Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 20, 2004
Worship 10:00 am
that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a
disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children
of God through faith." (Galatians
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Sharing the Joy - all children
(back of bookmark)
(Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
the voice of Jesus say"
"Lord, I am fondly,
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
God of wonder
and glory, this world around us is awesome. You created it! You
continue to hold it together, even as we threaten to tear it apart.
God of justice and
righteousness, to you we look for the truth. You are the ultimate
judge. Your wisdom cuts through the lies.
God of grace and
mercy, the love you have shown us in Jesus is more than we deserve.
Your arms are open wide, like a waiting father for his prodigal
children, ready to welcome and restore.
We come to you just
now thirsting for your living water. Guide us to the streams of your
wonder and glory, your justice and righteousness, your grace and
mercy, that we may drink and be satisfied, renewed for our
continuing journey with Jesus.
This we pray in the
name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit....
(Immediately into the Doxology,
with the "Amen" at the end)
"The Father's Look"
storyteller, Ed, will bring a photograph of his nephew beside his
wife in the hospital, holding their newly born child. (hold up
want you to look at this man's face and tell me how you would
describe how he feels." (wait for answers - all of which are
correct - sum up all of them as the "father's look:" the
first time a father sees his child).
hard-to-describe look upon that new father's face, Ed will go on
the birth of his own first child and speak with the children of the
joy of being a father.
is present when children are born, and the joy and love is shared
by this thing called "fatherhood." Close
the Joy / Affirmation
children's time, they will pass out presents to all the Dads
the men, for it won't be up to the children to figure out who is a
Dad) in the congregation - a pen and a bookmark, each with a
picture of a compass superimposed over a map with the words:
"God's direction is always best ... Special Dad" on it.
On the back of the bookmark are these words from Proverbs 3:5-6,
which will then be read in unison by the men as an affirmation:
"Trust in the Lord with all
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths."
our Tithes and Offerings
say that we "return" our offerings to God is to imply that
whatever we have came first from our Creator. We are returning to
the Lord what God has already given to us in trust.
"Trust" is the key word here. Not only do we trust God,
but God trusts us. It takes a lot of trust in the Lord to be a Dad!
But think about it from the other side. A father is entrusted by God
with a child to help raise this precious bundle into adulthood. When
grown, this young man or woman is, in a way, "returned" to
the Lord. However, between then and now much has happened. He has
become his own person. She is ready to step out on her own. This
miracle is built upon trust.
As you return your
offering just now, ponder this word "trust." Are you
trusting in the Lord with all your heart? What has God entrusted
into your hands? Return to the Lord more than just cash or check.
Make it a matter of trust.
Will the ushers now come forward to receive
these offerings we return?
written closer to the time (if not at the