Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 18, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Health Promotion Sunday
righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a
cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the
LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. In old age
they still produce fruit; they are always green and full
of sap, showing that the LORD is upright; he is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness in him."
Aging is a Journey
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Sing to the Lord
1:3-8 (The Message)
"Live well for the Master"
1:9-12 (The Message)
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"God, whose giving"
(*stand on verse 3)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
reprise from Godspell
Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day.
(words by St. Richard of Chichester, 1197-1253)
Hymn of the Month "Lord
of our growing years"
Wisdom of the Vine"
"Thou true Vine, that
*Closing Prayer (in
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
O God, who blesses those who trust in you,
who plants the seed of good news in all who would receive it, and
who gives the water of life to those who thirst,
we sing our praise to you.
Will we bear good fruit?
Only as we depend upon you
and 'work out' the salvation you have 'worked in' -
taking root, growing, flowering
where you have planted us.
our failure to realize our place within your seasons of life,
our pride when we consider our fruit better than all others, or
our sloth when we think we have no more room to grow.
Bless these moments of worship, O Lord,
that we might continue to learn your wisdom,
and grow in your grace and truth.
This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen
"Live well for the Master"
1:3-12 (The Message)
Call the children up front before the scripture reading.
When they are settled, invite them to listen to these
special words from the Bible, written to all the people of
the church in the town of Colossae. Worship leader
then reads Colossians
1:3-8 (from The Message).
"The Message," Paul said, the seed of God's good
news from Jesus, "doesn't diminish or weaken over time...
it bears fruit and gets stronger, just as it has in you."
All of you stand up. Now, let's line ourselves up from shortest to
tallest. See how quickly you can do this. What do you notice
about this line? For the most part, the youngest among you are the
shortest, and the oldest are the tallest. Is that true in every
case? No. However, the older you get, the bigger you grow. You're
not "diminishing" as you grow, are you?
Everyone turn around and face the congregation. I'm going to ask
several other persons to stand right where they are (choose them
in general order of age, from teen to eldest). What do you notice
here? Are the youngest the shortest, and the oldest the tallest?
No. Do you think that the older people in our church have stopped
growing, especially if they are shorter than someone who is
younger? Well, maybe in some ways they have. Sometimes you do
get shorter as you grow older. But you don't stop growing,
especially on the inside - in the things that really matter?
Thank you. Why don't you sit and face me. The Bible says that when
the good news of Jesus is really a part of our lives, it "doesn't
diminish or weaken over time... it bears fruit and gets stronger."
Even when our bodies may stop growing tall, we continue to grow in
Jesus. All of us. Even the older people in our church. What Jesus
has planted in them is still growing, just as it is in you. At
every step on our journey through life, from when we are very
young, all the way to when we are - how old are you now, Papa
Lewie (our oldest member)? All the way to age 92 and beyond - God
is still growing us in the faith and love of Jesus, so that we can
Okay, now there's more to this scripture I want you to hear. So
open your ears and listen. It's sort of like a prayer. After
______ finishes reading it to us, I want you to quietly go to
preschool playtime or Alleluia choir. But right now, listen
Worship leader then reads Colossians
1:9-12 (from The Message).
our Tithes and Offerings
It's time to
return our offerings. Let's not do so, however, with "the
grim strength of gritting your teeth but (rather with) the
glory-strength God gives," an enduring strength that
"spills over into joy" and thankfulness to the
Father... Will the ushers come forward to serve.
prayers spill over in thanksgiving as we remember all the ways in
which your good news grows in and around us. You never stop
growing us, even when we mistakenly think we can grow no more.
Your message does bear fruit and does get larger and
stronger, through all stages of life, from age to age, through
good times as well as bad. It doesn't diminish or weaken.
Thank you! We pray that, like the church in Colossae to which Paul
wrote so long ago, we will - in you - be able to say that your
good news is "as vigorous in (us) now as when
(we first) learned it..." To your glory,
we pray. Amen.
written closer to the time (if not at the
grant that the
words we have heard this day
may be so grafted
within our hearts
that they bring
to the honor and
praise of your name,
Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
adapted from "Order of Worship," Worship the Lord.
©1987, Reformed Church in America & Eerdmans Pub. Co.