Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 5, 2004
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Second Sunday in
God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live
in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ
Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify
God..." (Romans 15:5-6)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
(vs. 2) "O
come, O come, Immanuel"
Lighting the Second Advent Candle
upon a midnight clear"
"The Lion and
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Witness Christmas Project
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
little town of Bethlehem"
"Bless'd be the God of Israel"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(based upon Isaiah
In the scorching
heat of summer, deep in fire-ravaged bush charred and apparently
lifeless tree stumps incredibly produce new shoots. Transformation
and renewal takes place.
prophesies the coming of one who will renew people's faith and
transform the values by which they live.
A shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord will rest on him...
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
borrowed from LiturgiesOnline
the First Advent Candle
(One of our church families will come forward during the
previous hymn, dividing up the following lines to read
aloud before they light the first candle.)
Today - the
second Sunday in Advent - we hear about Isaiahís vision of a new
and transformed world.
A world where all
creatures live together in harmony and peace.
We wait with hope
for this vision to become reality.
The God of hope
fills us with joy and peace in believing. We light the candle of
(The first candle is relit)
our belief in Godís faithfulness in keeping promises, as we
light the candle of peace.
(The second candle is lit)
adapted from LiturgiesOnline
God, who sent Jesus to us as the Shoot of Jesse, open us to a new
vision of what it means to be grasped by the spirit of such a one.
With complete openness to your Spirit and reverence to your way, may
we seek insight by undertaking serious discussion with both our
friends and our enemies. Help us to be sensitive and courageous as
we seek to guide with judgments so righteous and just that the lamb
will not fear to lie down with the lion. Amen.
Bob W. Dell,
Codorus (Loganville, PA) Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
"The Lion and the
of heavy rope, as might be used in a net to trap a lion
You may want to secure an illustrated version of Aesopís
Fable, "The Lion and the Mouse," reading this
portion of the message and sharing the pictures with the
This morning I
want to tell you a fable. A fable is a make-believe story that
teaches a moral or a lesson. Most of the time the characters in
the story are animals who talk and act like people. This fable was
first told years ago by a man named Aesop. Itís called "The
Lion and the Mouse."
One day a
mouse was running through the grassy field where she lived. As she
raced toward her hole, she happened to run across the front paws
of a sleeping lion. The lion awoke with a grunt, and angrily
snatched up the pesky mouse. "How dare you interrupt my
rest!" roared the lion. "For that, you shall surely
die!" The lion was bringing the tiny mouse to his mouth when
he heard her squeak, "Please, Your Majesty, do not eat me. I
am so small, you wonít even taste me before Iím gone. And
besides, if you spare my life, there might be a day when I can
help you. You never know."
This idea made
the lion roar with laughter. He thought the mouse was so funny -
suggesting that such a small creature could someday help a huge
beast such as himself - that he let her go. She wasted no time in
scurrying down her hole.
One day the lion was in the mouseís field again, hunting for
food. Before he knew what had happened, he was hanging from a
tree, caught in a hunterís net. The net was made of thick rope,
like this. (Show the rope.) The more the lion struggled to
free himself, the more tangled in the rope he became. He let out a
mighty, miserable roar.
The mouse, who
was nearby, heard the lionís cry and came to his rescue. With
her sharp teeth, she gnawed and chewed at the ropes that held the
lion, and before long the lion escaped to freedom.
moral for this fable is: ĎDon t judge a person, or a friend, by
his or her size. But there is another lesson I would like to draw
from this story.
us a time when the whole world will be at peace. There will be no
wars and no fighting, not even arguments. Everyone will get along,
and people will treat each other fairly. Even the animals will be
friends. Animals who usually kill and eat each other - wolves and
sheep, leopards and goats, even lions and mice - will live
together in peace.
will be called ĎThe Realm of God,í and it will be so special
because the whole world will finally live as God wants us to live.
God will send a special ruler to lead the people in this peaceable
realm. That ruler will be Jesus.
been waiting for Godís Realm for thousands of years. No one
knows exactly when or how God will set it up, but looking forward
to that time of peace, love, and fairness is one of the things we
do during Advent. We can get ready for God s Realm by being the
very best people we can be. We can help God by being fair and kind
and generous to other people. If you disagree with someone, try to
see things from his or her side. And remember that each person, no
matter how big or how small, can do something good for
Dear God, we thank you for your many promises to us. In
this Advent season, we look forward with hope and
anticipation to the fulfillment of your Realm. In Jesus
A Time with our Children:
Stories for Use in
Worship, Year A,
by Diane E. Deming, ©1992, The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, p. 4-5
This year, the
Witness commission has planned a project in conjunction with the
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore Co. (a ministry with which we
are heavily involved), helping families currently in or recently
released from the shelter. Beginning next Sunday, there will be a
Christmas tree in the area behind the sanctuary. On it will be
paper "ornaments" of various colors. On each is listed a
gift to purchase and donate, many with the first name of the
person. The colors determine the approximate cost of the suggested
gift. You are invited to pick up as many of these as you wish,
bringing the gift, with the ornament attached, back on or before
Sunday, December 19th, and place it under the tree. Wrapping paper
will be provided for each family in crisis, so that they can wrap
and give the gifts to each other.
our Tithes and Offerings
storyteller Matthew tells his version of the Christmas story, he
fast-forwards us many years down the road. Listen.
"In those days John the Baptist appeared in the
wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ĎRepent, for
the kingdom of heaven has come near.í This is the
one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ĎThe
voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ĎPrepare
the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.íí"
With our Witness
Christmas project, we seek to prepare the way of the Lord for a
family who is struggling through a wilderness experience. We pray
that out of their crisis time something new may sprout and grow,
rooted in Godís promise. Our regular offerings are much the same.
With them we seek to prepare a path for God not only to affect the
lives of others, but also for the Lord to walk with us along the way
of our own daily decisions. Pray with me.
Holy One of Israel, you have said that: "in
returning and rest (we) shall be saved; in
quietness and in trust shall be (our) strength"
(Isaiah 30:15). Open our ears to your
voice, calling us to turn to you, to repent, and to become
aware every day how incredibly near your kingdom has come.
With these offerings we seek to prepare your way ... today.
As the ushers
receive our offerings, please sign and pass the attendance pads
found on the center aisle side of each pew. Ushers?
written closer to the time (if not at the
Go now and prepare the way of the Lord.
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you,
and bear fruits worthy of repentance.
And may God grant you harmony with one another;
May Christ Jesus fill you with joy and peace in believing;
And may the Holy Spirit empower you and fill you with hope.
borrowed from Laughingbird