Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night ThoughtsWelcome to this week’s edition of the video blog “Sunday Night Thoughts.”

In addition – I forgot to mention the awesomeness of our 2nd Annual “Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt.” This was a great success.  We had gospel illusionist Brian Bence with us and then the kids got to hunt for easter eggs in the dark.  We still have a few glitches to work out, especially because we almost ran out of eggs to hunt and candy to give out.  All in all though it was a great evening.

Sunday Set List Main

March 29, 2015

Palm/Passion Sunday

Palm Processional

Responsive Reading

Blessed Be the Name  

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship and Invocation

Philippians 2:5-11

Songs of Worship

Children of God

Once Again

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Worship Through Prayer

Song of Worship

The Old Rugged Cross

Worship through Giving

Worship through God’s Word

Song of Commitment

Are You Washed in the Blood?


Prayer for the Week

palm-sunday-globalAlmighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Passion

1193302-bigthumbnailLiturgy of the Passion (March 29, 2015)

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
    Tears blur my eyes.
    My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
    my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
    I am wasting away from within.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
    and despised by my neighbors—
    even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
    they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
    as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
    and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
    plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
    saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
    Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
    In your unfailing love, rescue me.

Liturgy of the Palms

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-Download-PalmLiturgy of the Palms (March 29, 2015)

  • Psalm
    • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Gospel
    • Mark 11:1-11

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
    “His faithful love endures forever.”

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
    and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
    and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
    and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
    Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

What A Congregation Needs…

This week’s worship quote if from a much larger article called “What a Congregation Needs from Their Worship Leader.”

“Even when music doesn’t transport us to an emotional place that is transcendent, music can change our mood. We might be understandably reluctant, then, to let down our guard, to drop our emotional defenses, for just anyone. We will do so if the musicians and composer make us feel safe. We want to know that our vulnerability is not going to be exploited.”

“This is Your Brain On Music” by Daniel J. Levitin.

Prayer of Thomas Merton

Hat Tip to my good friend Mark Wilson:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow if death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
— Thomas Merton