March 28, 2021

March 8, 2021 – Palm Sunday

Prelude Ride On! Ride On In Majesty! Robert Murray
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsive from Zechariah 9:9)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Prayer of Approach: (together)
Eternal God, we gather with Christians around the world and down through the ages as Jesus enters the holy city on the way to the cross. Let us witness together the cross and the empty tomb and let us discover once more the wonder of your love and your grace, Amen.

Children’s story and the Lord’s prayer.
Meditative Music Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
Anthem Fear not, Ye People Robert Murray
Sermon: “A Triumphal Entry”

Meditative Music What Wondrous Love is This
The New Creed (together)
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others
by the Spirit. We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

Celebration of Holy Communion
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right and good to give God thanks and praise.

We thank and praise you, Eternal God, for you send Jesus Christ into the world to reclaim us. Your answer to our world lost in sin was a Saviour with the power to set us free and return us to your kingdom.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
We thank and praise you, Loving God, for Jesus Christ reveals your presence and speaks your words to a weary world. Jesus in his life shows us your way and allows us to hope of life eternal with you.

Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me, has seen my Father.”
We thank and praise you, Merciful God, for Jesus Christ who empties himself and becomes a servant to all. He takes upon himself our sins and suffers for our sakes. He is wounded for our transgressions and is killed to break the power of sin and death.

Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.”
Take this bread and bless it, we pray,
that it might be for us the body of Christ.

Jesus said, “This is my blood which is shed for you.”
Take this cup and bless it, we pray,
that it might be for us the blood of Christ.

Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

Renew us, we pray. Renew our weary spirits, fill our hearts with your love, and open our eyes to see the meaning and purpose of Christ’s death upon the cross and his rising from the grave. Hear our prayer, God most Holy, in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of Heaven, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

Prayer after Communion (together)
Lord Jesus, bread of life and the true vine, we have remembered your death upon the cross and the new covenant made in your blood. Fill us now with the hope and peace to go out in the world and bear witness to your love, Amen.

Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude Si Beag, Si mor Malcolm MacNeil

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. The services online are posted each week on our website ( )and through social media ( )

Holy Week and Easter Services
Good Friday, April 2 at 10:30
Easter Sunrise, April 4 at 6:30 am in the back of St. James
Easter Sunday, April 4 at 10:30- reservations are being taken please be in touch with the office (902-863-2001 or

The Social Justice Committee wants to call your attention to the United Church’s ongoing “For the Love of Creation” campaign for climate justice. There is more about this in the latest edition of Connections. James 2:18 True faith shows itself in action!

Truth & Reconciliation- Call #76 Missing Children and Burial Information – We call upon the parties engaged in the work of documenting, maintaining, commemorating, and protecting residential school cemeteries to adopt strategies in accordance with the following principles: i) the Aboriginal community most affected shall lead the development of such strategies, ii) information shall be sought from residential school Survivors and other Knowledge Keepers in the development of such strategies, and iii) Aboriginal protocols shall be respected before any potentially invasive technical inspection and investigation of a cemetery site. To read all the calls and the complete Truth and Reconciliation Report please go to

How can you help support the life and work at St. James? You can mail a donation to St. James United Church, P. O. Box 1178, 197 Main Street, Antigonish NS B2G 2L6, drop it off in the mail slot, click on the “Donate” button on the website, or you can give monthly via PAR. For more information send an email to

    Scripture Readings for Easter Sunday

Isaiah 25:6-9 • 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 • Mark 16:1-8

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