Sunday service starting at 6:30 pm on Zoom

If you would like an invite to this Zoom event please forward me your name and email address to christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

We also broadcast through this site, on the link below,

1155 THURLOW ST (corner of Pendrell)

If you are driving, please be parked by 6:25 PM as the garage will be locked after this, for security reasons. Ring the intercom at the top of the driveway.

The same goes with entering the worship area.  The side door at 1102 Pendrell St. will be unlocked until 6:25 PM and locked because of security.

 PHONE NUMBER  778 228 7956

OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

  Worship Service begins at 6:30 pmSunday evening

Click the following link: http://www.centralpc.ca:8000/worship.mp3 – for live feed

To listen to previously record worship service click the following link

http://www.christalive.ca/podcasts/?C=M;O=D 

Rev. Michel Amyotte  — Pastor

We believe in inclusiveness and so if there are gender words which make you uncomfortable change them so that you may worship. 

SUNDAY MARCH 28, 2020 

PALM SUNDAY

 

As we continue these days of social distancing, and as we can “commune” with each other on Zoom, you may wish to prepare a piece of bread and a cup of wine or grape juice which you can receive at the same time as I do during our communion service. Or, you may choose to “receive Communion spiritually,” which could involve quietly praying that your own heart, mind and body will be opened fully to the Presence of God’s Holy Spirit and that Jesus will draw you closer in love to those of us worshiping together and to all of God’s people.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

ONE:  This is the day that the Lord has made!

ALL:   Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

ONE:  Open wide the gates of your hearts.

ALL:   Let the Savior enter!

ONE:  Shout with joy, all you people.

ALL: The Savior has come forth bringing peace. AMEN.

 OPENING PRAYER

Hosanna! Blessed is Jesus who comes in God’s Name! We stand at the gates of our Jerusalem and wave our branches high. We get caught up in the excitement of the parade. Jesus sits astride a donkey, a beast of burden bearing a most precious gift. Let the joy fill your hearts this day as we shout our Hosannas. Praise God for the wondrous ways in which our lives have been touched. Prepare our hearts to worship and celebrate this day!.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We love parades! We love the excitement, the colors, the noise! Today we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. His followers have stripped branches from the trees and wave them in the air. They have thrown their cloaks in the path of the donkey that his steps might be cushioned. And the scene is wonderful. But there is a reality here. The reality is that although we wave our branches and shout “Hosanna!”, we have not always behaved as disciples. Too often we have wandered from the path of Christ and stumbled along on our own, believing our way to be superior. We have turned from those who have needed help, because it wasn’t convenient for us to be of help of service. We have done and said things that are not worthy of disciples. Yet, here we stand, in the parade route, waving our branches. Forgive us, Lord. Help us to turn our lives around and truly serve you. Help us to really mean “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!” Let Jesus enter our hearts and transform our lives today, for we ask this in his holy name. AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Even though the future is clouded; God is with us, guiding, healing, comforting, restoring. Rejoice! In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and healed. AMEN.

THE WORD OF GOD

OUR FIRST READING IS TAKEN FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH, CHAPTER 50, VERSES 4 to 9a. 

50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.

50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

OUR RESPONSE IS TAKEN FROM PSALM 188, VERSES 1 TO 2 AND 19 TO 29. 

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

Give praise to the Lord, for the Lord is good,

The Lord’s mercy endures forever.

Let Israel say, “God’s mercy endures forever.”

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

Open to me the gates of justice:

I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the Lord’s own gate, where the just enter.

I will thank You, for You have answered,

And You are my Saviour.

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

The stone that the builders rejected 

Has become the cornerstone.

By the Lord has this been done,

A marvel in our eyes.

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

This is the day the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

O Lord, grant salvation;

O Lord, grand success!

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

Blest is the One Who comes

In the Name of the Lord!

We bless You from the house of the Lord;

The Lord is God, and has given us light.

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

Go forward with branches,

As far as the altar.

You are my God, I praise You!

My God, I exalt You!

Give praise the Lord, for God is good;

God’s mercy endures forever!

Response:  The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!


OUR SECOND READING IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS, CHAPTER 2, VERSES 5 TO 11. 

2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

PLEASE RISE AS YOU ARE ABLE FOR OUR GOSPEL WHICH IS TAKEN FROM MARK, CHAPTER 14, VERSE 1 TO CHAPTER 15, VERSE 51. 

Pastor Michel:

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”  While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.  Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.  “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”  10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

 Reader One:

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”  13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’  15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”  16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

Reader Two:

17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”  19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”  20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Reader One:

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”  23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  24 “This is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”  26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Reader Two:

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered.’[d]

28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice[e] you yourself will disown me three times.”  31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Reader One:

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”  35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.  41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” 

Pastor Michel:

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.  44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.  51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

MESSAGE:  Mr. Dan Barr

 FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
REFRAIN

‘Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flow’r
Sun and Moon and stars of light. R
For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild R
For they church that evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

Her pure sacrifice of love. R

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 INVITATION TO COMMUNION

 LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father/Mother (Creator) who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

 PREPARATION PRAYER FOR COMMUNION

 My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this blessed sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally come spiritually into my heart. As though you were already there, I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you.

Permit not that I should ever be separated from  you.  AMEN

 PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

 DISTRIBUTION

 PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION

 HEAVENLY SUNLIGHT

Walking in sunlight all of my journey
Over the mountains, through the deep vale
Jesus has said, I’ll never forsake thee
Promise divine that never can fail

Refrain

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight
Flooding my soul with glory divine
Hallelujah, I am rejoicing
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

Shadows around me, shadows above me
Never conceal my Savior and Guide
He is the light, in Him is no darkness
Ever I’m walking close to His side. R

In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing
Pressing my way to mansions above
Singing His praises, gladly I’m walking
Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love R.

If you wish to forward your offerings for the continued ministry of this church you may forward your tithe to Christ Alive Church to my home address:

204 – 2570 Hemlock St. Vancouver, BC  V6H 2V4

You may now use e transfer to forward your tithing and offering.  Use the church email address  christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com and it will go directly into our church account.

I praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening.  I pray always that the Spirit may touch each of your lives in a way that is appropriate for each of you.

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Weekly Worship/Communion Service

6:30 pm – Sundays

 

1155 Thurlow St.

Vancouver, BC

Telephone:

778 228 7956

christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

 

 

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