Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 28, 2003
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School cancelled for this special day
whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him." (Colossians 3:17)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Choral Call to
"All hail the power of Jesusí name"
(back of bulletin)
be the tie that binds"
(Pre-schoolers then leave for their special time)
(vs. 1 & 2) "New earth,
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(vs. 3 & 4) "New earth,
"In Jesusí Name"
Rev. Scott Duffey
"Will you let me be your servant"
Responding our Tithes and Offerings
"Lord, I lift your name on high"
"Shalom Good Friends"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(refers to Exodus
3:1-6, 14; Revelation
4:8, 11; 5:12)
before no burning bush, Lord God, like Moses long ago; but we
recognize your presence in this moment and in this place. You are
the God of those who, by faith, have listened and followed where
you have led, whether in Bible times or in the recent history of
your people. You are the great "I am who I am"
who continues to set your children free through your Son and your
Spirit. Yes, we are aware that when we worship you, O God, we are
surrounded by a heavenly host, who sing "Holy, holy, holy."
We hear the witness of those who have gone before us, revealing
that, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory
and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will
they existed and were created." We add our voice to
theirs, just now, and sing our praise of Jesus. "Worthy is
the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and
might and honor and glory and blessing!" It is his name
we have gathered to worship. And it is in Jesusí name we pray.
(based upon Philippians
All - All hail the power of Jesusí name!
One - "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ
All - We are standing on holy ground. Help us to take off
Lord, and walk in the Spirit.
One - "Though he was in the form of God, he did not
with God as something to be exploited."
All - We are hungry for what really matters. Help us to open
Lord, and receive what we truly need,
not what we think we must have.
One - "He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
in human likeness."
All - Wandering mindlessly through this world, we confess we
Lord. Show us the way.
One - "Being found in human form, he humbled himself
and became obedient
to the point of death-- even death on a cross."
All - (silence - donít speak, just look up at the
One - "Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave
him the name
that is above every name."
All - "so that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bend," mine included.
One - "in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and
should confess that"
All - "Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
One - "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ
(sing, #421, vs. 1:)
be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.
fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
(spoken with words chosen at the moment)
Do any of you
know what happened here in Long Green Valley 100 years ago? Very
good! The story of this congregation began. It all
started with a dream. Do any of you ever have dreams of things youíd
like to see happen? Well, there was a fellow by the name of John
Matthias Prigel who, after he became a Christian and was baptized,
had a dream (a dream from God) of starting a church right here. He
was a farmer who lived just down the road, where some of his
family still lives.
He dreamed of
a Brethren church in this valley, and he pulled together some
other people who also dreamed of a new church. If I have the story
right, in 1902 they asked the folks in the Amish Mennonite church
up the street if they could use their meetinghouse for Brethren
services, and those Mennonites agreed. By the way, there isnít a
Mennonite church up the street any more, though there is a
cemetery - perhaps youíve seen it. Their church burned down a
long time ago, but Iím getting ahead of myself.
Prigel and some other Brethren started meeting together to study
the Bible and worship. In 1903, inspired by a powerful preacher
named Charles Bonsack, five persons asked to be baptized. It
happened in April, 100 years ago, that the first Brethren were
baptized right here in Long Green Valley. It took place in a
stream on John Prigel's farm. There were five of them in all: Ida
and Lillie Nafzinger, Emma Neuhauser, John Breidenbaugh, and
Maggie Glee. Letís pause a moment and see if anyone here today
is related to one of those five persons. Would you raise your
began this church. Well, actually, Iím not sure when exactly youíd
say it began, because itís hard to put a date on a dream. One
could say this church really started when John Prigel and some
others began talking about meeting together here, or when their
plans actually happened up at the Mennonite church. Or, we could
also say the church started when a Sunday School met for the first
time in 1906, or when the first Long Green Valley Church of the
Brethren meetinghouse was built and dedicated in 1908.
For me, that
baptism seems a pretty good way of beginning. It happened 100
years ago. Of course, when those five people were baptized, they
werenít thinking about us celebrating the 100 anniversary of the
church. They were just getting right with God and following Jesus.
Their eyes were on the work Jesus was calling them to do in this
valley. Their eyes were also on a future far beyond today. Coming
home for them was looking ahead to being with Jesus in their
heavenly home. That, we believe, is where they are now.
Today is our
special "Homecoming" celebration, when we remember the
past, and rejoice at being reunited with some folks that many of
us havenít seen for a while, even as we welcome new people -
like you - to be a part of the story of this church. But, you
know, our real homecoming will take place in the future when our
dream of heaven (a dream from God) becomes real and we will be
reunited with God. Let me read something from the Bible about this
homecoming: Revelation 21:1-5.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
(spoken with words chosen at the moment,
connecting with what has just be preached)