Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 8, 2004
Worship 10:00 am
is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of
things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Worship "Brethren, we have met to worship"
(vs.1 - all, vs. 2 - men*, vs. 3 - women*, vs. 4 - all)
is the Lord"
(Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"We walk by
Pan and the treasure hunt"
me, O thou great Jehovah"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Awesome God, who
does shower all around exactly what your people need, who
loves and empowers trembling mourners who struggle hard with sin,
who finds us even before we find you - we praise you. Your Spirit, a
constant presence, makes it possible for us to pray with all our
power, and to help share the holy manna which you so richly provide.
We open ourselves
to hear your Word as it is preached, and to respond with our active
love of you and one another, as well as our neighbors near and far.
However, unless it is your Spirit which moves us, all is in vain.
Therefore, shower us this morning, O Lord, for we have met to
worship. In Jesusí name. Amen!
Lord, our God,
great, eternal, wonderful
utterly to be trusted:
you give life to us all,
you help those who come to you,
you give hope to those who cry to you.
Forgive our sins, secret and open,
and rid us of every habit of thought
that stands against the gospel.
Set our hearts at peace,
so we may live our lives before you
confidently and without fear,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
Hymnal #699. Based on a prayer from
The Liturgy of St. Basil of Caesarea, 4th c.,
adapted from Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship,
ed. Caryl Micklem, copyright © 1956 1967 SCM Press, Ltd.
storyteller, Ed Lewis, writes, "I want to share a story about
how I can get to heaven by doing all good deeds (not!). Using the
scripture about how you can't "earn your way to heaven,"
I hope to stimulate thinking about ideas for good deeds and after
sharing the scripture, share with the children that we should do
the good deeds, because God is so good to us and we should in turn
do good for others, but, not for rewards..."
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen... By faith Abraham obeyed
when he was called to set out for a place that he was to
receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where
he was going" (Hebrews 11:1 & 8).
As you return
your offering this morning, I encourage you to reflect on the words
of our denominationís moderator, found on the back of your
bulletin. You might even use the prayer he wrote as your own,
dedicating your offering, your life to Christ... Will the ushers now
come forward to serve...
(back of bulletin:)
The Conviction of Things Not Seen
weddings, funerals, anointings, worship, child dedications, love
feast, prayer, marriage counseling, sitting with the dying,
sponsoring a refugee family, working at a soup kitchen -- on goes
the list of a congregation's work. Acts
such as these are gifts that must be placed in God's hands in faith,
because we do not and cannot know where these actions will lead us.
We have to trust that God will do what is best with those gifts.
it can be hard to trust God.
trust was no easier for Jesus disciples when they answered his call.
When asked, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" Jesus replied,
"Come and see" (John 1:38). When seeing two sets of
brothers working on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said to
them, "Come, follow me" (Mark 1:17). Without knowing his
purpose or plan, they went with Jesus.
Hebrews, we read that faith is "the conviction of things not
seen" (11:1). We, like those early disciples, are asked to
trust and follow Jesus even when the way is unclear, unpopular, or
as we read later in Hebrews (12:2 NIV), "let us fix our eyes on
Jesus" and trust him for what we cannot yet see.
you are my Lord. I want and need to trust you. Call me through your
word and your people. Confessing you as Lord, I will follow. Amen.
O Lord Jesus, I
have trouble trusting you for what I cannot see.
Jim HardenbrookPastor, Nampa
(Idaho) Church of the Brethren
Annual Conference Moderator
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word