us by your Word. Form us by your hand.  Remind us of our baptismal waters of life and nourish us with your bread and cup of blessing that we might  see a future of hope, start life anew, and bear witness to your grace.  O God, in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Righteous God, break down the walls of division throughout the world, so that in this Holy Week, people of all faiths may grow in understanding and mutual respect for one another.  Teach us to live with humility with one another and to live with humility and gratitude for the world you created that is groaning under our faithlessness, so that we might show reverence for all people and be humble stewards for all living things.   O God, in your compassion…

Pastor:   Comforting God, you meet us in the depths of human suffering.  Care for all who are weary and weak and who endure doubt, despair, illness, conflict, loss, trials and grief.  We remember especially before you ….   Sustain all in their times of testing.  O God, in your compassion …

Petitioner:   God of new life, we pray for the fragile gift of creation, that our world’s many scars and sufferings find healing in your gracious life-giving love.  Give us the faith and the courage to live in such a way that we do not betray, deny or mock this precious gift, but dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made.  O God, in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Praiseworthy God, rescue your beloved, war-weary world from hatred and terror, so that all nations may turn from evil and walk in paths of peace.  Lead all courts and judges, nations and rulers, in your ways of justice.  Be with all who suffer from violence, abuse, oppression, terrorism; end torture, that all may be free from needless and useless suffering.  O God, in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Sustaining God, guard us from betraying you, give us courage that we not deny you, help us wear the cross marked on us in our baptisms and enable us to remain faithful to the new covenant poured out for us in the cup of your salvation.  During this Holy Week guide our walk in the way of the cross, so that we find in it the way of life, joy, peace, service, and hope.   O God, in your compassion …

Pastor:  Gracious God, hear us as we pray.  As you have made us and redeemed us, so now sustain us with your hope, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

THANKSGIVING


THE COMMUNITY PRAISES GOD FOR THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF CREATION
AND THE SAVING DEEDS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Sisters and brothers, rejoice, encourage one another, live in peace.
God through Christ has given us the gift of reconciliation.

People: Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: And also with you.

(If with others greet one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words: “Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents, and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY SONG

“Create In Me”

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Create in me a clean heart, O God,

Let me be like you in all my ways.

Give me your strength,

Teach me your song,

Shelter me in the shadow of your wings.

For we are your righteousness.

If we die to ourselves and live through your death,

We shall be born again to be blessed in your love.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Leader: Let us pray.
Compassionate God,

People: we offer you these gifts

as signs of our time and labour.

Receive the offering of our lives,

and feed us with your grace,

that, even in the midst of death,

all creation might feast on your unending life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

People: Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

  who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

SENDING


ALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GOD, LEAVE IN PEACE,
AND ARE SENT OUT TO SERVE

BENEDICTION

Pastor: God give you the strength to raise up the cross of Christ,

wisdom to follow in the cross of Christ,

and the guidance of the Spirit to carry the cross of Christ

into our world.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN

“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

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O sacred head, now wounded,

with grief and shame weighed down,

now scornfully surrounded

with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred head, what glory,

what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and gory,

I joy to call thee mine.

How pale thou art with anguish,

with sore abuse and scorn;

how does thy face now languish,

which once was bright as morn!

Thy grief and bitter passion

were all for sinners’ gain;

mine, mine was the transgression,

but thine the deadly pain.

What language shall I borrow

to thank thee dearest friend,

for this thy dying sorrow, 

thy pity without end?

Oh, make me thine forever, 

and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never

outlive my love to thee.

Lord, be my consolation;

shield me when I must die;

remind me of thy passion

when my last hour draws nigh.

These eyes, new faith receiving,

from thee shall never move;

for all who die believing

die safely in thy love.

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Go in peace. Proclaim the love of the life-giving cross.

People: Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the high level of COVID cases throughout Saskatoon and the province, at an online consultation involving all the church leaders and clergy in the Synod it was strongly recommended that congregations continue to suspend all in person worship services until a time when it is safe to gather together.   King of Glory’s Church Council met to consider this recommendation and unanimously passed a motion that we suspend in person worship services and post online worship services on our website through April 2021. Of course, should there be any significant changes with regard to the pandemic situation the Church Council will revisit the issue.

COMING UP AT KOG 

 Sunday, March 28, King of Glory online Worship service. 

 Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil services provided by the Synod and led by Bishop Sid, 7:00 p.m. On Zoom.  See announcements.

 Sunday, April 4, King of Glory online Worship service. 

 Sunday, April 11, Resurrection provides online Worship service for seven ELCIC churches. 

 Sunday, April 18, King of Glory online Worship service. 

 Sunday, April 25, King of Glory online Worship service. 

 Wednesday, April 28, Church Council meets, 7:30 p.m. 

February, March and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2020 Budget:  $49,536       Monthly Budget:  $4,180.50     Weekly Budget:  $964.73

2021income/expenses: $1,975.33

February income/expenses: -$1,556.33

Contributions from February 15 through March 20: $1100

Dear Friends,

Our long journey in pandemic days continues. With decreasing active case numbers and increasing vaccination numbers, we are hoping for more ‘normal’ days ahead. But we still have some months of ‘working it out’ ahead.

During this time, I am offering an opportunity to be brought together in worship in a synod wide series of Holy Week services.  Services will follow the narrative of Holy Week from Wednesday through Saturday.

Services will be virtual. People can join in individually or in their ‘bubbles’ at home, or could meet with a video screen in their church buildings (following Health Directives).

Services will include readings, music, visuals and enactments. For Maundy Thursday we will be offering virtual communion. Instructions for each service will be given as service begins, and will be distributed before the service on the Synod news through mailchimp.

Services can be accessed live each night at 7 pm through a Zoom link or the recording accessed the next day on Youtube.

Zoom link for all Holy week services  (Meeting ID: 843 1786 2145, Passcode: 306)

Youtube links will be posted here following each service during Holy Week.

Peace,Bishop Sid

Offerings.  

Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them.  Church Council has decided that best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.

Send your contributions to:  King of Glory Lutheran Church

    3318 Merritt Street

    Saskatoon, SK  S7M 3P6

Thank you for your generosity.

Lutheran Campus Ministry-Saskatoon invites you to come and “catch up” with the ministry by tuning in to our Appeal-ing Evening.
  

Come to our Facebook page (Lutheran Campus Ministry at Usask Saskatoon) at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 10th.
Come for some – come for all!
 

Without leaving the comfort of your home you will enjoy music, have some fun, hear how the ministry has been faithful during the time of COVID and have opportunity to partner in the ministry by your presence with & presents to LCM-Saskatoon. Watch for a reminder of the date & time to your in-box a few days before our event.

Lutheran Campus Ministry-Saskatoon gives thanks for so many who pray for us, encourage students to be a part of the community and offer stewardship to the ministry by your giving. You can email prayers, names of potential students looking for a place to worship & belong, or e-transfer financial support to luth.chap@usask.ca.

The website  for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/   It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic and posting services from the various churches.

Co-Treasurer position for King of Glory 

King of Glory is looking for a co-treasurer primarily responsible for documenting and filling out the forms for the province, the Canada Revenue Agency and the ELCiC.  They will work Pat Sarich whose primary responsibility is oversight of the budget and the bookkeeping with respect of receipts and expenditures.  Please contact Pastor Michael about this position.

Additional Prayers

Petitioner:  Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.  We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe.  O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection.  May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.  Hear us, O God of life …

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