Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 14, 2004
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love."
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
worship the King"
Celebrating and Renewing Baptismal
(a 2-part poem by Anna Barbauld)
"Praise to God, immortal praise"
vs. 1&2 - all
vs. 3 - left side
vs. 4 - right side
vs. 5 -
"Lord, should rising whirlwinds"
vs. 6 -
vs. 7 - men
vs. 8 - women
vs. 9 -
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
firm a foundation"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
One: "Behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven,
the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble;
All: "the day that comes shall burn them up, says
the LORD of
hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
One: "But for you who revere my name the sun of
shall rise, with healing in its wings.
All: "You shall go out leaping like calves from the
One: Come to the Lord this day, not with arrogance, but Awe, that
we may rise with the Son, by whose stripes we are healed.
All: We come, O Lord. Help us to worship with anticipation,
eager to go forth with you.
praise you, our sovereign "king," greater than any earthly
ruler, and our "shield and defender" in times of trouble.
As we have just sung, you are our "maker," our
"redeemer," and even our "friend" in Christ
Jesus. We may not fully grasp what it means for you to be "pavilioned
in splendor," or what your "chariots of wrath" are
all about. We just trust in your "tender" and
"firm" "mercy," your tough love which helps
those who are addicted to sin (namely us) to admit weíve got
problems, to take responsibility for our own actions, and to reach
out to our higher power (namely you). So, bless this time of worship
with your Spiritís presence. In your name, Amen.
and Renewing Baptismal Vows
to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things"
(Psalm 98:10). Not all that long ago you,
who stand here with me this morning, sang a new song to the Lord
by joining your life with ours as we followed Jesus in our common
walk. Your song may not have been accompanied by stringed
instruments, trumpets, or horns (though at least one of you made
our church organ come close). Likewise, your melody may not always
have been in tune - depending upon your singing ability. Even so,
your new song among us, ringing out through the years since you
said "I do" and "I will," has been "a
joyful noise to the Lord." And we have heard, and sung
along. We are very thankful that God brought each of you to our
celebrate your presence among us, our focus is upon what the Lord
has done, and continues to do in you. Itís a marvel to behold,
really. Think over what has happened since you came here. 1960 is
the furthest back any of you go in this church. Well, that was two
years before this sanctuary was built. Aside from buildings,
however, many of you have raised children here, and watched them
grow. You have taken your turn in teaching, leading, following.
Your hand is evident in this body of Christ, in ways large or
small. And it is a marvel, but not because you are folks who never
make a mistake. No, itís a marvel because God has been involved
in it all.
been glorious days here (havenít there?) when the Lordís
presence has been unmistakable, "pavilioned in splendor and
girded with praise," as we sang earlier. There have also been
days when, as we also sang, Godís "path" has been
"dark ... on the wings of the storm." Yes, "frail
children of dust" could be our best description at times.
Even so, our trust in "Godís mercies" which are
"firm to the end" is why we really are here (quotes
worship the King," #66). It is the Lord, you see,
who makes a joyful noise through us.
Now is a time
to once again sing our new song to the Lord, to speak once again
our "Yes!" to God. Let me ask the following questions
that you may repeat your sounding joy.
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."
Praise God! If
you are also responding with a pledge involving your time and
talents, please place it in the offering when it is passed later
on. As you return to your seats, lets turn to hymns # 91-92,
and sing together a poem of praise. Weíve asked Ron Webb to lead
us in making this joyful noise.
been coming to church since last February, a young man befriended
by the ______ and ______ families. This week he will begin a
6-week sentence in the Harford county jail, taking responsibility
for something which happened last January under the influence of
drugs - an addiction which began when he was a teenager. He has
been in recovery since then, trying to pull his life together,
which we want to support.
sentencing, the judge recognized how far he has come, making
allowances for him to be released during the day to continue
working, and to attend his rehab program. "Nothing can take
away what you have gained," the judge said. Hopefully, with
good behavior, ___ will be released before Christmas, an
appropriate time for a new beginning.
ahead after that are, first of all, to marry ______ in March.
Then, in late April, he wants to be beside her when she gives
birth to their child, whom we - I pray - will welcome as a blessed
gift from God, as we also encourage these new parents-to-be. A big
step ______ intends to make is then to be baptized. He is hungry
And the Lord
is doing wonderful things in him. There is a "softness"
within that ______ does not wish to lose as he "hardens"
up to face his time in jail. You have to be hard behind bars or
you get taken advantage of. That "soft" place within is
the Lordís doing, something this young man wants to grow in him,
as he learns more of God. He has asked for our prayers as he heads
to jail, that God will protect him, helping him to be
"hard" enough to survive, but not to lose what he has
gained from the Lord. Do you understand what he is asking? Are you
willing to support him (and ______, his fiancť) with your prayers
and encouragement? If you feel so moved, come forward and join us
as we anoint him with oil and prayer.
I/we anoint you for the forgiveness of your sin - that you may
know, deep in your heart, the redeeming mercy of God and live
out of that forgiveness with gratitude instead of guilt.
anoint you for the strengthening of your faith through this
time in jail, that the good thing that God has been doing in
you will not be taken away, that you will be tough enough to
make it through, but tender enough to remain like clay in the
hands of the potter who is your higher power.
anoint you for the healing process of recovery, that day by
day you will step out by faith, according to Godís abundant
grace and wisdom.
thank you for the healing you have already wrought in this man. I
recall his tears after worship which you made holy by your touch,
moving him from sorrow over his situation toward that inner
strength you provide through your Spirit. Thank you for his
ability to take responsibility for his actions, without
bitterness; as well as for the open door within him to his higher
power - you - which will help him continue, day by day, to stay
drug and alcohol free. We thank you for an employer who is willing
to work with him through this, seeing in him potential, and for a
judge who recognized the same.
Like the first
apostles, who were themselves no strangers to the inside of a
jail, help our brother to - in his own way - be a blessing to
those around him. Protect him from abuse. Help him to become tough
yet remain tender, and prepare him for the day of his release, his
exodus, his new beginning. Thank you for the relationship between
_____ and ______. Continue preparing them for marriage, a decision
they made before the news of pregnancy. Thank you for sisters and
brothers who reached out and helped make this good news of great
joy. Anoint this steps ahead, that they may hear and freely
respond to your call upon their lives.
May this oil
also flow to others we know who also struggle with addiction.
the prayers of others, silent or spoken, who are gathered here in
all have had opportunity who wish to pray aloud:) We
pray together, now, the prayer Jesus taught us, saying, "Our
Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this
day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as forgive our
debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
The apostle Paul
had some tough-love words to share with the believers in
Thessalonika. Let me read them from an Australian translation of the
dear friends, let me stand on the authority of our Lord Jesus
Christ and spell out what you should do: sever ties with any
members of the church who are bludging off the rest of you, and
not pulling their weight the way we taught you. We set the pace
when we were with you, as you well know, so keep it up. We did
not slack off and we didnít sponge off anyoneís hospitality.
We worked our guts out and paid our own way so that we would not
be a drain on you at all. This was not because we he had no fair
claim on your support; we clearly did. But it was more important
to us to set an example for you to follow. You remember the rule
we all operated by when we were with you: If you donít work
you donít eat. But now we are hearing reports that some of you
have become bludgers who donít lift a finger unless itís to
pry into someone elseís business. Well, since we all share in
the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, let me lay down the law to
these people ó and you know who you are. Pull your finger out
and put your shoulder to the wheel. Take your fair share of the
workload without making a big deal of it and youíll have
earned your keep. Brothers and sisters, donít ever run out of
steam for doing what is right."
(2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13,
©2001 Nathan Nettleton,
I guess weíve
been told! Okay, letís do it. Ushers?
Go now and tell the world what God does.
Do not chase after self-proclaimed messiahs,
but draw deeply from Godís saving well
and speak the words the Spirit gives you.
Do not be weary in doing what is right.
And may God delight in you and give you strength;
May Christ Jesus lead you in the ways of new life;
And may the Holy Spirit give you the words and wisdom
to withstand all that would tear you down.
(©2001 Nathan Nettleton, www.laughingbird.net)