Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 10, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet
Isaiah. He asked,
“Do you understand what you are reading?” He
replied, “How can I, unless someone guides
me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
we all our God"
1 John 4:7-21
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
"Lord of the home"
Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
(stand on vs. 2)
"Thou true Vine, that
someone guides me"
love to tell the story"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
We begin worship
this day with the final seven verses of the 22nd
Psalm. Jesus quoted the very first verse of this lament when he
prayed upon the cross: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken
me?" Perhaps he continued the psalm with whispered words
that were not heard by others, praying "yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors
trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were
The whole psalm is like that, moving between
thoughts of abandonment and an abiding sense of trust in the
faithfulness of God. We learn much about walking with the Lord
in good times and bad, as we pray though this scripture. For
now, however, we begin with its ending. Pay attention to the
very first words, for they indicate where our worship really
begins. Listen, and draw near to the source of Life:
you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the
May your hearts live forever!
27All the ends of the earth shall
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
28For dominion belongs to the
and he rules over the nations.
29To him, indeed, shall all who sleep
in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow
all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
30Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told
about the Lord,
31and proclaim his deliverance
to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.
Revised Standard Version)
thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices." Please
rise in body or in spirit, and turn to #86 in your hymnal, as we
sing together this song of faith and gratitude.
like the Psalmist, cry out in praise and thanksgiving in response to
your eternal loving-kindness, Lord God - holding us, guiding us,
enfolding us with grace. And, as we gather here as people of God, we
pray that our worship will reflect your divine love. We offer our
worship today with the remembrance of Easter still filling us with
joy, and with the anticipation of Pentecost firing our devotion.
Let our praise for all that you have done, are doing and will do,
truly resound within our hearts and our homes, within these walls
and beyond. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen
from a prayer written by
Moira B Laidlaw.
route of what we'll do with this time has yet to be determined.
The given is that the children will be invited forward. If
inspiration strikes, Ed Lewis will share a good word with our
little ones. If not, Pastor Pete will teach them the song which
(which we will sing, regardless).
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
John 15:1-8, then:
It is not time for
harvest, at least not in this corner of the world. Now is,
instead, the season for planting. We can't see whether or not
our seeds will bear fruit, except through the eyes of faith. We
long for that first tomato, the fresh peas straight out of the
pod, or biting into a crisp apple. Our mouths water at the
thought, but we must wait until the time is right to fully enjoy
Now is "abiding" time. According to Webster's
dictionary, to "abide" is to "wait," "to endure without
yielding," "to withstand," "to bear patiently,"
"to continue in a place." On this Mother's Day, this fifth
Sunday of Easter, I invite you to "abide" in a special way. With
an extra offering, beyond your regular offering, would you share
a gift to help another family through a difficult time?
Crisis Center, a ministry we have supported for many years,
provides a place where battered mothers and their children, as
well as troubled husbands, can turn to help them withstand rough
days. Consider your extra offering a seed planted that will one
day bear fruit. Give in honor, or in memory, of a beloved mother
in your life who gave of herself, waiting and watching through
the eyes of faith for a harvest of good in your life.
"I am the vine,
you are the branches," Jesus said. "Those who abide in me
and I in them bear much fruit…" Chew on that as the ushers
receive what we have to share.
Lord, we give for many reasons - chief among them being our
gratitude and our desire to obey and serve you as best we can. We
pray, O God, that you would bless all that we offer to you at this
time - and that you would make it fruitful and result in ever
greater praise being given unto your name. Amen.
Richard J. Fairchild
grant that the
words we have heard this day
may be so grafted
within our hearts
that they bring
to the honor and
praise of your name,
Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
adapted from "Order of Worship," Worship the Lord.
©1987, Reformed Church in America & Eerdmans Pub. Co.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)