A Service of Worship for Palm Sunday

 with Holy Communion

April 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.                                                                                       Palm Sunday

 

Greetings from Pastor Chris:  Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, “humble, riding on a donkey,” is a foretaste of God’s transforming power found in Jesus’ crucifixion.  As we cheer our hero’s entry into our lives, are we open to the ways He will transform us?

 
 

 

 

 

 


We Gather Around God’s Word

Prelude                                      “All Glory, Laud and Honor”                                     Wood

                                                                           Bob Grube, Organist

 

Introit                                      “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!”                                   McChesney

                                             Jubilee Bells – Directed by Elsa Hahn

*Call to Worship                                                                                     Elder Laura Simone

Leader:  Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sins of the world.

            People: The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people.

            Leader:  Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.

            People:  Hosanna in the highest.  Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn of Gathering  #88  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”             Valet will ich dir geben                                 Accompanied by Jubilee Bells – Directed by Elsa Hahn       

 

Prayer of Adoration and Confession   (unison)                                              Rev. Chris Kile

Eternal God our Father, in Jesus Christ you entered Jerusalem to die for our sins. We confess that we have not greeted you as King, or gone before you in the world with praise. For faith that fades in trouble, for enthusiasms that dwindle in the face of difficulty, for the hopes we profess but do not pursue, O Lord, have mercy on us. Forgive us dear God, and give us such trust in your power that in every city we may live for justice and show your loving kindness, for the sake of our Savior, even Jesus Christ our Lord in whose name we pray and offer our silent confession…

 

Assurance of God’s Love and Forgiveness                                                          Rev. Chris Kile

 

 

*We Give Glory to God (holding hands)                                                               Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father

And to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

World without end, Amen, Amen.

Welcome                                                                                                              Rev. Chris Kile               

(Please fill out the Friendship Pad completely, pass it along, and return it to its starting point. Be sure to include your e-mail address.)

           

Special Music                             “Who Is the Man”                                                        Davis

                                         Caroler Choir – Directed by Elsa Hahn

 

                                                        “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!”                                          Algozin

                                          Crusader Choir – Directed by Elsa Hahn

 

Children’s Message                                                                                  Rev. Valencia Norman

(Regular classes will be held for children ages 2 ½ years through 3rd grade in their Sunday school classrooms.  Our 4th through 8th graders will remain in worship to celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.  Nursery care is available in the nursery room, downstairs across from the Thomson Youth Center for infants through

 2 ½ years.)

 

We Proclaim God’s Word

Prayer for Illumination (unison)                                                              Elder Laura Simone

O Lord, no one lives by bread alone but by your eternal Word. 

By your Spirit, make us hungry for this spiritual food,

that we may live according to your will for the sake of our savior,

Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

 

First Scripture Reading   Psalm 118: 19-26  (O.T. pg 695)                  

 

Second Scripture Reading         Mark 11:1-11     (N.T. pg 57)                          Rev. Chris Kile

Leader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

 

The Message:   “The Cross’ Way:  Hosanna!”                                                  

We Respond to God’s Word

Anthem of Preparation            “Let the People Sing Hosanna”                                           

                                              Chancel Choir – Directed by Alison Nead

 

 

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper                                                            Rev. Valencia Norman

     

Invitation to the Table

Affirmation of Faith - The Apostle’s Creed, Traditional    

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived

by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day

he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand

of God the Father almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting.  Amen

 

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

            People: And also with you.

            Leader:  Lift up your hearts!

            People:  We lift them to the Lord.

            Leader:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God!

            People:  It is right to give our thanks and praise!               

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer

The Words of Institution and Communion of the People

Prayer after Communion                                                      

 

We Worship With Our Offerings

Offertory                    “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”                            Wood

*Doxology                                                                                                      Old 100th

                                             Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

        Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

       Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prayer of Dedication                                                                            Rev. Chris Kile

*Hymn of Sending  (see insert) “The Palms- Les Rameaux”              Jean Baptiste Faure

*Benediction

Postlude         

Go In Peace – to Serve in Love

*Those who are able, please stand.                            Thank you for turning off cell phones.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Phone (908) 276-8440

E-mail Office@firstprescranford.org

www.firstprescranford.org

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor and Head of Staff – Rev. John Christian Kile

Associate Pastor – Rev. Valencia B. Norman

Director of Christian Education – Mary E. Beckhusen

Music Director – Alison Nead

Assistant Music Director– Elsa G. Hahn

Organist – Robert Grube, Jr.

Administrative Coordinator – Carol Thee

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 April  29  -  May 6  

You can host:  weekdays, weekends, overnights,

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Sign up during Coffee Hour or by contacting:

 Janice Grevious 688-2659.

 

 

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EASTER FLOWERS

 

On Easter Sunday, April 8th, the sanctuary will be decorated with lilies, hyacinths and tulips.  If you would like to help provide flowers for the Easter services, fill out the form below and drop it in the collection basket or at the church office with your donation (of any amount) marked “Easter Flowers.”  Your name will be printed in the Easter bulletin.  Thank you!

 Your Name ___________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________

 

Flowers Donated in Memory of:

_____________________________________________________________

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Flowers Donated in Honor of:

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      FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Of 

Cranford

                11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

                    Phone ( 908) 276-8440

                    www.firstprescranford.org

 

 

WELCOME and thank you for your contribution to this service of worship.  Visitors, members and friends:  please fill in the Friendship Pad completely and pass it along.  May you sense in this place, the presence and the love of God in Christ.

TODAY NURSERY CARE for children 2 years and younger is available in Room 201. 

THE “LOOSE OFFERING” (undesignated cash and coin) given today and every Communion Sunday supports the Deacons’ Fund assisting those in need in our community.

WORSHIP BAGS for your children may be found in a basket at the entrance to the sanctuary.    Please return the worship bags to the basket or give to an usher following the worship service.

LABYRINTH WALK TODAY – You are invited to walk a canvas replica of the Chartres Labyrinth in France today from 1-4 p.m. in Bates Hall. This ancient meditative practice is a wonderful means for Christians to feel closer to God, to promote peace and healing, to focus on mindfulness and to experience the Divine Presence.  Information is available at the walk.

COMMUNION WORKSHOP – May God bless our first through third graders who participated in last Sunday’s Communion Workshop.  In recognition of their completion of the workshop, participants are wearing a white flower this morning.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES – Today Girl Scout Troop 40362 will be selling cookies after worship in Thomson Youth Center.  Cost is $4 per box with the option to donate a box to a charity that the troop will choose.

CRANFORD-ELMORA Soup Kitchen Teams from FPC are asking for donations of new

items for our guests.  We need NEW socks (all sizes and gender) and NEW items for personal care kits such as washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap.  We would like to provide full size products not personal size.  Please drop off your donations in the bins across from the office.  This will be an ongoing project throughout the year.

SOFTBALL – The softball season is approaching and with it the opportunity to be part of the First Presbyterian’s Team.  For information or to sign up, call Jeff Nicholls at 654-7438, Rob Berns at 349-8079 or Brian Knutson at 233-0778.

COUNTERS NEEDED – Several conscientious, reliable people are needed to count the offering on Monday mornings for about an hour and a half beginning at 9am.  Call Bob Matten if you are interested in helping at 276-3989.

CRANFORD FAMILY CARE – Their pantry is low and they are in need of non-perishable food as well as toiletries.  Donations can be placed in the bins across from the church office or dropped off at 61 Myrtle Street between 9am and 4pm.

LORD AND TAYLOR – Tickets are available for $5 with all proceeds from their sale going to FPCC.  Tickets can be used on May 1st for the Shop Smart, Do Good Charity Event or at the Pre-Sell which begins April 22nd.  Ticketholders are eligible for a 20-25% discount on select merchandise and 15% discount store-wide.  Call Barbara Matten for tickets at 908-276-3989 or go to www.lordandtaylor.com/dogood.

 

Sunday, April 1st – Palm Sunday, Communion Sunday

10:00 am           Worship Service                                            Sanctuary

10:15 am           Sunday School                 Christian Education Building   

11:15 am           Coffee/Fellowship Time           Thomson Youth Center

11:15 am           Westminster Choir Practice                      Choir Room

11:20 am           Chapel Time                           Dorothy Snyder Chapel

11:30 am           Lenten Bible Study                                                                          Mettam Lounge

  1:00 pm           Labyrinth                                                                                                 Bates Hall

  1:00pm            Youth Group/Confirmation Class to Cranford - Elmora Soup Kitchen

                        Youth Fellowship upon return from Soup Kitchen                  Thomson Youth Center

  7:00 pm           Healing the Grieving Heart                                                               Mettam Lounge

Monday, April 2nd  

7:30pm              Celebration Circle                                                                            Mettam Lounge

Tuesday, April 3rd

7:30pm              Children and Youth                                                              Thomson Youth Center

7:30pm              Mission                                                                                              Board Room

Wednesday, April 4th

7:30pm              Membership                                                                                               Library

Thursday, April 5thMaundy Thursday

                        Children’s Choir Practices as usual                                                       Choir Room

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Maundy Thursday Worship Service with Holy Communion

at 7:30pm in the Dorothy Snyder Chapel

This service celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples as we share Communion in commemoration of Jesus’ sharing with his disciples the night before his death.

 

Commemorate Good Friday with the Cranford Clergy Council

Noonday worship at United Methodist Church

 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

This service of scripture reading, music and silent reflection recounts Jesus’ passion from the Garden of Gethsemane through the scourging, crucifixion to his death.  The sanctuary lights progressively dim until the Light of the World (Jesus Christ) dies and the light is extinguished into Tenebrae, the Latin term for darkness.

 

Easter Sunday Worship at 9am and 11am

Christ is risen! Let us celebrate with bells ringing and choirs singing in a beautifully decorated sanctuary at worship services on Easter morning as we join together to praise God.

 

The Palms

(Les Rameaux)

                                                                        Jean Baptiste Faure

O'er all the way green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation,
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away;
E'en now the throng to welcome Him prepare.

Chorus

Join all and sing, His name declare,

Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation.

Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!

Bless Him who cometh to bring salvation!

His word goes forth and people by its might
Once more their freedom gain from degradation;
Humanity doth give to each his right,
While those in darkness find restored the light.

[Chorus]

Sing and rejoice. O blest Jerusalem,
Of all thy songs sing the emancipation;
Through boundless love, the Christ of Bethlehem
Brings forth the hope to thee forevermore.

[Chorus]

 

Used with permission CCLI #4571513

 

 

 

The Palms

(Les Rameaux)

                                                                        Jean Baptiste Faure

O'er all the way green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation,
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away;
E'en now the throng to welcome Him prepare.

Chorus

Join all and sing, His name declare,

Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation.

Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!

Bless Him who cometh to bring salvation!

His word goes forth and people by its might
Once more their freedom gain from degradation;
Humanity doth give to each his right,
While those in darkness find restored the light.

[Chorus]

Sing and rejoice. O blest Jerusalem,
Of all thy songs sing the emancipation;
Through boundless love, the Christ of Bethlehem
Brings forth the hope to thee forevermore.

[Chorus]

 

Used with permission CCLI #4571513