Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 10, 2004
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,
praising God with a loud voice." (Luke
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
all that dwell below the skies"
2 Kings 5:1-2
(Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Healer of our every ill"
to the music, sound
"The one who turned
my Lord, my God, my all"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Needed: some kind of erasable pen or marker,
and a bowl of
water with a towel.
the basics of the story of 2
Kings 5:1-3, 7-14. Begin, though, by using an erasable pen to
make marks on each child's hand. As you do so, talk about leprosy
(describing it from a child's point of view). Then tell how
a general - Naaman - whose country was an enemy of Israel long
ago, suffered from leprosy. He learned from a young Hebrew girl
his army had captured about a prophet (Elisha) who could cure
leprosy. So he went to see this man of God. Elisha told him to go
and wash himself in the Jordan river seven times and he would be
clean, which made Naaman angry. Do any of you get angry when your
parents tell you you have to go take a bath?
Namman expected Elisha would just call out his god's name, wave
his hand over the leprous spot, and he would be cured. If he just
needed a bath, could a river back home do just as well? Naaman's
servants calmed him down, pointing out that Elisha didn't tell him
to do something difficult, asking, "would you have done that
difficult thing if he had?" All Elisha said was, "Wash
and be clean." Now maybe you think washing yourself seven
times is a difficult thing to do but, when his thought about it,
seven baths didn't seem to Naaman to be such a big thing.
So, after his anger went away, Naaman decided to do as Elisha had
said. He went to the Jordan river and washed himself seven times. (Wash
off the marks on each child's hand, one at a time). You know
what? The Bible says that Naaman's leprosy then went away. He was
healed. In fact it says that "his flesh was restored like
the flesh of a young boy." Just like your skin.
Whoa! That's a story to remember. What makes it even more
interesting is that Naaman was an enemy. The king of Israel wasn't
very happy about it, when he found out. But Elisha healed him
anyway. Would you pray with me?
you for all these wonderful stories in the Bible. Thank you
also that you make people better. One more thing, Lord - as
much as we may not like taking them sometimes, thank you for
our Tithes and Offerings
In the story
as we have received it in the second book of Kings, after Naaman
was healed of his leprosy by the prophet Elisha, "he
returned to (this) man of God, he and all his company."
It says that "he came and stood before (Elisha) and
said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the earth
except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant’"
As it turned out,
the offering that Elisha accepted was not Naaman’s money, but
rather his promise to turn from his other gods and serve instead
the LORD God for the rest of his days...
Healing, it seems, it not something for which we can pay. Of
course, try telling that to your health care provider the next
time you receive a bill.
Still, how are
you responding to the healing touch of God in your life? Maybe you
haven’t, like Naaman, been dramatically cured of some terrible
disease. As you return your offering just now, however, ponder the
ways in which the Lord has touched your life recently. It just
might be that, when you take time to think about it, your heart
will start singing out like that old gospel hymn: "it is
well, it is well, with my soul." If so, make that your own
prayer as the plates are passed, and vow - like Naaman - to serve
the Lord this coming week.
Will the ushers
come forward now to receive what we have to return to God?
written closer to the time (if not at the