Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 24, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
When he entered
the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the
people came to him as he was teaching, and said,
"By what authority are you doing these things, and
who gave you this authority?" (Matthew
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Unison Call to Worship
"Come, thou Almighty King"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Breathe on me, breath of
Commissioning our Church Board
"A Lesson from
(Our younger children then leave for bell practice & Sunday
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"By what authority?"
Dr. Donald Booz, District Executive
District Church of the Brethren
"Renew your church"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
who do not follow the advice of the
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord watches over the way
of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
New Revised Standard Version
vs. 1a is from Revised Standard Version
Grant, O God, that thinking, we may think your thoughts; that
speaking, we may speak your word; that singing, we may sing to your
praise; that hearing, we may hear your truth; and that willing, we
may make your will our own, so that walking forward at the end of
our worship, we may walk in your love and your peace, and departing
from one another, not depart from you. Through Jesus Christ our
For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p. 85
by Roy Pearson, Hear our Prayer. ©1961 McGraw-Hill, Inc.. New York,
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Church Board
your church board will "officially" meet for the first
time in a new year. I say "officially," because we have
been at work already since we reorganized last June. It’s good,
however, to mark a beginning, and ask God for what we need to
fulfill the tasks to which we have been called. We need all of you
to help commission us.
Let me read off
the names of the persons who make up your 2006-2007 church board.
Please stand as your name is read. Dividing up responsibilities,
those on the board who focus on the inner growth of this church
are ________, ________, ________, and ________, who serves as
chairwoman of this "Nurture" commission. Those who look
outward and lead us in "Witness"-ing our faith are
________ (chairwoman), ________, ________, and ________. Caring
for the needs of our facility and otherwise encouraging us to grow
as "Stewards" of what God has given, are ________,
________, ________, and ________, who leads this group. ________,
as church clerk, keeps track of our discussions and decisions.
________ maintains our finances as Treasurer. ________, our
financial secretary, is the one who confidentially records and
reports back to you your giving - which comes in handy at tax
These are persons
whom you have called to help lead this church. By the way, I
currently serve as chairman of this board. Would you join in a
commissioning of this leadership team? Turn in your hymnal to #795
in the back...
People: In company with all your faithful people
in every age,
we have called out those with gifts for your service, O God.
Fill them with the love of Christ
and the power of the Spirit
as they carry out the church's ministry.
Grant us wisdom, patience and hope when we falter.
Give us joy in serving your church
and keep us faithful to this calling.
ALL: For the ministries
taking form within us
and for all the callings yet to be,
we praise your name, O Lord! AMEN
#795, ©1992 The Hymnal Project.
Last paragraph by Gail Anderson Ricciuti,
adapted from "Litany of Praise and Hope,"
Women's Prayer Services;
ed. Iben Gjerding and Katherine Kinnamon,
©1983 World Council of Churches,
published in a North American edition, 1987,
by Twenty?Third Publications,
P.O. Box 180, Mystic, CT 06355.
"A Lesson from God"
Our resident children's storyteller, Ed Lewis,
I was blessed
when I was a boy to be so big. The smaller children seemed to
always get picked on. No one would want to fight someone as big as
me. One day that all changed. I was at my bus stop and one of my
friends said that Victor (another boy at my stop) had called my
sister a bad name. Victor was not a very nice boy and a lot of
people didn't like him. When I asked him if he called my sister a
name, he said "no". I started walking toward him and he
backed away. The power that made him scared of me made me feel
strong and the other kids were saying "get him, Ed." He
started running and I chased him.
When the bus
pulled up we all got on and he sat on one side of the back of the
bus and I sat across from him. My friends were pushing me to fight
him and beat him up. We both stood up. He hit me in the mouth very
hard and I fell to my seat bleeding. I had never fought before,
and this really hurt. I was in shock. Victor was feeling th power
over me that I had over him earlier and he didn't want it to stop.
He said, "Get up!" I was scared and said, "No! I
had enough." The bus pulled up in front of the school and we
got off the bus. Victor said, "I’ll finish this when we get
The bus ride home
from school I was scared that I was going to be beat up. I felt
like my life was over. When the bus pulled up at the bus stop
Victor jumped off and said, "Come on out and I'll finish
this." Someone else on the bus jumped out (Darrell, who did
not like Victor) and started a fight with him. I ran home. That
happened to be the last day of school. All that summer I stayed
close to home, to afraid to go out. When the next year of school
came around, I found out that Victor had moved away.
I look back now
and realize that God had taught me an important lesson. God did
not like me picking fights with others and he showed me how afraid
that Victor must have felt when I was bullying him. Even though I
went through a lot more fear over a longer period of time, I
learned how wrong it was to have power over some one else. Just
like the golden rule, I will never treat someone that way unless I
want to be bullied myself. Believe me! I never want to be bullied
again. I know God loves me, because he taught me this lesson so
our Tithes and Offerings
have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor
and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of
your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on
the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."
Ponder these words of Jesus as you return your
We are grateful,
O God, that you are at work within us, nudging and stretching us,
and causing us to grow, and to think. Grant us wisdom for the
challenges of life, when who we are may be called into
question. Help our response to flow out of your love for us.
offerings toward your kingdom work through us, Lord. Bless, also
your servant, brother Don Booz, as he brings us your message this
morning. As you have centered his thoughts in preparation, so focus
our minds and hearts as we listen. Keep nudging and stretching us as
we seek to be doers of your Word. Thank you for the ministry of our
district, with whom we are in partnership. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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