Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 13, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am
certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was
listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a
dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to
listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household
were baptized, she urged us, saying, ĎIf you have judged
me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.í
And she prevailed upon us." (Acts
*Call to Worship
the beauty of the earth"
"O How Happy Weíll
A thanks to "mothers and others who nurture"
"Lord of the home"
(children and youth leave for choir practice or preschool play)
Moment for Mission
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"From Lydiaís household to ours"
speak to me"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
last Sunday was a "mountaintop" time for many of us. Itís
good to be inspired like that, isnít it? Itís also good to be
inspired by the ordinary, the everyday. Traditionally, today is a
time to honor those whose care is an everyday affair, often unseen
and not often thanked. Today is a day to lift up and celebrate the
gift of families, without which we all would be adrift on a sea of
loneliness. God has blessed us with mothers and others who care
for us in a multitude of ways, who make living together possible
by all the many little things - which are really big things - that
In his New
Testament letter, James wrote, "Every generous act of
giving, with every perfect gift, is from above..." (1:17)
In the Old Testament, the Psalmist urges us to "give
thanks to the LORD for His steadfast love and his wonderful works..."
(107:8) These gifts, these works are not
just seen on the mountaintop, or in the spectacular displays of
Godís power. No. Most often, God is at work in the everyday, in
very ordinary ways. Steadfast love in action!
If you are able,
would you stand with me and sing a song of praise that recognizes
the beauty and glory of God seen every day, in very ordinary
places. #89, "For the beauty of the earth."
God. You are so good to us. Your love is steady and does not
falter, unlike our own. You are faithful and true, even when we
are not. Forgive us for when we step over the line in our
relationship with you and with others, hurting those we love or
those we donít. Forgive us also when we donít step over that
other line, when we fail to be thankful and to share gratitude.
How often we jeopardize our connection with you and with our loved
ones by not sharing a good word, or by not putting that gratitude
Thank you, Lord,
for who you are and what you do. Help us to speak about and to act
upon your perfect gifts, your wonderful works - every day, in
ordinary ways and places. This we pray in the name of the One who
was and is your most perfect gift, your wonderful work - Jesus
our Tithes and Offerings
praised God! We have heard our children sing. We have shared a
small token of gratitude with the mothers among us. We have been
challenged by an upcoming visit from another country in which God
is at work. Think about these things as you return your offering
just now. Would you pray with me?
Lord, we give in
response to your perfect gifts, your wonderful work. Continue to
stretch us. Help us to grow in being "steadfast" when it
comes to faith and love, in word and action. May gratitude become
more of an every day, every hour, every moment affair. In Jesus.