Worship Order for
(Reader 1 speaks from the lectern and motions to the lofty
things mentioned. Reader 2 begins in the back of the
sanctuary and walks forward, motioning to the lowly things
1 - Praise the LORD!
2 - How good it is to sing praises to our God;
1 - for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 - The LORD builds up the city; he gathers the outcasts. He
the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
1 - He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of
their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his
understanding is beyond measure.
2 - The LORD lifts up those who have fallen down, while those
have done the pushing will themselves taste the dust.
1 - Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God
on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain
the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.
2 - He gives to the animals their food, and to the young
when they cry.
1 - His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his
in the speed of a runner;
2 - No, the LORD takes pleasure in those who live in awe of
wonder, and delights in those whose hope is grounded in his
1 - Praise the LORD! ... If you are able, please stand and
how "Great is the
Lord," #87 in your hymnal.
O God who builds and gathers and
heals and binds and
lifts up and feeds;
who names and knows and
covers and showers and grows,
We praise you!
Humbly we confess the ways in which we
tear down what you have built up,
tear apart what you have sown together,
wound those whom you love,
fail to reach out and lift up and feed
the very people you came in Christ to save.
We have been more aware of our own needs and wants this week,
and paid more attention
to the work of our own hands,
than we have to the glimpses of your glory all around us.
Forgive us and help us to live, instead, with a sense of awe and
hoping in your steadfast love and faithfulness.
Keeping our eyes upon Christ Jesus,
whose name is
above every name, we pray. Amen
Leader: We affirm that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Miriam, Hannah, and Mary is our God.
People: We affirm that God has come to us in our likeness,
taking the form of a servant in Jesus of Nazareth.
Leader: We believe that god, in Christ, suffered the pain and agony
of the cross to provide for our salvation.
People: We believe that God demonstrated power over sin and death
by raising Jesus from the dead
and declaring that the risen Christ is Lord.
Leader: God has given us new life and freedom
in the fullness of the Holy Spirit,
who is the guide and power of the community of believers.
ALL: We believe that in the end, God's rule of peace and justice
will be fully established
and that Jesus Christ will reign forever and ever.
Adapted from a liturgy of baptism
by Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.,
Baptism and Church Membership, Worship Series 3,
ed. James H. Waltner,
©1979 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.
knows me this I love
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves
Yes, Jesus loves
Yes, Jesus loves
The Bible tells
Jesus knows me, and this I love
Because He's always watching me from above
No matter if you are big,
No matter if you are small,
Jesus loves us one and all.
Yes, Jesus knows
Yes, He loves me,
Jesus loves me
... Just remember that
Jesus loves and
cares about me
Because the Bible
tells me so.
4:12, the word of God is described as "living and active."
"Sharper than any two-edged sword," Godís word
is able to cut through the surface of who we are - the mask we
project to everyone else. If we allow this word to speak to us, in
us, through us, according to Hebrews, "it divides soul
from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts
and intentions of the heart." In other words, God cuts
through all the inner garbage to help us discern what is really
real. If we allow this to happen, that is.
Just now, letís
"allow this to happen" as we listen prayerfully to what
God says through the prophet Isaiah. Prayer is a conversation, you
know. It is not just us talking to God. Itís a two-way street.
When we love someone, and they love us enough to know us deeper
than on a surface level, we spend less time trying to figure out
what we will say in response when they speak to us, and more
energy just experiencing their words. "Jesus loves me, this I
know," our children reminded us a few minutes ago.
Furthermore, "Jesus knows me, this I love."
Though the words
of Isaiah, right now, listen to the One who knows us and loves us.
Afterward, simply sit a few moments in silent wonder before the
1 - Have you not known?
2 - Have you not heard?
1 - Has it not been told you from the beginning?
2 - Have you not understood from the foundations of the
1 - It is God who sits above the circle of the earth,
its inhabitants are like
2 - It is God who stretches out the heavens like a
spreads them like a tent to live
1 - It is God who brings princes to naught, and makes
of the earth as nothing.
2 - Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely
has their stem
taken root in the earth, when he
blows upon them, and they
wither, and the tempest carries
them off like stubble.
1 - To whom then will you compare me, or who is my
says the Holy One.
2 - Lift up your eyes on high and see:
1 - Who created these?
2 - He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all
by name; because he is great
in strength, mighty in power, not
one is missing.
1 - Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
2 - "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right
by my God"?
1 - Have you not known?
2 - Have you not heard?
1 - The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the
2 - He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding
1 - He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the
2 - Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young
1 - those who wait for the LORD shall renew their
2 - they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
1 - they shall run and not be weary,
2 - they shall walk and not faint.
We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
strengthen the powerless
and renew those
who wait for you in trust.
You are the Creator of the earth
who stretched out
the sky like a curtain
and sent down
rain, clothing the mountains in green.
You gathered your people from exile,
broken hearted and binding their wounds.
You came among us, as one of us,
in your child
Jesus the Christ,
weakness in order to save us.
Healing the sick and casting out demonic powers,
your mercy and peace.
Turning his back on the acclaim of the crowds,
followed your call
all the way to
death on a cross.
You raised him up
and promised that
all who trust in him
will rise up with
wings like eagles
and run the race
without ever growing weary.
Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you
thanks and praise at all times
Christ our Lord,
who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever
Spoken prayer: ©2003 Nathan
Singing our prayer
"They that wait upon the Lord"
our Tithes and Offerings
At the beginning
of Markís gospel we catch a glimpse of how Jesus healed one
person, and what happened next. Listen.
"As soon as Jesus and his followers left the
synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with
James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a
fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took
her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her,
and she began to serve them." (Mark
"razzle-dazzle." A live-in mother-in-law was sick and they
told Jesus about her. In a way, we have just done that in our time
of sharing and prayer, telling God about persons for whom we care.
Jesus came and simply took this woman by the hand and helped her to
sit up. Without the weight of the fever that had been pushing her
down, she got up and began to serve. Did you notice that transition
- from healing to serving?
Right now, we
make a transition is worship, from prayer to service. As you return
your offering, donít lose track of the hand of the One who lifts
you up. May Godís promise through the prophet Isaiah keep flowing
through your mind - "Those who wait upon the Lord shall
renew their strength, they shall stand upon the edge of the cliff,
unfurl their wings, and fly..."
wings, brothers and sisters, and take a leap of faith by serving.
the wings of faith we offer these gifts, O Lord. It is your care
which has brought us to this point. Help this church to fly. In
Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Go now, and trust in Godís mercy for your strength.
Proclaim the good news wherever God calls you,
and do not set yourselves apart from others,
but be all things to all people for the sake of the gospel.
And may God give you the strength and freedom of an eagle.
May Christ be the bread that nourishes and renews you.
And may the Holy Spirit be the rising wind beneath your wings.
©2003 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net
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