Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 15, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am
Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I
have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had
said these things to her."
first draft (to be amended, & materials added)
Call to Worship
in the grave he lay"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Terror and Amazement"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
ye faithful, raise the strain"
(leads into and concludes after the following hymn)
the Lord is risen today"
"I have seen the Lord"
*Responding to the Call "Lord,
I want to be a Christian"
*Unison Prayer (the
words to "I believe in you, Lord Jesus"
"My Life is in You,
- Daniel Gardner
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
In many ways,
Easter Sunday is like a homecoming, isnít it? Some of us havenít
been around for a while - but here we are, warmed by the fire of
this special celebration. Others of us may never have been here
before - but here we are, drawn to this time and place by the good
news of this day. And then thereís the rest of us, who are so
glad to see all of us (new and old) together. Welcome! You are a
important to remember today - a story that lies at the heart of
our faith, a life-giving word that needs to be spoken, a truth to
which we are called to bear witness: to proclaim with our voices,
as well as our lives; in song and in silence; in prayer and praise
I invite you to
stand, right now, and sing from the heart the story behind this
day, from the dark valley of death to the mountaintop of the
resurrection. As you lift your voice, sing your song to the
Lord, who is not some long-gone character in a book, but
is alive and here among us through His Holy Spirit. Welcome Him
into your life, for He is our most treasured guest - the reason we
are here. #273.
O living Christ,
come to us in the
glory of your risen power;
come to us in the
humility of your wondrous love.
Come and reign among us!
Let new life course through our veins,
new love bind us
and new vision
spur us on to follow you forever.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Hymnal #677, from The New Book of Christian
ed. Tony Castle, Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Co.
adapting a suggestion from Welcoming
the Children: Experiential Childrenís Sermons
D. Baker, ©1995, Augsburg Fortress, p.61-62), the
children will be the women headed to the tomb to anoint Jesusí
body - along the lines of Mark
16:1-8. After talking about how
they might have felt, and wondering how they were going to roll
the stone away, weíll head down the aisle toward the back of the
sanctuary, as if this is where the tomb is. Part way back, one of
the men in our church (a massive young fellow not well known by
most of the children) will dramatically stand up in front of them.
At that point Iíll
say, "When they arrived, the tomb was already open and Jesus
wasnít there, but someone else was. Who do you think it was? An
angel. Do you think they were scared? Yes?" At this point
this fellow says, "Donít be alarmed; you are looking for
Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is
not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his
disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him, just as he told you." (Mark
16:6-7) Then he walks out of the sanctuary while we run
back up front ("Run!").
says they were afraid and amazed! What do you say when youíre
scared? Aaaaah! (Kids: "AAAAAAH!") Letís pray! Dear
Lord, help us to realize how scary it must have been for your
disciples when at first they didnít understand that you were
risen from the grave. Help us not to be afraid, as the angel said,
and truly to celebrate you resurrection. Amen."
our Tithes and Offerings
Yes, the Bible
says that those who first witnessed the resurrection of Jesus were
frightened by what they saw. Discovering something totally
unexpected can do that... Well, brothers and sisters in Christ, we
now come to an "expected" part of worship. After all,
taking up an offering for the work of the church is something we
do every week. Today, however, as you reach for your offering and
place it in the plate, think about that first Easter. Give your
offering as if this was the beginning of something brand new. Step
out in faith. Faith, after all, is a risk. Donít allow this
moment to be just "business as usual."
It could well be
that your offering today may represent a real stretch for you, as
you seek to give as God calls you to give. You may even wonder
whether there will be enough to cover all the bills - whether
these be the expenses of your home or of this church. Maybe, just
maybe, we all need to hear that angel say to us, "Donít be
afraid. Just go where Jesus is calling you to go!"
Will the ushers
come forward and serve.
you, Lord, when things turn out as we expect them to. Itís hard
to live without knowing some of what lies ahead. However, thank
you, also, for the unexpected moments. We realize that often your
good news comes to life in such times. Help us to live by your
hope, and not by our fear. Help us to go where you are calling us
to go, powered by your resurrection promise. In Jesusí name we