Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 10, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Second Sunday after
been born anew, not of perishable but of
imperishable seed, through the living and enduring
word of God." (1 Peter 1:23)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
stand among us"
ye faithful, raise the strain"
Litany of Confession
(see brief introduction)
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Hymn of the month "Christ
who left his home in glory"
it all in"
tidings near and far"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Only as you stand with us, Lord God, can we rise amid our own daily
struggles and learn how to really live. Only through your sacred
presence, O risen Christ, do our lives become holy as we step
forward in faith to follow where you lead. Only by the power of your
Spirit do we stand bold and unafraid as we face into the dawning of
this brand new day. Thus we have come to "raise the strain of
triumphant gladness" which you have planted in our hearts.
Thank you, indeed, for standing among us. Alleluia! Amen!
Leader: Almighty God, Spirit of purity and grace
whose dwelling is with the humble and contrite heart,
hear your children's confession of sin and grant us mercy.
For all that has been evil in our lives;
for unholy thoughts and impure motives,
for any scorn of goodness, trifling with truth,
and indifference to beauty,
for being petty when we could have been gracious,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For lack of love toward you,
whose love has never failed;
for doubt in your providence,
for acts of ingratitude,
and for disobedience to visions we have been able to see,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For the wrong we have done our neighbors;
for silence in the face of war,
for neglect of charity and failure in justice,
for forgetfulness of other's pain,
and for advantage taken of another's weakness,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For our faulty following of the Master;
our slow faith in his power to save,
our timid, hesitant answers to his call of service,
our insensibility to the meaning of the cross;
for all that mars our discipleship
and makes it difficult for others to believe in him,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: May God, who is almighty and merciful
forgive our sins,
empower us to overcome temptation,
and enable us to love as Jesus loved.
Hymnal #691 - adapted from a litany of repentance,
Edward K. Ziegler, The Adventurous Future,
ed. Paul H. Bowman, © 1959 Brethren Press.
to scripture reading
At the tale
end of the apostle Peter’s very first sermon, which was the
inaugural message of the church on the day of Pentecost, this is
what he said. Listen.
Ed Lewis, one
of our storytellers, writes this about what he intends to share:
"I made my Aunt a promise a month ago that if she would go to
Nashville (she lives in Las Vegas) she should call me and let me
know and I would meet her there to visit with her. That promise is
going to be hard to do, but I will somehow make it happen. I
wanted to share that when I was growing up the most important
lesson my grandmother taught us was the golden rule. I can relate
the golden rule to the promise. I wouldn't want anyone to break a
promise to me, so I keep my promises to others.
"When I was a
child you heard the word promise alot - 'Grandmom I promise
I'll take the trash out after I get back from playing.' ... 'Grandmom,
when I get home from school I promise to do my homework
first thing.' ... Now, instead of "I Promise," you hear
"I'll try." If I would have been heading out to play and
told my grandmother, 'I'll try to take the trash out after I
finish playing,' I never would have made it down the steps.
makes many promises to us and keeps them. We should apply the
Golden Rule to that and say, if we make a promise and not keep it,
how would we like it if God did not keep the promises to us.
just a basic explanation of my story. I would like to elaborate on
God's promises to us, especially those made by his son Jesus. I
will finish the children's time with a challenge that the kids
make a promise to their parents of something (a chore around the
house - i.e. making their bed, cleaning up their room, or
just picking up their toys) and keep that promise, just like God
keeps his promises to us."
written closer to the time (if not at the
In addition to the narrator, 3 other persons
will participate: two disciples and Jesus. It all begins with
the two disciples walking down the center aisle from the back.
This is the only point in the reading where they actually
speak, just small-talk between them to draw the attention of
the congregation. Imagine what they might say to one-another,
for instance: "Does anything make sense to you that
happened in the last day or so?" "Nope, it’s all a
blur." "I’ve never been so low. When Jesus died, I
thought my life was over." "Me, too. But what is
with these women? He’s dead, but his tomb is empty? Come
on!" "Yeah, what do you make of that?" "I
dunnoh." When they are about half way down the aisle, the
narrator begins, at which point the two disciples only pretend
to talk. From here on they simply pantomime the action.
Narrator: "Now on that same day two of them were going
to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and
talking with each other about all these things that had
At this point, Jesus joins them, coming from the
Narrator: "While they were talking and discussing,
Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were
kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you
discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood
still, looking sad."
When it says "They stood still," all three stop
walking, now up front. Oh, and the disciples should "look
sad," like it says. Again, pantomime the conversation.
Narrator: ""Then one of them, whose name was
Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem
who does not know the things that have taken place there in these
days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The
things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed
and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests
and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified
him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes,
and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things
took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They
were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find
his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed
seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those
who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women
had said; but they did not see him.’
"Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how
slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was
it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and
then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all
the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in
all the scriptures."
During the next portion, Jesus begins to
walk up the steps of the raised area up front and, as it says,
the disciples urge him back. Then all 3 walk up and sit on the
floor in a semi-circle facing the congregation, with Jesus in
Narrator: "As they came near the village to which they
were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged
him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost
evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay
with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread,
blessed and broke it,"
Jesus does so with a loaf.
Narrator: "and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and
they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
Jesus simply gets up and walks off out of sight.
Narrator: "They said to each other, ‘Were not our
hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road,
while he was opening the scriptures to us?’"
The two disciples rise and walk back down the
Narrator: "That same hour they got up and returned to
Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered
together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he
has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the
road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of
our Tithes and Offerings
to Emmaus" spoken of in this scripture has long pointed the way
to faith for those who would follow Jesus. How different are we from
those two disciples? What kept them from receiving the good news of
the empty tomb? Why were they headed away from their heart’s
desire? What blinded them to the presence of Jesus on that road?
Perhaps it would be better to ask, what keeps us from taking in this
news today? Why are we so often headed away from where we, deep
down, really want to be? What blinds us to Christ’s presence along
the way of our daily walk?
things as you return your offering to the Lord just now. You might
wish to use the reading on the back of your bulletin as a guide for
these quiet moments of worship. Pray with me:
offer these gifts to you - the wealth from our purses and the
ponderings of our hearts. Like the offerings of old upon the
Temple’s altar, may they burn, and from their ashes spring
something new. In the name of the risen Christ, we pray. AMEN
back of bulletin
Ashes . . . ashes
alone are left
to mark the place
of the flame that burned.
They walk on with
ashes painting their faces,
now wrung dry of
tears and comfort.
They are going away—pulling
from town, from
Then another s stride joins theirs,
a stranger to
their story and fear.
He speaks, and the syllables stir sparks,
smolder in heart and mind.
He speaks, and the within begins to burn!
No wonder then, that they plead, "Stay!
Don t go! Don t
The scent of truth in their nostrils trumpets his
cannot name it...
Until the truth catches flame—at table—in
before their open
Ashes no longer, but fire.
by Del Keeney, executive director
Congregational Life Ministries, Elgin, Illinois
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
Go now as witnesses of God’s eternal presence.
The risen Christ has made himself known to you
in the breaking of bread,
so set your faith and hope on God,
fulfilling your vows and living in genuine mutual love.
And may God hear and respond whenever you call;
May Christ Jesus make himself known to you in all things;
And may the Holy Spirit open your eyes and set your hearts on fire
resources for this day
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