Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 6, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
  

      "Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own."
                                          (Philippians 3:12)

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                        "Unto thy temple, Lord, we come"                               4

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Isaiah 61:1-3

  Childrenís Time            "Binding up the brokenhearted"
                                       (Dedicating our Prayer Chain)

  Hymn                       (vs. 1-3) "Bless'd be the tie that binds"                         421
                           (children leave for choir practice or pre-school play)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory

*Response                         (vs. 1) "God, whose giving"                                 383

*Dedication Prayer

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Prayer Hymn                        (vs. 1) "He leadeth me"                                   599

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Philippians 3:2-14

  Message              "Because Christ has made us his own"

*Song                                            "Pressing On"                              (see insert)

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

         If this meetinghouse burnt to the ground, would there still be a Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren? Our first hymn this morning rose out of the ashes of a church fire. When the people who met there rebuilt their meetinghouse, they named it "Church of the Messiah." Their new pastor, Robert Collyer wrote a song to dedicate it. Originally it began, "With thankful hearts, O God, we come to a new temple built for thee..." Later on the words were changed to "Unto thy temple, Lord, we come with thankful hearts to worship thee..." That, however, is not the end of the story. Just five years later another conflagration, the great Chicago fire of 1871, raged through their neighborhood and those folks rebuilt once again. That same pastor wrote another hymn for that occasion: "O Lord, our God, when storm and flame."*
         Would we still be a church if our meetinghouse burned to the ground? Likewise, would we still be the persons whom God created each of us to be if something happened to this temple of the Holy Spirit we call our human body? We donít wish for bad things to happen in order to answer these questions. Asking them, however, turns us toward our Savior and Lord.
         Come, let us worship. May this fellowship be a church of the Messiah.

*Hymnal Companion, ©1996, Brethren Press, p. 360 & 488

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
and
Dedication Prayer

Worship leader is coming up with his own.

 

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International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott

 

©2002 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)

 

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