Almighty God, as we repeat that Palm Sunday of long ago, we hail Your Son as our King. But
we, like those before us, have selfish reasons for wanting a king. Forgive us when we
misunderstand the kingship of Christ. Give Your Son victory in our lives; that we may totally
follow in the way He leads, and share in God’s Kingdom. In the name of Christ our Lord, we
Words of Assurance and Hope
Through Worship Hymn 277 vs.3 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”
Elmgrove United Methodist Church exists to serve the community in a Christian way that provides hope to all
Leader: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
with acceptance - love unconditionally with compassion - reflecting God's love
with support - helping those in need with integrity – guided by God's word People: And also with you.
Elmgrove United Methodist Church Church Phone: Leader: As the Body of Christ, we have unity in Christ. Greet one another in the peace of that unity.
Sharing of our Joys and Concerns
1500 Spencerport Road Parsonage Phone:
Rochester, NY 14606 Church Fax:
Offering Our Gifts (Please take a moment to sign the “Ritual of Friendship” pad).
Response Doxology 95
Prayer of Dedication
Proclaiming Our Faith
Rev. Cindy Beth Klopfer McCune Web Page:
www.elmgroveumc.org Lesson Philippians 2:5-11
Worship Leader: This is the Word of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
March 16, 2008
9:30 AM Anthem “Hosanna” Choir
Welcome! We are glad that you joined us this morning on our pilgrimage in worship on this Palm/Passion
Hymn 280 vs. 1&4 “All Glory, Laud and Honor”
Sunday. We hope that your spirit is refreshed by joining us, as ours is by your presence. We invite you to return
and continue with us on our journey as we celebrate the Maundy Thursday night with the Lord’s Supper and go
Message “Christ: Our Example in Humility” Rev. Cindy Beth;
to the foot of the cross, on Good Friday, and then to experience the joy of the empty tomb on Easter.
Angel in Charge of Placements aka
Rev. Ruthellen Hoyle, D.S.
We Gather For Worship
Proclamation of the Passion Story
Prelude “The Palms” Choir
Responsive Reading (L-Leader P-People)
Welcome & Announcements
L: Jesus spent the next several days teaching and preaching in the temple. He had His disciples
Proclamation of the Entrance into Jerusalem Matthew 21:1-11 prepare a place for them to celebrate the Passover meal.
P: During this meal He talked again about one of them who was going to betray Him and there arose
The People’s Response
arguments about greatness. Jesus then took the towel and the bowl and washed their feet as an
Leader: Hosanna to the son of David, the King of Israel!
example of One who serves.
People: Hosanna in the highest!
L: Jesus took the cup and the bread and offered thanks to God and broke the bread and shared this with
Leader: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
them as the symbol of God’s new covenant sealed with His blood and poured out for many for the
People: Hosanna in the highest!
forgiveness of sin.
Blessing of the Palms P: Poor Peter, so willing to be faithful, yet, even he is told that before the rooster crows he will deny he
even knows the Lord.
Processional Hymn 279 “Filled With Excitement”
L: As usual Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives to pray, but tonight was different. He told His disciples
Palm Sunday Procession
to pray that they not be led into temptation.
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
P: Yet, they could not keep awake. Congregational Response Hymn 667 “Shalom” (in English)
L: Jesus prayed, “Father, if You will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but
Your will be done.”
P: A crowd arrived, led by Judas, who kissed Him. One of the disciples drew his sword and cut off
Special thank you to all who participated in today’s worship! It’s okay to step on the palms
the ear of the High Priest’s slave, but Jesus healed it.
and the pieces of cloth that were placed on the aisle, just as our Lord did when the crowds put
L: Then Jesus was led away to the High Priest and Peter, who had followed at a distance was pointed out as
them down as a gesture of honor for Him.
one of Jesus’ followers. Peter denied it; not once, not twice but three times and then wept bitterly.
Hymn 290 vs.1 “Go to Dark Gethsemane”
P. Jesus is mocked and beaten and is brought before the chief priest and the teachers of the Law.
He was brought before Pilate, who found no reason to condemn Him and sent Him to Herod,
who mocked Him.
L. As Jesus was back again before Pilate, Pilate called together the priests and leaders and the people
saying, “You brought this man to me and said that He was misleading the people. Now, I
have examined Him here in your presence, and I have not found Him guilty of any of the
crimes you accuse Him of. Nor did Herod find Him guilty, for he sent Him back to us.
There is nothing this man has done to deserve death. So I will have Him whipped and let Him
P. Yet the crowd cried out, “Kill Him! Set Barabbas free!”
Hymn 290 vs.2 “Go to Dark Gethsemane”
L. Pilate tried three times to set Jesus free and the crowd shouted at the top of their voices that He be
P. (louder) “Crucify Him!”
L. So finally Pilate passed the sentence on Jesus that they wanted and set free Barabbas, a murderer.
P. The soldiers led Jesus away and hung Him on a cross in between two criminals. One hurled
insults at Him, but the other rebuked his fellow criminal and said, “He has done no wrong.”
Then he asked Jesus to remember him, “when You come into Your Kingdom!” Jesus
said, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with Me.”
L: The soldiers and others made fun of Jesus, saying “Hail, King of the Jews!” They even threw dice
for His clothes and offered Him vinegar. Jesus said, “Forgive them Father! They don’t know what
they are doing!”
P. At 12 o’clock, darkness covered the whole country until 3 and the curtain hanging in the
Temple was torn in two. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In Your hands I place My
spirit!” He died.
Pastor: Through Jesus’ suffering and death, we believe that He became the source of eternal salvation.
We remember His passion so that we might never forget all which He took upon Himself for our sin,
hereby securing for us God’s promise. We look forward to His coming again in victory.
Hymn 288 “Were You There?”
Remembering the Promise
L. This is a day of two celebrations: one is happy, while the other is a grim reminder.
P. “Joy and sorrow are two sides of the same coin,” so let our joy be tempered by our sadness.
L. And let your sadness be turned to joy, for the road to Calvary led to the empty tomb.
P. Thank you for reminding us.
ALL: We will walk this Holy Week with Christ, confident in the glorious outcome.
Pastor: Rev. Cindy Beth Klopfer
~THIS WEEK AT YOUR CHURCH ~ prayerfully consider joining with us. Please
see our pastor or call the church office at 247-
Sun. 3/16 Palm/Passion Sunday
Director of Music: Paul
8:15 AM SPRC meets with D.S.
9:30 AM Worship
Administrative Coordinator: Kathy
10:30 AM Brunch with D.S.
Wed. 3/19 7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
Thurs. 3/20 3:45 PM NO Mentoring quot;Stewardship Notequot; Nursery Supervisor: Sarah
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Roncone
quot;I fail or succeed in my stewardship of life in
Service proportion to how convinced I am that life Nursery Helper/Jr. Church
Fri. 3/21 7:00 PM Good Friday Service at belongs to God.quot; Pearl Bartel
Greece UMC (Maiden Lane) Submitted by the Finance/Stewardship Team Martone’s
~ LOOKING AHEAD ~ Wallmann’s
OWLS: The Owls will be meeting at church
Acolyte: 3/16 Alaina
and going to Gates Chili High School to see a
Sun. 3/23 Easter Sunday Dionisio
musical on Wednesday, March 26. Please
9:30 AM Worship 3/23 Mariah
contact either Eleanor White or Eloise Howard
Wed. 3/26 OWLS at Gates Chili Musical Scuderi
for more specific information and to let them
Ushers: 3/16 Paul & Laura
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal know you wish to go.
Thurs. 3/27 3:45 PM Mentoring
3/23Mark & Doreen
7:00 PM Education Meeting Welcome to Elmgrove Church DeGray
We’re Glad You’re Here! Worship Leader: 3/16 Chris
~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ We are glad that you chose our church to mark Smith
the season of Lent. On this day, long ago, our 3/23 Tammy
Lord entered Jerusalem to glad shouts of
Thank you to Rev. Ruthellen Hoyle for Dionisio
“Hosanna!” On the threshold of His last week
helping with the dialogue sermon. Please Coffee Hour: 3/16 Potluck
on earth, we invite you to share with us this
join us in the Fellowship Hall for a brunch Brunch
foretaste of His final triumph. Please sign the
in her honor. with District
“Ritual of Friendship” pad and visit the Superintendent
“Welcome Table” at the entrance to the 3/23
Special thanks to E. Morris-Pierce for “Onward Sanctuary. Please stay for coffee/lemonade after OPEN
Through the Fog” – Six dialogues following the worship and give us the pleasure of meeting you.
example of Christ through Lent – (CSS Publishing,
NURSERY CARE is provided during worship.
LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available
from the ushers.
Please sign and pass on the Ritual of
Friendship pad during the offering. Thank you. CAN’T HEAR THE PASTOR? Ask the
ushers for a hearing device to borrow during
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