Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 1, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
First Sunday in Advent
keep awake--for you do not know when the master of the
house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at
cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when
he comes suddenly."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
come, O come, Immanuel"
*Lighting the first Advent Candle
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
upon a midnight clear"
upon a midnight clear"
A Response - "Southern Africa Appeal"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
upon a midnight clear"
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
is coming! Let creation"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Psalm 80:1-7 (NRSV)
preface to reading:
is a season full of anticipation. For some, there is
excitement in looking forward to Christmas, as well as to
what lies ahead just over the next horizon. For others,
the expectation of this month may come in the form of
sadness - remembering happier times, wondering what
tomorrow may bring - will it be good news or bad?
worship this morning with a Psalm of anticipation. Some of
the words in it lift our eyes to the throne of the
Shepherd of Israel, and the wonder of what the Lord can
do. Other portions of it reveal a downcast heart, and a
plea for God to save. Both sadness and gladness are part
of our daily walk. So, letís bring both with us to the
One who is our Immanuel, which means "God with
As we are
called into worship by Godís Word, please stand and read
One: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph
like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and
come to save us!
All: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be
One: O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with
your people's prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us the
scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
All: Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that
we may be saved.
God of light and glory,
give us eyes to see your smile,
ears to hear your laughter,
and hearts melting to the warmth of your love.
Shine forth! Come to save us!
Convince us anew that life is good
and well worth the living.
Prepare our hearts for your coming.
Smile up at us from the manger;
wrap us around your little finger.
Restore us, 0 God!
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.
by Dan Petry, pastor
Middlebury, IN Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
Shawn will briefly speak before the congregation with his church
mentor, Darren, about an incident that happened at his Middle
School. Another student, who doesn't believe, asked him, "If
there is a God, why are people starving in Africa?" Shawn
takes his growing faith seriously, and he wants to respond in some
way but is struggling with how. As an older friend in the faith,
Darren listens, and ponders with Shawn some
(This is not a fictional drama).
Response - "Southern Africa Appeal"
If you read
the most recent issue of Messenger,
you may be aware that our denomination has committed $100,000 to
address food shortages resulting from drought conditions in the
southern African nations of Zambia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
experienced drought in our area in recent years, but nowhere close
to what is happening there. According
to Church World Service, this southern Africa crisis is the
most severe and urgent dilemma facing the international community
at this moment. About 13 million people are estimated to be at
risk of starvation this winter. One aid worker recently wrote that
"you can ride through miles and miles of countryside and see
everything has died."
asked, "If there is a God, why are people starving in
Africa?" While we struggle to answer that question, as people
of faith we know an important truth. We have been blessed with the
ability to respond to suffering. We can help.
invited to participate in a special offering to be taken on the
next two Sundays in Advent, December 8th and 16th. Perhaps you
might consider contributing a portion of what you spend on food in
the next week or so, possibly giving up a meal so that others
might eat. If you look at the insert in your bulletin, you'll see
that "every $1.14 provides a daily fortified meal for a
child;" and that "every $75 purchases 150 pounds of
drought-resistant seed;" and that every $348 buys a ton of
grain from a neighboring country." Perhaps these figures can
serve as guides for your response - aiming toward giving a certain
number of meals, or providing so many pounds of seed or grain. How
you respond to this appeal is up to you.
We will send
this special offering to our denomination, to replenish both the
Food Crisis Fund" and the "Emergency
Disaster Fund," from which the Church of the Brethren
allocated that $100,000 for the Church
World Service Southern
our Tithes and Offerings
"Let your light shine before others,"
Jesus said, "so that they may see your good
works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew
Will the ushers come forward to
you for the abundance with which you have blessed us. Thank you,
as our sister shared last week during joys and concerns,
that we have at least two shoes on our feet. Thank you that we are
not physically hungry, at the point of starvation. Thank you for
our daily bread. May others receive theirs.
Just now, create
in us a deeper yearning for your Word, and for your "peace on
earth," your coming "age of gold," "your
kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
This we pray, in Jesus' name. Amen.