Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 4, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be
known and read by all." (2
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship - part one
Song of Anticipation "Holy Spirit, come with power"
Call to Worship - part two
"Oh, for a thousand tongues to
Scripture Acts 2 (selections)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
out and pass the attendance booklets on each pew)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Fluye, Espiritu, Fluye"
"Let there be
trad. Israeli folksong
(Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)
"O God, who gives us life"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Worship - part one
Today is Pentecost Sunday, our celebration of the birth of the
church. Seven weeks ago we sang our songs of resurrection
remembering that this new life in Christ which we have been given by
God cannot be contained by anything - like a tombstone - that tries
to hold it captive. Three weeks ago we praised the Lord for the gift
of new life in two tiny children, and dedicated their parents and
ourselves to the task of nurturing all children in the faith. Two
weeks ago we rejoiced as someone new among us joined his walk with
ours, and together we reaffirmed our faith in Jesus - a new
beginning. Along the way of the journey to this day, we have planted
seeds of hope and replanted them into deeper soil. With a sense of
expectancy, we watch them grow. Turn now to #26 in your hymnal, and
let’s sing together a song of anticipation - "Holy Spirit,
come with power."
Worship - part two
Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit -
the fresh breath of God upon His people. Long ago, the disciples
of Jesus wondered what would happen next, now that his death had
led to his rising from the tomb, and he had then left to be with
God. On Pentecost, as they gathered in an upper room, these
students became missionaries, these disciples of Jesus were
transformed into his apostles. By the sea of Galilee they had been
called out to learn. On the wings of God’s Holy wind that first
Pentecost day, they were then called forth to spread the good
news, with tongues on fire for the Lord. This is not just their
story, lost in the pages of history. It is our story, also, as we
step into this hope that we have in Christ, trusting in God,
empowered by the Holy Spirit today. "Oh, for a thousand
tongues to sing" our dear Redeemer’s praise. Please stand,
if you are able, and sing out hymn #110 - and mean what you sing.
1 - Great and glorious God,
2 - whose name is above every name,
1 - whose grace has triumphed over the grave,
2 - whose voice gives new life to those who listen,
1 - whose people are gathered now to worship.
2 - If only we had a thousand tongues to sing your praise!
1 - One just doesn't seem to be enough.
2 - One tongue to sing;
1 - One set of ears to hear;
2 - One pair of arms to break free;
1 - One heart to rejoice.
2 - One just doesn't seem enough.
1 - "O for a thousand ...," a million.
2 - You know the longing of our hearts, Oh Lord.
1 - Guide our worship this hour.
2 - May your Holy Spirit move among us,
1 - as you have promised.
2 - And may we become more aware of your heavenly choir,
1 - your saints and angels who surround us.
2 - When our tongues grow silent,
1 - your chorus continues to sing.
2 - Amen!
1 - Amen!
2 - Amen!
Acts 2 (selections)
(vv. 1-6, 12-14a, 37-39)
the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one
place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush
of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were
sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a
tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the
Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit
gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation
under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd
gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking
in the native language of each...
were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does
this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with
new wine.’ Then Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his
voice and addressed them..."
follows in the second chapter of Acts is the first recorded
"sermon" of the early church. Drawing from the
prophets and the Psalms, recalling what had only recently
happened in Jerusalem, this simple fisherman turned disciple
transformed into an apostle proclaimed Jesus to be the
Messiah. What was the response to this first sermon? Listen.
when they heard this, those listening were cut to the heart and
said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should
we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be
forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For
the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far
away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’"
turn to #699 in the back of your hymnal and join me in a
moment of repentance, confessing our sins to the Lord who
gives every good and perfect gift.
Prayer of Confession
Lord, our God,
utterly to be
you give life to us all,
you help those who come to you,
you give hope to those who cry to you.
Forgive our sins, secret and open,
and rid us of
every habit of thought
against the gospel.
Set our hearts at peace,
so we may live
our lives before you
confidently and without fear,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
Hymnal #699. Based on a prayer
The Liturgy of St. Basil of Caesarea, 4th c.,
adapted from Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship,
ed. Caryl Micklem, copyright © 1956 1967 SCM Press, Ltd.
our Tithes and Offerings
"Confidently and without fear" our hearts are set
at peace, and God empowers us to dance our lives before Him. What
we do with our finances is part of that dance. May our gifts, our
tithes and special offerings, flow out of our faith rather than
out of our fear. Ushers?
written closer to the time (if not at the
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)