April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday
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Calling Of Revs. Katie And John Callaway As Co-Pastors
After a weekend in Savannah, meeting the diaconate, and a reception with members of the congregation, on April 7, 2019, Revs. Katie and John Callaway preached and led in worship in view of call. In conference after worship, the congregation voted on the nomination from the Pastor Search Committee and called Katie and John to be co-pastors of our church. As John and Katie preached, God has made a way, and God is making a way at First Baptist Church Savannah!
For more about the Callaways and co-pastoring, visit fbcsavsearch.org/newpastors.
Order of Worship (Due to time constraints some content may not be included on the radio broadcast)
The Worship of God
April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday Eleven O’clock
We Praise God
Chiming of the Hour
†Prelude - “The King in Triumph” Ross Anderson
Richard Lewis, organist
Welcome and Call to Worship Rev. Howard Pendley
Grief and joy are about to be mixed.
Palm Sunday ushers in the most poignant week in the church calendar.
It begins with shouts of praise as Jesus of Nazareth, hero of the common people, enters the Holy City, yet in so doing marches toward his death.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the keystone of the corner.
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
This is the day which the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Solo - “The Palms” Jean-Baptiste Faure
Rev. Bill Gardner, tenor
Dianne Gardner, pianist
O’er all the way green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation;
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away,
E’en now the throng to welcome him prepare;
Join all and sing, his name declare,
Let every voice resound with acclamation.
Hosanna! Praise to the Lord!
Bless him who cometh to bring us salvation.
His word goes forth, and people by its might
Once more regain freedom from degradation.
Humanity doth give to each his right,
While those in darkness are restored to light.
Sing and rejoice, O blest Jerusalem,
Of all thy sons sing the emancipation.
Through boundless love the Christ of Bethlehem
Brings faith and hope to thee forevermore.
(The text is translated by Theodore T. Barker.)
Invocation Rev. Charlie Benton
†*Hymn No. 88 - “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” valet will ich dir geben
The congregation will please stand at the entrance of the processional cross.
John Foxx Willhite, crucifer
*Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Gloria Patri No. 579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen. Amen.
We Proclaim God’s Word
†Children’s Time Sarah Davis
Children through fifth grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for children’s time.
First Lesson - Isaiah 50:4-9a Gaye Rountree, lay reader
Second Lesson - Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel Lesson - Luke 23:32-47
Response to the Lessons
This is the written Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Sermon - “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep . . .” Rev. Charlie Benton
We Respond to the Word
*Hymn No. 101 - “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” hamburg
Call to Prayer
God our Redeemer, we confess that we are people of ashes and dust. You have claimed us in your covenant, yet we forget your steadfast love. You seek us out in the wilderness, yet we continue to wander in our sin. Forgive us, God of grace. Wash us clean once again, so that we may return to you and follow your holy way; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Words of Assurance
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Receiving of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory - “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” G. Winston Cassler
*Presentation and Doxology hamburg
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
* Invitation to Christian Discipleship
We Go into the World
*Hymn No. 89 - “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” ellacombe
Events in the Life of the Church
Organ Postlude - “The King’s Majesty” Graham George
*The congregation stands with the choir.
†The ushers will seat those waiting.
The congregation is invited to greet the ministers
in the narthex or be seated for the postlude.
First Baptist Church of Savannah
Josh Brewer, Assistant Minister for Community Missions
James Richardson, Organist Emeritus
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