Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 18, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Saul said to
David, "You are not able to go against this
Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a
boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth."
(1 Samuel 17:33)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship (back of bulletin)
holy, holy!" 120
Hummer, first woman to preach among the Brethren”
Unison Prayer of Confession
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of
God’s listening presence)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
mighty fortress is our God" 165
1 Samuel 17: 28-40
of the Unqualified"
Jeannine Schwartz, preacher
"God, who touches earth" 511
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(to be read slowly, with time for breath and
People: As we rejoice,
Leader: Is there a comer in your heart for rejoicing just now?
a hand, or even just a finger, and rejoice.
People: As we are mended,
Leader: Is there a place inside where you are unraveling, that
God's tending? Let God care for you now.
People: As we encourage one another,
Leader: Stretch out your heart, just a little, toward one whose
you would encourage.
People: As we find a common mind,
Leader: Will you release your hold, and let God illumine a unity
People: As we rejoice, as we are mended, as we
we find a
common mind, "the God of love and peace
will be with
Leader: "Live in peace."
People: With God's help, we are building peace
in our hearts and in our homes,
in our church and in our community,
and all throughout our world.
Leader: "Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints
you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all
of you." Amen.
by Matt Guynn, Portland, Oregon
coordinator of peace witness, On Earth Peace
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
Grant, O God, that thinking, we may think your thoughts; that speaking, we may speak your word; that singing, we may sing to your praise; that hearing, we may hear your truth; and that willing, we may make your will our own, so that walking forward at the end of our worship, we may walk in your love and your peace, and departing from one another, not depart from you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
adapted from prayer by Roy Pearson, Hear
Our Prayer, ©1961 McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, NT.
Taken from For
all who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.85
Hummer, first woman to preach among the Brethren”
The story of
Catharine Hummer of White Oak, Pennsylvania, is an important, if
largely forgotten, event in our Colonial history. In 1762 a
Brethren teenager in Colonial America claimed she saw angels.
She said she looked into heaven and saw people who were baptized
after death – three times forward, of course – and saved. And
she preached about it. That made her the first woman to preach
among the Brethren.
tremendous controversy. Some who heard her preach insisted they
saw angels as well. Others questioned the source of her
visions. She saw these visions, according to the accusation,
only when alone in the presence of the doctor Sebastian Keller,
a married man who’d left his wife behind at the Ephrata
Cloisters. Her father, the first minister of White Oak, fiercely
defended her. Conrad Beissel, the charismatic head of the
Ephrata Community, believed her visions and recorded them,
inviting her to stay.
Like a meteor
across the sky she attracted the attention of Colonial
Pennsylvania, Brethren and non-Brethren alike. For a moment she
was the brightest thing in the heavens. And like a meteor she
vanished, without a trace. Despite the fact she was a central
figure in a major controversy. Most of her life is a mystery.
Not even the dates of her birth and death are known.
than Hummer herself was the Annual Meeting decision that
followed on May 28, 1763. Twenty-two Brethren elders, including
Alexander Mack, Jr., and Christopher Sauer II, came up with one
of the most extraordinary decisions that Brethren have never
paid attention to, one that should certainly speak to us today.
"…we advise," they wrote, "out of brotherly love,
that on both sides all judgments and harsh
expressions might be entirely laid down, though we
do not have the same opinion of that noted
occurrence, so that those who think well of it,
should not judge those who are of the contrary
opinion, and those who do not esteem it, should not
despise those who expect to derive some use and
benefit from it."
The Brethren, who
prized uniformity in their nonconformity to the world, decided
they could achieve that uniformity in action and appearance –
but not in thought. They could not and would not legislate what
fellow Brethren ought to believe with regards to the truth of
Catharine’s visions. Their only concern was about the outward
behavior of Brethren towards each other.
And that’s the Tercentennial Minute for today, May
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)
"Like a Rock"
Synopsis: A backpack filled with heavy rocks shows
how hard it is to carry around something too weighty for us to
keep shouldering on our own - sin. 1 John 1:9 provides the
promise. A volunteer is chosen from the children to wear the
backpack throughout the lesson, with the periodic question asked -
"Is it getting too heavy?" Talk about sin in our
lives comparing it to this backpack. We do wrong and it weighs us
down, especially if we don't let it go - confess it. When we
confess/tell our sin to God, the huge load is lifted from us. God
forgives us. "All we have to do is ask."
For the complete lesson, see pp.
of Children's Sermons to Go,
by Deborah Raney and Vicky Miller,
©1998, Abingdon Press, Nashville.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive me my sins, O Lord.
Forgive me the sins of my youth
and the sins of my age,
the sins of my soul
and the sins of my body,
my secret and my whispering sins,
the sins I have done to please myself
and the sins I have done to please others.
Forgive those sins which I know
and the sins which I do not know
Forgive them, Lord;
forgive them in all your great goodness,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
by Lancelot Andrewes, ca. 1600
from The New Book of Christian Prayers, © 1986 Tony Castle,
Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.
O God, we pause before you not to withdraw from our daily round
but to regain our perspective in the midst of what we do.
We pause not to retire from the race but to catch our breath and
to pace ourselves for the hurdles that lie ahead.
We pause not to forget our anxieties, our distrust and fear of
one another, our unfulfilled aspirations, our broken dreams, but
to remember these aright in the light of your healing grace and
power. We pause not to seek a face-saving retreat from the hard
challenges facing us but to ask your help that we may advance
more deeply into the quality of discipleship that beckons as an
open door because of the One who walked among us, died on a
cross, and yet lives.
We would open our lives to your providential care so that we
shall be more bold in our obedience, more humble in our love,
and more courageous in our trust. Give us the ability to respond
to the future that calls to us in Christ, the future that haunts
and disturbs, contends and strives with us in the present.
Include our tomorrows in your purpose by giving us the wisdom to
discern what is truly in keeping with your will. Lift us above
the petty and the merely private, above the cheap and the
trivial. Ventilate the staleness of our self-centeredness with
the fresh air of your kingdom tasks, of your intention for the
world and all history as declared in Christ. Help us be your
ministers, witnessing to the present and coming work of your
hand, a work that promises to fashion a city that is built on
rock rather than shifting sand. Make us servants of your purpose
in the name and spirit of Jesus whose obedience issued in death
on a cross. Amen.
by Warren F. Groff
God's Time and Ours
(Copyright © Brethren Press, 1984)
our Tithes and Offerings
In the Torah, we find this
"They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed;
all shall give as they are able, according to the
blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you."
Take the words to heart as you return
your offering. Ushers?
to be prepared by preacher
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)