Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 18, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
the Lord came and stood there,
calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant
(1 Samuel 3:10)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Known by God
to the Lord
*Opening to Praise
joyful, we adore thee"
*Opening in Prayer
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
In God’s hands
(vs. 3 & 6)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the
attendance pad and pass it on)
the voice of Jesus say"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(Laughing Bird Version)
You have taken a good hard look at me,
........and you know exactly what makes me tick.
You know when I’ve got my feet up and when
I’m on the job;
........you can read my mind like an open book.
You see where I am going and where I stop,
........and you know all about what I do and why.
You know exactly what I am going to say,
........even before I open my mouth.
You are in front of me, behind me, beside
........your hand on my shoulder at every turn.
All this is more than I can get my head
........I pinch myself, and struggle to take it in.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
(Laughing Bird Version)
It was you who put me together, every part
........you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I sing your praises, LORD,
........for the way you have made me fills me with awe.
Your creative works blow my mind;
........too wonderful for words.
You could see me clearly before I was born;
........you watched me taking shape in the secret depths
................and laid out the intricacies of nerve and
You kept your eye on me
........from conception to birth.
My life lay before you like an open book
........before I had even lived a day.
Your thoughts are way beyond my grasp, God,
........and they add up to more than I can count.
Deeper than the oceans,
........outnumbering the grains of sand;
I give up trying
........but you are with me just the same.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
God, we barely
scratch the surface of understanding who you are and what you
have created us to be. Even so, joy is a song that flows
naturally from our lips, a happiness that is not bound by our
present circumstances, but bidden by your invitation to come and
follow. May our praise this day be more than words, our
following Jesus be more than a show, our care for one another be
more than gossip, and our giving involve all of who we are and
not just a teenie-weenie part.
May our hearts truly unfold like flowers before you,
Lord, as we have just sung. Indeed, “melt the clouds of sin and
sadness,” and “drive the dark of doubt away.” This we pray,
upheld by your amazing grace. Amen.
Our gospel reading this morning is from the first
chapter of John. It’s the story of Jesus calling
Philip and then Nathaniel to become his disciples.
One invitation leads to another. As usual with the
gospel of John, there’s more going on behind the
words than we realize at first. There is a playful
interchange between Jesus and Nathaniel when they
finally meet. Listen:
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He
found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now
Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip
found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom
Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of
Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can
anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come
and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward
him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there
is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you
get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree
before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you
that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things
than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I
tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
from The New Revised
copyright ©1989 by the
Division of Christian Education of
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Leader: Jesus taught us to speak of hope as the coming of God's
ALL: We believe that God is at work in our world
turning hopeless and evil situations into good.
We believe that goodness and justice
will triumph in the end
and that tyranny and oppression cannot last forever.
One day all tears will be wiped away;
the lamb will lie down with the lion,
and justice will roll down like a mighty stream.
Leader: True peace and true reconciliation are not only
they are assured and guaranteed in Christ.
ALL: This is our faith.
This is our hope.
Hymnal, #711, South African creed,
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace,
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
written closer to the time (if not at the
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12 Just because something is technically legal
doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around
doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to
As Psalm 139 tells us, God knows us better than we
know ourselves, inside and out, backward and
forward. And, like Nathaniel, God invites us to
“come and see” if anything good can come out of it
all. In the next scripture reading, the apostle Paul
reminds us of something that’s easy to forget. I’m
reading from The Message, a paraphrase.
13 You know the old saying, “First you
eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true
that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse
for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex.
Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your
14-15 God honored the Master’s body by
raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same
resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies
are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You
wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you?
I should hope not.
16-20 There’s more to sex than mere skin
on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As
written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to
become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the
kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more
lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.”
There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all
others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own
bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and
God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you
realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy
Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please,
squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical
part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the
spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people
see God in and through your body.
The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995,
1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by
Eugene H. Peterson.
our Tithes and Offerings
Okay, we’ve been reminded. Our bodies are more important than we
realize, just like this “body” we call “the church.” We can squander
what we have been given by God, whether we’re talking about sex or
money. As Paul wrote long ago, “God owns the whole works. So let
people see God in and through your body.” That’s a good reminder!
Let’s act on it right now as we return our tithes and offerings.
Ushers? Would you help us?
Go now. Listen for the voice of the Lord
and follow wherever it leads.
Do not be dominated by anything.
Allow no room within yourselves for deceit,
but offer yourselves as a temple for the Holy Spirit.
And may God be with you and speak through
May Christ Jesus be one with you and raise you to life;
And may the Holy Spirit dwell within you and make you holy.
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