Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 27, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
“These are the
proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their
purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to
help them understand the insights of the wise. Their
purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and
successful lives, to help them do what is right, just,
and fair.” (Proverbs
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
*Hymn "Shepherd of tender youth"
Scripture Proverbs 1: 1-7
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes
Scripture Acts 9:10-15
(Congregation to join in second time through)
– What Good is it?"
our help in ages past"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
God looked into emptiness and created all
God spread out the earth in its diversity with
mountains and valleys, rivers and fertile plains.
There were patches of flood and fire, of dryness and of vivid
embraced by wind and sea, a sun-filled landscape of hospitality.
And, threading through it all, like weavings of golden hope,
were dreams of justice and compassion and gentle streams of
God gathered all peoples into community, gave a sigh of joy
And set us free to choose our path in a daring adventure of
This is our God.
This is the wonder of our calling in faith.
Let us worship God.
first hymn, read:
The theme of today’s service is the importance of history in the
church, and certainly a large part of that history is music.
Our first hymn this morning is thought to be the oldest hymn for
which the author is known. The words of “Shepherd of tender youth”
are attributed to Clement of Alexandria, otherwise known as
Titus Flavius Clemens about 200 ad. Music was composed in 1831
by Lowell Mason. Please stand, if you are able and join in
Leader: Eternal God,
we give you thanks for the founders of your church,
for those whom you called and formed in the image
of your Son,
for those who suffered and died for their faith.
People: We thank you for the cloud of witnesses.
Leader: We give you thanks for the reformers of your church,
for their rediscovery of truth,
for their eagerness to live simply,
for their faithful study of your word,
for their endeavor to serve their neighbors.
People: We thank you for the cloud of witnesses.
ALL: God of our forebears,
give us the courage and wisdom
of the saints who have gone before us;
form us in the image of your Son;
renew your Holy Spirit's work in our generation.
May we live and serve under the rule of Jesus Christ
until your reign comes. AMEN
adapted from "Litany of Thanksgiving,"
by Edward K. Ziegler, from The Adventurous Future,
ed. Paul H. Bowman, copyright © 1959 Brethren Press.
William Beery cheated death at
least twice, and the Church of the Brethren hymnody is the
better for it.
Born on April 8, 1952, near
Bremen Ohio, he was the tenth of thirteen children. It is said
that the doctor took one look at the newborn and told his mother
that he would not survive. The prediction proved incorrect.
Though he was sickly as a child, survive he did – for nearly one
hundred and four years!
The Brethren experiment in
higher education was in its infancy when Beery went to what
became Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The school
had only completed one year of operation when Beery arrived in
1877, only to see the school closed because of a smallpox
epidemic. Beery was afraid if he went back home he might never
return so he and a couple of classmates when to a deep gorge
about fifteen miles away known as Old Forge. They settled into
abandoned dwellings and built tables and chairs with equipment
at an old saw mill. Farm families turned them away out of fear
that they might carry contagion – although a teenaged Martin
Grove Brumbaugh walked several miles to bring them milk.
The school reopened for the
spring semester. William Beery went on to teach at Juniata, and
later to work at the Brethren Publishing House in Elgin. He
wrote over a hundred hymn tunes, many of them to poems written
by his wife, Adaline Hohf Beery. Beery remained active all his
long life, performing on the Chicago TV station WLS on his 103rd
birthday. He died on January 28, 1956. Three of his hymn tunes
can be found in Hymnal: A Worship Book –
"Take my hand and
lead me, Father," #601,
"Savior of my soul,"
"Lo, a gleam from yonder
And that’s the Tercentennial Minute for January 27,
by Frank Ramirez, pastor of the Everett, PA
Church of the Brethren
posted by permission
The Everett church
graciously makes available these weekly vignettes from Brethren
to all who are interested during this
anniversary year of our denomination.
Frank will be the guest preacher for our Homecoming on October
(this is our congregation's 100th anniversary year)
(New Living Translation)
These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s
son, king of Israel.
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and
become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
next hymn, read:
Our second hymn this morning is often incorrectly attributed to
Cat Stevens who made a popular version of the hymn back in the
70’s. In reality, it was a favorite hymn long before it was a
commercial success. It was written back in 1922 and is found in
the hymnals of many denominations. It is an example of the many
hymns and scripture passages from the bible which were used by
the secular world. Again this is a part of the history of the
church. Please turn in your hymnals to #648,
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said that it is not possible to serve God and
money. Most people apply this verse to the wealthy, but it includes
all of us. Financial uncertainty such as our country has
experienced with the stock market in recent days can cause us to
lose our focus on our Source and on what God has called us to do. It
is important for us to keep our priorities in order. Please
consider this as the ushers wait upon us for our tithes and
God of money and minds, savings and service, land and love. We
come at this time to honor you with our substance. All we have,
Lord, we give to you. Accept these offerings. May we always
remember the Source from which they have come. Amen.
New Testament Scripture
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called
to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.
The Lord told him, "Go to the
house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus
named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man
named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his
"Lord," Ananias answered, "I
have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has
done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with
authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your
But the Lord said to Ananias,
"Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before
the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.
before Special Music:
Through the years the Church of the Brethren has had many
prolific composers of music, our pastor being one of them. The
song we are about to hear was written by Shawn Kirchner, a
professional musician and song writer. A Manchester graduate,
he was the Music Coordinator for the Annual Conference at Boise,
Idaho in 2003.
the past be a light of benediction on thy present,
May the present be a radiant searchlight on thy future,
May the future be a beautiful haven of well-earned rest,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
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