Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 21, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
First Sunday of Lent
full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and
was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty
days he was tempted by the devil.” (Luke
Beginning with Praise (9:50 am) "N’nung yeh dah"
"No longer blind"
"Andante in F"
Call to Worship
to the water"
*Hymn "Brethren, we have met to worship"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Returning our Tithes
Handel (arr. Christopher)
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
ye first the kingdom of God"
"and let us
not succumb to the trial"
Jesus, I have promised"
"Freu Dich Sehr, O Meine Seele"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
The season of Lent
has begun. In your mind's eye, imagine it as a journey toward
the cross and the empty tomb. No one undertakes a trip without
bringing along some luggage. However, much of what we carry
contributes little and weighs us down. In its truest sense,
confession involves going through our baggage and letting go
what we really don’t need. To confess our sin means to release
it, not to wallow in it. We often make that mistake by dwelling
upon all our faults instead of simply letting them go and
walking freely the path before us, no longer weighed down by all
repentance is about listening for directions as we travel,
and turning toward where God is leading. It is not a matter of
beating ourselves up because we are not the persons we should
be. Rather, to repent is to pay attention to who we truly are,
and whose we are, and then turn toward the One who created and
redeems us. Lent is the 40 day season for this journey.
The gospel story that lies at the center of our
worship today connects us with the beginning of the journey
Jesus undertook as a man, heading toward his earthly
destination. After he himself came to the waters of the Jordan
river to be baptized by John, he spent 40 days in the
wilderness. That's the dusty, thirsty story we will hear again
this hour, as if for the first time.
Brethren, we have met to worship, and I invite you
to join our praise team, Seraphim, in singing an old hymn
which you'll find as #8 in your hymnal or see projected upon the
screen to my left. We hear echoes in this song of the 40 year
journey undertaken by the children of Israel, as they left Egypt
and headed through the wilderness toward the promised land.
Please rise in body or spirit and let us sing this traveling
O God, who long ago parted the
waters for your people to step out of slavery and into your
promise, help us this day to let go of what we really don’t need
that we also might walk freely as brothers and sisters in
O God, who long ago provided bread in the wilderness
to give daily hope to your people as they traveled toward your
future, help us this day to receive your nourishment and your
directions for the path ahead.
You are worthy of our trust. Your love is steadfast
and true. You are greater than the limits of our imaginations,
creator of all that is, even that which is beyond our ability to
perceive. Bless us just now with the awareness of your presence.
May your Spirit be the very air that we breathe, and your Word
be like cool, refreshing water on a dry and dusty day. We
confess our sins and repent, releasing them and turning toward
you just now, open to receive your manna, our daily bread.
This we pray in the name of the One whom you sent to
save us – Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Romans 10: 8-13
(Laughing Bird Version)
........"The Word that saves is with you;
................it is on the tip of your tongue;
........................it is beating in your heart."
This is the message we've been preaching and it's all about
trust. If you put that trust into words, declaring that Jesus is
the one you answer to; and embrace that trust in your heart,
believing that Jesus lives because God raised him from the dead,
then you will be put back on the right track with God. That's
what salvation is! When anyone allows that trust in God to
rewrite the basic beliefs they live by, their heart is put right
with God; and when those rewritten beliefs are expressed openly
in what they say and do, then you know they are safely in God's
care. The scriptures back this up, saying, "No one who trusts
God will ever be let down." Your ethnic or religious background
makes no difference in this: there is only one God, and that one
God has the last word on everyone. God is equally generous to
all those who call out in trust for help. As the saying goes,
"Anyone who wants help from God only has to ask."
our Tithes and Offerings
As you return your offering just now, think
“No one who trusts God will
ever be let down.”
“Anyone who wants help from God only has to ask.”
Be ready to echo
in song what Jesus said about asking and seeking, and knocking,
and then pray together a very familiar prayer. It doesn’t matter
whether you learned it with “debts and debtors” or “trespass and
trespasses.” It’s the forgiveness behind it that’s important.
Or, better said, it’s the One who forgives us – our heavenly
Ushers, please assist us in returning our tithes and offerings.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as
it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
(those who trespass/sin against us)
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory, forever.
It was never promised
that you will not be tempted,
not thrown into turmoil,
not stumble or fall,
but that by grace you will be saved, through trusting God.
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be
Grace is a free gift of God.
Gift. Just ongoing gift.
For me. For you.
Let it be, dear lord. Let it be.
You have a destiny to inherit, over which
the angels in heaven marvel.
The quiet strength of Christ,
the humble power of God,
and the pervasive light of the Spirit,
today and always.
Thanks be to God.
Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)