Bulletin: March 24, 2024

First Lutheran Church                                                                Palm Sunday
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Our mission is to know Jesus and to make Jesus known. Jn. 17    

Mark 11:1-11 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus 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.

Sing Unto the Lord, O Sing to the Lord

Help us, O Lord, to welcome your blessed son into our midst today with the same joy and hope that the people of Jerusalem  received him with so long ago.  May he abide with us and we with him.   Help us to praise and adore both him and you, not just for a day, but for always. Amen.



HYMN: All glory, laud, & honor…Gr.108

PSALM: 118:1-2, 19-29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his mercy endures forever.  Let Israel now proclaim, "His mercy endures forever." Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD. "This is the gate of the LORD; he who is righteous may enter." I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief  cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.  On this day the LORD has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! LORD, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. "You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you." Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his mercy endures forever.

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.


Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." In the name of Jesus, we pray:  Lord, help us to take up our cross and follow you.  You stood before Pilate, your life condemned, your word rejected, your innocence ignored:  Keep us from rejecting your word of truth and salvation.  You carried your cross on the wounded stripes of your back, for love of us and for all the world. Help us to bear our cross, for love of you and for love of others.  The weight of your cross was the weight of our sins which make us stumble and fall.  In our weakness, we turn to you for strength.  Although you suffered, you still reached out to care for your mother.  May our cross-bearing never keep us from caring for our families.  As you struggled to bear your cross to Calvary, a passerby was drafted to help you.  Make us as willing as Simon to bear the burdens of those in need.  Others also took risks to comfort you.  Strengthen our faith to take loving risks for our needy brothers and sisters.  Sin weighed heavily upon you as you stumbled along the way.  Forgive us, Lord, for the sins which make us fall.  Your suffering under the cross caused the women of Jerusalem to weep.  Make our suffering in life a share in your suffering.  The full burden of our sin crushed you mightily to the earth.  Do not forsake us in our falling, but bring us to repentance and faith.  Stripped and jeered, you endured humiliation without complaint.  Humble us in our work and daily lives.  Nailed to the cross, you took your place among the condemned.  Take your place beside us sinners, and bring us through faith to the Paradise of God.  When your sacrifice was complete, you handed your life to the Father, and he did not forsake you.  Keep us close to your cross and death, now and at the hour of our death.  Faithful friends and loving women took loving care of your lifeless body.  Turn the darkness of death into the bright­ness of day for those we love.  In the tomb you were laid, but from the tomb you arose.  Be the Lord of the resurrection for us and for all the baptized.


HYMN: Were You There………………………………………….Gr. 92

The blessing of God's eternal love, the courage to follow the way of the cross, and the guidance of the Spirit in the desert places of our world, be among you and remain with you forever. Amen

Go in peace and serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God!

Hymn: Lord Jesus……………………………………………….Red 808

We thank you for all of your faithful stewardship!
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