Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 4, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I
will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give
them a heart of flesh, so that they may follow my statutes
and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be
my people, and I will be their God."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
...if these were silent,
the stones themselves would shout out
glory, laud, and honor"
(vs. 1&4) "We
Dramatic Scripture Reading
congregation repeats over and over when directed:
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!"
that Day when He Rode into Jerusalem"
(Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)
let yourselves be built
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"All in the April
(read the lyrics
/ hear the music)
I will remove the heart of stone
heart of stone"
Fragile, living stones
- a "Passion" series based upon 1
the cross of Jesus"
"I stand amazed in the
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
give thanks to you, Lord God. You are good, and your
steadfast love does endure forever. Once again we remember
the story of Christís passion, from "hosanna, blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord," to "crucify him!"
As we tell the old, old story today, we open ourselves, not to be
entertained, but to be inspired. May your Spirit move among us, as
you have promised, for we are gathered in his name. Amen.
[Staging - R (Scripture reader) reads from
the lectern. J (Jesus) stands in front of the
piano with D (a disciple). O (owner of
the colt) stands in front of the organ. P (a
Pharisee) is seated along the left aisle, ready to come
forward. All get in place, ready to begin, toward the end of
the preceding hymn. C is the rest of the congregation. R
and P share a microphone, as do D and O.]
R - When Jesus had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the
place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
J - (to D) "Go into the
village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there
a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If
anyone asks you, ĎWhy are you untying it?í just
say this, ĎThe Lord needs it.í"
(D then walks over to O and motions as if
untying an animal, while R continues:)
R - So those who were sent departed and found it as he had
told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them,
O - (to D) "Why are you
untying the colt?"
R - They said,
D - (to O) "The Lord needs
(D walks over to J, as if leading an animal.
Meanwhile, the choir stands from where they are seated
throughout the congregation and starts coming forward to where
they will sing. Some bring with them "cloaks" and
lay them on the floor in front of the worship table, before
getting into position to sing. Itís not a problem if they
havenít finished this task before C - the
congregation - begins to shout.)
R - Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their
cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people
kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching
the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the
disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all
the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
(R motions for C to stand and begin shouting
the next line, something practiced earlier during the time of
C - "Hosanna! Blessed is the king who comes in the name
of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!"
(C repeats this several times. Meanwhile, P
comes forward and stands beside J. When choir is fully
in place and R determines enough is enough, R
motions for C to cease shouting and be seated -
practiced earlier - and continues:)
R - Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
P - (to J) "Teacher, order
your disciples to stop."
R - He answered,
J - (to J) "I tell you, if
these were silent, the stones themselves would shout out."
(R, J, D, O, and P
quietly return to their seats as choir then sings anthem.)
our Tithes and Offerings
And Jesus said,
"if these people were silent, the stones themselves would
shout out..." In our celebration of this special day this
year, we are focusing less upon the "hosanna" parade of
palm branches waved high, and more upon the stones which our Lord
said would "shout out" if Godís people were to remain
silent. Perhaps you were counting on taking home a palm leaf. Maybe
next year. Today we ponder our journey with Jesus in light of the
stones many of us have been carrying with us through the season of
Lent. If you do not have one, please raise your hand as the offering
plates are passed, and your usher will make sure you receive one.
Also, be sure to sign and pass the attendance pads located on the
center aisle side of each pew.
to this invitation from 1 Peter 2:4-5: "Come to him, a
living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in
God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a
spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
thank you, O God, for the gift you gave to us and for us in Christ
Jesus. We are here today because we seek for our lives to be built
upon the foundation, the solid rock of his life and teachings, his
death and resurrection. He is, indeed, the cornerstone of a whole
new world. Forgive the ways in which we, even today, reject him.
Help us to be "living stones" in Christ. May these
offerings reflect your work in us. Through them (through us) may
others see Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.
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