Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 2, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their
own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the
prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Praise the Lord, sing
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Lord, listen to your
"Instruments of Your
Dearman arr. Fettke
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
Returning our Tithes and
"O God of love, O
Power of peace"
Litany of Thanks for the Prophets Among Us
(back of bulletin)
"Our Greatest Weapon"
cross the crowded ways"
(pew Bibles, p.1020)
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
God, who is greater than every ruler on this earth, whose power
makes every earthly weapon seem weak and useless, whose wisdom is
more vast than all human intelligence, whose peace passes all
Bless us with your Spirit's presence this hour, as you have
Guide our worship, that we may know more of you;
Help us to release our sin and receive your mercy,
that we may grow in your grace and truth.
This we pray in
the name of the Prince of Peace,
your Son - our Savior, Lord, and Friend: Jesus. Amen
Lord God, the
explosion of the spaceship Columbia in the skies over Texas
yesterday reminds us how fragile this life. For all the billions
of dollars poured into this piece of technology, there are so many
things which can (and did) go wrong, snuffing out seven lives. I
donít know how many died this past week on the streets of our
area, God, but all these lives are precious in your sight. So,
also, are the lives of those who right now are preparing for war.
Perhaps yesterdayís disaster can serve to lift our eyes above
this earth, to shift our attention from the works of our hands to
the works of yours.
We pray for
those heading into harmís way, whether they be enemy or friend.
We pray for our leaders amid the difficult questions they now do
and will soon face, and for those following orders and serving
their country. We pray for those we consider the
"enemy," whether they be a dictator grasping onto the
remnants of power, a terrorist network bent on raising hell for
heavenís sake, or the average person just caught in the middle.
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for this city which seems at
the center of a storm. We pray for change, knowing that your hand
can do wonders, that miracles do happen even in situations that
seem so unchangeable. Remind us, O God, that we do not know
everything, that you - indeed, YOU - are God, not us.
We lift before
you the concerns on our hearts, names we have just now mentioned,
persons who will go with us when we leave this place as we hold
them before you in the coming week. Thank you that they will
trouble the waters of our hearts, keeping us human, as well as
opening within us something that transcends us. Thank you that we
can bring before you the needs we have not spoken, our personal
struggles - some of which we bear in silence - and realize along
the way that you are shouldering our burden as you walk with us.
Thank for all the joy that surround us, which overflows the
containers into which we place it. We are grateful, as well, for
your peace which does, indeed, pass all understanding.
All this, and
so very much more, we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace.
our Tithes and Offerings
Like those who
have walked this difficult road in the past, we seek to live in
peace even when the drums of war are beating. We listen to the
many voices around us - respectful of those in authority over us,
praying for them; paying attention to those who speak out with an
alternate word, praying for them as well. As people of God, we
listen most intently for a word from the Lord to arise amid all of
these voices, that God may speak through his prophet.
As you return
your offering just now, please read over the unison
prayer printed in your bulletin. Be prepared to let it be your
plea to the Lord when we pray it together. Will the ushers now
come forward to serve.
Peace, O God, where can we find it? How we need your heavenly
dove. Let your caring, sustaining love fill all our hearts from
within, from above. Then will we find peace; Then will we find
Peace, O God, where can we find it? Here with those close by
our side? Jesus, let your Spirit abide, so we may live with your
love as our guide. Then will we find peace; Then will we find
Peace, O God, where can we find it? In this world, broken
and torn? Holy Spirit, our lives transform, that "peace on
earth" may again be reborn. Then will we find peace; Then
will we find peace.
from the song "Peace, O
by Joan A. Fyock and Ralph Moyer, ©1982
of Thanks for the Prophets Among Us
Leader: Raise up a prophet!
People: That we may be challenged to live lives pleasing to
you, 0 God.
Leader: Raise up a prophet!
People: That we may listen to your Word, and your Word only, O
Leader: Raise up a prophet!
People: That we may boldly follow your commands to the way of
peace and Christ-like love in the midst of a violent, troubled
All: We give you thanks, 0 God, for the prophets of old and for
your prophets today, who courageously proclaim your Word to us.
May we listen intently and heed your commandments. Amen.
by Becky Baile Crouse
New Beginnings Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word