Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 7, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
came down with them and stood on a level place, with a
great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of
people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Prelude in C Major"
Call to Worship
2 Timothy 1:1-7
know not why God’s wondrous"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
know not why God’s wondrous"
Tithes and Offerings
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
traditional folk song
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
let me walk with thee"
love to tell the story"
("Plain Truth" sermon series - 1)
hope is built on nothing less"
"None but Christ"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
We begin worship, this Sunday after our celebration of
Pentecost, with a reading from the prophet Isaiah. Gospel
storyteller Luke remembers Jesus reading these very words in his
home synagogue in Nazareth
(4:16-30). As we hear them, we realize that this is what
he came to do. Perhaps, as his followers empowered by the Holy
Spirit, this is our mission statement as well. Listen and be
drawn into his story, which is our story…
1- The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
2 - because the Lord has anointed me;
1 - he has sent me to bring good news to
2 - to bind up the brokenhearted,
1 - to proclaim liberty to the captives,
2 - and release to the prisoners;
1 - to proclaim the year of the Lord's
2 - and the day of vengeance of our God;
1 - to comfort all who mourn;
2 - to provide for those who mourn in Zion
1 - to give them a garland instead of
2 - the oil of gladness instead of
1 - the mantle of praise instead of a faint
2 - They will be called oaks of
1 - the planting of the Lord, to display
2 - They shall build up the ancient ruins,
1 - they shall raise up the former
2 - they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, rise in body or in spirit and
Lord Jesus," #117 in your hymnal.
Lord, we would
offer worship this morning that is heart-felt and true.
Help us be awake to what is really important and realize what
Tell us again that life is precious and your love a gift.
Help us to turn our gratitude into obedience, our words into
deeds, and our willingness into service.
Work in us today until we are more alert to your promises and
pay greatest attention to your leadings.
In Jesus’ name we pray and seek your guidance. Amen.
by Timothy K. Jones
from Church of the Brethren publication
Agenda, "Celebration" section
Ed Lewis will share more with our little ones from his own
childhood, remembering his grandmother once again - about how he
overheard her pray for all the people in her life, including
written closer to the time (if not at the
1 - A "jubilation" is
an expression of great joy. To be "jubilant" is to be filled
with a deep happiness which cannot be taken away, like those
disciples of Jesus had on the day of Pentecost when the Holy
Spirit blew open the doors of the room in which they were
gathered and propelled them into the streets to speak good news.
2 - This English word
(Jubilee) comes from the Hebrew word "yōb-hĕl," which is
a ram's horn. When blown like a trumpet, a ram's horn in the
Bible indicates that an important event has begun, so pay
attention. God is on the move, folks. Rejoice!
1 - Consider that as
we turn to Leviticus, chapter 25. Verses 8-55 tell of a "Jubilee
year" intended by the Lord to level the playing field of God's
people, to restore them to the way things should be. Think of it
as an eternal "reset" button to be pressed every 50 years when
the accounts of both rich and poor are settled. As far as we
know, this "button" was never pushed. That is, the Jubilee year,
commanded by God in the Torah, was never really practiced by
God's people. However, when Isaiah spoke of "proclaiming
the year of the Lord's favor"
(61:2), this is what he
meant. When Jesus read those words of Isaiah in Nazareth, he was
blowing the ram's horn of God's Word, and calling out a
2 - Listen to this
scripture from Leviticus 25. We won't read it all, just some
selections. Sit up and pay attention. God is on the move, folks.
1 - You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times
seven years… Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud …
throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year
and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its
inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return,
every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your
family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall
not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines…
It shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field
itself produces…When you make a sale to your neighbor or buy
from your neighbor, you shall not cheat one another… but you
shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God. You shall
observe my statutes and faithfully keep my ordinances, so that
you may live on the land securely. The land will yield its
fruit, and you will eat your fill and live on it securely…
2 - The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is
mine; with me you are but aliens and tenants. Throughout the
land that you hold, you shall provide for the redemption of the
land. If anyone of your kin falls into difficulty and sells a
piece of property, then the next of kin shall come and redeem
what the relative has sold… But if there is not sufficient means
to recover it, what was sold shall remain with the purchaser
until the year of jubilee; in the jubilee it shall be released,
and the property shall be returned… If any of your kin fall into
difficulty and become dependent on you, you shall support them;
they shall live with you as though resident aliens. Do not take
interest in advance or otherwise make a profit from them, but
fear your God; let them live with you. You shall not lend them
your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at
a profit. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God.
1- If any who are dependent on you become so impoverished
that they sell themselves to you, you shall not make them serve
as slaves. They shall remain with you as hired or bound
laborers. They shall serve with you until the year of the
jubilee. Then they and their children with them shall be free
from your authority; they shall go back to their own family and
return to their ancestral property. For they are my servants,
whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold
as slaves are sold. You shall not rule over them with harshness,
but shall fear your God.
our Tithes and Offerings
We don’t have the
loud sound of a ram’s horn to lead us into this time of
offering, just Eva on the organ. Even so, hear God calling you
into a closer walk, one that is headed in a Jubilee direction.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us all to continue this work of
Jesus, peacefully, simply, and together.
Bless, O Lord, these offerings.
With some of it, help us bring good news to the oppressed.
Earmark more of this money for binding up the brokenhearted;
still more for liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the
blind, comfort for those who grieve, along with every other job
you have called us into in proclaiming your Kingdom. Through it
all, build up your people with the oil of gladness and mantle of
praise, that we might truly be called oaks of righteousness. In
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