At Hillside UMC, worship is our time of coming together, growing closer to God, and celebrating our community.
Normally, we worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, followed by a time of fellowship. But, in this very challenging season, we worship God individually with a guidance of online bulletin. I hope and pray that each of you have your own Active worship to God wherever you are.
(Please get ready yourself to have a special time with God in prayer)
Invitation to Worship
I invite you to stand and turn to face the light as it comes into our midst. It is this “turning” or “re-orienting” ourselves toward the Holy light that is the essence of our season of Lent. Let us begin this season of listening, of hearing that still, small voice and finding our own true selves.
Introit / “Come and Rest” (Click Here)
Reading / Liturgist
Jesus’ prayer life was described most often in the scriptures as something he did “away” from the crowds or disciples. And as we come to the last week of this Lent journey, we have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the world in order to turn inward to hear that “still small voice” of God and finding our own voice of wisdom there as well. This Sunday begins the story of the end of Jesus’ human life and the scripture contains one of the rare examples of how Jesus prayed. It was honest, it was gut-wrenching, and it finally was a letting-go of expectations about life and turned toward the acceptance that gives us courage to move onward.
You are invited to sit quietly in the silence
without any expectation of what you “ought” to be thinking.
Don’t worry about sounds from the congregation or colds–simply
let them float into and out of your attention.
And if you find it difficult to settle your thoughts, contemplate the following:
Listen to the Beating of your own heart. . .
it will tell you what makes you fully alive
Reading / Liturgist
In the midst of the bustle of Jerusalem at Passover comes a parade into the city–not filled with grandeur and might–but one that has reverberated through the ages. It continues to call us as a church to join with palms of praise and protest. Let us stand and greet the Parade of Jesus that proclaims a kingdom of justice and peace.
Opening Hymn / UMH #278 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"(Click Here)
Seeking the Word / Matthew 26:36-46
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks to be God.
Anthem / “The Messiah Has Come" (Click Here)
Joys and Concerns
The Lord’s Prayer
Affirmation of our prayers / UMH #898 "Amen"
Communion with the Palm Sunday Message of the Bishop (Click Here)
For this special Palm Sunday, we are joining in the Remote Love Feast for Palm Sunday 2020 with the Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and Conference Lay Leader Rene Wilbur
Closing Hymn / FWS #2112 / “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley" (Click Here)
Offering / by mail
Dear families of Hillside United Methodist Church,
During this special and challenging time, if you are able to send your weekly pledge by mail, would you do so, please?
The address of the church is Hillside United Methodist Church, 82 Center St, Goffstown, NH 03045.
May God Bless You!
Postlude / “Meet Me Here" (Click Below)