Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November , 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Bring a Friend Sunday
now, let us reason together," says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be
as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they
shall be like wool."
Call to Worship
ye thankful people"
"Thereís a wideness in
(children leave for choir or pre-school play)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
there be peace on earth"
(all join in the final chorus when led:)
Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment,
And live each moment
In peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(vs. 2) "Great
is thy faithfulness"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
How observant were you as you traveled here this morning? Did you
take note of the fields between the houses? Thereís still
evidence of farm life, isnít there? Even out in this suburb we
call the "Long Green Valley." On many of those fields,
corn or wheat or some other grain was planted earlier this year.
Itís now time for these crops to be "gathered in." It
has been for several weeks. Isn't it comforting to know that this
"harvest" continues, even when it seems like our world
has drastically changed?
letís worship the Lord, who created all that we see, as well as
much that we do not see. Letís be thankful. We donít have to
wait for an official "Thanksgiving Day" to be grateful,
you know. God is good! And we are like those fields we passed on
the way here. God is in the process of gathering us
in. We are the harvest of the Lord. "Come, ye thankful
people, come! Raise the song of harvest home." Please stand,
if you are able, and turn to #94 in the hymnal, and letís sing
our gratitude and praise.
Lord of the
harvest, who made this world and the seasons which govern it,
thank you. The changing colors, the slight chill in the air, the
honk of the geese overhead, the scent of crunching leaves
underfoot, all these signs and more speak of your steady presence
in this world, O God. Your handiwork is awesome to behold, to
savor, to enjoy. We praise you!
Lord of the
harvest, as other changes in the wind trouble us, we turn to you.
Perhaps we should rather say - you gather us in. It is by your
hand that we each have come to this moment in time, to this place.
Thank you. May your Holy Spirit blow through this room, like the
Autumn wind, quickening our step, clearing the air, bringing forth
the right kind of change. Help us to really listen to what you
have to say, and to respond with childlike trust to the call of
your Son, Jesus Christ, to follow where he leads.
This we pray in
his name. Amen.
The premise is
simple. The story of Zacchaeus (Luke
19: 1-10) is a staple of the Sunday School menu. Today,
the preacher will play dumb (not hard), and have the children
remember the story. It will truly be the "Children's
Story" for a change. "Out of the mouths of babes..."
our Tithes and Offerings
Paul wrote this to his friends in the city of Thessalonika:
must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters,
as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the
love of everyone of you for one another is increasing... To
this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make
you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every
good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord
Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to
the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2
Thessalonians 1:3, 11-12)
thanks for growing faith ... praying that this growth will
continue and will glorify God ... With those words in mind, letís
return to God a portion of what we have received. May our faith
increase. May our actions glorify God. Will the ushers come
forward now to receive our offerings. Those of you who are our
welcomed guests, please put your visitorís card in the plate as
it is passed. Thank you!
You have provided all we have really needed, O Lord. Your
faithful is great! Help us to be faithful in putting to use what
you have provided - in summer, winter, springtime, or harvest.
Thank you. In Jesusí name. Amen.