Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 20, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Thanksgiving Sunday

      "Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" (Psalm 95:2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude                                 "Thanks be to God"                                Handel

  Joining hearts                  (vs. 1) "We gather together"                                  17

  Call to Worship                                                                   (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                             "For the beauty of the earth"                                89

*Unison Invocation                                                                 (back of bulletin)

  Scripture                               Ephesians 1:15-23

  For Children                           "Smelly saints"
                                         (Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)

  Invitation to bring forward pledges

  Hymn                             "Come, ye thankful people"                                  94

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                      "Andante"                                  McClellan

  Scripture                                   Psalm 95:1-7

  Message                    "Coming into Godís presence"

*Hymn                                      "We will glorify"                             (see insert)

*Benediction

*Postlude                        "Let the Whole Creation Cry"                      Williams


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: O God, open the eyes of our hearts,
         So that we may measure the greatness of your power.

   All: How do you measure the greatness of God?
         Is it measured by the heights of the heavens?
         Is it measured by the depths of the seas?

One: Come, Spirit of wisdom, reveal yourself to us that we may ...
              Know of God s unending hope,
              Feel assured of his glorious inheritance,
              Comprehend the immeasurable greatness of his power.

All: O God, open the eyes of our hearts.

by Helen Osborne, minister of visitation
York, PA First Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
   

Unison Invocation

         Wondrous God, we seek your wisdom this day. Your glory is all around us. Your presence greets us in the very air we breathe. The earth and everything in it comes from you. Come into our hearts and fill us with your immeasurable greatness. Amen.

by Helen Osborne, minister of visitation
York, PA First Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
   

For Children
"Smelly saints"

         Do you smell what I smell? Mmmmm! Can you smell the turkey cooking? Mr. Mike and his helpers have been hard at work getting our annual Thanksgiving meal ready. After Sunday School weíll all go eat it. It makes my mouth water just to smell it. How about you? This is almost my favorite part, you know - the anticipation. The whole building is full of the smell of the meal thatís cooking away - and itís a good smell.

         Unlike a meal, "Faith" and "Love" are not really things that we can smell, though in a way we can. When people trust in the Lord, it shows. When they truly love one another, you know it. Itís in the air. You can feel it. Even when there are disagreements, if people have faith in God and love for each other, you know itís going to be okay. No matter what.

         Faith and love are cooking away in this room, just as surely as the turkey and all the fixings are cooking away in our church kitchen. Can you smell them? Thereís an aroma to faith and love. No, Iím not talking about someoneís perfume or another personís breath. Iím not even talking about whether or not I put on my underarm deodorant this morning. (smell) I did! The aroma of people trusting God and loving one another is very appealing. Other folks are drawn to it. It smells so good that they want to, as the Bible says, "taste and see that the LORD is good" (Psalm 34:8a).

         Would you do me a favor? Today, as you participate in church - in worship and Sunday School and later during the meal - would you pay attention to the smell of faith and love in Godís people here? See if you can smell, or taste, or touch, or see, or hear how we are trusting God and loving each other today. For one thing, I know the love that has gone into Mr. Mike and his helpers fixing the meal. Iíve heard their laughter as they have enjoyed working together. They are trusting that what theyíve made will be enough to feed everyone. When I later eat the food, thatís going to add to the taste. And Iím going to be very thankful - not just for the food, but for the people who prepared it and for the people with whom Iíll eat it.

         Okay, youíve got your assignment. "Be smelly saints" today. Sniff out faith and love. Share faith and love so that others smell it in you. And thank God for it all.
    

Invitation to bring forward pledges

         Okay "smelly saints," we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. Itís appropriate on a day such as this that we give thanks by a pledge of faith in God for the coming year. Most of you received a letter a few weeks back asking you to prayerfully consider what you might return to the Lord in 2006 out of the abundance that you have received. If you didnít get this letter, it may be because you are new among us and we want to give you time to "smell us out" before making a financial commitment like this. In case you want to participate anyway, or if you misplaced or forgot your letter, there is a tear-off pledge form in your bulletin that you are free to use.

         Of course, we express our trust in God and our love for one another with more than money. Thereís more than one smell to the "aroma" of Godís people, just like right now I can smell more than just the turkey cooking away in the church kitchen. Even so, now is the time to commit yourself financially. These pledges are between you and the Lord. Our financial secretary confidentially will help you to keep track of your giving with a statement at the end of the year that can be used for tax purposes.

         As we sing our next hymn, you are invited to bring your pledge forward and place it in the basket up front. May the Lord open the eyes of our hearts, so that we might know the hope that God is calling us to step forth into. May the Lord open the eyes of our hearts, so that we might sense "the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints." May the Lord open the eyes of our hearts, so that we might taste "the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe." "Come, ye thankful people, come! Raise the song of harvest home, " #94 in your hymnal.
   

Pastoral Prayer

 

written closer to the time (if not at the moment)

 

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         As you return your offering to the Lord just now, remember these words with which God instructed Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites.

"The LORD bless you and keep you;
  the LORD make his face to shine upon you,
             and be gracious to you;
  the LORD lift up his countenance upon you,
             and give you peace.
" (Numbers 6:24-26)

Ushers?
  

Benediction

 

(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)

 

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