PRELUDE:  The Palms by Gabriel Faure; Maria Schafer, soprano; Desiree Flores, alto

O’er all the way, green palms and blossoms gay, are strewn this day in festal preparation, where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away, e’en now the throng to welcome Him prepare; join all and sing, His name declare, let every voice resound with acclamation, Hosanna!  Praised be the Lord, bless Him who cometh to bring us salvation!  His word goes forth and people by its might once more regain freedom from degradation, humanity doth give to each his right, while those in darkness find restored the light.  Sing and rejoice, O blest Jerusalem, of all thy sons sing the emancipation.  Through boundless love the Christ of Bethlehem brings faith and hope to thee forevermore. [Trans. Theodore T. Barker]

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:  Shout Out for the Glory of the Lord by Roger Thornhill

Reach for a palm, lift high a psalm.  Shout out the glory of the Lord. Lay down your heart, let worship start.  Sing hosanna, blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Ring hosanna, hail David’s Son.  Long live the King forevermore.  This is the day, make straight the way.  Make straight and shout out the glory of the Lord, Hosanna!  All glory, laud and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King!  To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.  Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and blessed One.  Bring gifts of praise, loud anthems raise.  Shout out the glory of the Lord! One mighty voice, sing and rejoice.

PRAYER

HYMN:  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna [Ellacombe]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  John 12:12-16, 23-26

SERMON:  “Coming to Love and Die”

HYMN:  Ride on! Ride On in Majesty! [St. Drostane]

PRAYER

HYMN:  My Song Is Love Unknown [Love Unknown]

BENEDICTION

ANTHEM:  O Jerusalem! Wayne L. Wold

O Jerusalem!  Your stony streets broke silence as the Savior rode on by; your palm trees offered branches green, the Christ to glorify; your skies rang with “Hosannas!” loud, then later “Crucify!”  O Jerusalem, the great and glorious city of our salvation!  O Jerusalem!  Your upper room grew warm with friends who gathered there to meet; Jerusalem!  The floor grew wet with water as the Savior washed their feet; Jerusalem!  Those walls bore witness to the charge to love and drink and eat.  O Jerusalem, the great and glorious city of our salvation!  Your Garden of Gethsemane stood watch throughout the night as Jesus sighed in anguish, prayed for rescue, fought the fight; your paths grew loud with marching feet as soldiers came in sight.  O Jerusalem!  Golgotha resounded with the clash of wood and nails; Jerusalem!  Your ground grew damp with blood and tears, your air was filled with wails; Jerusalem!  Yet in such grief and brokenness the love of God prevails.  O Jerusalem, the great and glorious city of our salvation!  O Jerusalem!

The flowers today are given by Adele Langworthy in celebration of Pastor Rob’s birthday.

Presbyterian Disaster Relief (PDR):  God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.  The PDR’s response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line & mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700.

Covenant Flood Recovery Renovation:  To make a donation, please click on the GIVE button on the home page of our website or mail a check to the church office.  The first $75,000 will be matched!  We invite you to make your dollars count double.

Would you like to sponsor flowers for one week for worship?  You can place your order for any Sunday throughout 2022 by using this link that takes you to Covenant’s Flowers for Worship form —  https://forms.gle/9C98VA1d17SPmTBV8

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