Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 15, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
down with them and stood on a level place, with a great
crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people
from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
creatures of our God and King"
"Make sure you’re
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
" God, who touches earth"
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
from The Message
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"O bless the Lord, my
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Based on Psalm 1 and
Blessed are those who trust in God - in God alone;
their lives are rooted in God's righteousness and nourished by
They are like trees planted beside a stream, soaring high and
tapping into the water below - their foundations are strong, even
in times of drought.
Woe to those who trust only in themselves - who mock God and all
By their actions, they separate themselves from God, the Source
Dried up and useless, they are blown about like tumbleweed - in
all directions - hindering and obstructing the way of the righteous.
Bless us, O God, and keep us connected to you, through Jesus and
the Holy Spirit - source and sustaining force of our lives.
adapted from Liturgies
Heaven and earth
proclaim your glory, O Lord our God. ‘Burning sun,’ ‘silver
moon,’ ‘rushing wind,’ ‘clouds that sail,’ ‘all
creatures of our God and King,’ we add our "alleluia" to
the chorus already being sung all around us.
Forgive us, Lord,
for not listening to the awe and wonder spoken through all that you
have made. And even when we do open our ears and eyes, O God our
Creator, forgive us for paying more attention to what you have
created than to you. You are far greater than the limits of our
imagination. Your goodness and mercy surround us all the days of our
On this day of
Sabbath rest, we stop our maddening race to create and control our
own lives - even for just an hour - and turn to you. On this
resurrection day, we open our hearts and minds to your renewing
touch. So, come, Lord Jesus. Through your Spirit, we rise to new
"Make sure you’re
Psalm 1 :2-3a
needed: 2 electric lamps — one plugged in and
have lamps that look something like these in your home. Why do you
have lamps? They look nice. Maybe your family bought some lamps to
match other things in your house. But we have lamps for a more
important reason — to make light.
have light. (Turn on the one that is plugged in.) There is
light. (Turn the switch on the second.) There is no light
from this one. See, it also has a bulb. (Turn the switch
several times.) Do you know why this light works, and this one
does not? (Let the children discover that one is not plugged
in. Plug the second one in and turn it on.)
know that lamps have to be plugged in in order for them to make
light. Do you know that you also need to be plugged in to a source
of power in order for you to do what God wants to help you do?
Listen to part of Psalm 1. It says, "They find joy in
obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night. They
are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the
right time, and whose leaves do not dry up."
The psalm says
that people who study God’s Word are like trees near a stream of
water. Trees that have water grow and produce fruit. Trees that do
not have water cannot grow or produce fruit. They will die without
water. Trees need water just like these lamps need electricity.
need a source of power. We need food to make our bodies grow.
Without food we would not be healthy and would soon die. But we
need more than food. We also need power for our spiritual lives.
God gives us that power through Jesus Christ.
We connect to
God’s power in Christ when we read and hear his Word. In the
Bible he tells us that Jesus came to live with us. We learn that
Jesus helped people. Sometimes he helped one person who was sick
by making that person well. Then he helped all people by dying on
the cross to forgive everyone s sin. He rose from the dead. He
came back to be with us in a special way.
When you hear
the gospel, the good news that Jesus is your Savior, you are like
a tree growing near a river or like a lamp that is plugged into an
electrical outlet. You receive power from God. You know God loves
you. You know you are forgiven. You know he helps you.
All of us have
times when we feel we run out of power. We feel as though our
lights won t go on. When that happens, remember where your power
comes from. Make sure you re plugged in to the message from God.
Listen to the story of Jesus. He gives you the power to light up
by Eldon Weisheit, The Psalms for Children,
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to the Anthem,
of Promise," and 1 Corinthians 15:12-20)
As the offering
plates are passed just now, take the time to also pass the
attendance pads, signing your name. When finished, please don’t
put them in the offering plate... Now, would you pray with me.
On this winter’s day, we have no doubt that spring is
around the corner. It may not come as soon as we would like,
but it’s on the way. When it comes to your promise of
resurrection, Lord, help us to live with that same kind of
assurance. Facing into our troubles, we may grow
discouraged, tempted to believe that the message we bear is
all smoke-and-mirrors, a barefaced lie, or a fabrication.
Move through our doubts, God, and lift up us to hope for
that which only you can see - unrevealed until its season.
May these offerings be a sign of hope. Help us to wisely use
them for your glory and to bless others. In Christ we pray.
BLESSINGS AND WOES
Where is the blessing, mothers of Iraq?
it there, mother of Zanib, in the streets with raw sewage,
where your children play?
Iqbal, was it with you when you lifted your sons
from a pile of bombed rubble?
- Heider, dead, but Moustafa, only
with a piece of shrapnel embedded
near his spine.
And all our prayers, fasting, and tears, shared with the Iraqi
did not hold back
Did our grief, which flowed out over
the land of Ur and Eden, fall on deaf ears?
Is there some future reward we don’t now see?
Will those who
dropped bombs, or designed the sanctions,
reap the same horror
Yet the words of Jesus echo through the desert plains:
"Woe to you
rich, well fed, in power . . . your reward is fleeting,
But you who
hunger, who weep the victim’s loss,
. . . receive today the blessings of God’s kingdom."
Why such strength given when we, Iraqi and American,
other in our fear?
What is this power, this love, even armies cannot stop?
Holding onto God, our finding hope defies all reason.
How can so much blessing be given in such woe?
Joy dances in
among the pain -- grabs us, and won’t let go!
- Peggy Gish, Athens, Ohio
Church of the Brethren
Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word