Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 4, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Sunday of Lent
"So, then, each of us will be
accountable to God."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
"To God be the
Affirmation of Faith
is like a Mother Hen
Much, Much More"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
bulb there is a flower"
(Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"I am a Servant"
"How clear is our vocation,
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSV)
1 - As God's chosen ones,
2 - holy and beloved,
1 - clothe yourselves with compassion,
2 - kindness,
1 - humility,
2 - meekness,
1 - and patience.
2 - Bear with one another
1 - and, if anyone has a complaint against another,
2 - forgive each other;
1 - just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must
2 - Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
1 - which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
2 - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
1 - the peace to which indeed you were called in the one
2 - And be thankful.
1 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;
2 - teach and admonish one another in all wisdom;
1 - and with gratitude in your hearts
2 - sing psalms,
1 - hymns,
2 - and spiritual songs to God.
1 - And whatever you do,
2 - in word or deed,
1 - do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
2 - giving thanks to God the Father through him.
come as we are, O God our Father, in the light provided by Christ
our Savior, empowered by Holy Spirit to give you glory through our
words and our actions. Forgive the ways in which we have not lived
up to your calling this past week, how we have fallen and sinned. We
desire your peace to rule in our hearts. We want to be wrapped with
your love which ties us together. We long for gratitude to be at the
heart of all that we are and all that we do. Bless these moments of
worship that through them we might be motivated by you to fully and
abundantly live out your blessing in the week that lies ahead of us.
This we pray in Jesusí name. Amen.
No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus
In Christ the whole building is joined together
and rises to
become a holy temple in the Lord.
And in Christ we too are being built together
to become a
dwelling in which God lives by the Spirit.
As we come to Christ, the living Stone -
builders but chosen by God -
we also, like
are being built
into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood,
spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
So then we are no longer foreigners and aliens,
but citizens with
God's people and members of God's household,
built on the
foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus
as the chief cornerstone.
Hymnal #716, ©1992 The Hymnal
based on 1 Corinthians 3:111, 1 Peter 2:4-5,
and Ephesians 2:19-22, New Revised Standard Version
Team has chosen a focus for each month of the year. March's
theme is "Women's Health." On this first Sunday of the
month, Robyn Boettner will connect this to last month's theme of
"Caring for our Heart" by speaking simply about stress
reduction. By the way, we far surpassed the February
congregational challenge of collectively "walking" the
distance between where two of our deacons grew up on the lower
eastern shore of Maryland, to the the farm where another deacon
grew up in Garrett County on Maryland's far western border. We
nearly blew past that after the second Sunday. Our revised goal
became Cleveland, OH where our denomination's Annual Conference
will take place this summer. After zooming past that we shifted
our sights to Elgin, IL where our denomination is headquartered.
After catching the mileage for the last few days of February on
this Sunday, we may have overshot this goal also. The challenge
now becomes keeping up the walking. As our church sign has stated
for the past week or so: "Exercise Daily ... Walk with the
Lord." Toward tabulating this figurative walk across our
state, pedometers have been made available, and folks are invited
to share their distances every week. Walking, by the way, is a
good stress reducer. But there are other ways, as Robyn will
briefly point out.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Have you ever
noticed sometimes it says in the bulletin that we are
"returning" our tithes and offerings, while on other
occasions we are "responding with" them? The difference
often has to do with where this action happens in the order of
worship. If it takes place before the message, it is part of our
"turning" once again (that is: our
"re"-"turning") toward God. Like the prodigal
son in the story Jesus told long ago, we turn toward home and the
One who faithfully waits for us with open arms, ready to welcome and
celebrate. What we bring with us is important, but itís just one
dish in the huge pot luck feast that awaits.
Now, when our
offering time happens after the proclamation of the good news, we
often speak of it as our "response." To re-spond is also
to re-turn, but it is a re-turning with a difference. We re-turn
with a promise. Our promise is an answer to Godís promise, our
"yes" to Godís "yes" to us. Godís
"amen" to us echoes throughout heaven long before we ever
return our own amen. It is the Lord who empowers us, God who gives
us the ability to "re-spond," to fulfill our own vows,
with these gifts. This, then, is our "response-ability,"
something we live out each and every day and not only at this brief
moment of worship.
Ponder all this in
your heart as you return or respond with your tithes and other
offerings. Pray your own simple prayer the plates are passed.
Ushers, would you help us?
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