Road to Glory

Walking with Jesus through
His Suffering, Death, & Resurrection


A Musical Service for Congregation & Narrators
with Optional Children's Voices

by Ken Bible

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About This Musical

IT'S FREE!
This musical is provided without charge for use by your congregation. For additional information, please read May I Copy These Hymns?

SONGS
All the hymns in ROAD TO GLORY may be sung to familiar tunes. Therefore your congregation can sing them without rehearsal. If any of the tunes are less familiar to your congregation, have the accompanist play through the music once before you sing.

CHILDREN
Two optional hymns are also included for children to learn and perform as part of the musical. One is at the triumphal entry (Here Comes Jesus! He's Our King!) and the other at the resurrection (Jesus Arose Again).

RECORDINGS
A demonstration recording is available for each of the songs in this musical. To hear them, just left-click on the "Recording" link to the right of each song title. You may download the recordings FREE by right-clicking on the "Recording" link. These recordings may be copied and shared with anyone, as long as you don't sell them. Use them to help your musicians prepare for the musical, or prepare a recording of all the hymns and distribute it to your congregation as a devotional tool for Lent and Easter.

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NARRATIONS
The narrations are written to be performed by two narrators, but they may be done by a single narrator or by more than two narrators.


Hymn: *O Living God

Narrator 1: We see Jesus…crowned with glory and honor. (Hebrews 2:9, NIV)

Narrator 2: But before He entered His glory, Jesus had to suffer many things. (Luke 24:26, paraphrase)

Narrator 1: Only once before His resurrection did Jesus give His disciples a glimpse of the glory that was naturally His. He had just told them, for the very first time, that He would have to suffer and be killed, then rise again on the third day.

Narrator 2: "About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem." (Luke 9:28-31, NIV)

Hymn: *Transfiguration Hymn

Narrator 1: Knowing that the time for His death had come, Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph, riding on a donkey, openly showing Himself to be the Messiah.

Narrator 2: "A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Narrator 1: "The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!'

Narrator 2: "'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'

Narrator 1: "'Hosanna in the highest!'" (Matthew 21:8-9, NIV)

Children or Hymn : Here Comes Jesus! He's Our King!

*Who Is He?

Narrator 2: In obedience to Jesus' instructions, the disciples prepared the Passover Feast. As the meal was being served, Jesus got up, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and washed His disciples' feet. This was normally the task of a servant.

Narrator 1: "When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. 'Do you understand what I have done for you?' he asked them. 'You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.'" (John 13:12-14, NIV)

Hymn: *Here at Your Feet, Lord

Optional Communion Service
The pastor may take the parts of Narrators 1 & 2.

Narrator 1: While they were eating, Jesus "took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.'

Narrator 2: "In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.'

Narrator 1: "Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Hymn:

*Lord, from Your Hand

Narrator 2: When Jesus and His disciples had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives, to a place called Gethsemane. Leaving His disciples, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went a little further to pray.

Narrator 1: Jesus began to be very sorrowful and troubled. "Being in anguish…his sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground." (Luke 22:44, NIV)

Narrator 2: He fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42, NIV)

Hymn :

*A Garden in the Night

Narrator 2: When Jesus had finished praying, Judas came leading a group of soldiers and officials carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons. They arrested Jesus and took Him to the high priest. The high priest then sent Him to the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling body, for trial.

Narrator 1: They condemned Him to death. But not having the power to execute Him, the Jewish leaders brought Him before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate examined Him, then sent Him to King Herod.

Narrator 2: Throughout the long evening and early morning, Jesus was intensely questioned and falsely accused of many things. But He said nothing to defend Himself. He did nothing to resist.

Narrator 1: "He was oppressed and afflicted…
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7, NIV)

Hymn : *The Trial

Narrator 1: Neither Pontius Pilate nor King Herod found any fault in Jesus. But the Jewish leaders stirred up the crowd to demand His death. Pilate had the soldiers brutally whip Him, hoping to appease the mob, but it didn't satisfy them.

Narrator 2: Finally Pilate caved into their pressure. He handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Hymn : *Crucifixion Hymn

Hymn : *I Cannot Tell (v.2. only)

Narrator 1 & 2: "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,

Narrator 1: the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Narrator 2: For as in Adam all die,

Narrator 1 & 2: so in Christ all will be made alive." (1Corinthians 15:20, 22)

OPTIONAL, Children: *Jesus Arose Again

Hymn : *Risen from Eternal Death

Narrator 1: Jesus Christ is risen!

Narrator 2: He is alive, and He is with us…not just in the bright, celebrative times, but through the dark hours as well. He quietly, gently draws near and walks with us, as with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Narrator 1: They were so discouraged. They thought that Jesus' death was the end of their hopes for deliverance.

Narrator 2: Jesus joined them and explained that the crucifixion was not the end of their salvation. It was the beginning!

Hymn : *I Walk the Dark Emmaus Road

Narrator 1 & 2: Jesus Christ is with us now…

Narrator 1: He walks with us and among us…

Narrator 2: always guarding…

Narrator 1: always guiding…

Narrator 2: always leading us into life in all its fullness.

Narrator 1 & 2: Praise to His wonderful name!

Hymn : *The Glorified Christ (AUSTRIAN HYMN)

Hymn : *By Faith in Jesus Christ (ST. THEODULPH)
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