March 24, 2024 Bulletin

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

March 24, 2024

Priest           Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People           Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Priest           Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A reading from the Gospel according to Mark, Chapter 11, Verses 1 – 11

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

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

Then 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.

The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God!

Priest            The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Priest           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People           It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Priest           It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

People          Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

The Procession

Priest            Let us go forth in peace.

People           In the name of Christ. Amen.

During the procession, all hold branches in their hands as we sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”  Music on following page.

At the conclusion of the procession, the following is said.

Priest           The Lord be with you.

People           And also with you.

Priest           Let us pray. Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 50, Verses 4 – 9a

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.

The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.

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.

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;
he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God!

Psalm 31: 9 – 16

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.                                                        (ANT.)

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.                                                     (ANT.)

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life.

14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
I have said, “You are my God.                                                       (ANT.)

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me.”                                            (ANT.)

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Chapter 2, Verses 5 – 11

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

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

but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death–
even death on a cross.

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God!

Sequence Hymn #168: O sacred head, sore wounded, Verses 1 – 3

We will now use our pamphlet for the Passion narrative.


The people may be seated for the sermon.

Prayers of the People

Priest           With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying “Lord, have mercy.”

Intercessor     For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Jos, our Bishop; and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For our government, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For this city of Boise, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For those on our hearts, especially Kim B., Cheryl W., Cathy & Del, Susan F., Daryl C., Annette F., Debbie L., Margaret L., Annette F., Margo, the Mathison Family, the Munro Family, Chris K., Susan B., the Walsh Family, Liz D., William R., the Dahlquist’s, Donna E., Jenny H., Heidi B., Mary H., Rick B., Cliff C., and Paul B., let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the intercessions of the diocese, especially the Church of the Province of West Africa, Emmanuel, Placerville, and the US Congress, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

People           Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor     In the communion of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.

People           To you, O Lord our God.

Priest           God our rock and refuge: keep us safe in your care and strengthen us with your grace, that we may pray to you faithfully and love one another boldly, following the example of Jesus, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives for ever and ever. Amen.

Priest           The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People           And also with you.

The peace is briefly shared. After the peace, a time for sharing and celebrating blessings and birthdays will follow.

The Offertory begins with the following:

Priest           Through Christ let us offer to God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;

People          With gladness we present the offerings of our life and labor to the Lord.

Offertory Choir Hymn:  The cross hymn suite

The people stand to sing or sit as able

After the Altar is prepared, the following is said:

Priest           Everything in heaven and earth is yours, O Lord; 

People          All things come from you, and of your own have we given you.

Eucharistic Prayer A

The people remain standing.

Priest           The Lord be with you.

People          And also with you.

Priest           Lift up your hearts.

People          We lift them to the Lord.

Priest           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People          It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Priest           It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. – Through Jesus Christ our Lord. For our sins he was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Priest           Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All               Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Priest           We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.

As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,            

The bread is now broken, and a moment of silence is observed before the Fraction Anthem below is said or sung. 

Priest           The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Communion Hymn:

People may be seated while waiting to come forward. All are welcome to share in communion. Gluten free bread is available. Hold out your hands to receive the bread. If you wish to come forward for a blessing only, cross your arms over your chest.

After Communion, the Priest says Let us pray.

All               Eternal God, heavenly Father,

you have graciously accepted us as living members

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,

and you have fed us with spiritual food

in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Send us now into the world in peace,

and grant us strength and courage

to love and serve you

with gladness and singleness of heart;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Solemn Prayer

Priest              Let us bow down before the Lord.

The people bow and the Priest says:

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The priest then dismisses the people, to which they respond, Thanks be to God!

Closing Hymn #458: My song is love unknown, Verses 1, 3, 5, & 7

All are invited to coffee hour in the parish hall.

Serving today:

Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Farnes

Lectors: Stephanie Elder & Jim Reynolds

Eucharistic Ministers: Duncan Nims & Laura Harbert

Altar Guild: Linda Stark, Robin Finch, & Marie Jantz

Ushers: Jim Reynolds & Ray Stark

Sunday School: Sue Nims

Music Director: Shauna Emara

Camera: Mike Ritthaler

Coffee Hour Hosts: Janet Hasson & Rita Hess

Holy Week Schedule:

  • Tenebrae (March 27): 6:30 P.M.
  • Maundy Thursday (March 28): 6:30 P.M.
  • Liturgy of Good Friday (March 29): 12:00 P.M. (Chapel will be open for prayer from 9:00 A.M. until the evening service – use the office entrance)
  • Commemoration of the Burial of Christ (Friday, March 29): 6:30 P.M.
  • Easter Vigil (Saturday, March 30): 6:30 P.M.
  • Easter Sunday (March 31): Combined Celebratory Service at 9:00 A.M.!

A special recognition to those who provided the Palm Sunday Array:

Linda & Ray Stark, in celebration of family and friends