Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 1, 2009
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
"Take away the stone." Martha, the
sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord,
already there is a stench because he has been dead
four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not
tell you that if you believed, you would see the
glory of God?"
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Responsive Call to
(back of the bulletin)
the fruit of all creation"
(sung to #433, here's
#90 from our hymnal, an as-yet unfamiliar tune)
An Opening Word
"For all the saints"
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)
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
A FEAST FOR ALL
One: God of all creation, we gather for worship and await
evidence of your presence.
All: We see a vision
of abundance for all people.
One: Your table is spread with
bountiful goodness, and there is joy when all people are
welcomed and filled.
All: Yet we approach
cautiously, for we witness too many funeral meals, we experience
too much separation at family tables, and we know greed and
hunger still exist. Instead of a feast, too often we see fear
bring darkness into our lives and into your world.
away the tears from our faces; take away the disgrace of broken
All: O God, prepare us for your rich
banquet. Comfort us with your peace. Help us trust again. By
your mercy and goodness, challenge us to forgive and give
One: We have waited for this day of celebration.
Now help us to see you here, welcoming all to your feast.
All: Let us give thanks and sing. Fill us with your
renewing, reconciling, and overflowing love.
Asheville, North Carolina
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
Holy God, make your presence known to us today. We come to you as we
are, called to be saints, holy ones, but so often less than our
calling. Help us this hour to let go of those sins to which we
cling. Help us to know that our self-worth does not depend so much
on our ability to hold on to our lives, as on your power to release
ourselves into your hands.
God, make your presence known to us today. We come to you with our
vision so often clouded by our sin. Clear away the mist, through
Jesus, that we can catch a glimpse, now, of your presence here. Help
us to behold you as you are, not as we would like you to be. In Him,
through whom we become holy, on the wings of the Spirit, we pray to
you, our Father. Amen.
Growing up in my home church (Bethesda First
Baptist, now the Church in Bethesda), I looked
at this window every Sunday. It was on the wall above the
baptismal, about where the cross is in our sanctuary. You
couldn't miss it. All the pews aimed in its direction. Can
anyone read what it says? "I am the light of the world. He that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness." Who says that? Jesus.
Who is that pictured in the window? Yes, Jesus.At the bottom is
a scene from the Bible, which took place at a pool called
"Bethesda." Jesus healed a man there. I grew up in a town called
"Bethesda." That's why this window had that scene in it. My home
church was in Bethesda.
This "Christ window" is made of stained glass. Now, one thing
you probably need to know about a stained glass window is that
without light shining through it, it isn't colorful. In fact,
you probably can't even see much of what's in it. The picture
you see on the screen is beautiful because of the sunlight that
is shining through it from outside the sanctuary. It's this
sunlight that helps us to see Jesus. It's this sunlight that
makes it possible for us to get the message that he is "the
light of the world," and that those who follow Jesus "shall not
walk in darkness."
Today is sometimes called "All Saints Day." I think you may know
another name for it, which is "All Hallows Day," because last
night was "All Hallows Eve," or "Halloween." "Hallow" is an old
word that means "holy." Maybe you remember when we say the
Lord's prayer, it starts "Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed by thy name..." Or, "holy is your name," or "sacred is
your name." The word "saint" also means "holy" or "sacred." It's
someone who God makes holy or sacred.
I don't know about you, but I find that hard to understand. This
Christ window helps me. It's the light shining through this
window that helps me see something of God. A "saint" is like
this window. A saint is simply someone who follows Jesus, and as
he or she walks, God's light shines through. When we see them,
we see something of God. Believe it or not, this room is filled
with saints - people trying to follow Jesus, walking in his
light. God's light shines through them, just like God's light
shines through you.
On "All Saints Day" we remember God's saints, God's holy ones.
In some churches, these are people from long ago who did big
things for God. In other churches, like ours, these are people
we have known. Someone older who has showed us something of God
through how they lived. They have died, but because of God's
light shining through them, we have learned about following
Jesus. And we believe they are with God now, shining bright -
just like this Christ window.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Psalm 24, then:
Amen. “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it …”
Let’s get that straight in our heads by returning our tithes and
offerings to the real owner. Ushers?
These gifts are yours, O Lord. We can return but a fraction of
what you have first given us. And yet, you have called us
daughters and sons. This work is yours, O Lord. We are but
laborers in your fields. And yet, you have called us friends.
These hands are yours, O Lord. We reach out but little in
comparison to you. And yet, you have called us brothers and
sisters. Empower us to give with the joy of children, to labor
with the freedom of friends, to touch with the connectedness of
family. Be risen in us, that our living may be for you. In
Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne
“See, the home
of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:1-4 (NRSV), Hymnal
Go in safety,
for you cannot go where God is not.
Go in love,
for love alone endures.
Go with purpose,
and God will honor your dedication.
Go in peace,
for it is the gift of God to those
whose hearts and minds are in Christ Jesus.
by Earle W. Fike, jr
Taken from For
all who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.122
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)