Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 30, 2009
Worship 10:00 am
told them, “I want to make it clear to you that unless
you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the son of man,
you’ll have no inner life…” Well, upon hearing all this
a good number of his students said, “This lesson is
mighty hard to swallow. Who can take it?”
(John 6:56 & 60, Cottonpatch version)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Prelude "Heart of Worship"
to the water"
Words of Eternal Life
(back of bulletin)
*Song of Praise "Blessed be your name"
shall I wear?"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
*Song "Trading my sorrows"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Leader: Amidst summer vacations and guest preachers, and given
the human suffering of too little and the hopeless wondering of
too much, these "hard sayings" from John's Gospel beg for a
larger vision of eternal life.
People: So let us make our affirmations and confessions.
Leader: The church is called to be a sign that points to God,
who came to us in the flesh.
People: We seek the inner meaning found in the words of
Jesus. Let the Spirit nurture us with the Word, so that we take
on your nature.
Leader: The church is called to be a foretaste that has eaten of
the life-giving Word.
People: We long for any experience of your "grace-filled"
meal when we take you into our hearts.
Leader: The church is called to be an instrument in God's hand,
used for God's mission.
People: It is not human preference that makes your
mission real, but the servant purpose for which your work is
done in us, and through us.
Leader: "You have the words of eternal life"
People: We confess we would never seek you, were it not
that we have already been found by you.
You have provided
the goal-life eternal;
Your Spirit has awakened our desire;
You have called us
for your purpose.
With glad hearts and generous hands, let us fulfill our calling
to be a sign, a foretaste, your instrument.
All: Thanks be to God!
Trotwood Church of the Brethren, Trotwood, Ohio
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
More awesome than lofty mountains or
rolling ocean, are you, holy Friend.
More cheering than the sunshine through winter windows,
fairer than springtime and more fruitful than mellow autumn,
more abundant in mercy than the number of stars in the Milky
and as expensively loving as Christ crucified,
are you, God of all space, time and eternity!
Lovelier than the faces of those whom we
more mysterious than the beginning of space and time,
more irrepressible than even Christ on Easter morning,
are you God, God of grace, mercy, peace and joy.
There is nothing like you in the heavens
above or on earth below!
You always keep faith with your stumbling people
and pour grace upon those who trust and serve you!
Glory and honor, blessing and thanksgiving,
shall be yours forever!
Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia
shall I wear?"
Be melodramatic. A person stands all alone looking a bit
miserable. One at a time, six people come out of the
congregation and hit him/her with a balloon while saying the
words below. They then stand back smirking; looking tough and
who is hit flinches back each time and, each time, asks the kids
to help find a piece of armor that will help him/her. When the
kids find the matching piece of armor with the suitable message,
he/she puts on the piece of armor, unpins the message and pricks
the tough person’s balloon. The tough person shrieks,
“Arrrggghhh, Curses! Foiled again!”
and runs back
to their seat. As the miserable person gains more and more armor
and foils more and more tough balloon wielding meanies, he/she
becomes increasingly more confident and relaxed and happy.
wielding meanies enter and are foiled as follows:
Nasty balloon: "Nobody in this group likes you.
Go and play with someone else!"
Piece of Armor: Belt (with a heart on it)
Armor message: "God loves me!!"
"Come on, it's our ball,
Don't let those kids play with us.
They’re too little.”
Piece of Armor: breastplate/shirt
Armor message: No, I want to play with them.
Nasty balloon: "How dumb! Do you really go to church?"
Piece of Armor: Shoes
Armor message: "I love to come to church.
All my friends are here"
Nasty balloon: "Ha ha
ha, I got you into trouble."
Piece of Armor: Shield (umbrella)
Armor message: "God forgives me."
"You can't have any,
you don't deserve it!"
Piece of Armor: helmet (hat)
Armor message: "God gives me lots of great gifts."
Nasty balloon: "You’ll never be good enough
to join our group.”
Piece of Armor: sword-Bible
Armor message: "This is my story, this is my song…"
slightly adapted from
written by Rosemary Broadstock and Ann Scull (thanks!!!!).
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
As you return you offering just now, allow these words to echo
within. They are the chorus to the song (__our pianist__)
will play as our offertory. Listen.
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God.
All powerful, untameable,
awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim,
You are amazing God
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)