Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 10, 2007
Worship 10:00 am
"You have heard, no doubt, of my
- the apostle Paul (Galatians 1:13a)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
(from The Message)
"Crown him with many crowns"
1 Kings 17:8-16
"Elijah helps a
"The Lord's my shepherd"
(Our younger children, ages 3-7, leave for Sunday School)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Unison Prayer of Confession
I adore you"
Praying for Others
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"In spite of ... or because of
wondrous love is this"
*Word of Mission and Blessing
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
146 (from The Message)
1 - Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God!
2 - All my life long I'll praise God, singing songs to my God as
long as I live.
1 - Don't put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of
life, of salvation life.
2 - Mere humans don't have what it takes; when they die, their
projects die with them.
1 - Instead, get help from the God of Jacob, put your hope in God
and know real blessing!
2 - God made sky and soil, sea and all the fish in it.
1 - He always does what he says - he defends the wronged, he feeds
2 - God frees prisoners - he gives sight to the blind, he lifts up
1 - God loves good people, protects strangers, takes the side of
orphans and widows, but makes short work of the wicked.
2 - God’s in charge—always. Zion's God is God for good!
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 Lord. Amen.
adapted from prayer by Roy Pearson, Hear
Our Prayer, ©1961 McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, NT.
Taken from For
all who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.85
Team has chosen a focus for each month of the year. On our
May's theme of "Home Safety," deacon Mike Hanna
will speak briefly about "Sun Safety."
to Scripture reading A
In the Bible,
the prophet Elijah arrives on the scene unexpected, uncredentialed,
uninvited, unannounced, and unexplained.* After
telling King Ahab that "there shall be neither dew nor
rain these years, except by (God’s) word,"
Elijah was instructed by the Lord to hide in a nearly dry
riverbed, where he had just enough water to survive, and was fed -
it says - by the ravens. After a while, however, the harsh sun
dried up even that source of moisture. Let’s listen to what
*to borrow from Walter Brueggemann
in 1 & 2 Kings, ©2000 Smyth & Helwys Publishing,
Macan, GA, p. 207.
"Elijah helps a widow"
Using a jar of
flour, and a jar of oil, along with some biscuits, we'll retell
the Bible story of 1
Kings 17:8-16, emphasizing how God cared for a starving widow
and her son (and a prophet). This is adapted from pp. 69-70 of The
Humongous Book of Children's Messages, by Kristen
Baltrum, et.al., ©2004, Group Publishing, Loveland, CO.
to Scripture reading B
In the story
of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, what happened next moves us
in the direction of this morning’s gospel reading. You see, even
though those jars of meal and oil never emptied, the widow’s son
became ill and died. Elijah then cried out to God, and the boy was
brought back to life (17:17-24)... Now, let’s
turn to Luke’s gospel and hear a similar story about Jesus and
another widow and her son:
Prayer of Confession
Lord, our God,
great, eternal, wonderful
utterly to be trusted:
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
that stands 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 from
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.
Praying for others
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
As you return
your offering this morning, take time to read the devotion found on
the back of your bulletin. Don't just give your money, share your
faith, "a faith in a Savior who turns our mourning into
dancing." As you do, make sure you "put on your dancing
|(on back of bulletin:)
day we see them. We talk to them. Maybe we are them. The
broken. The hurting. The desperate. The defeated. It's so
easy to let this world steal the joy from our lives. As I
try to figure out what I can do, I often find myself
overwhelmed, feeling powerless. I sometimes mourn for this
world. I mourn for those who go to bed at night on an empty
stomach, the child who longs for a mom or dad. I mourn for
the person caught in the violence of war, for the one
controlled by addiction. I mourn, maybe most of all, for the
soul void of the hope brought by the risen Savior.
turns my mourning into dancing. He assures me of my
salvation. He assures me that he is at work. He came to
clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to comfort the
hurting. He came to turn their mourning into dancing. Part
of my dance as well as yours is to teach others to dance. We
do this by working for justice-by feeding the hungry, caring
for the fatherless, encouraging the brokenhearted. We do
this by sharing our faith, a faith in a Savior who turns our
mourning into dancing. Now put on your dancing shoes.
- Doug Diamond, pastor
Peak Creek Church of the Brethren, Laurel Springs, North
Church of the Brethren Living
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
of Mission and Blessing
My friends, this life is not a rehearsal.
Every day and each week is precious.
Here and now is blessed reality;
each day can be claimed
as either life to be loved or lost to death.
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
will praise God as long as I live;
Step out in faith and hope,
and pray that God will enhance your successes,
annul your blunders and mistakes,
and replace your weakness with a humble strength.
I will praise God as long as I live;
will sing praises to God as long as I have being.
The blessing of the Holy One,
whom the Church through the ages has cherished
as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with you this day and always.
Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)