Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 23, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
the Alpha and the Omega,í" says the Lord
God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Responsive Call to Worship
we all our God"
"A King forever"
(vs. 1-2) "Jesus
(Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(vs. 1) "God, whose giving"
"Alpha and Omega"
the Lord is King!"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
gather to worship you, the One who creates all things.
People: For the gift of creation, we give thanks.
Leader: We gather to worship you,
One who brings salvation through Jesus Christ.
People: For the gift of redemption, we give thanks.
Leader: We gather to worship you,
the One who sustains us by the Spirit.
People: For the gift of your presence, we give thanks.
Leader: We bring to you our offerings of thanks and praise
for all your gifts.
ALL: We worship you - Our
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. AMEN
#670, © 1988 Ruth A. Yoder
26175 Woodridge Dr., Elkhart, IN 46517
Lord, the Provider of all good and perfect gifts, deliver us now
from the thoughts of ingratitude and selfishness so that we may
truly worship you as our Creator and Sustainer. Amen.
by James Weekly
from Wings of the Spirit, p.132
©1977, CSS Publishing Co.
clothed with majesty and strength.
is set firmly in place and cannot be moved.
throne, 0 Lord, has been firm from the beginning,
and you existed before time began.
identical empty cans (soft drink or food cans) on a board.
Glue or nail one of the cans to the board.
See these five
cans? (Show them.) You may look at them but not touch them.
One is different than the others. Can you see the difference? They
are all the same size. They are all empty. They are all the same
color and have the same words on them. The difference is not some
little mark or dent. It is a big difference.
You can see
the difference when I show you. (Turn the board over so four of
the cans fall.) Now you see the difference. One can is
fastened to the board. The other four were sitting on the board.
They all looked the same when I held the board still. But when I
turned it over, you could see the difference.
cans and listen to part of Psalm 93 (see above).
The psalm says
the Lord is a king. He dresses like a king and he sits on a throne
like a king. But there are many other kings. The other kings also
dress like kings and sit on thrones. But there is a big difference
between the Lord and the other kings. The difference is not in
what they wear or the thrones they sit on. The difference is that
the Lord has a throne that has been firm from the beginning. The
other kings come and the other kings go. But the Lord is our king
forever. He existed before time began. He will exist after time
ends. He is like the can that is fastened to the board. That can
did not fall off when the board was tipped over. God does not fall
away from us when we have problems. He is our king forever.
We do not have
other kings today. But we do have other things that are important
to us. (Put the other cans back on the board.) Think of
these cans as the things that are important to you. This is your
family. This is your health. This is food and clothing. This can
be fun and games. Or you can think of other things that are
But this can (point
to the one glued to the board) is Jesus. He has been your
Savior long before any of the other things existed. Long ago he
died for you and then came back to life. He is important to you
now. All the other things are also important now. But they will
change. They will drop away. (Turn the board over again.)
Jesus is the king who will last forever.
by Eldon Weisheit, The
Psalms for Children, pp. 126-27.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
are not as connected to the land as were our ancestors. Their
ability to make it through a long, cold Winter depended upon the
harvest. We just drive to the nearest supermarket. There is much we
simply take for granted. What does that do to our ability to live
thanksgiving, and not just mouth the words? As you return your
offering this day, pay attention to the many ways in which you are
truly blessed. And be thankful to the One from whom all blessings
Ushers, itís your turn to serve.
cannot out-give you, Lord. Forgive us for taking so much for
granted. Help us to live our gratitude - not just this very moment,
but in moments and days which lie ahead, after we have left this
place. May our thanksgiving to you overflow onto those around us.
This we pray in the name of the One who is your greatest gift -
Jesus our Christ. Amen.