Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 10, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You
will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining
in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star
rises in your hearts." (2
Call to Worship
(see back of bulletin)
Opening Prayer/Hymn "Jesus,
stand among us"
(stand on second verse)
grace of Jesus"
"Wandering Up and
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony
(children then leave for choir or pre-school play )
Returning our Tithes and
to a lamp shining in a dark place"
"Lo, a gleam
from yonder heaven"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(A responsive reading
Come, worship the One who calls us to listen.
We are here to encounter the living Lord Jesus who
comes to us in plainsong and symphony, in parable and poetic
verse, in humble circumstances and transfigured glory.
Come, worship the One who commands us to hear.
We have come to attend to the divine command to
love God and neighbor as ourselves and to find in Jesus Christ the
way to be God's people.
Come, worship the One who listens and hears us.
We long to know the God who promises us newness of
life and whose transfiguration calls forth the hope of our own
transformation. In this moment, in this place, we come to worship
the Lord our God.
written by Dawn Ottoni
Richmond (Indiana) Church of the Brethren
Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Up and Down"
retelling Matthew 17:1-9
Wow! That was
some story! Were you listening to it? Jesus took with him three of
his disciples and went up a high mountain. Does anyone want to
pretend you are one of the disciples? How about all of you. Follow
me. [Play follow the leader for a bit, gradually leading them
to the baptismal pool behind the worship table. Climb the steps as
if climbing a mountain. Then climb down the steps into the empty
pool, making comments that recognize weíre going down even
though weíre pretending to go up. Play with the children as you
act out the story.]
mountain the disciples saw two other people with Jesus ahead of
them. One they recognized as Moses, though how they knew that was
Moses I donít know. The other looked like the prophet Elijah.
When Peter saw this, he said something stupid, like, "Hey,
this is great, Jesus! You wait right there and weíll put up
three tents, one for each of you." Why he thought he should
do that, I donít know. Sometimes we say silly stuff when we donít
know what else to say.
next? Anyone listening? Yes, a cloud covered everything. The
disciples couldnít see a thing. It was pea soup! But they heard
something, didnít they. A voice spoke. It said, "This is my
Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him."
[pause, look a bit perplexed] Wait one minute! Havenít I heard
those words before? Do they sound familiar to anyone else? Whoa! [look
at where you are, in the baptismal pool] Now I remember. It
was when Jesus was baptized. He stood up out of the water, and a
voice said, "This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well
pleased" (Matthew 3:17).
interesting! Do you think it was the same voice? Who was speaking?
Do you really think it was God? Those three disciples got really
scared and fell to the ground. Jesus reached out and touched them
and said, "Donít be afraid. Just get up." And when
they did, there was no cloud, and no Moses or Elijah. I wonder if
they didnít think they had just imagined it all.
that a cool story? Funny that it was sort of like the story of
Jesusí baptism. Well, all stories must come to an end, a right
now something else is ready to begin. Can you carefully go with
Miss Gayle and Miss Sharon and sit in the front row? Itís time
for us to share joys and concerns and then pray, before you leave
for Alleluia choir. As we do all this, however, donít forget the
our Tithes and Offerings
to the story of Jesus upon the mountain - how he was transfigured
in the eyes of his disciples, how a voice spoke from a cloud,
saying, "This is my Son..." Perhaps we recall a
different mountain, covered also in a cloud, upon which Moses
stood and received the Commandments (Exodus
24:12-18). Would you now turn to the 99th Psalm.
You'll find it on page 520 of your pew Bible.
As you return
your offering just now, I invite you to quietly read and ponder
and pray this Psalm. May your thoughts be not so much upon what
you hold in your hands ready to place in the offering plate.
Instead, turn yourself - as you read and give - toward the One who
holds you, who holds the universe, in his hands. Holy is he!
ushers come forward to serve?
Our LORD, you are King!
You rule from
as people tremble and the earth shakes.
You are praised
in Zion, and you control all nations.
Only you are God!
And your power
alone, so great and fearsome,
is worthy of praise.
You are our
mighty King, a lover of fairness,
who sees that justice is done...
Our LORD and our God, we praise you
and kneel down to
worship you, the God of holiness! Amen.
(Psalm 99:1-5, Contemporary
©American Bible Society, 1995, adapted)