Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 8, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

Pentecost Sunday

      Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." (Ezekiel 37:9)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude

         Note: Music leader starts softly playing and singing "Fluye" with guitar from the side, inviting people to quietly join in. Third time through, while all are singing softly, the worship leader reads aloud Acts 2:1-4. After this, the congregation sings "Fluye" one more time, then ends. The worship leader invites all to then stand and leads them in the Litany.

  Quiet Song of Calling          "Fluye, Espiritu, Fluye"                                (insert)

  Scripture                                     Acts 2:1-4

*A Litany for Pentecost                                                            (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                            "O Holy Spirit, making whole"                               300

  Scripture                                Acts 2:4-8, 12-13

  For Children                                "Ruach"
                       (Pre-school thru 2nd grade children then leave for Sunday School)

  Scripture                                   Acts 2:12-17

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

  Hymn                           (vs. 1) "Spirit of God! descend"                              502

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Ezekiel 37:1-14

  Message                           "When bones get dry"

  Hymn                          "Breathe on me, breath of God"                              356

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory

*Hymn                            (vs. 1 & 4) "Here in this place"                                    6

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

A Litany for Pentecost
From John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; and Psalm 104:24-35b

One:  Divine Creator, source of all being,
                  our lives are in your hands.
         We wilt and perish apart from you.

  All:  We look to you, O God, to feed us.

One:  By your Spirit, dear God, truth is shown.
         By your Spirit, knowledge is known.

  All:  With open hand you fill our hearts, O God.

One:  God as Spirit, we open ourselves to you.
         Speak for us, speak to us,
                  declare now what you see.

  All:  Move through us, Mighty Spirit.
         Create, renew, and share your truth.

One:  The Spirit sings from the teachings of Jesus.
         The Spirit glorifies the reign of the Christ.

  All:  The Spirit comes in truth;
                  let us join in song to the Lord of our lives.
         Let us sing praise to God with all of our being.

by Howard Ullery, pastor
Lacey Community Church
Lacey, Washington
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
       

For Children
"Ruach"

Scripture: Acts 2:1-13
Focus
: This little word study is a fun way to focus on the meaning of ruach, the Hebrew word for Spirit, a word that also means wind, breath, and life. Through an understanding of this word, children should gain a better understanding of the power we receive from Godís Spirit - the power that was shown on the first Pentecost.
Experience
: To experiment with a "windy" pronunciation of various words related to the story of Pentecost and to discuss what happened when God s Spirit came upon the disciples.
Arrangements
: None are needed.

LEADER: Good morning! Who can tell us what special day this is?

CHILDREN: Sunday? My auntís birthday! Pentecost?

L: Itís all those things, evidently, but it is especially Pentecost, a day that is a kind of birthday for the church. All Christian churches, everywhere, were born on a day fifty days after Easter when Godís Spirit blew on the disciples like the sound of wind. What sound does the wind make?

C: Whooosh.

L: Thatís really good! Can you say the word "wind" in a windy way? (You may need to demonstrate.)

C: Whhhhhhiiiinnnd.

L: That works! OK, now try saying "breath" in a windy way.

C: Breeaaaathhhhh.

L: Good! How about "life"?

C: Llllliiiiifffffe.

L: Itís getting a little harder, isnít it? This one may be the hardest of all, how about the word "spirit"?

C: Sssssppiiiirrrrriiitttt.

L: (Pause.) That didnít sound too windy, Iím afraid. But thereís hope! Did you know that thereís a word in another language, a language called Hebrew, that not only sounds windy, but means all the things weíve been saying with all these other words? The word is ruach, and it means wind and breath and life and spirit. Can we say "ruach" in a windy way? (Ruach is pronounced roo-ach, with the "ch" as in the Scottish word loch.)

C: Rooooooooooaaaaaaaaawwwk.

L: That was really good! And what does ruach mean?

C: Wind. Spirit. Life.

L: And breath.

C: Breath!

L: So when it says in the book of Acts that there was a sound like a rushing wind that came around the disciples, it is saying that there was a sound like what?

C: Whooosh.

L: (Laughing) All right, but also a sound like this: roooooaaaaccchhh!

C: Rooooooaaaawwwk!

L: And when it says that the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, the book of Acts is telling us that they were filled with what?

C: Rooooooaaaawwwk!

L: Good! And what else were the disciples filled with? What does the word ruach mean?

C: Breath. Wind. Spirit. Life.

L: Right. And when the disciples were filled with Godís Holy Spirit - with breath and life - they began to tell everyone else about where this wonderful life came from. They talked about God and about what Jesus had done and how much God loves everyone. And many people believed in Jesus and became his followers. Letís have a prayer to thank God for life and breath and wind and Spirit (Prayer.)

from Welcoming the Children (p.62-64), by Brandt D. Baker
consider purchasing this book - it's a great resource!
      

Pastoral Prayer

 

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

 

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me.

Flow, Spirit, flow. Do what you will do.
         I offer myself to you to use as you will.
                  Fluye_Espiri-tu Fluye*.    Amen.

Will the ushers come forward now to serve?

*pronounced: Flew-yeah-spi-ri-tew-flew-yeah
  
(from above song)          
          

Benediction

         "I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live..." So God sang through the prophet Ezekiel (37:14a). The apostle Paul continued the song, writing that "the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27). As you step forth into this new week, sing out and live out this song of the Spirit. Go in Godís peace and power. Amen.
      

 

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International Lesson thoughts
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Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott

 

©2003 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)

 

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