Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 25, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Third Sunday of Easter
When they had
finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon
son of John, do you love me more than these?" He
said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love
you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
joyful, we adore Thee"
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Morning is Easter Morning"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Continuing the work of Jesus"
(vs 1-2) "For
Christ and the church"
Celebrating and Renewing Baptismal
(vs 3-4) "For
Christ and the church"
Responding with our Tithes and
"I know that my Redeemer
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 & 2 - I will praise you, LORD!
1 - You saved me from the grave and kept my enemies from
celebrating my death.
2 - I prayed to you, LORD God, and you healed me, saving me
from death and the grave.
1 - Your faithful people, LORD, will praise you with songs and
honor your holy name.
2 - Your anger lasts a little while,
1 - but your kindness lasts for a lifetime.
2 - At night we may cry,
1 - but when morning comes we will celebrate.
2 - I was carefree and thought,
1 - "I'll never be shaken!"
2 - You, LORD, were my friend, and you made me strong as a
1 - But when you hid your face, I was crushed.
2 - I prayed to you, LORD, and in my prayer I said,
1 - "What good will it do you if I am in the grave? Once
I have turned to dust, how can I praise you or tell how loyal you
are? Have pity, LORD! Help!"
2 - You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing.
1 - No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth.
2 - I thank you from my heart,
1 - and I will never stop singing your praises,
2 - my LORD and my God....
1 - God has, indeed, "turned (our) mourning into dancing."
2 - Christ is risen! In him shall all be made alive!
1 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, take off your sackcloth and
be clothed me with the joy of the Lord.
2 - "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee," #71, stand if you
are able, and sing!
down with the children and start cutting up an apple. Take a bite,
and savor the taste. Try to get the children to salivate over it.
Then:) Iíve got two questions for you this morning.
Interested? Hereís the first one: How many seeds do you think
are in this apple? (Have them guess).
Well, I suppose there is just one way to find out. Letís finish
cutting this sucker up and see. (Divide the
apple into sections - one per child plus yours - and cut out the
center of each, counting up the seeds as you go.) Here,
would you eat this piece for me? (Give the
slices away, one by one, as you go). There, we have an
answer to my question. How many seeds are there in this apple?
I said that I
had two questions. Hereís the second one. (Pick
up one of the seeds) How many apples are in this seed?
Thatís a hard one to answer, isnít it? We canít cut it up
and count, can we? We donít know how many. Why? Thatís right.
First this seed needs to be planted. No apples will come from it
if it doesnít get planted. However, it is does get planted, and
does take root and grow, and if it becomes an apple tree that
produces fruit - why, only God knows how many apples could come
from this seed. Bushel basket upon bushel basket, year after year.
Each of us is
like this seed. All sorts of possibilities exist for us down the
road as we grow. Who knows what good fruit will come out of us as
we follow Jesus! Well, God knows. All the good stuff in you, for
instance - things that are special about you, the things that make
you unique, your abilities and opportunities as you grow - all of
this comes from God. And God wants you to grow and become that
special person only you can be.
Did you like
that apple? I did. And I like you. Okay, itís time for some of
you to plant yourselves back in your seat, and you younger ones to
head off to a different garden - I mean your preschool room - to
do some growing. God loves you. Bye.
adapted from Harold Steindam, Growing Together,
written closer to the time (if not at the
and Renewing Baptismal Vows
The wealth of
a congregation is not measured in terms of the size of its
meetinghouse, nor the amount of money it has in the bank. The true
treasure of the church is found in persons who respond the call of
Christ, trust in Godís promise, and live out their love of the
Lord. Jesus said, "follow me," and the greatest blessing
in life is to do just that. Do understand, sometimes we walk with
the Lord full of energy, ready and raring to go. While at other
times, we drag our feet or stumble and fall. Along the way, we may
wander from the path set before us, but then we hear again the
call, "follow me." Our Lord is always with us - leading,
empowering, sometimes carrying, but always near, as promised.
Right now, we
want to celebrate an important anniversary. Standing here are some
of the treasure of this congregation, persons who - during the
month of April down through the years - said "yes" to
the Lord by joining their lives with ours in this body of Christ.
Some were baptized in this sanctuary or in a nearby stream. Others
transferred from another Christian church, affirming their faith
as they joined. If our records are right, and all sixteen active
members we want to recognize are here today, they altogether
represent 419 years of faithful service, following Jesus in this
congregation. That is something to celebrate! Amen?
Thank you for
responding to Christ call and joining this church - many years
ago, or just a few. We value your presence among us. You are very
important to us, whether you serve in some leadership capacity or
are just one of the unspoken heroes in our midst. Every part of
the body of Christ, as the apostle Paul once wrote, is important.
This is a time
to celebration, and a time to recommit. Traditionally, there are
three questions asked on the day of our baptism. Letís revisit
them, giving those who are up front now the opportunity to renew
these vows. Since I am among those who joined in April, Iíve
asked one of our deacons to lead us at this point.
still believe that Jesus is Godís Son. Does your door remain
open to him that you may receive him every day? Do you still trust
him as your Savior and Lord? If so, say, "I do."
turn away from all sin and endeavor by Godís grace - today!
- to live according to the example and teachings of Jesus? If
so, say, "I will."
continue to be loyal to the church, upholding it by your
prayers and your presence, your substance and your service? If
so, say, "I will."
Each of you received a letter which included a pledge form, an
opportunity to respond with some concrete vows specific to you,
involving your time and talents, as well as your substance. If you
have felt moved to pledge in this way, I invite you to place it in
the basket on the worship table while we sing the last two verses
of the hymn - your special offering "for
Christ and the church" on this day of celebration. Then
return to your seat. Hymnal - #416.
our Tithes and Offerings
died to save. And he lives! In Christ shall all be made alive. Not
just those whose April steps of faith down through the years we have
just celebrated. All shall be made alive! How about
you? Your redeemer lives! Respond - today - to his invitation to
follow, his call to "feed my sheep," whatever that
may mean for you. Your monetary offering is but one way of
responding. How else might you live for Christ this coming week? Aim
high. Let your faithful imagination soar as the ushers receive our