Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 1, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am
Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard,
anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her
hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the
(John 12:3, NKJV)
(from 2 Chronicles 6:40 & Psalm 18:1-3)
"I love you,
"My Jesus, I love
Catching the Scent
"Oil for Anointing"
"Love found a
(children and youth then leave for choir or pre-school playtime)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"For the day of my burial"
"The Messiah has loved
Responding with our Tithes and
Offerings 2 Corinthians 2:14-16a
"Lord, thou dost
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
An arrangement of aromatic votive candles are on the worship
center. As each person having a special responsibility in the
service does their part, they light one of the candles.
- the Worship Leader before the Call to Worship
- the Childrenís storyteller before calling them forward
- the soloist before she sings
- the Pastor before Joys and Concerns/Prayer
- the Worship Leader before the main scripture reading
- the Pastor before the Message
- the ushers, when they bring the offering forward
Call to Worship
Now, my God, may Your eyes be open
and Your ears be attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
I love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy of praise.
(from 2 Chronicles 6:40 & Psalm 18:1-3, see Celebration
For all that You are,
beyond our ability to comprehend;
and for all that You have done and continue to do,
beyond our feeble awareness,
we offer our praise, O God.
Words cannot fully express what needs to be spoken, O Lord.
May this worship move beyond words,
as your Spirit moves among us.
In Jesusí name we pray. Amen.
the church to a human body, the apostle Paul once wrote, "If
the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the
whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?"
(1 Cor 12:17) Where is our sense of smell when it
comes to the aroma of Godís love? Believe it or not,
"smell" is important. Do you remember the story of Noah?
After the ark withstood the flood and landed on dry ground, Noah
built an altar and made a burnt offering to God. The Bible then
says that "when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, he
said, ĎI will never again curse the ground because of humankind
... never again will I destroy every living creature...í"
The odor of
offerings burnt on the altar were an important part of the
instruction God gave to Moses. Apparently, as it says in the
Psalms, all the false gods in this world "have mouths, but
they do not speak; eyes but they do not see, ears but they do not
hear, noses but they do not smell, hands but they do not handle,
feet but they do not walk... Those who make them are like them; So
is everyone who trusts in them." (Psalm
115:5-8) Our God is different. Our God speaks, sees,
listens, feels, moves, ... even smells. That is, what people do
here on earth, whether itís rotten or pleasant, reaches the
"nose" of God.
gave himself up for us, dying upon the cross, this expression of
love was, as the apostle Paul also wrote, "a fragrant
offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians
5:2b) The aroma of it still lingers in this world. In fact,
we could say that the "scent" of his love is what has
attracted us here today. Have you caught the scent? This
"fragrance" sticks to our clothing, so to speak, to our
very lives. Others will know us by this love. Our business, then,
as followers of Jesus? Call it "aromatherapy," if you
will - sharing the "pleasant odor" of his love in world
that all too often stinks.
(As always, flow with the children. The important element is
not so much the words spoken, but the touch and smell of the oil.
Allow them to experience more than comprehend.)
something we do here as Jesusí church. When somebody has a
special need, and really need Godís help - like when theyíre
sick - we anoint them. Have you heard about this? It comes from
the Bible, where it says that weíre supposed to anoint those who
are sick with oil, and pray for them (James 5:14-16). When they
ask for it, that is. We donít force anybody to be anointed.
anointing? Anyone know? Have any of you ever seen someone
anointed? What do we do? Thatís right, we put a little oil on
their forehead. As we do, we say something like: "You are
anointed for forgiveness, for strength, and for healing." And
we pray for them. Thereís more to it than that, of course. But
thatís the big part.
nothing special in the oil. Do you want to feel it? See, itís
just oil. Itís not really the oil that does anything. Just
something we can touch, to help us know that God is very near.
Sometimes the oil has a special smell. Can you smell it? Does it
smell good? The smell helps us remember how good God is.
thing. I called it "anointing," right? Anointing is
putting oil on somebody. In the Bible, they put oil on kings when
they became kings. They just poured oil on their heads and let it
run down all over them. Does that sound weird? Why do you think
they did that? It was just part of the ceremony making them a
king. They were "anointed."
know what the word "Messiah" means? "One who is
anointed" by God. In another language the word is
"Christ." Have you heard that word? Yes, Jesus was
"Christ," anointed by God, like a king. And what do we
sometimes call ourselves as people who follow him? "Christ-ians."
People who are anointed by God.
of this smelly oil. Thank you for being so good. Can you be good a
little longer? Letís sit together and listen to Ms. Judy sing a
song, and then you can head back to practice up for next week when
youíll lead us in singing to God. Shh!
with our Tithes and Offerings
thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal
procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance
that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God
among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a
fragrance from life to
you, as April Fools for Christ, to sniff out the fragrance of his
love wherever you find yourself this week, and in some fashion
point the way to the Kingdom of God for those around you. Being a
hound of heaven is not just my job, you know. May
His Holy Spirit go with you, ministers of God.