Worship Bulletin: 3/24/24

Worship Bulletin: 3/24/24

Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.

Sunday, March 24, 2024 @ 10:15 a.m. – Palm/Passion Sunday

Gathering Music | “Here I am to Worship” with “Crown Him with Many Crowns” | arr. Cindy Berry
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Video Welcome

Video Invitation to Give
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Sharing Time | Joys & Concerns | Karlene Tyler

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King | John 12:12-17

♫Centering Music | “Hosanna unto the King” | Mark Patterson
Vocalists:  Allan, Deb, Grace and Kaitlyn van Asselt, Dan Lichty; Lindy Reynolds, trumpet; Ellen Gilbert, piano

♫Opening Song | “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” | #238

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Children Sing | “Jesus is Coming” | Bret Hesla
Carol Ward, Director

1. Jesus is coming. Pave the way with branches. Jesus is coming. Hosanna. (repeat x1)
Hosanna, Jesus is coming. Hosanna to the Prince of Peace (repeat x1)

2. He brings us hope. Pave the way with branches. He brings us hope. Hosanna. (repeat x1 + Refrain)
3. He walks beside us. Pave the way with branches. He walks beside us. Hosanna. (repeat x1 + Refrain)
4. He is our Savior. Pave the way with branches. He is our Savior. Hosanna (repeat x1 + Refrain)

“Hallelu, Hallelu” | (Traditional).
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah. Praise ye the Lord. (2 times)
Praise ye the Lord. Hallelujah. (3 times) Praise ye the Lord!
(Repeat 2x – Congregation joins the children on the 2nd time)

Children Ring | “El Shaddai” | Card/Thompson
Carolyn Schrock, Director

Jesus Predicts His Death | John 12:20-36

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, …..  with a request; “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went
to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. …… 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will
glorify it again.” ….. 30 Jesus said, …..  31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will
draw all people to myself.” …..
When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them

♫Scripture Song | “Go to Dark Gethsemane” | #240

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet | John 13:1-17
13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to God. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved
them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that God had put all
things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his
waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who
said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 Peter said, “No, you shall never
wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 Simon Peter replied, “Then Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus
answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” ….. 12 When he had finished
washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. He asked them,  “Do you understand what I have done for you? 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly
so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who
sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

♫Scripture Song | “Jesus Took a Towel” | #449
Congregation sing Refrain – Verses, Dan Lichty
(hand and feet washing demonstrated during hymn)

Jesus took a towel and he girded himself, Then he washed my feet, yes, he washed my feet,
Jesus took a basin and he knelt himself down, And he washed, yes, he washed my feet.

1. The heavens are the Lord’s, and the earth is his, the clouds are his chariot, glory his cloak;
he made the mountains, set the limits of the sea; and he stooped and washed my feet. REFRAIN

2. The hour had come, the Pasch was near; Jesus loved his own, loved them to the end.
O Lord, let me see, let me understand why you stooped and washed my feet. REFRAIN

3. Jesus came to Peter; Peter said to him, “Do you wash my feet? Lord, do you wash my feet?”
Jesus knelt down, but Peter cried out, “Lord, you’ll never wash my feet!” REFRAIN

4. Jesus said to Peter, “Don’t you understand? If you want to be mine, I must wash your feet.”
“Then not just my feet, but my head and my hands! O Lord, I want to be yours.” REFRAIN

5. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, who dwells in light inaccessible;
No one has seen him where he sits on high, yet he stooped to wash my feet. REFRAIN

6. “Do you know, little children, what I’ve done for you? You call me Master, and you call me Lord.
If I am your Master, and if I am your Lord, then, what I’ve done, you must do.” REFRAIN

7. Now friends. let’s be glad, let our joy be full, for God is love, and he abides in us.
He washed our feet, he washes them still when we do what he once did. REFRAIN

8. Who is like you, Lord, now enthroned on high, where you look upon the heavens and the earth below?
Before your face the earth trembles and quakes, yet you stoop and wash my feet! REFRAIN

9. O the path is rugged, and the going is rough, the journey is long to our heavenly home.
Our feet are weary and covered with mud, so the Lord still washes our feet. REFRAIN

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal | John 13:18-30
….. Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 
24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” 
Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 

♫Scripture Song | “Tis Midnight and on Olive’s Brow” | #241   

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial | John 13:31-38
…..  Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. …..
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Peter’s First Denial | John 18:15-18
15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this [other] disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 
16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17 She asked Peter, “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?”
Peter replied, “I am not.”

Peter’s Second and Third Denials | John 18:25-27
….. Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”
Peter denied it, saying, “I am not.”
26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 
27 Again Peter denied it, [“You did not!”]
and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

♫Scripture Song | “Seeking Warmth from Charcoal Blazing”
Seeking warmth from charcoal blazing, Peter fought the chill night air. Someone spoke, “I saw you with him.” Peter said, “Not me. I swear.”
Two more times was Peter questioned, two more times he answered “No!” Then from deep within the shadows came the promised rooster crow.

Bread and fish, a fireside breakfast for a weary fishing crew. Jesus queried, “Do you love me?” Peter said, “You know I do.”
Two more times his master questioned, two more times did Peter vow. “Feed my lambs,” was Jesus’ bidding. “Tend my sheep; they need you now.”

Questions asked and answers given, timeless faces warmed by flame; bitter night of love’s denial, with the dawn redemption came.
We still hear these ancient voices and the lesson that they give. “Do you love me?” is the question meant to guide us as we live

Jesus Arrested | John 18:1–14
18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and
some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said.
(And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 
9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus)
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” 12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish
officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 
14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

♫Scripture Song | “Were you There?” Vs. 1, 2 & 3 | #257

The High Priest Questions Jesus | John 18:19-24
….. the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus replied, “I have spoken openly to the world, I always taught in synagogues or at the
temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” …..  “If I said something wrong,
testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Jesus Before Pilate | John 18:28-40
28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. ….. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against
this man?” 30 They replied, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” They
objected, “But we have no right to execute anyone,” 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34 Jesus asked, “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it
you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from
another place.” 37 Pilate said, “You are a king, then!” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the
truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 Pilate retorted, “What is truth?” With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge
against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 40 They shouted back,

Congregation:           “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!”  

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified | John 19:1-16
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe, they slapped
him 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you
to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted,

Congregation:           “Crucify! Crucify!”  

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more
afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. He asked Jesus “Where do you come from?” Jesus gave him no answer and Pilate said, 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t
you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one
who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no
friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the
Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. Pilate said to the Jews. “Here is your king,”
15 But they shouted,

Congregation:           “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”  

Pilate asked “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered
Congregation:           “We have no king but Caesar”  
ONE:                           Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

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Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

Choir Director: Becky Snell
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchner & Lara Schoming