Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 19, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the
sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the
sins of any, they are retained." (John
(vs. 2) "Holy
Spirit, come with power"
Call to Worship
"I sing the mighty power
the voice of Jesus say"
Water and NYC
"I feel the Spirit"
Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(first see preface to reading)
Holy Spirit and forgiveness"
"O Holy Spirit, making
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
On this day we celebrate Pentecost, remembering how the church was
born by the fire of the Holy Spirit, and praying
that God will pour out this Spirit like cool, refreshing water
in a drought-stricken land. Fire and Water,
these are two of the many images the Bible uses to describe the
Come, sisters and
brothers, step into God's fire. Sing your praise as those set
ablaze with the presence of God. Don't seek to put out the flame.
That's not what the water is for. Instead, drink and live. As the
prophet Isaiah once invited, "Everyone who thirsts, come
to the waters" (55:12).
If you are able,
please stand and "sing the mighty power
of God," #46.
Spirit, blowing and blazing,
Pentecost wind and Pentecost flame,
Spirit of power, invade this hour.
Blow, Spirit, burn, as when you first came.
Spirit, helping and healing,
our lives are troubled, tense, we confess.
Spirit, draw near us, anoint and cheer us.
Come with your balm to comfort and bless.
Spirit, righteous and holy,
we bring our hearts repentant, contrite.
Spirit forgiving, hallow our living.
Lead us from darkness into your light.
Spirit, vibrant and lively,
waken our wearied spirits, we pray.
Spirit, pursue us, revive, renew us.
Stir us to follow Christ's holy way.
by Kenneth L Gibble, ©1996
#1012 in Hymnal Supplement.
Brethren Press, Elgin, Illinois
In July, 10
youth, 3 advisors, and Pastor Pete will be headed from this
congregation to National
Youth Conference in Ft. Collins Colorado. During the opening
worship service, each district will bring forward a vessel of
water from their district to pour into a fountain. Our
Mid-Atlantic District has requested that each church send a small
container of water from their meetinghouse to pour into the larger
vessel our district will take to NYC. Here is ours. We will take
it today to a district
youth activity to be held this afternoon at the Locust Grove
church. In a way, this water represents how God's Spirit is moving
here at Long Green Valley church. However, we know that the Holy
Spirit is much bigger than this church, our district, and our
denomination. This "living water" is poured out wherever
there are those who thirst for God... Please pray with me.
God, bless this
water - not to make it holy, but to make us holy. Create in us,
those looking forward to this trip to NYC and those who will
remain here, an inner thirst which will only be satisfied by the
living water you provide. May our youth grow in their anticipation
not just of a fun activity but of a life-changing event. Prepare
the rest of us to grow in the Spirit with them - not to quench
their fire before or after NYC, but to drink deeply of the same
Spirit. This we pray in the name of the One who said, "out
of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water."
with our Tithes and Offerings
and Water, are but two of the many images the Bible
uses to describe the Holy Spirit. Another one we recall especially
on this day is Wind. On that first day of Pentecost,
according to the book of Acts, "there came a sound like
the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where
they were sitting" (2:2). The
disciples of Jesus were filled with the breath of God and this
wind blew open the doors which shut out the world. You could say
these early believers were blown out of their little huddle. This
wind blew them in the direction of people who needed some good
news. Not only did God nudge them out of themselves and toward
others, but the very breath they needed to speak was provided by
God as well.
As you respond to
what God has provided to you by returning your tithe or offering,
think about this holy wind of the Lord. Take a deep breath.
Rejoice and give thanks. Your Redeemer lives!... Will the ushers
now come forward to serve?
to Gospel Reading
usually remember the first Pentecost through the eyes of the book
of Acts (2:1-41),
the first coming of the Holy Spirit is recalled a bit differently
in the gospel of John. It also takes place behind closed doors,
but it happens on Easter. The disciples, in this account, are
still very afraid - for good reason. Jesus had only recently been
put to death like a common criminal. "Were they next?"
they may have wondered. Puzzling accounts of an empty tomb had
filtered in, from the disciple Peter (no less) and his companion (20:1-10),
and from Mary Magdelene (20:11-18).
What did it all mean?
As we turn to the
main scripture for today, are we also huddled behind closed doors?
Let hear what happened next. May God speak to us through these