Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 17, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for children 10:15 am
have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who
live, but it is Christ who lives in me."
Call to Worship
(vs. 1 & 2) "Amazing
(sing 3x) "Lord, I lift your name on high"
(vs. 1 & 4) "Joyful,
joyful, we adore thee"
"Happy our home when God is
(children leave for Sunday School)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Christ Living in Me"
Words of Welcome and Vows of Commitment
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(vs. 1 & 2) "Lord,
you have come to the lakeshore"
(keep practicing in Spanish)
with chords) (clip
on realplayer) (midi)
know not why Godís wondrous"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.
Happy are those who are not accused of doing wrong by the LORD,
who are free from deceit. Before I confessed my sins, my bones
felt limp, and I groaned all day long. Night and day your hand
weighed heavily on me, and my strength was dried up as by the heat
of summer. Then I confessed my sins to you. I didnít try to
hide. And you forgave me and took away my guilt."
and brothers, God has gathered us together, that we might be set
free from what dries us up and saps our strength, what weighs us
down and makes us groan. Donít hide your sins from the Lord.
Right now, just come as you are, release your sin into his loving
hands, and receive what you really need. Godís grace IS amazing!
Stand, if you are able, and sing. Not with a "groan,"
but full of joy and free from what seeks to pull you down. Lift
his name up high! Let your spirit soar!
God of glory,
Lord of love, our hearts cannot help but unfold like flowers
before you. Wherever we turn, we see the work of your hands. You
are the master builder, the craftsman of creation. Amazingly
enough, even though we so often fall far short of what you created
us to be, you use us in your continuing work. Forgive and live in
us, that we might be your tools. This we pray in the name of the
Carpenterís Son. Amen.
Yes, Jesus was
a carpenterís son. He grew up learning Josephís trade in that
shop in Nazareth. How many hours did they spend as father and son,
passing on and receiving not only the details of carpentry, but
also such things as character and love. No doubt much of what
Jesus learned came not through what Joseph said, but what he did.
Yes, Jesus was a
carpenterís son. THE Carpenterís Son. The "Creator"
was his "Father," we say... Such things as character and
love are passed on through words. But more important are the deeds
that reveal the truth.
are important. We, who are entrusted by God with children - for
but a season - have a marvelous privilege. The master Carpenter
has given us the opportunity to help fashion a child on his or her
way to becoming an adult. What a joy! Of course, much of what they
learn from us is not from what we say, but from what we do. Right?
Well, to honor
the fathers among us today, we arenít going to pass around
candles (as we did on Motherís Day), but cookies. We thought of
tools, but... We need some children up front now to help. If
someone looks like they might be a father, give them a cookie. If
theyíre not, they can tell you so. As you give a cookie, give a
hug as well. Dads like hugs, too! Oh, one more thing. Make sure
your own father gets to eat the cookie.
Minister: Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son and do
you receive him as your Savior and Lord?
Candidate: I do.
Minister: Will you turn away from all sin and will you
endeavor by God's grace to live according to the example and
teachings of Jesus?
Candidate: I will.
Minister: Will you be loyal to the church, upholding it
by your prayers and your presence, your substance and your
Candidate: I will.
Congregation: "With joy we receive you as part of
this congregation. With you we renew and reaffirm our vows of
faith. We promise to surround you with the love and encouragement
that will enable you to grow strong in compassion, vigorous in
service, and sure in the way of Christ."
part by Carol A. Wise, For All Who Minister, ©1993,
Brethren Press, Elgin IL)
Minister: Let's go and prepare for baptism.
our Tithes and Offerings
Continue to think about what it means for Christ to live in
you. Each day offers another opportunity to discover more about
this "living arrangement" we have in the Spirit. When
the apostle Paul encouraged the believers in Philippi to "work
out (their) own salvation with fear and trembling,"
(Philippians 2:12) he meant to "bring
it to the surface," to work it "out" as God had
worked it "in."
If this One whom God sent to save us "lives in us,"
then we already have - within us - what we need in order to make
him visible to others through how we live. Think about that,
brothers and sisters, as you return your offering.
One more thing - hopefully you arenít tired of this song weíre
trying to learn in Spanish for our upcoming visitors from the
Dominican Republic. Weíre singing it again. The Lord, our
"Senor," HAS come to THIS lakeshore. Amen.
Minister: (name) , upon your confession of
faith made before God and these people, you are baptized in the
immersion, forward, fully "dunked")
- of the Father,
- and of the Son,
- and of the Holy Spirit.
O God, we are
thankful for the commitment made today by (name) . May
(he/she) experience your forgiveness, acceptance, and peace. Send
your Holy Spirit upon (him/her) to guide and to empower. Enable
(him/her) to walk in newness of life, using (his/her) gifts in
praise to you and in service to others. Through Jesus Christ our
grant that the
words we have heard this day
may be so grafted
within our hearts
that they bring
to the honor and
praise of your name,
Christ, our Lord. AMEN
(Hymnal #752 - adapted from "Order of Worship," Worship
the Lord. Reformed Church of America and Eerdmans Publishing