Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 14, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to
ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we
die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
"O bless the Lord, my
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
Reflecting and Responding
Tithes and Offerings
sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Come, come ye saints"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
With all our hearts, we praise you, LORD,
the depths of our being
name you as our one and only.
With all that we are we sing your praises, LORD;
could we ever forget all you have done for us?
When we do wrong, you forgive us;
we are sick, you make us well;
our lives fall apart, you put us back together.
With love and mercy, you treat us like royalty;
shower us with good things all our lives;
make us feel as young and free as an eagle.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
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
The Brethren Bible makes its way home
September 17, 1862, was the
bloodiest single day of the American Civil War. The Battle of
Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, included Union losses of
12,410 while the confederates lost 10,700. General Robert E. Lee
had taken the war into Maryland, a slave state that had stayed
with the Union, to encourage them to secede, and also to sharpen
public opinion in a war weary North to end the war and recognize
the Confederacy. In addition he hoped with a swift victory to
draw France and England into the war on the South’s side, in
part because both nations depended on southern cotton for their
He accomplished none of these
things. The southern army had been depicted in the newspapers
as gallant cavaliers, but the sight of barefoot and ragged
troops startled Marylanders. The rare northern victory not only
strengthened the resolve of the Union, but also gave political
cover to Lincoln, who was able to issue the Emancipation
Proclamation, which defined the war as one against slavery.
Since both France and England had outlawed slavery, they were no
longer able to support the south as they had hoped.
The battle took place in part
on the Mumma property. The Mummas were a Brethren family whose
home was destroyed. The Dunker meeting house was a major
landmark throughout the battle. It was built on property
donated by the Mummas, and was at the center of the battle.
Photographs of confederate dead in front of the bullet riddled
meetinghouse startled Americans with the horrendous ugliness of
war. Previously they had thought of the Civil War as a gallant
As often happened, the
church's Bible was stolen as a souvenir. In 1903 a soldier's
widow asked the 107th Regiment of New York to return
it, but the problem was that no one knew any Dunkers in that
part of the country.
Except one. John Lewis (1835-1906), an African American,
baptized Brethren, who wore the beard and plain clothes and kept
his Brethren ties after he moved to New York State. Lewis was
famous because he'd saved the lives of three people on a runaway
carriage, including the sister-in-law of his friend Mark Twain,
at great risk to his own life. This made him a local hero. As
a result he was contacted by the regiment to return the Bible,
which he did, after posing with it for a magazine. The Bible is
now on display at the museum of the Antietam National
Battlefield. And Lewis? Many think he served as the model for
the runaway slave Jim in Twain's famous novel, Huckleberry
that's the Tercentennial Minute for Sunday, September 14
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)
written closer to the time (if not at the
Quiet Reflecting and Responding
The following questions will be listed on a bulletin insert with
space for written answers. One list is for those who have been
connected to the ongoing story of this congregation. On the
other side of the insert, the questions are worded with visitors
in mind. These will be introduced at the end of the sermon, with
folks invited to write their responses in this quiet time after
(or even during) the previous song.
In looking towards our future
1. What do you hope our church
will look like in 5 years?
What are your dreams for
2. What do you sense God is
calling our congregation to be?
What do you think God wants
our congregation to become?
For our visitors
In looking towards your future involvement in a
community of faith:
1. What are you looking for in
What do you dream it might
2. What do you sense God is
calling that church to be?
What do you think God wants that congregation to
our Tithes and Offerings
Thank you for
pondering these questions and sharing your responses. The adult
and youth Sunday School classes will meet together after worship
to go over these vision statements. You’re invited to
participate. As you enter the Fellowship Hall, you’ll be given
someone else’s response. Choose a table and sit there. In small
groups around the tables, you’ll each read the answers we’ve
been given, and see if any strike a common chord for the group.
Now, as we draw this service of
worship to a close, it’s time for us to respond to God with our
tithes and other offerings. Please pray with me.
Lord, thank you for sitting with us as we pondered
your Word and wondered what you might have us become
and where you might lead us to go as a church. Keep
us pondering and wondering, watching and waiting,
coming to you and going where you guide. Bless these
offerings for the journey ahead, as this service of
worship becomes worship through service in Jesus’
You who are, indeed, “saints”
through the One who has called
and is transforming you,
wend your way this week with joy.
Pass up the temptation to judge other people,
but don’t lay down the
to discern where the Lord may be leading.
Live into that vision,
trusting that God will provide
and allowing your heart to swell:
All is well!
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)