Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 19, 2007
Worship 10:00 am
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings
so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that
is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and
perfecter of our faith..."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
Exodus 13:17-18a, 20-22
Acting out Scripture
(Our younger children, ages 3-7, leave for Sunday School)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
got peace like a river"
A Time of Sharing (camp
participants invited to come forward)
"Guide my feet"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Genesis 12:1-2 (NRSV)
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your
kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make
your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will
bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse;
and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
God of blessing, come, walk with us this hour. For you have called
us to go, like Abraham and Sarah; to step out by faith armed with
but your promise. No journey can be undertaken without your help and
guidance on the way, so may your Spirit empower us and your Son lead
us. Forgive us when we stop depending upon you and start thinking
that everything depends upon us. When we do so, we lose our way and
our burdens become unbearable. Nudge us to share our burdens and, in
so doing, to know your Sabbath rest. Keep prodding us to look to and
follow Jesus, and thus walk in the path of your peace. Bless this
time of worship that through it we might become equipped for the
This we pray in the
name of the One who is the "ruler of all nature" and
"Lord of all nations," our "beautiful Savior"
and "fairest Lord Jesus." Amen.
Lord Jesus," 117)
Exodus13:17-18a, 20-22 (NRSV)
Way." That was the curriculum theme this summer at Shepherd’s
Spring and Mardela (the two camps our church supports and to which
we sent some of our young people this year). ... "On the
|In Genesis, Abraham and Sarah followed
where God led them,
In Exodus, after they were set free, the Israelites
and left Egypt.
In the Bible’s ongoing story, Ruth journeyed home with
mother-in-law, and God was faithful to them on the way.
In the New Testament, Jesus was himself led by God
wilderness, where his baptism was challenged.
In the book of Acts, a lame man, healed by the apostle
newfound walking ability as a means
rejoice in the Lord.
And before he ascended to heaven, Jesus commissioned
disciples (and us) with marching orders to go
baptize and make disciples and teach and remember.
alluded to the six scriptures that were at the heart of this
summer’s camp theme, "On the Way."
From Sunday through Friday, these Bible stories surrounded each
day, one at a time. We’ve already heard from Genesis. Let’s
listen to these words from the book of Exodus.
17 "When Pharaoh let the people go, God
did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines,
although that was nearer; for God thought, ‘If the
people face war, they may change their minds and return to
Egypt.’ 18 So God led the people by the
roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea.... 20
They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the
edge of the wilderness. 21 The Lord went in
front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them
along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give
them light, so that they might travel by day and by night.
22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the
pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the
As the Spirit
leads (and the pastor directs), the whole congregation will
"act out" the exodus story (the highlights), with the
emphasis upon the Israelites being led by the "pillar of
cloud by day" and the "pillar of cloud by night."
Ruth 1:15-18 (NRSV)
story of two women who traveled from bitterness to joy was the
third scripture of the week at camp this summer. Stranded in a
foreign country following the death of her husbands and sons,
desperately hungry in the midst of a famine, Naomi decided to go
home. She released her two local daughters-in-law from any
responsibility they might have felt to take care of her, but one
of these women, Ruth, refused to leave her side. Her promise to
Naomi is one of the most moving commitments spoken in the Bible.
May we be blessed with a similar desire toward our brothers and
sisters in Christ today, as we walk together "on the
way" of Jesus. Listen.
15 So Naomi said, "See, your sister-in-law
has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after
your sister-in-law." 16 But Ruth said,
"Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
17 Where you die, I will die; there will I be
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!"
When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she
said no more to her.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Luke 4:1-13 (NRSV)
With the fourth
scripture underlying the theme of camp, we turn the corner from the
Old Testament to the New, and shift our focus to Jesus. "On the
way" of worship this morning we come to a time of giving. As we
do so, however, the following story reminds us that life - real life
- is more than power, more than authority or recognition, more than
security. We are all tempted to lose our sense of direction by such
things as we travel with Jesus on the way. When it comes to such
temptation, he walks ahead of us, showing us the way. Listen to this
story from Luke’s gospel of what happened after Jesus himself was
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from
the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate
nothing at all during those days, and when they were over,
he was famished. 3 The devil said to him,
"If you are the Son of God, command this stone to
become a loaf of bread." 4 Jesus answered
him, "It is written, "One does not live by bread
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all
the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil said
to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this
authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it
to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship
me, it will all be yours." 8 Jesus answered
him, "It is written,
"Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’"
9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and
placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him,
"If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from
here, 10 for it is written,
"He will command his angels
concerning you, to protect you,’
"On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’"
Jesus answered him, "It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord
your God to the test.’" 13 When the devil
had finished every test, he departed from him until an
We give our
offerings, not as an exercise of worldly power, not because we have
earthly authority or crave the recognition others around us, not out
of our need for security. Our act of giving just now returns us to
God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah on the way - simply that we
will be a blessing. Will the ushers come forward and help us do so?
In the bulletin
every week there are asterisks beside certain parts of our worship
order. The note at the bottom reads, "Please stand if you are
able." The fifth Bible story at camp involved a person had
never been able to stand until the day when Peter and John walked by
on the way. This man begged for what he thought was all he could
get. Peter offered him more. The rest is a story of how walking led
to praising God, and how when we follow Jesus, we go "rejoicing
on the way." Listen.
1 One day Peter and John were going up to the
temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the
afternoon. 2 And a man lame from birth was being
carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the
temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for
alms from those entering the temple. 3 When he
saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked
them for alms. 4 Peter looked intently at him, as
did John, and said, "Look at us." 5 And
he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive
something from them. 6 But Peter said, "I
have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." 7
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and
immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8
Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the
temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9
All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10
and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask
for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were
filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to
Time of Sharing
(camp participants invited to come forward)
Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which
Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they
worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and
said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey
everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you
always, to the end of the age."
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