Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 29, 2007
Worship 10:00 am
sorts of things are a bit like travel brochures: they may
whet your appetite for what’s ahead, but they are
nothing like actually arriving there."
(Colossians 2:17, Laughing Bird Version)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Coming Before God
Call to Worship
and ye shall find"
(Our younger children, ages 3-7, then leave for Sunday School)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
Litany of Faith - based on Psalm 85
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"The church's one foundation"
(Laughing Bird Version)
"Living beyond the travel
"When peace, like a
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we come asking
for more of your Spirit in our lives,
we come seeking a
clearer understanding of your will,
we come knocking
for doors of opportunity to open,
we come, knowing
that you are always more ready to give
than we are to receive
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia
Luke 11:1-4 (NIV)
1 - One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.
finished, one of his disciples said to him,
2 - "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John
taught his disciples."
1 - He said to them,
3 - "When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed
be your name,
come. Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, for
we also forgive everyone who
sins against us. And lead
us not into temptation.’"
1 - Luke’s shorter version of this familiar prayer calls us to
worship in this time and place.
3 - "Hallowed be your name," we pray as we enter
into God’s presence.
2 - "Teach us," we ask as our song raises us
1 - "Holy, holy, holy!," we stand as we are able and
"Forgive us our sins," Jesus taught, "for
we also forgive everyone who sins against us."
(pause) Not exactly, Lord.
There was that
person on the highway,
and the woman at the cash register,
and that guy who butted ahead in line...
There was my
co-worker the other day,
my child last night,
my father a long time ago,
my spouse over and over again...
Please don’t forgive us like we forgive everyone else, Lord.
Forgive us, instead, like your Son.
the other cheek" business is a tough lesson.
Thank you for doing so with us,
pardoning our transgressions
when we are far from being worthy of it.
Help us to grow in Christ, such that this prayer
becomes less a joke and more a reality.
May the day come -
maybe even today -
when our "not exactly" response
is transformed into an "amen."
This we pray, in your name.
Theme: Ask for what you want.
Another obvious fact of our physical natures is that we
live apart from others. We cannot enter into their minds
and hearts and know everything they think and feel. This
enables us to live independently, but it also makes
communication extremely important. Without good
communication, others will not know us. While this may
seem too apparent to mention, many people do not
communicate well and, instead, act as though others can
read their minds. This guarantees that their wants, needs,
thoughts, and feelings will go largely unknown.
Scripture: Luke 11:9
Device: A game
Technique: Ask the children if any of them are good at reading
other people's minds. Tell them you're going to test them. Think
of something and see if they can guess what it is. When they have
failed, tell them what was really on your mind and then say you'll
make it a little easier for them. You'll think of a number; have
them read your mind and guess the number. Be sure you pick one
they won't guess, like 3,393. When they have failed that test,
tell them you'll make it easier yet. Have them guess the color in
your thoughts. Be sure to pick an unusual color, such as
chartreuse or mauve. When they have failed once more, point out to
the children how difficult it is to read a person's mind. We can't
do it. But sometimes we act as if we want people to do just that.
We'll want things or feel things, but we won't tell anybody. We'll
expect them to guess. Have they ever had a question in school but
were afraid to ask the teacher? Have they ever felt sad but didn't
What does Jesus tell us to do? You're thinking what Jesus says,
can they guess that? Jesus tells us to ask for what we want. If
you have a question in school, what does Jesus say? Ask the
question; don't hope your teacher will read your mind. And if
there's something you'd like at home, it's OK to ask for it. If
you feel sad or happy, tell somebody rather than hope they will
figure it out. Sometimes people do things that bother us, but if
we don't tell them, they probably won't even know. Jesus tells us
to ask for what we want.
Note: Make the game fun by thinking of unusual things. At the
end, you can have them guess what it's time for them to do now.
by Bucky Dann in More Children's Sermons, ©1993, Westminster/John Knox Press,
Litany of Faith
based on Psalm 85
One: Let us declare our faith in God; declare and do not doubt.
Many: But how can we build faith to trust the Lord?
One: The psalmist remembered God and said, "You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin"
Many: We remember!
One: "You withdrew all your wrath; you turned away from your hot anger"
Many: We remember!
One: Now speak like a psalmist; cry out to the Lord!
Many: "Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away indignation toward us."
One: Cry out to the Lord!
Many: "Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation"
One: Trust God!
Many: "He will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts"
One: Declare this!
Many: "Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet"
One: "Righteousness and peace will kiss each other."
Many: "Faithfulness will spring up from the ground"
One: "And righteousness will look down from the sky"
All: And the glory of the Lord will dwell in our land. And in our homes. And in this place. And in us.
by Kwasi I.
Kena, Director of Evangelism Ministries
21st Century Africana Liturgy Resources: "Worship Resources for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C"
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written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Jesus has taught
us to ask and seek and knock, with faith that we will receive, that
we will find, and that doors will be opened. On the other hand, God
asks and seeks and knocks as well. Faith increases as we give in the
manner in which we have received, as we respond, "Here I am,
Lord, send me," as we open our door for Jesus to come in.
As you return your
offering just now, think back over the past week. Where have you
been faith-fully asking and seeking and knocking? And, on the other
hand, where have you seen or heard or sensed God asking and seeking
and knocking? Make these offertory moments a time of prayer, as you
become more aware that God has been part of each day. Imagine, then,
the possibilities for this coming week.
Ushers, would you
come forward now and assist us by passing the plates?
not yet decided, may be reprise of
and ye shall find"
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)