Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 11, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
been saying to one another, ĎWho will roll away
the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?í When
they looked up, they saw that the stone, which
was very large, had already been rolled back."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Responsive Call to Worship
the Lord is risen today"
"Praise the Risen
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Christ, we do all adore thee"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Fragile, living stones
- a "Passion" series based upon 1
sent his Son"
"Lord, I lift your name on high"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
He was the Son of God.
He was the Son
He came down from heaven.
He was born in a
Kings came to his cradle.
His first home
was a cave.
He was born to be a king.
He was a child
He was the greatest among rulers.
He was the least
He was loved and honored.
He was despised
He was gentle and loving.
He made many
He counseled perfection.
He was a friend
He was a joyful companion.
He was a man of
He said, "Rejoice."
"Love God with all your heart."
neighbor as yourself."
"Don't be anxious."
In him was life.
He died on a
He was a historic person.
He lives today.
He was Jesus of Nazareth.
He is Christ the
adapted from We Gather Together, Kenneth I. Morse,
©1979 Brethren Press.
of Life, on this morning we gather and sing "Alleluia,"
for the sadness and fear of Good Friday has been replaced as we
rejoice in the life and power of Easter Sunday. From death rises new
life; out of despair rises powerful hope.
O God of wonder and
suprises, rise in our lives this Easter morning, that divine grace
and human love may spill forth from each of us and our lives may
witness to your resurrection power. In the spirit of the risen One
we pray. Amen.
- by Carol Wise, from For All Who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Press, p. 44
written closer to the time (if not at the
(in an Australia paraphrase)
This year's theme at Shepherdís Spring & Mardela
(our district's camps) this summer will be "Join the
party." For Christians, Easter is the biggest party
ever - a celebration of something that seems almost too
good to be true. Jesus the Christ was killed in a very
cruel way. And yet, lo and behold, he is not dead. On the
third day the stone was rolled away. He is alive! And
because he lives, we really live - now, as well as after
we breathe our last breath. Too good to be true? You
letís invite the prophet Isaiah to "join the
party." His words to Israel may also have seemed then
to be too good to be true. Godís promise may still sound
strange to earthly realists, who see Jerusalem today as
anything but "a place of joy," "full of
happy peaceful people." But this is where our hope
lies. Listen as I read Isaiahís words in an Australian
paraphrase, which in some places may have a peculiar
"down under" twang. God speaks hope to all
people everywhere. Listen to the Lord:
I, the LORD, am on the verge of making
........the heavens and the earth
brand new again.
The traumas of the past will be long forgotten,
........fading from memory.
Kick up your heels and start the party!
........Celebrate what Iím bringing
Iím creating Jerusalem as a place of joy,
........a place full of happy
Jerusalem will be my pride and joy,
........and its people will be my
Cries of fear will no longer be heard there,
........and the sounds of grieving
will be gone for good.
Never again will there be babies who die young,
........or adults who donít live to
a ripe old age.
If anyone dies at a hundred,
........people will say they were cut
down in their prime;
if they fall short of a hundred,
........it will seem like some
They will live secure in the houses they have worked for;
........they will enjoy the fruits of
their own labours.
Never again will anyone build a house,
........only to have the bank
Never again will anyone sweat and toil
........only to see the profit go to
My people will live long and sturdy like the great trees;
........my chosen people will love
their work and enjoy its fruits.
Their work will not be wasted,
........their children will not be
I, the LORD, will see that their children
........and that all will be well for
their childrenís children.
I will answer their prayers before theyíve passed their lips;
........Iíll tune in before
theyíve opened their mouths.
The dingo and the lamb will feed side by side;
........the crocodile will go
................snakes will bite
nothing but the dust!
There will be no killing or maiming on my holy mountain;
........I the LORD,
have given my word!
©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net
our Tithes and Offerings
Please pray with me.
quickly we think the work we do for you is wasted. Too easily we
slip into a sense of doom and gloom as we look ahead. But you are
Lord of heaven and earth, and it is your kingdom we anticipate. As
that fateful Friday long ago led to our new resurrection day, and
that stone which kept in the stench of death was rolled away to
reveal an empty tomb, fill us with this same - almost too good to be
true - hope. May it color everything - our work, our play, our
simple day-by-day living. You have invited us to join your party. We
bring with us our gifts. Help us to truly celebrate. Christ the Lord
is risen ... today! Amen!
The tomb is empty.
No stone can hold
in the risen Christ.
Therefore, by Godís resurrection power,
dare to step forth
into your everyday world
and be a "living stone" for him -
"fragile," yes, but ALIVE in Christ!