Worship Order for
Jeremiah 31:31-34 NRSV
(read by 2 voices as the organ softly plays "New earth,
1 - The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make
a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
2 - It will not be like the covenant that I made with their
ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the
land of Egypt -
1 - a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,
says the LORD.
2 - But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel after those days, says the LORD:
1 - I will put my law within them,
2 - and I will write it on their hearts;
1 - and I will be their God,
2 - and they shall be my people.
1 - No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each
2 - "Know the LORD,"
1 - for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the
greatest, says the LORD;
2 - for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin
(motion for congregation to stand)
(based upon Psalm
Leader: Have mercy on us, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
People: Blot out all our transgressions,
according to your great compassion;
Leader: Wash away all our iniquities
and cleanse us from our sin.
People: For we know our transgressions,
and our sin is always before us.
Leader: We have sinned against you
and have done what is evil in your sight.
ALL: as sacrifice we bring out broken and contrite hearts.
(pause for silence)
Leader: God will create in each of us a pure heart.
God will not take the Holy Spirit form us.
God will restore to us the joy of salvation
and grant us willing spirits to sustain us.
ALL: Praise to the God of mercy who loves and forgives us.
©1988, Ruth A. Yoder
26175 Woodridge Dr., Elkhart, IN 46517.
children's message, taken from "Sitting
on the Rainbow," by Ruth Gilmore, the storyteller uses
some vegetable or olive oil to reveal something about sin.
"Have you ever gotten oil on your hands and then tried to
wash it off with water? Does the oil rinse off? No it doesn't come
off with just water, does it? What else do you need to get oil off
your hands? Right: you need soap" (which the storyteller also
has, along with a damp cloth).
Linking to Psalm
51, the rest of the message focuses upon forgiveness,
and how God helps us to come clean - a process of show and tell
with the children, using the oil and letting them feel the
storyteller's hand before and after the soap is then applied... You
need to buy Gilmore's book if you want to read more.
our Tithes and Offerings
Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a
loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death.
And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. So
even though he was Godís Son, he learned obedience from the
things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect
High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all
who obey him." (Hebrews 5:7-9, New Living
Please pray with me:
Lord, we thank
you for giving us, in your Son Jesus, someone who fully
understands what itís like to walk in our shoes. He could have
chosen a different way, but he didnít. And his path led him to
the cross, where he didnít just offer some animal or grain to
make things right between your people and you. No, he became the
sacrifice - the lamb slain for the salvation of the world.
God, in the
moments that follow we return to you a portion of what you have
first given us. We donít bring these offerings to make things
right between us and you. Jesus has already done that. Even so, as
we give help us learn how to live sacrificially - to give of
ourselves in ways that glorify Jesus and you. For you donít
desire only a "portion" of who we are. You want all.
Help us to step into your kingdom promise with both feet,
following "Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith"
(Hebrews 12:2). In his name we pray. Amen.
Will the ushers now come forward to receive our
O God, who
sent your only Son that all might believe, may we never cease to
be amazed as we survey the wondrous cross upon which he died. And
when we think we have it all figured out, Lord, blow open our
perceptions so that your amazing love might take our breath away,
and your awesome demand pull us toward you with all our heart,
soul, mind, and strength. Help us to lift high the cross this day,
not to again crucify Jesus, but that all might see him and be
drawn to him. As you raised him from death, and given to us the
promise of resurrection on the last day, so also raise us up now
that we might catch just a glimpse of your glory.
whose amazing love encompasses all people, we pray for those -
just now - on the battlefields of Iraq. War is terrifying for both
winners and losers. Surround those who call upon you in their
need, even if they do not know your name. We pray this conflict
end quickly, and those whose loved ones anxiously await them may
return home, safe and sound. We worry over the aftermath - the
tensions which continue to mount in that "powder-keg"
part of the world, the post-war syndromes which may haunt those
who fight for the rest of their lives, the grieving of those on
either side who must continue on. Bless them all, O Lord. Again,
we pray for wisdom for those who lead us. Lift the eyes of every
world leader beyond their own schemes, that your justice and your
peace might prevail on earth.
You have heard
what we have shared this day, O Lord. You know every name we have
mentioned, better than we ourselves. You cry with those who mourn,
suffer with those on beds of pain, rejoice with those who step out
in faith, laugh with those who are filled with good humor. We
thank you for hearing our sharing. May you be glorified in every
situation we have lifted up. May we see a bit of your glory in
those places and lives which we have not mentioned this morning.
Indeed, may we behold your glory in the places and people to whom
we will return when we leave this place - wherever we go this
All this we
pray in the name of the One who revealed your amazing love to us.
May we be drawn to you through him. Amen.
we want to see Jesus. We know the temptation to see what we want
to see and to be blind to those aspects of Jesus that raise our
doubts and threaten our security. Heal us of our blindness. Give
us eyes to see your glory manifest in self-giving love, even on a
cross. Give us courage to follow Jesus where he would lead us.
Give us a heart, like Philipís and Andrewís, to bring
outsiders to Jesus, so that God may be glorified. Amen.
B. Horning, Goshen, Indiana
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word