Sunday Bulletin

First Presbyterian Church of Byron
March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
James Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
The Palms
PRELUDE “Jerusalem, My Happy Home” (arrang. L.Tallman)

INTROIT “Processional of the Palms, vs. 3”
(M. Teschner & W. H. Monk)


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,
“Hosanna! 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!”

HYMN: #196 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Dear God, We are here! We are ready! We are eager! The palms wave and we shout with joy because our hearts are bursting with hope! Jesus is coming, and as the world draws closer to him all of the possibilities of our dreams become real. Bless us, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


CHORAL ANTHEM “Hosanna! We Sing!” (M. Hayes & J. Parker)

TIME WITH CHILDREN Today’s Word: “Hosanna!”

*SIGN OF PEACE We offer a sign of Christ’s peace.


First Presbyterian Church of Byron
March 25, 2018 Betrayal
James Renfrew, Pastor Laurence Tallman, Organist Elizabeth Weber, Organist Emeritus
The Cross
Though filled with hope, we notice that all is not well in the world. The shadow of the Cross creeps in and looms over our lives. Sickness, violence, injustice, racism, cruelty and war continue to thrive. And so we pray for resolve, commitment and faithfulness as we follow Jesus to the Cross. Hear our prayers, as we follow him …

HYMN: #215 “What Wondrous Love is This?

OFFERTORY “Palm Leaf Rag” (S.Joplin)


Bless these gifts, as if people with
nothing find a way to give everything.
A lamp in the sanctuary burns for eight days with almost no lamp oil. The widow offers two thin coins and it becomes a timeless gesture of miraculous generosity. A boy shares his loaves and fishes and a multitude is fed. A few waving branches become a tidal wave of possibility. The world may be set against us in powerful ways, but in Jesus faith can move mountains! We are in awe, O God, of what you can do. With thankfulness, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Mark 14:1-11
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

MESSAGE “The Palms and the Cross” Rev. James Renfrew

One day, with two stories to tell. A Sunday morning when both the palm branches and the cross touch our lives.
The first story about a sunny day with a parade of happy people waving palm branches and shouting with joy!
The second story about a betrayal leading to a horrible death on the cross.
The first story is easy to embrace, and we can even picture ourselves in the happy parade.
The second story is harder to accept, because people, perhaps similar to ourselves, joined the mob calling for Jesus to die.
In the shadow of the cross it’s hard to know what to believe about Jesus: the powerful Son of God and yet vulnerable to the worst violence.
In the shadow of the cross it’s hard to know what to believe about ourselves: created in the very image of God, but often working against God.
What we believe is that at the core our faith is a shout in the darkness – lonely, desperate and hopeless – and God responds with Jesus Christ. We don’t understand in the full, but God’s response is where our new lives begin!
In Jesus we pray. Amen.

*HYMN #216 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

*RESPONSE #2 “Come, Thou Almighty King”, vs. 1 & 4

*POSTLUDE “Processional of the Palms”
(M. Teschner & W. H. Monk)

This Week at the Church:
Today – 9:45 AM Palm Sunday Worship
Tuesday – 7:00 PM Bible Study – Mark 16:1-8
Wednesday – 10:00 AM Janet in the Office, 5:00 PM T.O.P.S.,
7:00 PM Choir, 7:30 PM AA
Thursday – 6:30 PM Maundy Thursday Service with potluck dinner
Friday – 7:00 PM Good Friday Service at North Bergen Presbyterian
Next Sunday – 9:45 AM Easter Sunday Celebration, followed by an
Easter Egg Hunt for children
Please remember that we collect food items for the emergency Food Shelf of Genesee County Churches United at the Salvation Army in Batavia. Food items may be left in the sanctuary or in the grocery cart at the side entrance.
Accessibility Options: Reserved parking spaces near the side entrance, Elevator at the side entrance serves three levels, Large-print worship bulletins, Pew space for a wheelchair, Hearing loops available, Service animals very welcome, Please let us know what else we can do to include all of our friends in church life.

One Great of Sharing
JOIN WITH PRESBYTERIANS WORLDWIDE in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.
This Lenten season, please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. This program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) supports projects in over 100 countries. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
OGHS offering envelopes for adults, and coin banks for children, are available beginning this Sunday. Please return them by Easter.

Have you missed a recent Sunday? Sermons are posted each week on the church website:
Are you interested in scheduling a baptism, a wedding, or have a difficult situation to discuss? Please contact Rev. Jim Renfrew at 813-2934 or by e-mail at
Please add your prayers to the Cross at the front of the Sanctuary. What kind of prayers? Prayers that describe the distance between ourselves and God, the describe the distance between the Palms and the Cross, and how our hope lies in Jesus Christ, who bridges that distance.

Palm Sunday Quiz

[1] The image of the triumphant king entering Jerusalem is first
described in the Old Testament book of :
[a] Amos [b] Habbakuk [c] Zechariah [d] Malachi [e] Job

[2] How many people do you think were in the crowd that welcomed
Jesus into Jerusalem?
[a] dozens [b] hundreds [c] thousands [d] millions

[3] Where did they get the palm branches?
[a] They grew everywhere along the road, easy to grab them
[b] The nearest source was Jericho, quite a distance away
[c] Palms aren’t found in Israel, so there weren’t any that day
[d] Judas purchased them from a vendor and got big kick-back

[4] What was it that tipped Judas into betraying Jesus?
[a] Using their money to feed the poor he thought was a waste
[b] Jealousy! He wanted to lead the disciples.
[c] He was blackmailed by the Pharisees
[d] He was in love with Mary Magdalene

[5] Why did Jesus ride a donkey on Palm Sunday
[a] It was a symbol of one of the tribes of Israel
[b] There was nothing else available
[c] A horse was seen as war-like, a donkey as peaceful
[d] Because there was a donkey in the barn when he was born

[6] What are the earliest and latest possible dates for Palm Sunday?
[a] March 1 and April 15
[b] February 29 (Leap Year, last occurred 1892) and March 31
[c] March 15 and April 18
[d] March 21 or 22 (depends on arrival of Spring) and May 8

Answers: 1-c (Zechariah 9:9), 2-abc or d (the Bible provides no clear answer, so use your own judgment!), 3-b (not only was Jericho 20 miles away, but it is 2500 feet lower than Jerusalem), 4-a (John 12:3-8), 5-c (a tradition that during times of peace the king rides a donkey), 6-c (It’s always one week prior to Easter, which is determined in this way: As established by the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox (usually March 21).
Scoring: 6 correct – Hosanna! 5 correct – saddle up and ride! 4 correct – enjoy your 20 mile hike! 1-3 correct – who’s going to clean up all of the debris on the streets after the parade? Hint: you!

“One Day,
Two Stories”

Byron Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York


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