Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 5, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
National Junior High Sunday
ran toward Jacob and hugged and kissed him. Then the two
brothers started crying."
(Genesis 33:4 CEV)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Lord, I lift your name on high"
"The Heart of Worship"
- midi file
- short clip - full
"Kum bah yah"
"Trading my Sorrows"
(lyrics/chords, midi file,
Beginning Reflection -
"Open the Eyes of my Heart,
Lord" (see songsheets)
The Bible story, part 1
Genesis 25:19-34 (abridged)
The Bible story, part 2
Genesis 27:1-45 (abridged )
Unison Prayer of Confession
The Bible story, part 3
Genesis 33:1-17 (abridged +)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)
Responding with our Tithes and
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
light your world"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Dear God, our friend,
we come to worship you today.
We come to sing, pray, and listen.
You always hear us.
Help us to hear you. AMEN
©1992 The Hymnal Project
One thing Jr.
Highs know about is transformation. So much is changing in their
lives Ė their minds, their bodies, their families, their social
groups, their interests, their responsibilities, their world and,
most certainly, their understanding of God and their faith. At the
same time, it is easy to get stuck in the same old same old.
Failures, disappointments, grudges and old wounds have a way of
hanging around. When we make progress on changing these things new
worlds open up to us. Godís love is a powerful ally in bringing
about change in ourselves and others. Godís love transforms
Our theme for
worship on this national Jr. High Sunday is
"Transformed!" Itís taken from todayís Sunday School
lesson in our new Gather ĎRound curriculum. Brethren and
Mennonite congregations all across the U.S. and Canada began using
it this fall. Our scripture focus today in worship and in our
children and youth Sunday School classes is the story of Jacob and
Esau. As we shall hear, it is a tale filled with conflict and
deception, as well as fear and then forgiveness. Later on, please
imagine with your junior high youth, a news and talk televison
program based on this story of two brothers. Be prepared to join
As we soon
will hear, the story of Jacob and Esau, after their interesting
birth, begins with a cooking lesson in which Jacob tricks Esau
into giving up his birthright for a bowl of Lentil stew. Just now
we are passing around bowls of dry lentils as a "reverse
offering." Instead of putting something in the bowl as itís
passed, take out something - in this case some of these lentils.
As we sing "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord" (words/chords,
these lentils in your hand. Maybe try to bite into one. You see,
cooking changes lentils from being hard and inedible to being soft
and delicious. Just as lentils soften when they are cooked, so God
can soften us and create change in us. Think about it.
Bible story, part 1
Narrator 1 - Isaac was the son of Abraham, and he was
forty years old when he married Rebekah... Almost twenty years
later, Rebekah still had no children. So Isaac asked the LORD to
let her have a child, and the LORD answered his prayer.
Narrator 2 - Before Rebekah gave birth, she knew she
was going to have twins, because she could feel them inside her,
fighting each other. She thought,
Rebekah - "Why is this happening to me?"
Narrator 1 - Finally, she asked the LORD why her
twins were fighting, and he told her:
God - "Your two sons will become two separate
nations. The younger of the two will be stronger, and the older
son will be his servant."
Narrator 2 - When Rebekah gave birth, the first baby
was covered with red hair, so he was named Esau. The second baby
grabbed on to his brotherís heel, so they named him Jacob. Isaac
was sixty years old when they were born.
Narrator 1 - As Jacob and Esau grew older, Esau liked
the outdoors and became a good hunter, while Jacob settled down
and became a shepherd. Esau would take the meat of wild animals to
his father Isaac, and so Isaac loved him more, but Jacob was his
motherís favorite son.
Narrator 2 - One day, Jacob was cooking some stew,
when Esau came home hungry and said,
Esau - "Iím starving to death! Give me some of
that red stew right now!"
Narrator 1 - Thatís how Esau got the name
"Edom." Jacob replied,
Jacob - "Sell me your rights as the first-born
Esau - "Iím about to die, what good will those
rights do me?"
Jacob - "Promise me your birthrights, here and
Narrator 2 - And thatís what Esau did. Jacob then gave
Esau some bread and some of the lentil stew, and when Esau had
finished eating and drinking, he just got up and left, showing how
little he thought of his rights as the first-born.
Bible story, part 2
27:1-45 (abridged )
Narrator 1 - After Isaac had become old and almost
blind, he called in his first-born son Esau, who asked him,
Esau - "Father, what can I do for you?"
Isaac - "I am old and might die at any time. So
take your bow and arrows, then go out in the fields, and kill a wild
animal. Cook some of that tasty food that I love so much and bring
it to me. I want to eat it once more and give you my blessing before
Narrator 2 - Rebekah had been listening, and as soon as
Esau left to go hunting, she said to Jacob,
Rebekah - "I heard your father tell Esau to kill a
wild animal and cook some tasty food for your father before he dies.
Your father said this because he wants to bless your brother with
the LORD as his witness. Now, my son, listen carefully to what I
want you to do. Go and kill two of your best young goats and bring
them to me. Iíll cook the tasty food that your father loves so
much. Then you can take it to him, so he can eat it and give you his
blessing before he dies."
Jacob - "My brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am
not. If my father touches me and realizes I am trying to trick him,
he will put a curse on me instead of giving me a blessing."
Rebekah - "Let his curse fall on me! Just do what
I say and bring me the meat."
Narrator 1 - So Jacob brought the meat to his mother,
and she cooked the tasty food that his father liked. Then she took
Esauís best clothes and put them on Jacob. She also covered the
smooth part of his hands and neck with goatskins and gave him some
bread and the tasty food she had cooked. Jacob went to his father
Jacob - "Father, here I am."
Isaac - "Which one of my sons are you?"
Jacob - "I am Esau, your first-born, and I have
done what you told me. Please sit up and eat the meat I have
brought. Then you can give me your blessing."
Isaac - "My son, how did you find an animal so
Jacob - "The LORD your God was kind to me."
Isaac - "My son, come closer, where I can touch
you and find out if you really are Esau."
Narrator 2 - Jacob went closer. His father touched him
Isaac - "You sound like Jacob, but your hands feel
hairy like Esauís. Are you really my son Esau?"
Jacob - "Yes, I am."
Isaac - "Serve me the wild meat, and I can give
you my blessing."
Narrator 1 - Jacob gave him some meat, and he ate it.
He also gave him some wine, and he drank it. Then Isaac said,
Isaac - "Son, come over here and kiss me."
Narrator 2 - While Jacob was kissing him, Isaac caught
the smell of his clothes and said:
Isaac - "The smell of my son is like a field the
LORD has blessed. God will bless you, my son, with dew from heaven
and with fertile fields, rich with grain and grapes. Nations will be
your servants and bow down to you. You will rule over your brothers,
and they will kneel at your feet. Anyone who curses you will be
cursed; anyone who blesses you will be blessed."
Narrator 1 - Right after Isaac had given Jacob his
blessing and Jacob had gone, Esau came back from hunting. He cooked
the tasty food, brought it to his father, and said,
Esau - "Father, please sit up and eat the meat I
have brought you, so you can give me your blessing."
Isaac - "Who are you?"
Esau - "I am Esau, your first-born son."
Narrator 2 - Isaac started trembling and said,
Isaac - "Then who brought me some wild meat right
before you came in? I ate it and gave him a blessing that cannot be
Narrator 1 - Esau cried loudly and begged,
Esau - "Father, give me a blessing too!"
Isaac - "Your brother tricked me and stole your
Esau - "My brother deserves the name Jacob,
because he has already cheated me twice. The first time he cheated
me out of my rights as the first-born son, and now he has cheated me
out of my blessing. Father, donít you still have any blessing left
Isaac - "My son, I have made Jacob the ruler over
you and your brothers, and all of you will be his servants. I have
also promised him all the grain and grapes that he needs. Thereís
nothing left that I can do for you."
Esau - "Father, donít you have more than one
blessing? You can surely give me a blessing too!"
Narrator 2 - Then Esau started crying again.
Isaac - "Your home will be far from that fertile
land, where dew comes down from the heavens. You will live by the
power of your sword and be your brotherís slave. But when you
decide to be free, you will break loose."
Narrator 1 - Esau hated his brother Jacob because he
had stolen the blessing that was supposed to be his. So he said to
Esau - "Just as soon as my father dies, Iíll
Narrator 2 - When Rebekah found out what Esau planned
to do, she sent for Jacob and told him,
Rebekah - "Son, your brother Esau is just waiting
for the time when he can kill you. Now listen carefully and do what
I say. Go to the home of my brother Laban in Haran and stay with him
for a while. When Esau stops being angry and forgets what you have
done to him, Iíll send for you to come home. Why should I lose
both of my sons on the same day?"
Prayer of Confession
Please turn in your hymnal to #701, and join us in
a Unison Prayer of Confession. (pause till
everyone is ready)
it is hard to
when they hurt us and our friends.
We want to hit back -
and sometimes we
But you teach us to love our enemies
no matter what
Forgive, Lord Jesus,
when we do not
Help us to understand why people hurt others,
and let our
hearts be filled with love for them. AMEN
from 365 Children's Prayers
© 1989 Lion Publishing Corp.
Bible story, part 3
33:1-17 (abridged +)
Narrator 1 - Jacob found sanctuary in the home of his
Uncle Laban. He also found himself a wife. Actually, he found two
wives - but thatís a whole other story. He went on to have lots
and lots of children, and after many years he was getting rich,
with lots of cattle, donkeys, and sheep, as well as many slaves.
But the time came to leave Uncle Laban and head back home, which
is where we pick up the Bible story again. Sooner or later you
need to face the music, and he had a bit of "unfinished
business" back home. The last time Jacob saw him, his brother
Esau was not a happy camper.
Narrator 2 - Along the way home, he received word that
Esau was heading his way with four hundred men. Needless to say,
this frightened Jacob so much that he divided his people, sheep,
cattle, and camels into two groups, thinking that if Esau attacked
one group, perhaps the other could escape. He sent them all on
ahead, and had a restless night of sleep, which is yet another
story in itself, involving wrestling with God and having his name
changed from "Jacob" to "Israel."
Narrator 1 - Letís jump ahead to the next day.
Judgement day! That morning he caught up with his family, and here
is what scripture says about the fateful meeting. Listen.
Narrator 2 - Later that day Jacob met Esau coming
with his four hundred men. So Jacob had his children walk with
their mothers... Jacob himself walked in front of them all, bowing
to the ground seven times as he came near his brother.
Narrator 1 - But Esau ran toward Jacob and hugged and
kissed him. Then the two brothers started crying.
Narrator 2 - When Esau noticed the women and children
Esau - "Whose children are these?"
Jacob - "These are the ones the LORD has been
kind enough to give to me, your servant."
Esau - "What did you mean by these herds I met
along the road?"
Jacob - "Master, I sent them so that you would
be friendly to me."
Esau - "But, brother, I already have plenty,
Keep them for yourself."
Jacob - "No! Please accept these gifts as a sign
of your friendship for me. When you welcomed me and I saw your
face, it was like seeing the face of God. Please accept these
gifts I brought to you. God has been good to me, and I have
everything I need."
Narrator 1 - Jacob kept insisting until Esau accepted
Esau - "Letís get ready to travel, Iíll go
along with you."
Jacob - "Master, you know traveling is hard on
children, and I have to look after the sheep and goats that are
nursing their young. If my animals travel too much in one day,
they will all die. Why donít you go on ahead and let me travel
along slowly with the children, the herds, and the flocks. We can
meet again in the country of Edom."
Esau - "Let me leave some of my men with you."
Jacob - "You donít have to do that, I am
happy, simply knowing that you are friendly to me."
Narrator 2 - So Esau left for Edom. But Jacob went to
Succoth, where he built a house for himself and set up shelters
for his animals. Thatís why the place is called Succoth.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Host 1 (Diane): Sarah
Host 2 (Michelle): Quinn
Anchorperson (Veronica): Tessa
Camera person: Emily *no lines, just walk around with camera
to get different angles and shots.
Weather person (Karen): Tylar
Audience Representative: Lynn
Aaron (one of the 400 men): Lydia
Anchor person: Hello everyone!! Thank you very much for
coming to our show today. As always, we appreciate your attendance
and your participation. Today, we have a great show for you.
Picture thisÖtwo brothers torn apart by birth order, run-aways
in the night, reuniting after many years apart! Today proves to be
one of our most dramatic and exciting shows in our history. Letís
not waste anymore time!! First, letís see how the weather is
looking todayÖ. Weíre going to check in with our very own
weather girl, Karen Cold front.
Karen: Thank you very much Veronica. Iím extremely
excited about our show today. Hopefully today proves to be one hot
show. (Turns to audience) Hello folks! Today, as we see, itís
raining LIES and BLESSINGS outside. (Point to picture if we
have it) Itís very hard to see through the fog of confusion.
Please be careful when driving today, folks. Only by the Grace of
God will things clear up anytime soon. Now back to you Veronica.
Veronica (anchorperson): Thanks a lot Karen; I hope the
weather gets better soon. So, if our audience was paying attention
to the services today they have the background to the story of
these two brothers. (look at the audience suspiciously) Our
show is dedicated to getting the real story from the real people
who were there. First, our very own anchorperson, Diane Duncan, is
going to interview Esau himself. Over to you, Diane.
Diane: Thank you so much Veronica. Iím very excited to be
here with Esau today. I think this conversation will be an intense
one. So, EsauÖhow do you feel about this whole situation?
Diane: Okay, I mean how did you feel when your conniving
brother, Jacob, stole your birthright? It was intended for you and
he took it from under your nose? How did that make you feel?
Angry? Sad? Did you wan to cry?
Esau: Itís a disgrace! How completely disrespectful! Itís
terrible, really. He ruined my entire family reputation. How could
he do such a thing to me?
Diane: Okay, thatís enough of that. So after the whole event,
what exactly was your next step? What were your sweet, sweet plans
for revenge against that dog?
Esau: Well, first I was going to get all of my crew of about
400 men, AT LEAST! And go beat him up. We were really gonna get
him. We could have beaten him to a pulp for what he did to me and
my family. When we got rid of him we were going to take all of his
livestock and land for our own! That would have shown him.
Diane: OkayÖ(whispers to the audience) I think someone
needs a little anger controlÖ
Esau: What did you say about me? Or did you insult my brother?
You have no right to do such a thing!!! (Storms off the stage)
Diane: UmmmÖ.Veronica, we have a problem.
Veronica: Alright folks, well, weíll have to catch up with
Esau a little bit later on in our show. For now, we will join our
very own Michelle Michaels who is interviewing Jacob. Michelle,
hopefully your guest has run off yetÖ
Michelle: No, my guest is a little more calm that Dianeís
guest. (wipes her forehead) So, Iím here with Jacob. So
Jacob, how exactly did you feel after you had stolen Esauís
Jacob: Well, Michelle, at first I felt happy because now I had
the birthright. It was all mine. I probably should have had it in
the first place, but I finally set it all right. But, as time
passed, I began to feel terrified because I thought it was the
wrong thing to do and I wondered what would happen if Esau began
to seek revenge on me. You know he threatened to kill me, right?
Heís always had a violent streak.
Michelle: Was that what motivated you to run away?
Jacob: Have you ever met Esau?? If he threatened you, you would
probably run away too!! I had to look out for my own hide.
Michelle: How did the whole situation get resolved?
Jacob: After I ran away, I had time a lot of time to think
about what I had done, you know, in between having more children
than one can count and becoming rich from my livestock and land. I
felt remorse. How could I have done such a thing to my own
brother? I prayed to God for days and days. He led me in the
direction to say sorry to my brother. When Esau came with 400 men
I was not afraid. All I wanted to do was to apologize and hug my
brother. We worked things out and now our relationship is
fantastic! God can really make everything in life better with
Michelle: Well, there you have it Veronica. Two brothers
brought back together through prayer!
Veronica: (wipes a tear from her face) That was
beautiful, just beautiful. Now that weíve spoken to Esau and
Jacob, Iíve invited Aaron, one of the 400 men who went to seek
revenge on Jacob, to speak to us about the whole situation.
Welcome, Aaron. How are you today? (Aaron enters)
Aaron: Iím great, thanks for having me.
Veronica: From your point of view, how did Jacob react when
Esau came to his land?
Aaron: I feel like Jacob was pretty shook up about the whole
Veronica: Do you feel that Jacob made a good choice when he
took the 400 men with him?
Aaron: Personally, I think it was not a good choice because it
caused Jacob to become very fearful.
Veronica: What exactly do you think Jacob thought would happen?
Aaron: he probably thought that Esau would kill him family and
severely hurt him.
Veronica: Is there anything else you would like to add while
youíre here with our studio audience?
Aaron: I just want to say that Esau was very happy when he saw
Jacob. Heís really not a bad guy.
Veronica: Thank you Aaron, that was very enlightening. Now that
the audience has heard from key players in the story, we here at
the station would like to hear from you guys. What questions or
comments does our audience have for our guests?
Audience member 1: Esau: why exactly were you so angry at your
Esau: Hello??? He stole my birthright? It was mineÖ(gets
very flustered by calms himself down) But he and I worked
things out and weíre as good as new now. Thatís all that
Audience member 2: Jacob, my question if for you. Why were you
begging for forgiveness?
Jacob: Well, I did a horrible thing. All I wanted afterwards
was my brotherís forgiveness and love. He means more to me than
Audience member 3: Esau, I just want to know how the stew was.
Was it worth it?
Esau: That was the best stew Iíve ever had. My brother is a
Veronica: Well folks weíre out of time today. Weíve had a
great show getting to know you two brothers and your story. I hope
your relationship continues to blossom. For all of those at home
watching this, remember, prayer and forgiveness are important
parts of your faith as a Christian. God can solve any problem as
long as you pray. Good night!
our Tithes and Offerings
Voice 1 - Earlier in our worship we gave out what we called a
"reverse offering." Actually, this is what our ushers
collect every week, for the offerings we give back to God are in
reverse of what God first gives us.
Voice 2 - Day by day the Lord provides for us what we need. We do
something with it. We cook the lentil beans and make a tasty stew.
But weíre not the only cooks. God is busy in our lives, stirring
things up, softening hard minds, adding flavor.
Voice 1 - Look at the story of Jacob and Esau. A younger brotherís
stew cooked up a real problem. But that wasnít how it all ended,
with brother at war with brother. God was cooking up a storm behind
the scenes. "Taste and see that the Lord is good," the
Bible says. And itís true!
Voice 2 - Now is the time for our real "reverse
offering." Letís give back something delicious from the
heart. In so doing, may our light shine.
Loving God, you
show us how to be peaceful. We thank you that Esau found your
healing love and showed peace to Jacob. We thank you that Jacob
sought forgiveness and reconciliation with his brother Esau. Teach
us to show peace. Help us to learn to listen for your guidance, even
when we are angry. Thank you for your presence with us. Amen.
(Gather ĎRound Multiage teacherís guide,
Fall 2006-2007, p. 69)
(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)