Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
Holy God, your love goes beyond all limits. In the passion of your
true Son, you take us beyond our highest ideals and beneath our
deepest fears. We thank you for the sweet-sour celebration of Palm
Sunday; for both the joy and the tears. Foster in us the desire
and the will to follow Jesus without reserve, that we may be led
into a peace that holds in time of trouble, and into a love that
persists far beyond the outer rim of our present understanding.In the name of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen!
[Invite candidates to come forward with their sponsors, who
will then introduce them. When done:]
Today you are being received into this community of faith and into
the Church of the Brethren.As part of the whole church of Jesus Christ, we offer you
our rich heritage and invite you to share fully in our life and
As you are received into the Long Green Valley Church, we intend
to be a true family of faith to you. We commit ourselves to be for
you a loving fellowship, to be a means of grace in your life, and
to offer opportunities for worship, study, and service.One of the happiest times in our life as a church is when
new people choose to become members.We welcome you with joy.
give thanks to theLord,
for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let
Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to theLord.
is the gate of theLord; the righteous shall enter through it.
thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22The
stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23This
is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This
is the day that theLordhas
made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25Save
us, we beseech you, OLord! OLord,
we beseech you, give us success!
is the one who comes in the name of theLord. We bless you from the house of theLord. 27TheLordis
God, and he has given us light. Bind
the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.
are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
give thanks to theLord,
for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Please pray with me
We give thanks to you, O Lord, for your love is steadfast and true
and eternal. On this day when palms are waved and the cross looms
ahead, we prepare to witness the baptismal vows of three of our
youth. They are still learning what their promises will mean in
the years ahead. So are we. By your grace, help us to be mindful -
to seek the mind of Christ. By your steadfast love, help us to be
faithful – to follow Jesus our Lord and Savior. May the offerings
we are about to give reflect not only our mindfulness and
faithfulness, but also your grace and steadfast love. Amen.
Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son and do you receive and
trust him as your Savior and Lord?
Candidate: I do.
Will you turn away from all sin and will you endeavor by God's
grace to live according to the example and teachings of Jesus?
Will you be loyal to the church, upholding it by your prayers and
your presence, your substance and your service?
_____________, upon your confession of faith made before God and
these people, you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
[As each name of the Trinity is spoken, the minister shall
immerse the candidate forward, pushing the head gently and
fully into the water. Then, laying both hands upon the
head of the kneeling person, the minister shall pray:]
O God, we are thankful for the commitment made today by (name) May
(she/he) experience your forgiveness, acceptance, and peace. Send
your Holy Spirit upon (her/him) to guide and to empower. Enable
(her/him) to walk in newness of life, using (her/his) gifts in
praise to you and in service to others. Through Jesus Christ our
[Then the minister shall help the baptized person rise,
extend the hand of Christian fellowship, speak a word of
blessing, and assist the person in leaving the water.]
vows are taditional statement and prayer by
Carol A. Wise
Please join with me in reading the words of welcome.
With joy we receive you as part of thus congregation. With you we
renew and reaffirm our vows of faith. We promise to surround you
with the love and encouragement that will enable you to grow
strong in compassion, vigorous in service, and sure in the way of
Go now, walk with Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem and into
our lives and communities. Follow him, pay attention to his words
and actions. Go now, keep the way of Christ Jesus in your heart
and in your mind. Go now in peace and grace. Amen.
International Lesson: Adult
from The United Methodist Publishing House
(click "supplemental resources" and "current events supplement"
under both the "Student" and "Teacher" sections in the left hand column)