Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 8, 2009
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is
in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the
sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food
to the hungry…
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
"Praise the Lord, sing
reading (Psalm 146:3-10)
Receiving a new
Song "Te Alabaré"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"With a little
flour and oil"
(telling the story of
1 Kings 17:8-16)
thou the bread of life"
Returning our Tithes
sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Heart with loving heart
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Let us pray.
What will it take,
loving God, for this hour to be a time of wonder and
little to offer you except our spiritual yearnings, limited
faith, and partial love.
mercy, please take what we have and are, and by the invasive joy
of your Spirit transform this hour of worship into deeper
reverence and loftier praise.
Through the name of Christ Jesus we pray.
Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.
Responsive Scripture reading
Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!
New Revised Standard Version
Receiving a new sister
We welcomed, by transfer of member and
reaffirmation of faith, a new sister into our
fellowship. She grew up in the Dominican Republic,
and as the wife of a Brethren pastor, has served in
various congregations, from Puerto Rico to Texas to
Pennsylvania. She currently lives locally with one
of her sons and is delighted to become part of this
church. We are overjoyed as well. May her gifts and
ours be used for God's glory!
We have the joy this morning of welcoming _________ into our
fellowship. I’ve asked _______ to introduce her to you.
(read letters from the Atlantic Northeast District
of the Church of the Brethren, and from the
Co-Mission Coordinators for the Church of the
Brethren in the Dominican Republic)
Starting a new chapter in our
lives gives us the opportunity to revisit promises we have made
earlier. ______, allow me to rephrase baptismal vows similar to
one you may have made many years ago.
Do you reaffirm your belief that Jesus is
God’s Son and will you continue to receive and trust him as your
Savior and Lord?
If so, say, “I do.”
Will you continue in this journey of faith,
turning away from sin and endeavoring by God's grace to live
according to the example and teachings of Jesus
If so, say, “I will.”
Will you continue to be loyal to the
church, upholding it by your prayers and your presence, your
substance and your service?
If so, say, “I will.”
As a congregation,
it’s our turn to speak. Would you turn to #794 in your hymnal?
Please stand in body or spirit.
This person now presented to you
has witnessed to her faith in Jesus Christ
and offers herself as a companion in our obedience to Christ.
It is our privilege and joy to welcome her into our family of
We freely receive you, even as Christ has received us.
We open ourselves to fellowship with you
in worship, study, service, and discipline.
We pledge our willingness to give and receive counsel,
to offer and accept forgiveness in the redeemed community.
We joyfully accept you as a partner,
both in the care of our spiritual family,
and in our mission to the world.
John H. Mosemann, adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
copyright©1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.
This is a day of joy, a fresh start, a new beginning. It would
appropriate to follow this act of receiving with a song of
praise which our youth first heard shared at National Youth
Conference in 2006, sung by young people from the Dominican
written closer to the time (if not at the
a little flour and oil"
This will be a
tangible lesson, allow the children to touch some corn meal and
oil. Maybe we’ll mix it up so they can feel it. However, the
emphasis will be – as it is in the text - upon the “handful
of meal” and the “little oil” that fed a small family for
the duration of a drought. Thus, we will together tell the story
1 Kings 17:8-16.
our Tithes and Offerings
In the Bible this widow remains nameless, but we remember her
nevertheless. Instead of making her the object of a lesson on
stewardship, let’s honor her by seeing her as a real person –
maybe like the woman pictured on the cover of our bulletin. As
you return your offering, read the back of
the bulletin. It was written by the guest preacher at our
anniversary Homecoming last year, Frank Ramirez. Use the
prayer at the bottom to help you turn
to God personally while the organ plays and you place your gift
in the plate. Ushers, please serve by collecting what we have to
Not Just about the Caffeine
We all have our own little rituals when it comes to brewing and
serving tea. I dump three green tea bags into boiling water, let
it steep all night, and then pour it over ice. Yours are
probably a little more refined. It just goes to show you that
it's not just about the caffeine. It's the comfort. Our rituals
for tea sustain us no matter what sort of day lies ahead.
David Radcliff's photo on the cover of today's bulletin shows a
woman from a village in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) who is
pouring tea. Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 devastated her country.
Over 146,000 died in that nation's worst natural disaster.
Things were made worse by an oppressive and incompetent
This woman's individual choice to leave school early to care for
her mother has added to her life's difficulties. But, despite
everything, this woman carefully prepares and pours tea in a
manner that comforts and sustains herself and her guests,
regardless of the circumstances.
Here's a question. What would happen if we crafted rituals of
giving to match our rituals for preparing and pouring tea? If we
did, we might discover that our time of offering comforted and
sustained us regardless of prosperity or recession.
God who comforts and sustains in good times and bad, all we have
is yours. We dedicate all we have to your service. Like the
aroma of a blessed cup oftea, may we breathe deeply the
possibilities for shalom as our offerings are set upon the
altar, a sacrifice, a calming ritual, a time of joy. Amen.
by Frank Ramirez, pastor
Everett Church of the Brethren Everett, Pennsylvania
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
Go out and share God’s love with all.
Do not slave for things that are not life-giving,
but trust in God’s provision,
and give generously of all you have.
And may God watch over you and provide for you;
May Christ Jesus be to you a restorer of life;
and may the Holy Spirit lead you in the ways of humble generosity.
©2000 Nathan Nettleton
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)