Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 15, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him,
and said to him, 'I do choose. Be made clean!'
Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Preludium" (based on a chorale melody)
(back of bulletin)
"Praise, I will
praise you, Lord"
With All Your
2 Kings 5:1-14
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"When peace, like a
Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"There is a balm in Gilead"
the Untouchable" (mp3)
"Healer of our every
"All is Well"
Amer. folk hymn
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(based on Psalm 30)
One: We celebrate God's saving
lets no one consume us.
People: O Lord, our God, we cry to you
for help and you heal us.
restore us to life from among those lost and forlorn.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you faithful ones.
thanks to God's holy name.
People: God's dark shadow passes in
Leaving the tears of night behind.
favor is for a lifetime,
renewing joy every morning.
restores us that we may live
in praise and thanksgiving.
People: Gracious God, continue as
our helpmate and keeper.
turns mourning into dancing,
exchanging the shroud of sorrow for garments of joy.
Our very souls praise you.
tongues never be silenced.
Lord, our God, we give thanks to you forever!
Nancy Fitzgerald, pastor of congregational life
Manassas, Virginia Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
all your heart
Let us read together these words
from the book of Matthew:
(On screen, Powerpoint
"You shall love the
Lord your God
With all your heart, and with all your soul,
And with all your mind.
This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
(Matthew 22: 37-39)
"...with all your heart" --What
does that mean? Where is your heart?
(Picture of heart model)
place the palm of your right hand over your physical heart. Do
you feel it beating? Good! In this month during which we
give special attention to hearts -- the red lacy ones and the
chocolate ones -- have we done our best to be pro-active in
caring for our physical heart? Without it, we are "out of
business" so to speak.We need to care for the other parts of our
body, as well. Even when physical difficulties cannot be solved
or resolved, wellness can be found. Because your heart is so
important to your living, we sometimes use the word "heart" to
mean "enthusiasm", "gusto" or "zeal" - as "with all my heart" as
we sang a few minutes ago. We are reminded of the passage in
Isaiah 40. Let's read that together:
(On screen with picture of
"Make our hearts
so that we can spread our wings
and soar like eagles!"
(Isaiah 40:31, The Message)
Attention to wellness also helps us
to care for our minds - that part of us that chooses what and
how we think and determines our actions. One example is figuring
out how to show our love for God. Words that I read some years
ago have remained in my mind:
"The greatest thing a man can do
for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to His other children."
With all your heart?
(Picture of two hands forming a
Healthy living makes it possible to
care for the bodies God has given us, in which dwells His
Spirit. The Spirit of the Living God lives in each of us.
Wellness encourages us to work toward healthy living a way that
recognized God's Spirit and care even through illness and the
end of life.
(Picture of person with lifted
hands inside of heart shape)
Have you cared for the body, mind
and spirit that God has given to you? Have you cared for it
"with all your heart"? Could you do it in a better way? As we
listen, again, to the music of the hymn we just sang, take time
to quietly assess your progress in your own caregiving.
(Listen to melody of
"Praise, I will praise you Lord, with all my Heart.
in you I will find the source of all my joy, Alleluia!" )
Please pray with me as we are
guided by the words before you.
Enrich our lives by the power of your Spirit.
Give strength to our hearts
so that we can soar like eagles.
Help us to joyfully live for you
so that we can be your witnesses in this world.
We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
(Picture of flying eagle
written and led by Teresa Albright
Our resident children's storyteller, Ed Lewis, will share
with our little ones. He writes:
"heal yourselves" and the wonderment and exciting way
that our Lord gave us the power from within to heal.
Talking to kids about bones that "knit" their way back
together, tissue grows together and covers cuts (I'll
share with the group my recent facial surgery and how it
has almost disappeared). Our bodies fight and win over
colds and sores. How important it is to this process
that we eat properly, sleep properly, stay clean
properly and pray properly. God equipped us with
2 Kings 5:1-14
1- We turn now to the second book of Kings, to the story of an
encounter between the prophet Elisha and a Syrian military
officer, who suffers from a contagious disease. Later in this
worship service, we will hear the story of another healing
encounter involving a man with the same affliction. For now,
listen to these ancient words from God.
1 - Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a
great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the
Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty
warrior, suffered from leprosy.
2 - Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young
girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman's
wife. She said to her mistress,
1 - "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He
would cure him of his leprosy."
2 - So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from
the land of Israel had said.
1 - And the king of Aram said,
2 - "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of
1 - He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand
shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. He brought the letter
to the king of Israel, which read,
2 - "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you
my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy."
1 - When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes
2 - "Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word
to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is
trying to pick a quarrel with me."
1 - But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel
had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king,
2 - "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he
may learn that there is a prophet in Israel."
1 - So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at
the entrance of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to him,
2 - "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be
restored and you shall be clean."
1 - But Naaman became angry and went away, saying,
2 - "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand
and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his
hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and
Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of
Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?"
1 - He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants
approached and said to him,
2 - "Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something
difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all
he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?"
1 - So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the
Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was
restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
New Revised Standard Version,
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Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Take a moment to look at the picture on the front of your
bulletin. The photograph captures a moment in time. We have no
way of knowing what is really happening with the woman seated in
the lower right corner. She could be talking on a cell, or
catching her breath, or rubbing an aching neck. She might just
be tired, or lost, or frustrated, or afraid, or praying. We
don't know, just like we don't really know all that much about
the persons seated around us.
Imagine another picture, one taken of this moment in
time, as pass the plates for an offering. Like that bulletin
cover photo, there is much we don't know, like where this money
will go once it leaves our hands. Yes, we do know that folks
here will count it, deposit it, and our treasurer will disperse
it as we have decided. But will it touch such persons like the
woman on the bulletin cover, whatever her situation? The better
question might be, does it touch us?
As the ushers collect the offering, I invite you to pray the
scripture upon which the bulletin cover was based. You'll find
it at the bottom of the back, under "Text for Today." ...
Text for Today
"I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out
of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you
healed me. You, LORD, brought me up from the the
realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the
pit." (Psalm 30:2 TNIV)
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