Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 29, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

First Sunday After Christmas

      "And because you (in Christ) are children of the Lord, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God." (Galatians 4:6-7)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude

  Call to Worship                                                                     (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                           "To us a child of hope is born"                               189

*Unison Invocation                                                                  (back of bulletin)

  Scripture                                  Galatians 4:4-7

  Message                        "Mr Funnytalk's Story"

*Hymn                                     "Joy to the world"                                        318
                                   (children leave for choir practice or pre-school play)

  Scripture                                    Luke 2:22-40

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

  Hymn                          "Love came down at Christmas"                             208

  Prayer of the People

  Hymn                           "Angels we have heard on high"                             197

  Unison Scripture Reading            Isaiah 61:10-62:3                (pew Bibles, p. 641)

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory

*Hymn                          "Good Christian friends, rejoice"                             210

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One:      And so we begin again. . . the Christ is a child, small and
                    helpless. . . carried, entrusted to human hands.

All:         And in the temple, old Simeon and the prophet Anna wait
                    and watch.

One:       He comes to them wrapped and tightly held, God's life
                    burning in his baby black eyes.

Men:       Simeon looks into the face of God and cries, "I've seen
                     your salvation!"

Women:  Anna holds God s future in her arms and cries out in praise.

One:        And the weary folk around them take another look at the
                      baby Jesus and begin to wonder...

All:          Is this the One?

Men:       Is this the face of hope?

Women:  How will those little hands change our world?

Children/youth: What will he do when he grows up?

Women:  Who will he be?

Men:         Is he the One?

All:            Have I seen God s salvation?

by Sharon Nearhoof May, pastor
Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren
Scottsdale, Arizona
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Unison Invocation

         Saving God, no matter how many times we hear your story, we are still surprised to find you alive and burning with love in our midst. As you came to fulfill Simeon s life, as you came to renew Anna s hope, come to each of us, that we may see our salvation in you. Amen.

by Sharon Nearhoof May, pastor
Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren
Scottsdale, Arizona
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

      
other worship materials to be written by the worship leader
     

 

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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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