Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 3, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Third Sunday in Lent
if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God
through the death of his Son, much more surely, having
been reconciled, will we be saved by his life."
the whole creation cry"
*Unison Prayer of
am thine, O Lord"
(children leave for choir or pre-school play )
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
am thine, O Lord"
A good word about Carpenterís Kitchen
Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
"While we were enemies"
"We are people of Godís
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Brethren practice was to turn around and kneel facing the pew
during times of prayer. Well, folks, this Psalm has just called us
to "worship and bow down" and "kneel before the
Lord, our Maker." If you are able, I invite you to do just
that as we open ourselves to the One we have come to worship. (Pause
as people prepare) Please pray with me.
O God, you are
the rock of our salvation - the firm foundation upon which all of
life rests. Like a life-giving stream in the desert flowing from a
source few would imagine possible (Exodus
17:6), you provide refreshment to these parched lips.
Well, Lord, we come this day as thirsty people. Inspire us as we
seek to drink in your Word. As we do, help us to truly open our
ears and listen. Help us not to harden our hearts or close our
doors. Help us not to give in to doubt and despair, but rather to
make a joyful noise that rings out above all the mumbling and
grumbling and clamor of everyday existence. Let the whole creation
cry, Alleluia! Let the whole congregation cry, Alleluia! Let me,
with heart, soul, mind, and body cry, Alleluia! Amen.
and sisters, if you are able, stand and make a joyful noise!
Unison Prayer of
you rule the world from end to end
and for all time.
You alone are God. In you alone we hope.
Forgive our sins.
Heal our diseases.
Save our lives from destruction.
We repent of our stubbornness and pride.
We desire to yield ourselves more fully to your will.
Keep us in your presence
that we might serve and witness in the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
#692 - written by Ernest Fremont
adapted from A Book of Pastoral Prayers,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, © 1951
for The Mennonite Hymnal, copyright © 1969.
Further revised by The Hymnal Project, copyright © 1992
Theme: Jesus took the punishment we should have
One of the most
fundamental Christian doctrines is that of the atonement for our
sins by Jesus Christ. The atonement contains two elements; this
sermon deals with one. Jesus was punished in our place, for the
sins we commit. Christís atonement allows us to escape God s
punishment and receive salvation. The sentence for all sinners is
death. However, Jesus died for us. An understanding of this is
important if we would learn about forgiveness and salvation; it is
also important for revealing the tremendous love God showed in
Jesus Christ. Christ suffered for us willingly, lovingly.
Device: A yardstick
Goals: To teach the meaning of atonement
reveal the love Jesus has for us
help the children experience the meaning of Godís judgment on
help them experience what it means to be saved by Jesus
Technique: A yardstick is an amazing symbol. Hold it in
your hands and children get a message. Punishment. The strong
symbolism of a yardstick is what makes this sermon work so well.
Children immediately know what you are talking about, and the
yardstick brings with it feelings that children associate with
Explain to the
children that the verse in Isaiah was talking about Jesus. It
tells us what Jesus did for us. Briefly state how the verse
applies to Jesus. After this is done, pull out the yardstick.
Smack it against the palm of your hand, or noisily against a
table. Look at the children with a disciplinary glint in your eye.
Youíll get a response. Ask what this brings to their minds.
Have the children
talk about the times they have been punished. It can become a
rather humorous conversation, especially as the parents listen and
react. After the children have had time to talk, ask if their
brothers or sisters are ever punished. Children love to talk about
this too. Ask if they ever took the place of a brother or sister
who was about to be spanked. No child would likely do such a
thing. Ask if they would like to have somebody take their place
when they are about to get spanked. Of course they would.
This is what
Jesus did. He was punished in our place. Ask the children how many
of them do wrong things. All do. State that Godís punishment is
for anyone who does wrong. Although we were the guilty ones, Jesus
took the punishment for us. He saved us. Jesus never did anything
wrong, but he let God punish him instead of us. He took our place.
Notes: This sermon provides a good opportunity to
include parents in the dialogue.
Children's Sermons, by Bucky Dann, pp. 50-51
Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
to this moment, one of our new members encouraged others to get
involved in serving at the downtown soup kitchen we support, Carpenter's
Kitchen. She herself served for the first time two
months ago, and recognized a number of folks there. You see, a
year and a half ago, she was on the receiving end...)
Lord, for bringing our sister Patty into this fellowship. She has
been to us a blessing - a cup of cool, refreshing water. Thank you
for her willingness to share her own story, with its highs and
lows. She helps us to confess our own failings and look to you for
our salvation. Continue to bless her. Just now we ask your
blessing upon the offering we are about to receive. Help us to
make wise use of it. With it, bless the many ministries it helps
to support. In Jesusí name we pray. Amen.