Worship Order for
Call to Worship
I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer.
You listened and pulled me from a
lonely pit full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock with my
feet firm, and
you gave me a new song, a song of
praise to you.
Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD
You bless all of those who trust
and refuse to worship idols
or follow false gods.
You, LORD God, have done many wonderful things,
and you have planned marvelous
things for us.
No one is like you!
I would never be able to tell all you have done.
(Psalm 40:1-5, Contemporary English Version)
"God is great and God is good and we thank
you for our food.
By your hand we all are fed, give us Lord our daily bread."
gathered here just now pray this childhood prayer, realizing that
we all stand no bigger in your sight, O Lord, than the smallest
one present. Thank for being who you are in a world which so often
denies your existence. Thank you for not denying our existence.
Forgive us, O
Lord, when our lives are not in tune
with the words we speak in this place.
Renew us this hour with the good news of your salvation,
the leadership of your Son, Jesus our Lord,
the strengthening of your Spiritís presence
blowing through us as a fresh breath of air.
Indeed, you are
great and good, and your feast is why we are here, hungering and
thirsting for your Word. In Jesusí name. Amen.
When you have
some exciting news, what is the first thing you want to do? That s
right. We usually want to tell someone else. The Bible story Jane
just read is about someone who found out some very good news. This
manís name was Andrew. One day Andrew began to follow Jesus.
When Jesus saw Andrew following him, he asked him what he wanted.
Andrew wanted to know where Jesus was staying, and Jesus took
Andrew and another follower to that place. They spent the whole
day with Jesus. After they left, the very first thing Andrew did
was to find his brother, Simon Peter, so he could tell him all
Peter followed Jesus for the next three years that Jesus was on
earth. After Jesus died, rose again, and then went to be with God
in heaven, they spent their lives telling other people about
Jesus. I imagine that many of the people they told about Jesus in
turn told others.
I d like for
us to do a little experiment to see how many people could hear
about Jesus if just one of us begins to tell the good news. I need
one volunteer. I will whisper something in your ear ["Jesus
loves you"], which youíll whisper to two others, and theyíll
pass on to someone else - and so on - until you all have heard
How did it go?
What was the message? Thatís right! "Jesus loves you."
You know, thatís how people learn about Jesus. Someone - like
you - tells them. And then they tell someone else. And that
"someone else" passes it on to other people. Itís like
a "chain reaction." It just has to start with somebody
... somebody like you!
Hey, as you
leave for choir time with Ms. Marian, why donít we try this
experiment with the whole congregation! Iíll whisper the message
into your ears ["Jesus is alive"], and as you go out you
whisper it to the persons on the aisle of each pew. Tell them to
pass it on. Ready? Letís do it!
(adapted from Childrenís
Sermons to Go, pp. 33-34)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Listen, again, to the Psalmist, who prayed these words:
and offerings are not what please you; gifts and payment for sin
are not what you demand. But you made me willing to listen and
obey. And so, I said, "I am here to do what is written
about me in the book, where it says, ĎI enjoy pleasing
you. Your Law is in my heart.í"
(Psalm 40:6-8, Contemporary English Version)
Will the ushers come forward to serve.
Lord God, you
commanded us to love you with heart, soul, and mind, and to love
our neighbor as ourself. Writing this upon our hearts is not easy.
It is often less difficult to just write a check. Even so,
continue to be at work in us with your Holy Spirit, creating a new
heart which beats in tune with your Son, Jesus. Help us to give
out of a sense of sheer joy, such that it is a pleasure to follow
where He leads. It is in His name we pray. Amen.
A Confessional Reading
for two voices
"Called to be Saints"
Called to be saints . . .
Certainly, I'm not qualitfied.
Called to be saints . . .
I'm not sure I want to be qualified!
Together with all those who call on the name of our Lord . . .
us? This congregation? We're no saints!
Together with all those in every place who call on the name . . .
place? Every congregation? I don't know about that.
Who call on the name of Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours . .
We know Jesus
so differently, yet call on him the same.
Grace to you . . .
unmerited grace - to all of us.
And peace . . .
Called to be saints . . .
to wonder. What does it mean to be a saint?
Called . . .
about being called . Called together. And about grace.
Given to you in Christ Jesus . . .
Maybe we don't
need to be "saintly" to be saints.
Called . . . Grace . . . Given . . . Strengthened . . . God is
faithful . . .
faithful. Perhaps all that is asked is for us to be the same.
Janet L. Ober
Associate minister for children and youth
La Verne (CA) Church of the Brethren
Church of The Brethren Living Word Bulletin 1302