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First Church of God, Greenville, PA now has a new website.

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As you "Ponder the Paintings" below & Listen to "One of the Easter Hymns,"

Think about "Christ's Suffering and Death on the Cross" & Prepare Your Heart for Holy Week

Links to other Easter Hymns:

Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Now Playing) (MIDI)
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Easter Song
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
My Tribute
The Old Rugged Cross
There's Room at the Cross for You
To God Be The Glory
Were You There?
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

("The Easter Hymns" will loop as long as this page is open, even if minimized. I don't believe the Hymns will play on Google Chrome; however they will play on Internet Explorer. If the Hymn isn't playing on your web browser click the "MIDI" link above.)

We invite you to our very special Holy Week Services!!

March 25, 2018: Palm Sunday Service

9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am

Palm Sunday Worship Service/ Presentation of Palms



Links to previous years:

  "Presentation of the Palms" ~ (March 20, 2016)
  Presentation of Palms ~ (March 29, 2015)
Palm Sunday ~ Presentation of Palms
"Praise Him! Praise Him!" ~ (April 13, 2014)
  Youth Choir Palm Sunday 2013
  Children's March Palm Sunday 2013
  Children's Choir Palm Sunday 2013

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four Gospels.

The symbolism is captured in Zechariah 9:9 "The Coming of Zion's King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey". It was perceived that Jesus was declaring he was the King of Israel to the anger of the Sanhedrin.

According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there laid down their cloaks in front of him, and also laid down small branches of trees. The people sang part of Psalm 118: 26  ... Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord ....

The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war. A king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Jesus' entry to Jerusalem would thus symbolize his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

In many lands in the ancient Near East, it was customary to cover in some way the path of someone thought worthy of the highest honour.  Both the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John report that people gave Jesus this form of honour. However, in the synoptics they are only reported as laying their garments and cut rushes on the street, whereas John specifies fronds of palm.

The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in the Greco-Roman culture of the Roman Empire. For contemporary Roman observers, the procession would have evoked the Roman triumph, when the triumphator laid down his arms and wore the toga, the civilian garment of peace that might be ornamented with emblems of the palm.  In ancient Egyptian religion, the palm was carried in funeral processions and represented eternal life. The palm branch later became a symbol of Christian martyrs and their spiritual victory or triumph over death.

Jesus Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem by Harry Anderson


March 29, 2018 @ 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday

Footwashing & Communion Service

Links to previous years:
"Communion Service" & "Devotional" ~ Pastor Garry Bates (April 2, 2015)  
"Video Clips of the Men's Footwashing Service" ~ (April 2, 2015)

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "commandment," Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

Jesus Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Del Parson

© By Intellectual Reserve, Inc. | Used with Permission |

In Humility © by Simon Dewey

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 Before the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus "showed them the full extent of his love." By his example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service.

We encourage you to come and just observe the footwashing service if you are not comfortable participating in it.

The Lords Supper by Warner Sallman (1892-1968)

© 1941 Warner Press, Inc., Anderson, Indiana | Used with Permission |

In Remembrance of Me © by Greg Olsen

| Used with Permission | www.GregOlsen.com

During the Passover meal, Jesus took bread and wine and asked his Father to bless it. He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to his disciples and said, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." Then he took the cup of wine, shared it with his disciples and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you." These events recorded in Luke 22:19-20 describe the Last Supper and form the biblical basis for the practice of Communion.


Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixion.

Christ in Gethsemane by Warner Sallman (1892-1968)

© 1941 Warner Press, Inc., Anderson, Indiana | Used with Permission |

The Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ by Harry Anderson

 Good Friday is the day on which we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe. It is the culmination of Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, and it takes place two days before Easter Sunday.

April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday Service

7:00 am Easter Sunrise Service

9:30 am

Sunday School for all ages

10:30 am

Easter Worship Service



Links to previous years:

"Watching Over You & Alive, Alive, Alive Forevermore" ~ Sunday School Children (March 27, 2016)
"Hallelujah, Praise The Lamb" ~ Adult Choir (March 27, 2016)
"Revelation Song" ~ Praise Team (March 27, 2016)
  "Alive Alive Alive Forevermore; O, How I Love Jesus; & Down in my Heart (I've Got the Joy) " ~ Sunday School Children (April 5, 2015)
  "Overwhelmed" ~ Youth Choir (April 5, 2015)

 "When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be Like Jesus, Jesus Loves the Little Children, J-O-Y, Alive Alive Alive Forevermore" ~ Sunday School Children (April 20, 2014)


Youth Choir Easter Sunday 2013


He Is Risen © by Greg Olsen

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He Lives © by Simon Dewey

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Mary Magdalene © by Del Parson

| Used with Permission | www.DelParson.com

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary. The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness. God has given Christians "a new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead".

Additional Information

Resources for the New Year

As we finish the year, we would like to remind you of resources that will continue to be available in 2018.

1. Right Now Media is a website with Bible studies, videos and other material. It is available to everyone in the congregation. To access the information, please submit your request and email address to the church office. An email with a link to the website will be sent to you.

2. The church newsletter will continue to be published on a monthly basis. If you have not been receiving a copy in the mail, please submit your current address to the church office.

3. Through the Bible in a Year Reading Plans are available on the table in the narthex.

The Friendship & Communication Card (located in your bulletin) can be used to provide the above information.

Church Security

Image result for lock clip artFor security purposes, please be sure all the church doors are locked when you leave or if you are here alone.

Prayer Box

We now have a prayer box in the narthex (across from the welcome center). Confidential prayer requests for Pastor Rob and/or the prayer team may be placed in the box. For your convenience, you may use the prayer request section of the Friendship & Communication Card located in the bulletin.


Prayer Blankets

If you would like a prayer blanket for someone, please see Sally McCormick or Erma Miller. Please provide the name of the person receiving the blanket for their records.


Junior Church

Jamie Robertson was recently appointed as the new junior church director. Please see Jamie if you have any questions or concerns about junior church. Thank you, Jamie, for your willingness to serve.

Discipleship Class

A discipleship Sunday School class for new Christians is now available. See Pastor Rob with any questions.

Prayer groups

The formation of small prayer groups to meet once a month is encouraged.


Bible Reading Plan

One-year Bible reading plans are available in the narthex. The plan is a listing of daily Scripture readings so you read the entire Bible in one year. January is a great time to start!

Prayer Chain

Praying hands.gifIf you have a prayer request during the week, please call

Denice Shollenberger at 724-588-7331 to start the prayer chain.


By law everyone involved in youth or children’s ministry must have the proper clearances on file in the church office.

1. Please submit the proper clearances as soon as possible. If you are not currently a resident of Pennsylvania or have not lived in Pennsylvania for the last ten years, you will need the FBI fingerprinting in addition to the child abuse history clearance and the criminal background check.

2. Application forms are available in the narthex.

3. If you have your clearances at home, please bring them in so copies can be made.

4. Check with Sharon Shannon if you are unsure which clearances you still need.