Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 24, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make
them lie down, says the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Responsive Call to Worship
ye thankful people"
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
Invitation to bring forward pledges
"Lord, thou dost
A Testimony to God’s Faithfulness
Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"The King of love my shepherd
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Call to Worship
Leader: Come, let us worship
People: For we are the people of God's pasture.
Leader: Come, let us worship and bow down,
People: For we are the sheep of God's hand.
Leader: Come, let us worship and bow down,
before the Lord, our Maker.
All: For the Lord is our God,
and God desires our worship!
Hymnal #662. by Earle W. Fike, Jr.,
from We Gather Together, © 1979 Brethren Press.
Lord of the
Harvest, bless this place and time. Help us not to forget that
this sanctuary is like a barn, and this moment is "gathering
time." You have rolled up your sleeves and been at work in
the fields around us. That’s the truth we are here to proclaim.
This worship is really about you, about what you have done and
continue to do to make things right in this world that you
created. Thank you, God, for not leaving us alone. We’re
grateful for your Son - for the work he finished upon the cross as
our Savior, and for the work he’s still doing as our Lord. And
your Holy Spirit provides just what is needed for the work to
which you call us, God. Thanks!
Forgive us, Lord,
for the things we should have done, but didn’t, as well as for
the things we shouldn’t have done, but did anyway. Forgive our
attitude, for so often we take this life for granted and miss the
wonder of it all, blinded by sin. Help us to roll up our sleeves
and get to work. Right now. Amen!
to bring forward pledges
"Make a joyful noise! ... Worship with
gladness ... Enter with thanksgiving."
(quotes from the children's anthem)
prayerfully considered what you and God together will give toward
the work of this church in 2003, you are invited to bring your
pledge forward and place it in the basket while we sing the next
hymn. May this be a cheerful act on your part - a
"thanksgiving", filled with "gladness,"
"a joyful noise." May the following words originally
written by the apostle Paul to the believers in Ephesus be true of
have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love
toward all the saints," he wrote, "and for
this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I
remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of
wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with
the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the
hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his
glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the
immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe,
according to the working of his great power." (Ephesians
hope to which we have been called; knowing the glorious riches of
our inheritance in Christ; knowing the immeasurable greatness of
his power for us, please stand and sing.
Testimony to God’s Faithfulness
A person in
our fellowship recently had a door slammed shut as she moved in
the direction of her dream, career-wise. That road came to abrupt,
absolute dead-end. After being devastated and disillusioned,
another possibility knocked on her window, as if out of nowhere -
a new direction that seems so obviously from the Lord that she
just has to testify to God's faithfulness.
with our Tithes and Offerings
the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his
faithfulness to all generations." (Psalm
We have heard
personal evidence of how, when a door was slammed shut for
someone, God opened a window. Do we hear the voice of God calling
in this testimony?
calling you? What is your "vocation?" One writer put it
this way: "The place God calls you to is the place where your
deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."*
Ponder this as
you return your offering. Where is "your deep gladness?"
Where does it meet "the world’s deep hunger?" Respond
with gratitude, praying your own prayer of dedication, as the
plates are passed. Ushers? It’s your turn.
*Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A
©1973, Harper & Row, p. 95.