Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 27, 2004
Worship 10:00 am
were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not
use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,
but through love become slaves to one another." (Galatians
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"We give thanks unto
to the music)
worship the King"
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
I want to be a Christian in my heart..." (vs.
Celebrating and Renewing
I want to be more loving..." (vs. 2)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
I want to be more holy..." (vs. 3)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
I want to be like Jesus..." (vs. 4)
another word for nothing left to lose?"
me a captive, Lord"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Bless, O Lord, these moments of worship. Forgive our sin and dwell
within through your Spirit. We freely open our hearts and minds to
your Word. Give us your hope even as you shatter our illusions, your
peace which passes our understanding, your abundant life made known
in Jesus Christ. It is in his name that we have gathered and pray,
holding on to your promise. Amen.
In this kids
sermon, borrowed from Ruth Gilmore, Scolding
the Snakes, p.84, we'll explore Luke 9:57-62 by having
volunteers walk a straight line, first by looking straight ahead
(not looking down), then by turning their head when called and
looking back while still going forward. Not easy to do! The point
is to keep our eyes on Jesus and not look back.
and Renewing Baptismal Vows
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul, and with all your mind.í This is the
greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ĎYou
shall love your neighbor as yourself.í On these two
commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew
22:37-40) Thatís what Jesus said.
we want to celebrate the anniversary of decision based in that
love. Over the years, several persons among us made a public
statement of faith during the month of June. Perhaps it was the
initial step of baptism. Maybe it was a recommitment to Christ and
his church, coming from another congregation. Whatever the case,
you joined your life with ours in Christ. You know who you are. I
invite you now to come forward.
We thank God
for you, for bringing you into this fellowship. As your badge
says, you are a "special person" to us. Whether or not
you were raised in this family of faith, it was your decision to
follow Jesus with us. Thatís a joy, evidence that God has been
moving in your life. Thank you for the ways in which you have
responded to his call. May you keep walking with Christ! Itís
our desire as a church to keep walking beside you along his way.
Forgive us when our steps falter, as we seek to do the same with
sisters, let me extend the opportunity just now to renew the vows
you once made, that today might be, for you, a fresh beginning to
another year of faith. Here goes.
still believe that Jesus is Godís Son. 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 freely live according to the example and teachings of
Jesus? If so, say, "I will."
continue to be loyal to the church, upholding these people
through 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 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, then return to where you were
sitting, while we sing "Lord, I want to be more loving in my
heart" (#444, vs. 2).
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
offerings have been gathered by the ushers, weíll stand and sing,
"Lord, I want to be like Jesus." Think about those words
before you sing them. What did it mean this past week for you to
"be like Jesus?" Were there times when your "want to
be" like him actually became "I was" like him? If not
this past week, what about this coming week? Are there upcoming
events that bear the potential for you to let your light shine, to
love another as he has loved you, to "be like Jesus?" Make
this "want to be" part of the offering you return to the
Lord just now.
Will the ushers now come forward to receive what
we have to share.
Lord God, we trust in your salvation. We arenít trying to reinvent
the wheel of your deliverance in Christ. Weíre just seeking to
bring to the surface and live out the salvation you have already
worked in to our lives. Therefore, take our "want to beís"
and help us - through your wisdom and strength - to become "I
was" like Jesus. Bless these offerings in his name. Amen.