April 10, 2022 Worship Service


April 10, 2022

From power over to power with

Palm Sunday:  Seeking God’s Ways

Prelude—All Hail the Power of Jesus Name (arr. McDonald)

                 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (arr. La Plante)—Will Wiebe Friesen, organ

Lighting the Christ Candle—Todd Schlosser

Welcome and Prayer

Leader: Your ways, O God, are higher than our ways.

People: Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

Leader: We seek God’s ways.

People: Lord, move us from seeking the power to control others to instead using power with them for everyone’s healing and wholeness.

Lenten Prayer of Confession

Leader: Holy One, we seek you while you may be found.

People: We call upon you while you are near.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O God, for our thoughts are not your thoughts, and our ways are not your ways.

People: Forgive us for seeking power over others and let us instead seek power with and for the most vulnerable.

Leader: As we walk with Christ on this Lenten journey, let us see your way more clearly.

ALL: and follow your way more faithfully.

Palm Procession—Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (arr. Morris)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

*Hymn—Ride on, Ride on in Majesty—verses. 1, 2, 4 VT 316

 Scripture Reading—Matthew 21:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11—Patricia Shelly

Sermon—Coming up Empty—Dale Schrag

*Hymn—All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name—VT 364

Prayers of God’s people—Todd Schlosser

*Hymn—All Glory, Laud, and Honor—VT 315


Benediction Response—Ride on, Ride on in Majesty (Joel Raney)—Chancel Bells

Postlude—Grand Choeur Grégorienne (by A. Guilmant)—Will Wiebe Friesen

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, and Todd Schlosser