Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 9, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
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,
... and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Now, Your King is Coming"
glory, laud, and honor"
Bringing to the Lord our Tithes and
Skit & Invitation
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Dramatic Scripture Reading
the cross of Jesus"
(Pre-schoolers then leave for Bell Ringers & Sunday School)
but it does involve you"
(what will happen as we sing)
I survey the wondrous cross"
the cross of Christ I glory"
high the cross"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
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Hosanna, Son of David! Hosanna, King of Kings!
You give us this day, full of hope and promise.
With grateful hearts we sing our praise to you.
Blessed, indeed, is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
You are our God, and we give you thanks.
All glory, laud, and honor to you, our redeemer.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Amen.
(As the Alleluia choir begins to
return to their pews, receiving their palms as they go:)
Whether you have lived many years or only a few,
Children of the Lord, lift up your palm branch and wave it as you
Let your heart be filled with wonder.
"Glory" ... "Laud" ... "Honor"...
Big words ... awesome God!
#237 - SING OUT!
our Tithes and Offerings
entered Jerusalem long ago, he and his disciples were caught up in
the excitement of an ongoing festival. Jerusalem, you see, was full
of pilgrims headed to the Temple, for this was a time for
remembering and celebrating the salvation of the Lord. When the
children of Israel were oppressed in Egypt - centuries before - they
cried out in their distress, "Hosanna" or "God save
us." The Great "I am who I am" heard this cry and
rescued them, setting them free to be a people of God.
Little did many
in that crowd when Jesus entered David’s city realize that this
same God was on the move again, responding to the
"Hosanna" cry of the children of Israel with a new lamb
whose spilt blood would set them free. Do we realize it fully, even
Children of God,
bring your offerings to the Lord. Ponder what it means to wave your
palm branch, to lay it down before him. Blessed is the lamb - Jesus
the Christ - who comes in the name of the Lord. Give thanks, for he
is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
realized your coming, O Lord, any better than those who welcomed
Jesus to Jerusalem on that bright day so long ago? Do we truly
sense your presence and power, your goodness and mercy? Are we
willing to follow where your Son leads?
offerings in His name. We give you thanks for hearing the cries of
our hearts, even today. Hosanna. Amen.
Skit & Invitation
"It doesn’t involve me"
The Deacons of
our church are offering a workshop on April 23rd on the
need for all of us - especially persons age 18 and older - to make
and document decisions concerning our health care in the event
that we are unable to speak for ourselves. With privacy laws
growing more strict, even family members do not have access to
confidential health information of someone over age 18. If a
severe illness should strike, or a tragic accident should happen,
who will speak for you if you do not have established someone to
be your "medical power of attorney"?
Though this is
a serious issue, the deacons will present a somewhat humorous skit
aimed at the denial we all feel - that "it doesn't involve
me." In truth it does, and the invitation will again be
extended to come and learn more about what we can do now to plan
sermon itself will connect with this same denial, in relation to
the what Christ accomplished upon the cross - that, indeed,
"it does involve you.")
written closer to the time (if not at the
(Revised Standard Version)
as the prayer is over, the organ begins playing, very softly,
"The Old Rugged Cross." This will continue up thru
verse 21, then stop.)
And as soon as it was morning the chief priests, with the elders
and scribes, and the whole council held a consultation; and they
bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. 2
And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
And he answered him, "You have said so." 3
And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And
Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how
many charges they bring against you." 5 But Jesus
made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered. 6 Now
at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom
they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had
committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barab’bas.
8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do
as he was wont to do for them. 9 And he answered them,
"Do you want me to release for you the King of the
Jews?" 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy
that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the
chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them
Barab’bas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them,
"Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of
the Jews?" 13 And they cried out again,
"Crucify him." 14 And Pilate said to them,
"Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the
more, "Crucify him."
chosen beforehand begin processing from the rear, one carrying
the cross-stand, the others shouldering the cross, bottom
first. No ‘pomp & circumstance’ nor ‘trail of tears’
in style, just simple silent carrying - do not distract from
the scripture. Once up front, the first person places the
cross-stand, then quietly helps the others put the cross into
the stand. They then return to their seats.)
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barab’bas;
and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 16
And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the
praetorium); and they called together the whole battalion. 17
And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of
thorns they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute
him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 19 And they
struck his head with a reed, and spat upon him, and they knelt
down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the purple cloak, and put his own clothes on
him. And they led him out to crucify him. 21 And they
compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyre’ne, who was coming in from
the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his
And they brought him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means
the place of a skull). 23 And they offered him wine
mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24 And they
crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots
for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it
was the third hour, when they crucified him. 26 And the
inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the
brings forward a child and lifts him/her up to tack a sign
which reads "The King of the Jews" at the top of the
cross. They then return to their seats.)
And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one
on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him,
wagging their heads, and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy
the temple and build it in three days, 30 save
yourself, and come down from the cross!" 31 So
also the chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes,
saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32
Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross,
that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with
him also reviled him.
(Organ stops playing. The rest
is read amid the silence.)
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the
whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth
hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "E’lo-i, E’lo-i, la’ma
sabach-tha’ni?" which means, "My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me?" 35 And some of the bystanders
hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Eli’jah." 36
And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a
reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see
whether Eli’jah will come to take him down." 37
And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last. 38
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw
that he thus breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was
the Son of God!"
(After a pause to let the last words
sink in, the organ begins introduction to "Beneath
the cross of Jesus" #250, then the congregation
will happen as we sing)
response to the message, as a way of affirming that the cross does,
indeed, involve them, each person the congregation will be invited
to come forward as these hymns as sung. In the weeks before this
service, we were busy with a digital camera taking pictures of each
person in attendance. These developed snapshots will be on a table
for people to pick up their own as they arrive. Those who did not
attend during these previous weeks will have their picture taken
this morning, with a print-out either given to them or waiting for
them up front (to be decided).
When folks come forward, they are invited to attach their picture to
the cross (probably using a thumbtack available up front) in some
place, and then return to their seat. Thus, this cross will become
very personal. The "lamb who was slain" upon it died for
me and you.
This same cross will rest at the center of the tables set for Love
Feast on Maundy Thursday.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)