Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 1, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      "For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward." (Mark 9:41)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                              "Wonderful grace of Jesus"                             150

*Opening Prayer

  Congregational affirmation of faith

  Giving voice to faith

  Song                                         "Step by step"                             (see insert)

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

  Song                                         "Step by step"                             (see insert)
                         (Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory

*Response                    (vs. 1) "Thou true Vine, that heals"                         373

*Dedication

  Scripture                                   Mark 9:38-50

  Message                   "Bearing the name of Christ"

*Song                                       "Teresaís Prayer"                           (see insert)

*Invitation

*Sung Benediction        "Lord, let us now depart in peace"                        428

*Postlude


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - Jesus once said to his disciples,

2 - "Whoever welcomes (a) child in my name welcomes me." (Matthew 18:5)

1 - He also promised them that

2 - "where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." (Matthew 18:20)

1 - After he rose from the dead, before he ascended to heaven to be with God, our Lord sent his disciples forth with this challenge,

2 - "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

1 - In answer to that challenge, with an ability far beyond that of a simple fisherman, the apostle Peter preached his first sermon, ending with this invitation,

2 - "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." (Acts 2:38)

1 - And the apostle Paul, that Pharisee who once had been an enemy of Christ until he was blinded by the light and given new sight, encouraged the believers in Philippi to:

2 - "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead, he emptied himself, taking on the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend ... and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

1 - So, brothers and sisters, arise and welcome every child in Jesusí name. Live by the promise of his presence. Respond to his challenge to repent and go forth, both in his name. Seek the mind of Christ, and be encouraged for the path that lies ahead. Confess that Jesus is Lord. Give glory to God.
   

Opening Prayer

         Gathered in your name, O Lord, trusting in the promise of your presence and power, seeking to be faithful to your calling, we praise you. Forgive us when we forget why we are here. Forgive us when we trust so much in our own reasons and planning and think that everything depends upon us. And forgive us when we lose sight of where and to whom you are sending us.
         It is by your "wonderful grace" that we live. Even now, in this very moment. So, yes, Lord - in Jesusí name we pray. Amen!
      

Congregational affirmation of faith

         Faith is a verb. It is by faith that we live, trusting "step by step" that God is faithful. Along our journey with Jesus, we grow in becoming able to give voice to our faith, to speak it out loud in our own words, to share from the heart what needs to be shared with others. Throughout this month several persons will be given the opportunity during worship to give voice to their faith, to share what their baptism has meant to them, to speak what Christ has been about in their lives as they seek to bear his name. If you feel called to be one of these persons, please see Pastor Pete.
         Before we ask ___________ to come forward and share, letís turn in our hymnals to #712. As the early church sought to give voice to their faith, these words came into being. We call them the "apostlesí creed," the word "creed" coming from the Latin word "Credo," which simply means "I believe." While Brethren have shied away from formal creeds that have been used by some to control and manipulate the faithful, we acknowledge the important of belief. We can affirm the basic creeds of Christianity, like this "apostleís creed," but in a larger sense we say that the whole New Testament is our creed, turning to it again and again seeking the mind of Christ.
         Still, can we not give voice to our faith together with these old, old words from some of the first believers? If you are able, please join in this affirmation.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
         creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus, God's only Son, our Lord,
         who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
                  born of the Virgin Mary.
                  suffered under Pontius Pilate.
                  was crucified, died, and buried;
         he descended to the dead.
         On the third day, he rose again;
         he ascended into heaven,
         he is seated at the right hand of the Father
                  and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
         the holy catholic* church.
         the communion of saints,
         the forgiveness of sins,
         the resurrection of the body,
         and the life everlasting.

* universal

Hymnal #713, English translation of The Apostle's Creed,
prepared by the English Language Liturgical Consultation ELLC, © 1988.
    

Pastoral Prayer

 

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

 

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         "You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name." (John 15:16)
         To bear the name of Christ does not mean that we walk around with a name tag that says, "Christian." Of course, names are important. The Deacons, for instance, learn your names by taking attendance every Sunday. If you come on a regular basis and miss a Sunday, we notice and send you an email or letter, listing the joys and concerns that were shared so that you can pray with us over them. We couldnít do this if we didnít note, by name, that you were missing. Thatís why itís important that you help us by filling out the attendance registers, writing your name in so that we can read it. Make sure you do so as the offering is passed.
         Of course, bearing the name of Christ is more than writing your name on an attendance pad (as important as coming to church is!), or wearing a name tag that says, "Christian." Jesus says it has something to do with "bearing fruit." Ponder what that means as you return your offering just now. Ushers?
   

Dedication

Gracious God,
         grant that the words we hear this day,
         may be so grafted within our hearts
         that they bring forth fruit
         to the honor and praise of your name,
         through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

adapted from Hymnal #752, itself adapted from
"Order of Worship," Worship the Lord,
ed. James R. Esther and Donald J. Bruggink,
© 1987 The Reformed Church in America.
   

 

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

 

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