Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 13, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

Palm Sunday

     And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him…
(Philippians 2:7d-9a)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                   “The Palms”                    (see insert)
  Prelude                 “Interlude” (on a theme of Louis Bourgeouis)                Cloakey

  Call to Worship                                                                     (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                                “Hosanna, loud hosanna”                                  238

*Unison Invocation

  The Bible story according to Matthew 21:1-11

  Spreading the “cloaks” of our Heifer offerings

  Raising the cross amid Psalm 118 (verses 1-2 and 19-29)

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

   Prayer Hymn                      “Jesus, remember me”                                    247

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                    “Quiet Song”                                      Paxton
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                 Philippians 2:5-11

  Message                    After thoughts cleaning up

*Hymn                             “Beneath the cross of Jesus”                                250


*Postlude                       “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”     Musicalisch Handbuch

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Leader:     You are always near to us, O God. 

People:    When troubles come, you are with us day and night! 

A Voice:    Praise God! We give thanks for the possibility of starting over again, to be restored and renewed in our faith. 

Leader:     We are grateful for the gift of your Son, who has come to live among us, showing us love without abandon. 

A Voice:   Jesus - the Chosen of God, Bearer of Love and Light - is called Blessed. 

People:    Prepare a way for the One who draws us closer to God. 

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

              As the opening hymn ("Hosanna, loud hosanna," #238) is sung, children and several adults process from the back and create a path of palm branches, stopping short of a cross located at the front of the worship space. The children may distribute the remaining palms to the congregation... When done, they go and sit in the front pews on the left (piano) side of the sanctuary until their next part.  

by Jan Glass King, pastor
Woodbridge, VA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series


Unison Invocation

             Transforming God, through you all things are made new. We pray that we may have the courage to write new beginnings in ways that share your love and goodness. Forgive us when we turn from you out of apathy, cowardice, or fear. Throughout this season of mindful reflection, draw us closer to the Blessed One, who taught us that living and loving require courage beyond measure. May our hosannas resound throughout these times in ways that offer love, justice, and mercy to all people. Amen.

by Jan Glass King, pastor
Woodbridge, VA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series


Spreading the “cloaks” of our Heifer offerings

             As we have journeyed through the season of Lent this year we have had available some resources to guide the way. Some of us have been following a devotional booklet written especially for this period of time by Brethren pastor, Duane Grady. We have also traveled through these days with a 4-week calendar, full of daily suggestions for giving. Each one highlighted a people and place somewhere around the world who might receive an animal or plant from Heifer International to help them, a gift they are then to pass along to someone else. For instance, on the first Monday, the focus was upon Kenya and how families there could benefit from beehives. The suggestion was that we might contribute 25 cents for every jar of honey in our kitchen. We were to place these offerings in our cardboard Heifer “arks” which came with the calendars.

             Today is the day we set to return our “arks,” an offering to this global ministry begun many years ago in our own denomination… Now, in the gospel story we just heard, people spread palm branches and their “cloaks,” their outer garments, on the ground before Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem. Today, palms are already are spread down our center aisle. How about if we think of our Heifer offerings as our “cloaks” which we also place before the Lord. Again, I ask our children and their helpers to assist us in doing this. While we sing a simple Hosanna song, the words of which are in your bulletin, our young people will come to you are get your ark and bring it forward and place it on the table up front. Those of you with arks, hold them up for the children to see and come to you. If you don’t have an ark, but would still like to give, put your offering in the envelope in your bulletin. You can either give this to a child to bring forward now, or place it in the regular offering later in the service. Understand? Let us spread our Heifer “cloaks” before the Lord.

  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. (2x)
Lord, we lift up your name, with hearts full of praise.
Be exalted, O Lord, our God. Hosanna in the highest.
"Hosanna" by Carl Tuttle
Copyright © 1985 Shadow Spring Music
(Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

(This video will be shown on the screen while we sing and the children collect the "arks."
When done, they will return to their parents, and the song and video will be drawn to a close.)

Raising the cross amid Psalm 118
(verses 1-2 and 19-29)

             When the early church reflected upon the good news of Jesus, they began hearing echoes from throughout the scriptures. One involves the story behind this day. Psalm 118 is the final psalm in a group often called “the Egyptian Hallel,” or songs of praise (“Hallelu”) to God (‘Jah”) which remember the Exodus from Egypt. It was then, and now, used in religious festivals, especially Passover. It makes sense that the pilgrims coming to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover would sing parts of this Psalm as they and Jesus entered Jerusalem.

             When those first followers of Christ stepped more deeply into this psalm, all sorts of bells and whistles, if you will, began going off. It was as if this scripture was talking directly about Jesus - “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord … the cornerstone the builders rejected … Save us (which is what “Hosanna” means) … this is the Lord’s doing.” These words are not just about waving palm branches, they are about the mighty work of God, who delivers people from slavery, whether that be bondage to Pharaoh or to sin and death. With this psalm, we turn a corner in our worship this day and enter into the passion of our Lord. In these words behold the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

               (as Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 is read, two persons come forward and place the wooden cross – which has up until this point been leaning against the worship center – in its stand situated where the podium is normally situated.)  

read more about Psalm 118 and its use in the various
gospel accounts of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             In a few minutes, plates will be passed and offerings will be given. It’s so much part of a routine that we often just go through the motions. Do we even ask ourselves, “how am I being faithful with what I have received?” We have been entrusted with great wealth. Don’t make the mistake, though, of equating “wealth” with only “money” and “things.” We are trustees of so much more.

             Are we being faithful, for instance, with how we spend our time? Do we tithe our day? Let’s see, a tenth of 24 hours is almost 2½ hours, times 7 would be what? Over 17 hours a week, and a tithe is but a starting point. Of course, we say the Sabbath is for God, but how much of Sunday do we actually use in God-ways? It certainly should involve more than one or two hours a week, don’t you think?

             The point here is not to induce feelings of guilt. There’s always plenty of that to go around. It’s simply to get us thinking about our stewardship of time. Are we making room for God in the hours of our days? How intentional are we? Or is time just slipping through our fingers?

             We call this “Holy week” for some strange reason. Do we remember why? It’s not just Spring Break for our children, shorter though it may be this year due to this past Winter’s weather. Are we paying attention to the time? Using it wisely? Think about the people who were entering Jerusalem on that day long ago. They intentionally left their homes and spent the time journeying there on foot, a pilgrimage. Yes, it was a different, slower day and age, but what can we learn from them?

             Consider this "food for thought" as you put your money in the plate. What about everything else God provides? How are you being faithful with it?




From this cross, sisters and brothers,
      step forward as servants,
            following in the Jesus Way,
            seeing others through the eyes of Christ,
            being down-to-earth with people
                  instead of “holier-than-thou.”
      Consider turning the other cheek,
                     going the second mile,
                     blessing others – not just here,
                     but out in your neighborhood,
                                      your workplace,
                              wherever God sends you.
      Take up the servant’s tools
            and help others along the way.
                  Jesus is already there ahead of you.
                  The Holy Spirit dwells within you
                        as your “servant power.”
                  God is on the move!



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)


©2014 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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