Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 1, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Palm Sunday

      "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." (Luke 19:30)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                       "The Palms"                                       Faure

  Call to Worship

*Chorus                               "He has made me glad"
                                        (sing through twice, wave your palm branches)

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Psalm 118:25-29

  Imagination Station with the children

*Hymn                                "Hosanna, loud hosanna"                             238

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                 "Chanson Triste"                      Moussorgsky
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

*Response               (refrain only) "All glory, laud, and honor"                    237


  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Hymn                             "Ride on, ride on in majesty"                            239

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Luke 19:28-40

  Message                               "A fool’s errand"

*Hymn                             "Beneath the cross of Jesus"                              250


*Postlude                    "Excerpt from Prelude to Parsifal"                  Wagner

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

         "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, ‘His steadfast love endures forever.’"

         So begins the 118th Psalm. We have gathered here on this Palm Sunday, at the beginning of what many call "Holy Week," to give thanks to the Lord and to speak up about God’s goodness and love. Long ago, pilgrims heading to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover would have been familiar with these words from this Psalm. They may have even sung these words in Hebrew as they approached the city of David, coming to remember and celebrate how God rescued the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.

         Hold onto your palm branch as you listen to these words. Be prepared to then stand and rejoice, to lift up your voice and to wave your palm branch, to recall the steadfast love of the Lord, and enter into worship. Listen.

         "Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

(Psalm 118:1-2,19-24 NRSV)

Opening Prayer

         This is the day you have made, O Lord... Today... This very moment is full of your handiwork. As we journey through this time, may we become more aware of your presence. Like at the opening of a city gate, we crane our necks to see what lies around the next turn. May we be drawn into what you are still building upon the cornerstone you have laid in Jesus Christ. We come as pilgrims stepping into the awe and wonder of this "Holy Week," to remember once again your deliverance, and to celebrate your salvation.
         This is the day you have made, O Lord .. Today... This very moment... We open the gates of our hearts and minds that you might enter into what we are building every day. Some of the walls of our lives are crumbling and falling because we have not paid as much attention to the foundations as we should. Forgive us, Jesus, and help us to rebuild, starting this very moment... today... for this is the day you have made. We rejoice and are glad. Amen.


         The New Testament has drawn heavily from the well of this particular section of Psalm 118, the verses I have already read as well as the following verses. These next words provide the backdrop for Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, a story remembered in all four gospels. Verse 25 begins with "Save us," which in Hebrew is "Hosi anna" or "Hosanna." A cry for help, it is also an affirmation of faith in God who saves - who passes over the children of Israel, who parts the waters, who provides a deliverer, and who brings home the exiles. Listen.

         "Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever."

(Psalm 118:25-29 NRSV)

Imagination Station with the children


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         In the gospel story behind Palm Sunday, the people gathered around Jesus are remembered as laying their cloaks upon the donkey he would ride into Jerusalem, and laying branches on the road ahead of him. Can you imagine yourself doing that? Think of your offering just now as a ‘saddle’ for our Lord which might soak up the sweat of a pack animal. Or think of it as something that might get trampled into the road underfoot. That adds a different flavor, doesn’t it, to the placing of our gifts into a gold-plated container as it is passed down each aisle by the ushers? Well, it’s time to do just that. Ushers, would you help us to keep walking beside Jesus as her enters into Jerusalem?


         Lord God, there is glory in the sweat of working with you. Help us not to be afraid of putting our brawn as well as our brains into your tasks. Likewise, it doesn’t matter where what we have to offer gets used. Help us not to be afraid of letting go of our lives that we might gain our souls. Hosanna, hosanna. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer


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




(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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:
Living Web Sunday School Project

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

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


©2006 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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