Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 9, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
First Sunday of Lent
me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my
salvation; for you I wait all day long. Be mindful of your
mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have
been from of old." (Psalm
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
*Invitation and Invocation
(back of bulletin)
praise thee, O God"
Unison Confession (read, not
be to the Father"
"Through the waters"
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Sweet hour of prayer"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(see bulletin insert)
with a clear conscience"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
To be read responsively
is a good morning in Jesus Christ.
Every day is
exciting and fresh in him.
We have gathered as a faith community
On this first Sunday in Lent
To lift our hearts and voices in prayer, praise, and adoration.
In our need
and sinfulness, God reaches out to us;
were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
He continues to
seek the lost and surround us with his care.
Lord, this would be a lonely world without you;
This we need to affirm with our hearts and minds.
Often we miss opportunities to experience your presence;
Help us not waste this one as we have gathered to worship.
We come to
offer our thanks,
To share our joys and concerns,
To renew our commitment,
And seek again your will for our lives.
Open us to the indwelling of your Spirit,
That we may experience your power passing through us
And extending throughout our faith community. Amen.
by Ronald D. Beachley,
executive Western Pennsylvania District
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
be seated, and turn with me to #128 in our hymnal. These words are
taken from the 51st Psalm, a plea to God for a clear
conscience. The Bible links them to King David, saying that he
wrote them after the prophet Nathan had confronted him about his
affair with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband.
our sins may not be the same as those of that Old Testament
monarch, we also - too easily and often - fall short of what God
created us to be. Like David, we need to turn to God in
repentance. Spend a few moments in silence just now and examine
yourself. What have you done this past week that shouldnít have?
How about that which you should have done, but didnít? If you
have sinned against another person, ponder how - with Godís help
- you might make it right. Prepare the way of the Lord in your
heart. (Silence - approx. 60 seconds)
letís read (not sing) together the words to hymn #128. Then weíll
sing the hymn right before it, "Glory be to the Father"
(#127), remembering how God forgives and revives us when we turn
1. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit
2. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy
Spirit from me.
3. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with
thy free Spirit.
be to the Father" #127
"Through the waters"
The story we just heard from the Bible today talks about the
baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Do you remember what
happened two weeks ago in church, right back there? Two persons
were baptized, just like Jesus was baptized. What does it mean to
be baptized? Well, it means a lot of things, and today weíre
going to explore some of what baptism means for us. I need your
help, cause weíre not just talk about it, weíre going to
"act" these things out. Will you help? Great! To start
with, everybody lie down on the floor and get into a little ball.
getting it - pretend youíre a little baby, waiting to be born
(like the babies growing inside little Ethanís or Michaelís
mommies). The Bible tells us that one of the things baptism means
is that we are born again as children of Godís family. Okay,
stand up now and pretend you are washing, as if you are taking a
shower. The Bible also says that baptism means we are washed clean
of all our sin and made ready to go to work for God. Is everybody
clean? Okay, now we need to pretend weíre dead! Everybody lie
down on the floor and act like youíre dead. (If one of the
children doesnít want to, donít force)
It does sound
a little scary, but the Bible says that when weíre baptized we
die to sin. In other words, we donít want to do bad things any
more. I guess what weíre really doing is burying the bad, sinful
part of ourselves. Everyone had enough of being dead?
jump up, because baptism also means that we are going to rise from
the dead just like Jesus did. What do you think Jesus looked like
when he came back to life. .... Yes, all those things. Letís
raise our arms real high ó not just because we are rising from
the dead, but because we want to praise King Jesus. Letís have a
prayer of thanks for all of the things baptism means ó
especially for new life with Jesus.
adapted from Welcoming
by Brant D. Baker
(other scriptures - Matthew 1:18-24; 1 Peter 3:21-22;
Mark 10:35-45; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:8-11)
our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to Genesis 9:8-17)
story of Noah. After the ark passed through the flood, and the
waters receded, a rainbow appeared in the sky, and God said,
"This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me
and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future
generations... When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is
seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me
and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters
shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh." (pause)
What sign of your
end of the covenant with God is visible today?... As you
return your offering, think about the promises you have made to
God. Donít just put money in the plate as it is passed. Allow
your offering to be a reminder to you of your covenant with
the Lord. Remember the waters of baptism.
ushers now come forward to serve....