Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 29, 2008
Worship 10:00 am
since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ…"
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
praise to God who reigns"
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
"My life flows
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance
pad and pass it on)
Bob Barr, guest preacher
"We walk by faith"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
LORD, we will never stop
singing about your rock-solid love;
........we will transmit the story
of your faithfulness
................on down to every
generation to come.
Your love and loyalty were built to last for eternity;
........we’ll go public with that
Your faithfulness is beyond measure;
........as infinite as the sky
........“I have formed an alliance
with my chosen leader;
................I have given my
word to David, my servant.
........I have guaranteed a firm
foundation for his family forever;
................there will always
be one of his descendants on the throne.”
We are on cloud nine
........when we are celebrating in
your presence, LORD.
We all know what to do and say,
........and we bask in the light of
Every mention of your name has us bursting with enthusiasm
........from dawn till dusk,
and we tell the stories over and over
........of how you have done the
right thing by everyone.
Whatever glory and strength we have comes from you.
........Because you have been good
to us, our power has grown great.
Our safety and security are in your hands, LORD;
........you are our one and only,
the ruler of Israel.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton
as we walked through the doors to this place of worship, we
brought with us our cares and concerns, our joys and our
sorrows. Touch our hearts and heal us, Lord. Make us ready to
become your faithful disciples. AMEN.
Cokesbury's Worship Connection
Rev. Nancy Townley
Gracious God, hear our confession.
Our faith is uncertain,
our forgiveness slow,
our conviction weak,
our compassion wavering.
We have exalted the proud and powerful,
put down the weak,
saturated the rich with good things,
neglected the poor,
sent the hungry away empty-handed.
We have helped ourselves.
Show us your mercy,
Help us show mercy,
through your Son, our Savior. AMEN
Adapted from the musical "Prayer Phrases"
by Harris J. Loewen, ©1986
written closer to the time (if not at the
Julia Gilbert Changes Love Feast Among the
Brethren – Twice!
decisions about policy and practice among the Brethren were
usually made by groups of bearded elders, but one woman, Julia
Gilbert (1844-1934), helped change the way the Brethren
celebrated communion not once, but twice. The first time took
less than a year, the second took much of her life.
Julia was born near the foot of
South Mountain, in Frederick County, Maryland, but when she was
four her family moved to Wolfe Creek in western Ohio. She
attended her first Annual Meeting at the age of six and rarely
missed another through her long life.
When she was eight years old
two of her siblings died when they contracted measles and
scarlet fever. She herself barely survived, and was crippled
In 1858, when she
was fourteen, she was baptized in the rushing stream. At first
she was reluctant to step into the water in her fragile
condition, afraid of being swept away, but her pastor reminded
her that Jesus had been there before. Recalling the baptism of
Jesus by John the Baptist, she stepped out into the river and as
she knelt she prayed, "Dear God, I promise to you that I will
live faithful to Jesus until I die." She kept that promise.
She eagerly looked
forward to the Love Feast that was celebrated following her
baptism as a meal she was sharing with Jesus. The experience
was joyful, but that night she found she could not sleep, and
finally lit a candle and read John 13:4 -- "He riseth from
supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and
The next day she asked her father why the Wolfe Creek
congregation had performed the feetwashing and then set the meal
on the table. Shouldn't they have set the meal on the table and
then, like Jesus, risen from the table for the feetwashing. Her
father, according to her report, sighed, and answered, "The old
Brethren took the ordinance from several passages of Scripture
and thought this to be the proper way it ought to be done."
According to her
report, this satisfied her for a day or two, but eventually she
questioned the elders, and the next year the congregation had
changed the way they performed Love Feast to conform to the
fourteen-year-old's reading of scripture.
By contrast, her next cause took nearly fifty years before it
was successfully concluded. In her day men passed a long strip
of communion bread with each other, each breaking off a piece,
but the women did not break bread with each other. Instead, an
elder walked down the row and the sisters broke off a piece.
This did not seem biblical to Julia, nor was she satisfied with
the official explanations for the practice. For decades, first
in Ohio, and later in Iowa, where she moved after her parents'
deaths, she championed the cause, only to see it tabled or
returned at Annual Meetings. Finally, in June of 1910, at
Winona Lake, Indiana, Julia herself spoke on the floor of Annual
Meeting, saying, "When I was baptized, I made a vow to God to
walk in all his ways and to read the scriptures. I believe it
is our duty to do things the way Jesus taught us to do them."
The motion passed, and the next
year the sisters broke the bread among themselves.
And that's the Tercentennial
minute for today, June 29, 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
From the well of wisdom in the book of Proverbs, we draw these
5Trust in the Lord with all
and do not rely on your own insight.
6In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
As you return your offering just now, remember a
fourteen-year-old girl who managed to move the “mountain” of her
church to help it do things different from the way they always
had done it. Recall, also, this same woman in her 60’s who
continued to speak up by faith. Give in the same manner,
trusting in the Lord. Ushers?
Okay, Lord, we’ve placed our earthly manna in the plates as they
were passed. Help this church to spend it wisely in ways that heal
and refresh. Now, God, continue to lead us with your heavenly manna.
Speak to us through your Word and the words of our brother, Bob. May
what he says and what we do with what he says be pleasing in your
sight. Trusting in Jesus, we pray. Amen.
to be given by the guest preacher
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