Sunday Worship

@ Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church


8:00 AM & 10:20 AM

every Sunday



March 25


Palm Sunday


Gathering Music “Rise Up and Praise Him”


Scripture Mark 11:1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and 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. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11Then 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.


Sermon “Turning Out”


Thinking about the Text

Jesus didn’t make the journey across the valley to pick a fight with the Romans.  He made the journey to pick a fight with Satan.  Jesus didn’t make the journey to re-establish the kingdom of David.  He made the journey to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.  Jesus didn’t make the journey to have the crowd declare him the messiah.  He made the journey because he is the messiah.  That journey could not end with a declaration of war at the Temple gate.  That journey can only end with the declaration that Jesus is surely the Son of God.  That declaration was made at the foot of the cross, and behind the closed doors, and whenever we make our confession of faith. – Nick Campbell, “Give a Wave and a Shout”



UMH 277         “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
all in the lovelight of Jesus' face.

Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
one of his heralds, yes, I would sing
loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"


UMH 193         “Jesus! The Name High Over All”

Jesus! the name high over all,
in hell or earth or sky;
angels and mortals prostrate fall,
and devils fear and fly.

Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given;
it scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.

O that the world might taste and see
the riches of his grace!
The arms of love that compass me
would all the world embrace.

Thee I shall constantly proclaim,
though earth and hell oppose;
bold to confess thy glorious name
before a world of foes.

His only righteousness I show,
his saving truth proclaim;
'tis all my business here below
to cry, "Behold the Lamb!"

Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp his name,
preach him to all and cry in death,
"Behold, behold the Lamb!"


UMH 203         “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”

Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
great David's greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.

To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand forever;
that name to us is love.


UMH 278         “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang,
through pillared court and temple
the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them
close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises,
the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed
mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven
rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children
should on his bidding wait.

"Hosanna in the highest!"
that ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer,
the Lord of heaven our King.
O may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence
eternally rejoice!


Anthem “Hosanna, Hosanna”


Affirmation of Faith “World Council of Church Creed”


“By These Signs” video “Missions”



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Celebration of Life Worksheet


Help your loved ones be prepared to celebrate your life, when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant.

This worksheet can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service.

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A note about receiving communion

All are welcome at the Lord’s Table!


There will be two stations for receiving the elements of communion.


The west and center sections of the sanctuary will come to the station in front of the choir loft by way of their common aisle, and then return by the west wall or center/east aisle (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)


The east section and east wing will come to the station below the organ by their common aisle, and then return by the center/east aisle or the north aisle of the east wing (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)


Those coming to the altar by wheelchair or walker will be asked to come first, before others have started to return by the center/east aisle.



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