Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 20, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Sunday of Easter
without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity
without discipleship, and Christianity without
discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"A Monestary Evensong"
*Hymn "Christ is our
Affirmation of faith
adapts 1 Peter 2:9-10
We are a chosen race, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that
we may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called us out of
darkness into his marvelous light. Once we were not a people,
but now we are God’s people; once we had not received mercy, but
now we have received mercy.
Word in music
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
"Obey my voice"
End of the World is Rescheduled for April 19, 1875"
Tithes and Offerings
"O Loving Savior"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
righteous man of Galilee"
"Christus, Der Ist Mein Leben"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 Peter 2:2-5
1 – "Like newborn infants…"
2 – you know, cuddly cute, but then, squirming and squawking,
and later, antsy and distracting…
1 – "Like newborn infants, long for the
pure, spiritual milk…"
2 – not from some plastic container, but
direct from the source…
1 – "so that by it you may grow into
2 – Spiritual nutrients make a body strong!
1 – "if indeed you have tasted that the
Lord is good."
2 – Yes, “Taste and see that the Lord is
1 – "Come to him, a living stone…"
2 – "He is not dead, but has risen and
has gone before you to Galilee…"
1 – "a living stone, though rejected by
2 – How often we bite the very hand that
1 – "rejected by mortals yet chosen and
precious in God’s sight…"
2 – The Messiah, the Christ – lift up your
eyes and see.
1 – "and like living stones…"
2 – Not dead, but alive in Christ!
1 – "let yourselves be built into a
2 – Remember what truly makes a house a
1 – "to be a holy priesthood…"
2 – Not just some old preacher up front,
but everyone, you included!
1 – "to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God…"
2 – God doesn't want pretend people, but folks who come as they
are: at times cuddly cute, but also squirming and squawking,
antsy and distracting, broken and mending, doubting and
believing, dying and living…
1 – "through Jesus Christ."
2 – Through Jesus Christ!
1&2 – Through Jesus Christ!
Like newborn babes we come to you, Lord God. As we feed upon the
pure, spiritual milk of your Word, bonding to your voice, may we
grow into what you have birthed us to be in Christ. When we are
tempted to bite the hand that feeds us and turn from you, O God,
mentor us in all your tough and tender ways. Sharpen our
abilities as disciples and inspire us to use them for good.
Remind us that we are your people and not merely a collection of
individuals, a spiritual house resting upon your solid
foundation, a living body with Christ as our head.
May the words
of our mouths this day, and the inner workings of our being –
prayers, thoughts, feelings, all woven together – being pleasing
to you, O Lord, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
I Peter 2:4ff
stones, living stones, we are holy, living stones,
upon the firm foundation that is Jesus.
as we cling to that Rock who became a stumbling block
remember we are living stones
See, in Zion He is known, a chosen precious cornerstone.
And the ones who come to trust in Him will never know the shame
that He bore on that Cross when it seemed that all was lost.
He’s a Stone that makes men stumble, the Rock that makes them
By the Word of his mouth we are made one holy house.
Though we live as scattered strangers, we are not homeless, we are
We are one family, one fold, one Overseer of our souls;
Says we are His own possession, we are living stones.
Written by Michael
© 2002 Mole End Music (ASCAP)
clips of this song can be heard at artistdirect.com
These words are for learning only (the song is copyrighted).
Commit the tune & words to memory, then sing from the heart.
Be thankful for the musician's gift, and bless the Lord.
written closer to the time (if not at the
End of the World is Rescheduled for April 19, 1875”
On September 27, 1868 a small
group of Brethren climbed a haystack to be closer to heaven as
they waited for their Lord to descend from the clouds. Despite
their fervent prayers, and their belief in the biblical
calculations of William C. Thurman (c.1830-1906), nothing
happened. Eventually some local rowdies set fire to the hay,
forcing the Brethren to come down, severely disappointed.
It wouldn’t be the
Thurman was a
Virginia Baptist who joined the Brethren in 1862. That same
year he wrote a book on biblical nonresistance that helped many
Brethren in the south win exemption from the military draft.
However, he was eventually expelled from the Brethren because of
his contrary stance on the subject of feetwashing.
But he was best known for his
views on the end of the world. In Sealed Book of Daniel
Opened he set the date for the return of Christ on September
27, 1868. Many Christians, Adventist, Brethren, and others,
were attracted to his ideas. Undeterred by the failure of his
calculations he rescheduled the end of the world for a month
later on October 28. Then October 17, 1869. Then April 19,
Even though his
recalculations proved to be just as flawed, over a hundred
Brethren left the church and joined him. Some of these
Thurmanites, as they came to be known, later rejoined the Church
of the Brethren and the Brethren Church in the 1880’s
It is said that when one
Brethren elder was offered one of Thurman’s books he declined,
wryly noting that he already had enough kindling. Thurman
continued to predict the end of the world until he died,
penniless, in 1906, by which time he had recalculated the end of
the world for 1917.
And that’s the
Tercentennial Minute for April 20, 2008.
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)
our Tithes and Offerings
(Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16)
As we turn toward
collecting our morning offering, let's turn toward Psalm 31, and
listen to this prayer of the Psalmist:
“In you, O Lord, I
seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your
righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me
speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save
me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake
lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for
me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God….”
Allow me to fast forward through several verses of this prayer,
where the Psalmist says this:
“My times are in
your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and
persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in
your steadfast love.”
Our times as in
God's hand. Even if money is tight, or things are just not going
right. Whether the suns shines or the clouds rain on our parade,
our times are in God's hands. Even if it seems like the end is
near, let's commit ourselves to the One who is our refuge, our
rock, our fortress, our redeemer. Placing our offering in the
plate doesn't earn us heaven. It's just a tangible way of
putting our hand in God's and remembering, “My times are in
your hand.” … Ushers?
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)