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Hybrid Church

March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday 

Presider: The Rev. Deborah van der Goes

Music Director: Dorothy Dittrich

We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship are the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey,

you are welcome here!

Words for Worship

Words in bold italics - please say together

Prelude: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna                        18th c traditional German tune 


Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, whether in person, on zoom or at home, you are welcome to this time of worship!  For we together are one Body in Christ.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship are the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. 

Lighting the Candle

We are here 

            We are here

God is here  

            God is here

This place is sacred ground. 

            This place is sacred ground.

Blessing and Sharing of Cedar Boughs

Opening Dialogue Prayer for Palm/Passion Sunday

From Common Order, Panel on Worship, Church of Scotland, 1994. Used by permission.

Humble and riding on a donkey,
         we greet you;
Acclaimed by crowds and caroled by children,
         we cheer you;
moving from the peace of the countryside to the corridors of power,
         we salute you: Christ our Lord.

You are giving the beast of burden
         a new dignity;
you are giving majesty
         a new face;
you are giving those who long for redemption
         a new song to sing.
With them, with heart and voice, we shout:
         Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the      


(the choir goes forward to lead the singing)

The Entrance into Jerusalem – as told in song 

Hymn: Ride On Ride On, In Majesty vs 1-3, 5                          CP #182

The Collect                             Collects from the Church of England (adapted DvdG)      

God of transcendence, true and humble One,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.


(the choir returns to their seats)

The Service of Word                                                                                            

Reader: By the gift of your Spirit, calm and quiet our souls that we may hear your Word today and be lifted up to walk with you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

Isaiah 50:4-9                                                               Reader: Betty Schultze

“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 backward. 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? “

(the choir goes forward to lead the singing)

Hymn: My Faith Looks Up To Thee                                          CP #551 

(the choir returns to their seats)

The Reading and Telling of the Passion of Jesus according to Mark presented as Headlines     Readers: Betty Schultze, Pat Armstrong, Mona Smart

(please remain seated)

Sing                                                                                           (CP #194)

Stay with us, O Lord Jesus Christ, night will soon fall.   

Then Stay with us O Lord Jesus Christ, light in our darkness.  

Gospel: Mark Chapter 15   Readers: Betty Schultze, Pat Armstrong, Mona Smart

As is your custom, please stand or sit for the reading of the gospel.

The Charges Against Jesus

As 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. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused Jesus of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Barrabas or Jesus?

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

The Crown of Thorns

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

Simon of Cyrene

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 

Choir Anthem                                                         Taize community, France #14

“Our darkness is never darkness in your sight; 

the deepest night is clear s the daylight" 

Reflection: The Gift of a Glimmer                   The Rev. Deborah van der Goes

Hymn: Christ Be With Me vs 5                                                  CP #436 

Creed                         (from Creating Uncommon Worship by Richard Giles adapted DvdG)

Let us affirm our faith . . .               

We believe and trust in God our Creator. 

We believe and trust in Jesus the Christ. 

We believe and trust in the Holy Spirit. 

We believe and trust in the Three in One.

Prayers of the People                                                         Paddy Waymark

A Litany of Confession and Praise for Lent                          (Taize community)    

O Christ, by remaining faithful till death, 

you show us the road to greater love. (silence)

O Christ, by taking the burden of sin upon yourself, 

you reveal to us the way of generosity. (silence)

O Christ, by praying for those who crucified you, 

you lead us to forgive without counting the cost. (silence)

O Christ, by opening paradise to the repentant thief, 

you awaken hope in us. (silence)

O Christ, come and help our weak faith. (silence)

O Christ, create a pure heart in us; 

renew and strengthen our spirit. (silence)

O Christ, your Word is near, 

may it live within us and protect us always. (silence)


God, who is rich in mercy, loves us even when we were dead in sin, 

and makes us alive together in Christ.  

In the name of Jesus the Christ, your sins are forgiven.  

Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, 

that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

Amen                                                                                                 5

The Peace

(please stand as you are able)

The peace of Christ be with you! 

            And also with you!

You are invited to turn to those directly around you and share Christ’s peace. Those on zoom, please unmute and share with one another.

The Service of Holy Eucharist

(Using the Gospel of Mark) 

Offering Invitation  

Let us now gather our offerings and oblations

(quiet music is played)

-   bread and wine (oblations) are brought forward, 

-   the offerings are gathered,

-   the altar is prepared)             

(and when all is prepared we sing)

Take, O Take Me As I Am                                                              MV #85

Summon out what I shall be;

Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

Story of the Breaking of Bread                                             Mark 15: 22-25

While they were eating, 

Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it 

he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, 

“Take; this is my body.” 

Then he took a cup, 

and after giving thanks he gave it to them, 

and all of them drank from it. 

Jesus said to them, 

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 

Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine 

until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 

The Prayer of Jesus/Disciples (spoken)                                          

            Our Father in heaven, 
            hallowed be your name, your Kin-dom come, 
            your will be done
            on earth as in heav

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 kin-dom, the power and the glory are yours,

            now and forever.

The Breaking of Bread  

We break this bread,

Communion in Christ’s body once broken

Let your Church be the wheat

which bears its fruit in dying.

If we have died with him,

            We shall live with him;

            If we hold firm,

            We shall reign with him.


Communion is Shared

Prayer after Communion 

God our help and strength,
you have satisfied our hunger with this Eucharistic food.
Strengthen our faith,
that through the death and resurrection of your Son,
we may be led to salvation,
for he is Lord now and for ever.

Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown                                           CP #184


May the Spirit of the Living God