Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 10 , 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Fourth Sunday in Lent
said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking
with you is he." He said, "Lord, I
believe." And he worshiped him.
"When morning gilds the
(vs. 1) "Anoint us,
(children leave for choir or pre-school play )
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(vs. 2-3) "Anoint us,
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"Here’s mud in your eye"
"Ask ye what great thing I
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A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Good morning, God! Thank you for the blessing of this new day.
Help us to become more fully awake and alive to your presence.
While there are a multitude of reasons why we have come to
"church" this hour, at the top of the list is our desire
to rejoice and be glad in you. Fill this time and space with your
glory and praise. Open our eyes that we might see you, Lord. Open
our ears that we might hear you. Open our hearts that we might
receive you. Open our mouths that we might speak your truth. Open
our arms that we might serve you. This we pray in the name of the
One who came, not to condemn, but to save - our Lord, Jesus
9:1-41 is a complicated healing story. Is it about the man who
was born blind, or about the blindness of those who see him - and
the One who healed him, Jesus - through eyes that could not see?
Issues of "sin" and "Sabbath," doubt and
belief weave through a conversation in which no one seems to be
listening (not only blind, they are deaf). Much of this is not
ground upon which children tread. However, this story is full of
"stuff" that will capture their attention, especially
the healing itself (John 9:1-7).
they come forward, ask if they heard the story that was just read.
What do they remember from it? This not only encourages them to
listen (if done regularly), but also helps you know what they
considered important. Ask them what people in the story said was
the reason this man was blind (he sinned or his parents sinned).
Do the children think that blindness is caused by bad things
someone does? Get from them what they think. What did Jesus say
about why he was blind? ("he was born blind so that
God's works might be revealed in him.") What does that
mean? The children may have some very interesting insights.
Now comes the fun part. Bring out a container of dirt.
Ask if they ever play in dirt. When you play in dirt, what
happens? (You get "dirty.") Come inside after playing in
dirt and what happens? (Take a bath!) You have to wash your hands
before you eat, for who knows what was in that dirt - all sorts of
germs and stuff. After you've had fun really playing up the
"dirty-ness" of the dirt, spit in it. As you do, talk
about what Jesus did in healing that man. Ask if anyone wants to
pretend and let you put some of that
"Eew! Gross!" dirt on their eyes.
No doubt some wise-cracker will offer, but don't do it, though you
might come close enough to have them change their mind.
What happened next? Play with the story, and with the children.
Jesus told the man to go wash up in the pool of Siloam. And when
he did, he could see. Of course, there's much more to the story,
but that's enough for now. Caution, this episode as John tells it
is full of symbolism (like "dirt" being used to heal a
man whose impairment was blamed by others on some past
"dirt"). Don't go there! Symbolism is pretty much lost
on young children. Just stick with the story and the fact that
Jesus healed him. The way he did it may have been "Eew! Gross!"
but it was real. ... Have fun with this story!
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
thankful, Lord, for the ability to do something very simple that
helps to feed someone, somewhere. We ask your blessing upon this
ministry of our district, upon those who will process the food, as
well as upon those who will distribute it. Most importantly, we
ask your blessing upon those who will one day eat it. Add to this
meat your daily bread.
we are thankful for the ability to do something very simple... In
the simple grace of this moment of giving, we ask your blessing
upon the ministry of this church, and upon us as its ministers.
Yes, Lord, add to this "meat" your daily bread. This we
pray in the name of the One who multiplied the loaves and fishes.