March 25, 2018



PRELUDE:    Reverie        Debussy


LITURGICAL DANCE:    I Shall Not Want    Audrey Assad                              

Alicia Rivera, Gia Antonucci, Denivia Rivera




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Simon Walsh                                        

You are holy, O God of majesty,

And blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Lead us, O God, in the way of Christ.

Give us courage to take up our cross, and in full reliance upon your grace, to follow him.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!


* HYMN        

The Palms         Jean Faure

Palm trees and flow'rs unite upon our way, Greetings they bring to us of joy and gladness; Lo!  Jesus comes!  All hail auspicious day!  He comes to banish gloom and care and sadness.

People and tongues shall chant His praise, Tune ev'ry voice, His name be gladly singing Hosanna!  Glory to God!  Glory to Him who comes, bringing salvation, salvation.


His gentle voice pervades the living throng; Bringing to life anew the soul forsaken; 'Tis He who gives the darkest night a song, And joy to those who in His love awaken.


Shout, shout aloud, O fair Jerusalem, Now let thy notes in joyous praise ascending; God by the wondrous grace of Bethlehem Shall hear in perfect song our voices blending.



PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Carlos Rivera     

O Lord, who on this day entered the rebellious city that later rejected you, we confess that our wills are as rebellious as Jerusalem’s,

that our faith is often more show than substance,

that our hearts are in need of cleansing.

Help us to lay at your feet all that we have and all that we are, trusting you to forgive what is sinful, to heal what is broken, to welcome our praises, and to receive us as your own.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

Kyrie (sung): Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



In our baptisms, we have been adopted by God.

We are God’s beloved children, and brothers and sisters to one another.

In our baptisms, we have been washed by Jesus Christ.

We are forgiven; our shame and guilt are wiped clean.

In our baptisms, we have been anointed with God’s Spirit.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit and signs of God’s restorative work.

In our baptisms, we have been called to God’s mission.

We are disciples, followers of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, called to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.




ANTHEM:                   Lift High the Palms of Praise    Brad Nix    

Lift high the palms of praise! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

Sing out! Prepare the way! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

As He slowly rides along people shout a joyful song. 

Now we add our voices strong, Hosanna to the King! 

Lift high the palms of praise! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

Sing out! Prepare the way! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

Let the people now rejoice. All creation find her voice. 

Come and make a joyful noise, hosanna to the King! 

Open wide the gates of every heart. 

Wave the palms and let the celebration start. 

With our strength God's glory we proclaim. 

With our might, we praise His holy name! 

Lift high the palms of praise! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

Sing out! Prepare the way! 

Hosanna! Hosanna! 

He is David's royal Song. He is heaven's holy One. 

Oh, what wonders He has done, hosanna to the King. 

Hosanna to the King!


Congregational Response:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation,

    of whom should I be afraid,

    of whom should I be afraid?

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)  


* HYMN No. 221        O Sacred Head, Now Wounded           


Prayer of Illumination

Loving Father, as we journey with your Son in this week of remembrance and hope, help us to understand you and your love for the world more clearly.

Transform us by the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

and prepare us for service in your kingdom, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.



Isaiah 50:4-9a        p. 594    

Mark 14:3-9            p. 826

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON                      Beautiful Things    Rev. Blaine Crawford



Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 88-90

Q. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?

A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.

Q. What is the dying-away of the old self?

A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.

Q. What is the rising-to-life of the new self?

A. Wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.



        Offertory:  There is a Green Hill Far Away    Herbert Sumsion

There is a green hill far away, without a city wall,

Where the dear Lord was crucified, to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains he had to bear

but we believe it was for us he hung and suffered there. 

He died that we might be forgiven, He died to make us good;

That we might at last go to heaven, saved by His precious blood.

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin;

He only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved, and we must love him too,

and trust in his redeeming blood, and try his works to do.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 218     Were You There?



Response:           Jesus Remember Me

Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom


POSTLUDE:    Fantasie in F-minor (final portion)    Chopin        ??               



March 25, 2018


YPF Casserole Sale, during coffee hour, in Gessner Hall

The young people are selling home-cooked casseroles to fund their mission trip.  Please support our youth.


Lenten Offering Envelopes

The special Lenten offerings will be given to the refugee family that COTH has adopted in this season of Lent.  This family has arrived and settled in Edison, New Jersey.



Holy week schedule


Maundy Thursday, March 29

6:30 p.m.    Potluck Supper

7:15 p.m.    Communion

    If you cannot attend the supper, come at

    7:15 p.m. to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion


Good Friday, March 30

8:00 p.m.    “The Seven Last Words of Christ” 

    The choir and soloists will be accompanied by organ, harp, clarinets, cello and timpani.


Easter Sunday, April 1

7:00 a.m.    Sunrise Service     (Bowne Park, by the pond)

11:00 a.m.    Celebration of the Resurrection

12:00 p.m.    Easter Egg Hunt (on the church lawn)