Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 14, 2009
Worship 10:00 am
love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing
in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be
children of the Most High; for he is kind to the
ungrateful and the wicked.” (Luke
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Torrents in Summer"
As torrents in summer, Half dried in their
Suddenly rise, tho' the sky is still cloudlesss.
For rain has been falling.
Far off at their fountains;
So hearts that are fainting Grow full to
And they that behold it, Marvel, and know not
That God at their fountains
Far off has been raining!
- Henry W. Longfellow
Call to Worship
invisible, God only wise"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)
"Lead us, O Father"
"Lesson of a
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Lord, thou dost
(“Plain Truth” sermon series - 2)
"Gracious Spirit, dwell with me"
"Take thou my hand, O Father"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
O God, author of eternal light
lead us in our
worshiping this day:
that our lips may praise you,
our lives may bless you,
and our meditations glorify you,
through Christ our Lord. AMEN
Sarum Missal, 11th c.
written closer to the time (if not at the
of a clover leaf"
On this third Sunday of the season of Pentecost, a week after
Trinity Sunday, we'll look at a 3 leaf clover and think about
God simply in a trinity of ways. Influenced by, tho' not really
borrowed from a children's story in
(Sermons for Children, ©1994, United Church Press,
Cleveland.), by Harold Steindam, pp. 70-71.
our Tithes and Offerings
Powerful words. Easy to speak,
ridiculously easy. Difficult to actually do. In this letter of
Paul, these words are prefaced by the following verse: “Contribute
to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers”
(12:13). In a nutshell, that is what we seek to accomplish when
we pass the plates. Our offerings go toward the needs of the
church itself, but they also flow out those we do not know. Once
upon a time, as scripture reminds us, we were ourselves
strangers of God, enemies even. But God drew a circle that
included us. As you place your offering into it, look at the
circular shape of the plate that will pass before you, and
imagine what you might do this week to extend hospitality to a
stranger. In so doing, through you God draws an ever wider
circle. Are you willing?
When we were strangers,
you sought us
and brought us to your table, O Lord.
When we were enemies,
you took our
violence upon yourself that we might be reconciled.
Blessed by all that you have freely given,
we shift from
clenched fist to open hand,
from grasping to sharing,
from dividing walls to ever-widening
from fear toward faith.
We confess, God, that this transformation does not happen
We still have a long way to go.
But you are with us, step by step.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)