Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 9, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but
more than a slave, a beloved brother..."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
*Responsive Call to Worship (Psalm 139)
"Come, let us all unite to
Annual Conference Moment
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Lord, listen to your
Words of Purpose and Unison
A Conversation with God
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Heart with loving heart
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in - behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
for the night will shine like the
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of
When I awake,
I am still with you.
New International Version
God of all
generations, as the author of the psalm acknowledged your creative
presence in such an intimate and personal way, so we affirm your
presence with us in an even more wonderful and personal way - in the
relationship established through Jesus Christ and through the Holy
Spirit. We praise and thank you, O God, for reaching out to us and
touching our lives in this way. We turn towards you in gratitude
seeking to love as we have been loved and pray that this time of
worship will be a worthy offering of praise and thanksgiving for the
way you lay your guiding hand on our lives. In Jesusí name, we
by Moira B Laidlaw
Our Annual Conference delegate, Kay Kearns, will share briefly
about the event, and point the congregation to the bulletin
insert which holds more information. Knee surgery the week
after this June 30 - July 4 conference prevented her from
reporting back earlier.
written closer to the time (if not at the
of Purpose and Unison Commitment for Teachers
It is our purpose
to respond to the
call of Christ in our lives, to teach and convey
the message of Jesus,
to keep before us
the needs of those we serve, to cultivate
patience and understanding,
to strive for the
ability to do our job well,
to remember that
we all are learners at the feet of our Lord,
to dedicate our
lives to His service.
I will deepen
my understanding of Godís will for me and my world through
regular study of the Bible, especially the gospels, and by daily
prayer to God for forgiveness and guidance.
I will be regular
in worship and study, service and stewardship in a congregation of
other Christians, an active member of Christís earthly body, the
I will let both
my life and my words demonstrate my belief that Jesusí person,
life, and words are the pattern for Godís kingdom on earth.
from Pastorís Manual
- Church of the Brethren,
©1978, The Brethren Press, Elgin, IL, pp. 102-103
conversation with God
I tried to teach some kids about the cost of discipleship.
You said we should count the cost before we decide to follow
you. I told them your story of the man who decided to build
a tower and had to stop because he ran out of money.
LORD: Yes. I remember - that seemed like a good illustration.
the kids had questions: What kind of tower? How big
was it? What was it for?
LORD: What did they think it was for?
a water tower, a cell phone tower, or an airport tower.
One even suggested one of those new wind energy towers.
But I said it didnít matter what it was for, because the man
never finished it.
LORD: So you were trying to get back to the point-counting the
cost of discipleship.
It worked-to a point. They wanted to know why the
man didnít finish it. But when I said he ran out of money,
they asked, "Why didnít he just put it on his
LORD: Hmmm. So then you said: "Stones, $200; mortar, $100;
labor, $300; and for everything money canít buy, thereís
didnít I think of that? For inspiration, forgiveness, and
unconditional love, thereís the Master.
- Linda Logan, Bridgewater, Virginia
Church of the Brethren Living Word
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
our Tithes and Offerings
traveled with the crowds, he spoke to them about the steep cost of
discipleship. Rather than offering words of assurance, Jesus
challenged his followers to consider the price that might be asked.
As we follow in the way of Jesus, are we willing to give up the
things of this world in order to follow? Are we willing to turn from
family if necessary, carry the cross as Jesus, or do away with
possessions that stand between us and truly becoming a disciple of
sisters, consider the cost of following Jesus. May we build a
foundation not rooted in the wealth of this world; but in obedience
to the one who taught us the way of true discipleship.
Bethany Theological Seminary, M.Div. Ď07
Pastor, Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, Ohio
(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)