Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 24, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

Palm and Passion Sunday

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…
(Philippians 2:5)

   Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)          "Who are these" (vs. 1-2)         270 & insert

   Call to Worship                                                                      (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                              "All glory, laud, and honor"                                 237

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Luke 19:28-40

  Video                              "From Palms to the Cross"

  Scripture in Song                   "The Christ Hymn"                                   (insert)

  Message                                "Do you mind?" (mp3 - poor recording)

  Hymn                                     "Man of sorrows"                                        258

  Introducing those being baptized

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                   Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

   Offertory              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Response                                 "Take My Life"                                          389
                                              (just verse 1, unless more time is needed)


  Hymn                              "O Jesus, I have promised"                                 447

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                 (please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)

  Welcoming and Renewing 

  Prayer (end with the Lord’s Prayer)


*Hymn                                      "Lead me, Lord"                                         538


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One:    Prepare the way of the Lord!

All:      Swing wide the gates, welcome the King of glory!

One:    Shout loud hosannas, wave the palm branches high.
            Hail to the Son of David!

All:      Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

One:    Come, enter this time of Holy Week.

All:      Let us follow Jesus through these somber days and
            learn from him.

One:    Let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in us.

All:      Let us think and learn and act in the way of Christ,
            our Lord and example.

One:    Today, may we worship with all of our heart, all of our
            soul, all of our strength, and all of our mind.

All:      Let the King of glory come in. Hosanna in the highest

by Richard F. Shreckhise
Lancaster, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

             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!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.


Introducing those being baptized

[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 mission.

             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.

Now, let’s go and prepare.

from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.135.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings


1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
              his steadfast love endures forever!
2Let Israel say,
            “His steadfast love endures forever.”

19Open to me the gates of righteousness,
       that I may enter through them
            and give thanks to the Lord.

20This is the gate of the Lord;
       the righteous shall enter through it.

21I 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 the Lord has made;
       let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
       O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
       We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27The Lord is God,
       and he has given us light.
   Bind the festal procession with branches,
       up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
       you are my God, I will extol you.

29O give thanks to the Lord, 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.


Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29  from The New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.



      Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son and do you receive and trust him as your Savior and Lord?

      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?

      I will. 

      Will you be loyal to the church, upholding it by your prayers and your presence, your substance and your service?

      I will.

             _____________, 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 Lord. Amen.

              [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
from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.136-137.

Welcoming and Renewing

            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 Christ.

by Carol A. Wise
from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.138.

Prayer (end with the Lord’s Prayer)


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)



             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.

by Richard F. Shreckhise
Lancaster, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"


Interested in Sunday School?
Below is a growing list of possible sites to visit. As you discover others, please let us know.

International Lesson:
Faith and Life Resources

Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson:
Mennonite Weekly Review

(scroll down on left to "Sunday School lessons)

International Lesson:
Christian Standard
(one week ahead)

International Lesson:
Adult Bible Studies
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)

International Lesson:
International Bible Lesson
a weekly column by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
in "The Oklahoman" newspaper
also found

International Lesson:
Living Web Sunday School Project

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above (see also), using
A Guide for Biblical Studies,
published quarterly by our denomination,
another class often uses one of the
Good Ground series.

For children and youth, we use the new
Gather Round curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2012 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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