Worship Services

PALM SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
 

April 9, 2017
10:00 a.m.                                     

Order of Worship                            

WORSHIP BEGINS AS YOU ENTER THE SANCTUARY

Children should gather downstairs in Howes Hall at 10:00 a.m. for Sunday School classes.

THE OPENING FELLOWSHIP

Use this time before worship to greet one another.  The beginning of the prelude is a call to silent, personal preparation for the worship of God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/GREETINGS

ORGAN PRELUDE
June Davidson, Organist 
 
                                “Vexilla Regis”                                   
André Fleury
“All Glory, Laud, and Honor” 
Setting by Paul Manz

THE MEMORIAL CHIMES

CHORAL INTROIT                                      “Hosanna!”                                                John Carter

CALL TO WORSHIP

*OPENING HYMN                              “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”                                         No. 203

INVOCATION AND THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                          Rev. Mark E Bruce

God of joy and arrival, enter our lives as Christ entered Jerusalem.  May we celebrate your coming.  May we cry out with the stones so the world might hear your glad arrival.  Yet do not leave us in the events to come.  This joyous crowd which greets you will turn and flee.  From a crowd of hosannas, we turn into a silent, denying crowd at the Cross.  Even though we may leave you, do not leave us, O Christ!  Then forgive us, so we can return to you changed.  This we pray in Christ’s name, who taught us to pray:   “Our Father…(debts)…  Amen.”

*GLORIA PATRI                                                                                                                     

RESPONSIVE READING

Leader: Cry out, people of faith!  Rejoice and praise God!

People:  If we did not sing praise, the very stones would cry out!

Leader: Cry out, people of faith, for your Savior draws near to Jerusalem.

People:  Hosanna!  God saves!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Leader: Blessed is Jesus Christ, who did not turn back for fear of the cross.  Let us praise the God who loves us, sharing Christ’s sufferings, and facing with courage our path of faith.

People:  Hosanna!  God saves!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

ANTHEM
The Chancel Choir 

      “Christ’s Palm Sunday Welcome”       
French Lenten Carol
arr. by Austin C. Lovelace

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROCESSIONAL                                                         Rev. Mark E. Bruce

Please assist our youth in shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!

BLESSING OF THE PRAYER SHAWLS

OLD TESTAMENT READING                         Psalm 118:19-29                                     Geoff Dunn

PASTORAL PRAYER
 

PRAYER RESPONSE                            “I Need Thee Every Hour”

THE WORSHIP OFFERING                                                                                Rev. Mark E. Bruce

OFFERTORY                                    “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”                                      Wilbur Held

ANTHEM
The Chancel Choir

  “Hosanna Gathering” 
         Pepper Choplin      

                           

DOXOLOGY AND DEDICATION                                                                                      No. 809

*HYMN                                          “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”                                        No. 205

GOSPEL READING                                Matthew 21:1-11                                             Page 1503

                SERMON                          
               Choosing the Right Parade                    
Rev. Phil Jackson

*HYMN                                          “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

BENEDICTION

CHORAL BENEDICTION               “Hosanna, Hosanna to Christ!”

POSTLUDE                                             Vexilla Regis”                                        Everett Titcomb

*All who are able, please stand.