Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 7, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
with Holy Confidence
my friends, since we have confidence to enter the
sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way
that he opened for us..." (Hebrews
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"From Thy Throne So
"Brethren, we have met to worship"
Entering into Godís
Being honest with God
"Open the eyes of my heart"
Moments of Silence
Affirming our faith
Rededicating our Deacons
Invitation to Love
Responding with a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
"Spirit of the living God"
Responding with our
Tithes and Offerings
"How Great the
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into God's Presence
Godís call of the prophet Isaiah is remembered as a holy
moment that shook the foundations of his being. With these
very words, let us enter into Godís presence in this
sanctuary, aware that we are likewise standing on holy
ground. Be prepared to speak what the seraphs said, a verse
we will say in unison three times before singing #120 in the
hymnal. The words are printed in your bulletin and are
projected on the screen. Be prepared to read them when I
motion to you... Listen, now, to Isaiah:
year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high
and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were
in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered
their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they
flew. And one called to another and said:
(motion to congregation)
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory."
(Congregation speaks in unison 3 times, increasing in volume)
worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for
you created all things, and by your will they existed and were
created.... Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power
and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing...
To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and
honor and glory and might forever and ever! " Amen.
(Revelation 4:11, 5:12,13, NRSV)
honest with God
We continue with Isaiahís account of his own calling by
God. In the presence of holiness, the prophet was moved to
confession. As we come before the Lord in worship, honesty
is important for the integrity of our relationship. False
fronts wonít do. "Stop pretending," says God.
Come as you are, warts and all, or do not come at all.
Listen, and be ready to speak (when I motion to you) the
words of Isaiah in your bulletin and on the overhead.
Allow this confession to become your own, then listen to
the forgiving word of God:
pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called,
and the house filled with smoke. And I said:
(motion to congregation)
(Congregation in unison:)
"Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a person of unclean
and I live among a people of unclean lips;
yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! "
Then one of
the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken
from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth
with it and said: "Now
that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your
sin is blotted out."
heard the voice of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?"
And I said,
(Preacher:)"Here am I; send me!"
(Prayer by preacher:)
Lord, you have called me to preach. Unlike Isaiah, may the
things I say be understood. May my words not "make
the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut
their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and
listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and
turn and be healed." Instead, open the eyes of our
hearts, Lord. May the words of my mouth, and the meditation
of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock
and our redeemer. 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
Last week, we
witnessed the deacons of our church in action, as three of them
surrounded a sister in need during our time of sharing joys and
concerns, and led her to a quiet place to talk and pray. This is
an awesome calling in the church, to be such a servant. Let us
pause this morning to rededicate our deacons to a new year of
service. As they come forward just now, let me read what Paul had
to say about deacons in his first letter to Timothy. Iím reading
from The Message.
"The same goes for those who want to be servants
(i.e. deacons) in the church: (be) serious, not
deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for
what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before
the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try
to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they
show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be
made for womenósame qualifications: serious, dependable,
not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the
church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to
their own children, and diligent in looking after their
own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to
be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith."
(1 Timothy 3:8-13)
I thank God
for your ministry in this church, and the unique ways you each
fulfill this calling. You each apply the gifts God has specially
given to you, from the care you take in baking communion bread and
preparation for love feast and communion, to the care you give
reaching out to those who hurt. You have each answered Godís
call with your own, "Here am I, send me." Be confident
in the Lord, knowing that it is God who does a good work in you,
and it is the Lord who both begins and will complete this good
work. May God bless this new year of service... Pray with me.
Holy God, bless these servants you have called forth with
a boldness like that of Stephen, one of the first deacons.
By faith, he long ago fulfilled his appointed task of
making sure all were fed daily from the table of the early
church, even those likely to be forgotten and neglected.
By faith, however, he also made use of his other gifts
from you, even in the face of strong opposition, becoming
the first martyr of the church for simply speaking the
these servants anew with a similar faith, that they might
lay aside timidity and be bold in their calling as your
servants here in this church. Be in their hands as they
reach out to the least, the last, and the lost. Be in
their hearts as they comfort the afflicted and afflict the
comfortable. Be in their minds as they seek to simply
speak the truth in love. Help them to fulfill their
calling to the best of the ability that you have given to
them, each in their own unique way. This we pray in the
name of the One who oversees all, our true Shepherd Jesus.
to Love Feast
have been watching "The
War," a documentary about World War II by Ken Burns,
currently airing on PBS. If so, did you know that World
Communion Sunday - which is today - began in 1940, as the
clouds of this war were spreading across the globe? Remembering
that the church of Jesus Christ is bigger than any country is just
as important today as it was 67 years ago. Fear still divides the
peoples of Godís earth. On this day we celebrate our oneness in
Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are
called to serve Ė a world ever more in need of peacemaking.
(Those Deacons willing to do
so - not all are gifted in public speech
like Stephen was - will each read a line of the following
- As deacons, we are preparing the tables for Love Feast
- Through his Word, his Spirit, and his body (this church),
Jesus will lead us this evening.
- It is "his" table around which we will gather,
- There we will wash feet, and share a meal, and eat his bread
and drink from his cup.
- A place around this table is set for you.
- Come and share with us his feast of Love.
- It all starts at 6:30pm.
written closer to the time (if not at the
with our Tithes and Offerings
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where
moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do
not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where
your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew
6:19-21) Please pray with me.
suggestion, Lord Jesus, we desire to lay up for ourselves treasures
in heaven. Money does not earn us a place in heaven. Our money does
represent an earthly treasure which we return to you. Be pleased to
use these gifts to your glory. Amen.
prayer by Hilbert J. Berger, from Now,
Concerning the Offering,
©1987 by the author. Discipleship Resources, p. 21.
Worship, yes, is a "holy hill," a place where and a time
when the Spirit of God does, indeed, "move in our midst."
However, as you go from this sanctuary remember that every moment
and every place is sacred - because Christ goes there ahead of you.
Be aware of Godís presence throughout this week, even where you
least would expect the Holy One to be. May the Lord bless you with a
sense of holy confidence, that you - by faith - may walk every day
with humility (always) and boldness. As God has touched your
life, so touch the lives of others - in Jesusí name. Amen.
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