Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 1, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles."
                                      (Acts 1:26)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Hymn                           "Holy Spirit, come with power"                                26

*A Litany of Knowing                                                              (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                                    "Great is the Lord"                                          87

  Scripture                                   Psalm 19:1-4

  Alleluia Choir                   "The Heavens Are Telling"                             Haydn

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

  Hymn                        "Seek ye first the kingdom of God"                            324
                                                    (Pre-schoolers leave for playtime)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Psalm 63:1-7

  Anthem                    "When I Think Upon Thy Goodness"                      Haydn

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Scripture                                   Acts 1:15-26

  Message                         "And the lot fell on me"
                                                     Matthias, apostle of Jesus Christ

*Hymn                                   "Lord, speak to me"                                       499

*Sending                                                                                                     763

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

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A Litany of Knowing

One: Lord, you know everyone s heart.
All:   It's hard to believe that the Holy One
                who created the universe
                would want to bother with our petty thoughts!

One: Lord, you have searched us and known us.
        You discern our thoughts from afar.
All:   And that's scary, God...
        For we are ashamed of some of the thoughts
                we keep hidden within us.
        We d rather you didn't know them!

One: As mortals, we look upon the outward appearance,
        But you, the Lord, look upon the heart.
All:   God, forgive us.
        Create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit within us.
        May what you find in our hearts be pleasing to you.

One: Lord, you know everyone's heart.
All:   We rejoice that you, our great Creator,
                know us, love us, redeem us.
        We remember the hope that some day
                we, too, shall know,
                even as we now are known.
        Thank you, God, for knowing us. Amen.

by Jean Moyer
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         Please pray with me... Thank you, Lord, for your goodness and mercy. May these offerings we now give be a reflection of your goodness as it overflows in our lives. May the offering of your Word as it is soon to be proclaimed likewise reflect some of who you are and what you are about in this world, even today. This we pray in the name of the One who calls us all to share in the good news mission - hearing and seeing, telling and showing. Amen.

Will the ushers now come forward to receive our offerings

Acts 1:15-26
for 2 readers

         Preface (spoken by voice 1) - We turn now to the days after our Lord ascended to the Father, leaving his followers to fulfill the mission to which he had called them. One matter, however, needed to be handled before they could continue. The Acts of the Apostles was written by Luke, as a continuation of his gospel story. It must be noted that Luke was not himself an eyewitness to these first events, but was passing along the story he had received, wording it in such a way as to make sense to people who did not grow up in Israel, knowing Hebrew - such as his friend Theophilus (Acts 1:1). After this reading, imagine that one of those original followers of Jesus, a man named Matthias, has come to speak with us. By the way, we’ll hear from him again later on this month. For now, listen to God’s Word.

         [Voice 1 is narrator. Note the parenthesis, and read as if an ‘aside.’    The first and second times voice 2 speaks, he/she does so as if he/she is Peter. Voice 2's third reading should be done prayerfully.]

1 - In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,

2 - "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus-- for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry."

1 - (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

2 - "For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and ‘Let another take his position of overseer.’ So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us--one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection."

1 - So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said,

2 - "Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."

1 - And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

from the New Revised Standard Version
©1989 Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA


Leader: We came to worship.
People: We go now to serve.
Leader: We have been given the light.
People: We go now to let it shine.
Leader: We have been blessed by God's love.
People: We go now to share it.
Leader: We are Christ's disciples.
People: We go no to witness to all.

Hymnal #763
by Jimmy R. Ross,
from We Gather Together
© 1979 Brethren Press.


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