Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 23, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said
through the prophet:
“The virgin will be with
child and will give birth to a son, and they will call
him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
“Christmas Morn” G.F. Handel
– Lighting the Candle of Proclamation
3 only) “O
come, O come, Immanuel” 172
*Hymn “My soul proclaims with
A time with our
came down at Christmas” 208
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes
“Noël en Musette” L.C. Daquin
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
(refrain only) “O
come, O come, Immanuel” 172
of the Nativity: Mary & Joseph”
holy, infant lowly” 206
*Choosing to be witnesses (a responsive
*Postlude “Noel on a Sicilian Carol” Guilmant
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Advent Wreath - Lighting the Candle of
(Our Nigerian-American family processes forward
toward the end of the Prelude – look for a sign from
the Pastor as to when. Bring a lit candle and a
microphone from the back. Stand on either side of
the worship table, facing the congregation. Begin
when the Prelude is finished.)
– Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent.
– We light the first candle of
(re-light the first candle –
the front one)
– We light the second candle of
(re-light the second candle –
the left one)
– We light the third candle of
(re-light the third candle –
the right, pink one)
– It is time now to light the candle of
(light the fourth candle – the
(in Ibo, French, Pidgin, & English)
(candlelighting family continues...)
- “N'ihi na Chineke huru uwa n'anya otú a, na Ọ nyere ọbuná
Ọkpara Ọ muru nání Ya, ka onye ọ bula nke kwere na Ya we ghara
ila n'iyi, kama ka ọ nwe ndu ebigh-ebi.” (Ibo/Igbo
- the language of southeast Nigeria, their home area)
- “Oui, Dieu a tant aimé le monde qu'il a donné son Fils, son
unique, pour que tous ceux qui placent leur confiance en lui
échappent à la perdition et qu'ils aient la vie éternelle.”
(French - this family lived in
- “Gọd lọv di wọld wẹl wẹl sotee im kọm giv im ọnli Sọn, so dat
evri pẹsin we trọst am nọ go dai, bọt go gẹt laif we no gẹt ẹnd”
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
(Candlelighters return to their seats during the first hymn –
giving the candle and mic to the ushers.)
It is time for us
to claim you as God-with-us, O
You are among us in our congregations
and our cities,
in our homes
and our communities.
we confess that we do not
we've forgotten your name.
And sometimes, we must admit
that we are not even looking
in the places you most likely will be found.
We want to find you in our comfortable communities -
communities that feel safe and
and surely you are there among us.
But we forget
that your name is Emmanuel -
in the stranger,
May voices ring out with your name, O
and inspire us once again
so that we may also make your
presence known to others.
Bennett, pastor for worship and youth
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
Fort Wayne, IN
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
A time with our Children
There is a beautiful
hymn which has these words in it “Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine”. Ask the children if they can say
why the words were written like that - “Love” came down - whose
love? and why? God’s love for us became visible in a person -
when Jesus was born. Before that, people could only talk about
God’s love in an abstract way - but in Jesus that love could be
seen and experienced. That’s why the hymn says “Love was born at
Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.”
Show the cardboard
cutout (see here) and ask them if they know who it is
supposed to be... hopefully they’ll say ‘Jesus’... turn the
board over and show the word “Love” and say that Jesus didn’t
have to go around with the word written on his back (like
the cutout) as God’s love was so much a part of him that
everything he did grew out of that love.
Christmas is that special time when we show our love for others
in visible ways to people we know (ask how) and to people we
don’t even know – (ex. the mother and her children in the
Family Crisis Center to whom we have provided Christmas
presents this year). Jesus, however, wants us to be loving and
kind all year, not just at Christmas. As the last verse of the
hymn says - “Love shall be our token” - that means that our love
will remind people of God’s love and Jesus’ love, because we
will do loving and caring deeds and speak loving and caring
words as often as we possibly can.
adapted from story by
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
The apostle Paul began
his letter to the believers in Rome with these words, as
paraphrased in The Message:
“The sacred writings contain preliminary reports
by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David
roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of
God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised
from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our
Master. Through him we received both the generous
gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it
on to others who receive it by entering into
obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through
this gift and call of Jesus Christ! And I greet you
now with all the generosity of God our Father and
our Master Jesus, the Messiah.”
Did you catch what he said? We are who we
are through the generous gift of Jesus’ life and we are called
to the urgent task of passing it on to others. As you return
your offering just now, think about God’s generosity in Christ.
Remember John 3:16. Ask yourself, “what am I doing to pass this
message on to others?” Do you feel a sense of urgency about this
That’s a lot to think about, but I’m sure
you are up to it. Let’s continue preparing the way of the Lord.
Because of your generous gift in Christ, O God, we open not only
our wallets, but also our lives. Help us trust you enough to
stop sitting on this gift. Keep urging us to pass it on to
Choosing to be witnesses
(a responsive prayer)
Leader: Speak to
all the world
of the Child by whose word the universe is
People: We can hardly speak for ourselves;
how can we speak in the name of the Son of
Leader: "Whom shall I send?" God asks us. "Who will go?"
If those to whom God has shown love have no
who can tell the world that God's reign is
People: Send us the Advocate,
the Holy Spirit to teach us,
to remind us of everything Jesus proclaimed.
Leader: Show us how to bring your presence to others -
People: when to keep silence,
when to act in secret,
when to openly name the Name.
Leader: Free our hearts, our hands, our voices to
to give people the reason for the hope that is
ALL: Glory be to you, Lord Jesus
You took the form of a servant.
You preached peace.
You healed the oppressed.
You died for us.
We will tell the world
that you are the author of our salvation.
Here we are; send us!
Copyright © 1991 John D. Rempel
Do not be afraid to be a witness to the
love of God in Jesus Christ.
God is with us.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)