St. Paul United Church of Christ

March 24, 2016


  PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

  CALL TO WORSHIP  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

*OPENING HYMN No. 344  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

*UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Drutchas & Congregation

  O God, we gather together on this somber night to honor the final

  hours that Jesus devoted to his apostles and to remember the events

  leading to Calvary’s cross.  Open our hearts and minds that we might

  be deepened in faith by our shared worship and our commemoration of

  Christ’s sacrifice for us all.  Amen.


  Jesus walked this lonesome valley, he had to walk it by himself;

  O, nobody else could walk it for him, he had to walk it by himself.

  We must walk this lonesome valley, we have to walk it by ourselves;

  O, nobody else can walk it for us, we have to walk it by ourselves.


  SCRIPTURE  Mark 14:17-26, 32-50  Lectors:  Cheryl Kincaid, Pastor

  Cheryl Schalm

*HYMN No. 194  “’Tis Midnight, and on Olive’s Brow”  (vs. 1, Soloist,

  vs. 2, Choir, vs. 3-4, Congregation)

  PETER’S STORY  “I’m No Rock!”


  HYMN No. 196  “Go to Dark Gethsemane” (vs. 1, Soloist, vs. 2-3       


  THE CENTURION’S STORY   “I Hate Executions!”

*HYMN No. 197  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”



  At the bidding of the usher, you are invited to share in the Lord’s Supper at

  the altar in groups of seven or eight.  Climbing the chancel steps, providing

  assistance to one another as you do, approach the altar with quiet reverence.

  Forming a circle of believers, silently “pass the peace” to one another.  The

  communion bread, prepared by the hands of a member, will be passed on a 

  tray: break off a portion.  Next the communion chalice will be passed.  When 

 it reaches you turn back to your preceding neighbor in the circle and hold the

 cup for him or her so that they may dip or tincture the bread in the cup before

 immediately consuming it.  Then pass the cup to the next person so that they  

 may hold it for you.  When everyone has been served, pause in prayer for a few

 moments, nod your head in acknowledgement of Jesus praying in Gethsemane

 in the rounded window above the altar, and then return to your pew as quietly

 and reverently as you arrived, assisting one another down the chancel steps.

 Please use the side aisles to return to your pews.

 HYMN No. 385  “An Upper Room with Evening Lamps Ashine” (vs. 1-2)

 PSALTAR READINGS Psalm 10:1, 12-18 Kate Fuller; Psalm 13 Nick Mink

 HYMN No. 82  “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

 PSALTAR READINGS  Psalm 9:13-20 Katie Kincaid; Psalm 11:1-7 Hayden


 HYMN No. 200  “What Wondrous Love Is This”  (vs. 1, Soloist, vs. 2-3,  


 PSALTAR READINGS  Psalm 12:1-8 Haley Dowell; Psalm 22:1-10 Daniel


 HYMN No. 86  “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  (vs. 1, 3)

 PSALTAR READINGS  Psalm 27:1, 7-14 Elisabeth Isaacs; Psalm 6 Cole Haas

 HYMN No. 202  “Now Sacred Head, Now Wounded”  (vs. 1-2)

 PSALTAR READINGS  Psalm 3 Mikayla Black; Psalm 5:1-7 Makenna Martin

 HYMN No. 339  “Just as I am Without One Plea”  (vs. 1, Soloist, vs. 2-3, 


 PSALATAR READINGS  Psalm 42:1-5 Kaylee Ostrowski; Psalm 42:9-11 Jacob 


 HYMN No. 340  “Softly and Tenderly”  (vs. 1, 3)

 PSALTAR READINGS Psalm 7:1-9 Hannah Dowell; Psalm 2:1-3, 7-12 Jordyn 


 HYMN No. 195  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”  (vs. 1-3)

 PSALTAR READINGS  Psalm 4:1-5 Sam Kincaid; Psalm 1 Abigail Johnson

 CHIME RESPONSE  “Where You There?”


 ANTHEM  “There is a Green Hill Far Away,”  Chancel Choir

 BENEDICTION/ LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)