Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 18, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
The Third Sunday of Easter
have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off
my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul
may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will
give thanks to you forever.”
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "In thee is gladness"
and Fugue in G Major"
"I know that my Redeemer
Unison Prayer of
"Holy Spirit, Truth
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Holy Spirit, Truth
"Breakfast on the Beach"
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
(vs. 2) "All
people that on earth do dwell"
weeping to joy"
joyful, we adore thee"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
The fourth and fifth chapters of the last book in the Bible
reveal what one commentator has called “the last word on
worship.”* In it a door to heaven opens and John is taken up to
the very throne room of God, where what he sees and hears is
beyond his wildest imagination.
worship this day with the end of that particular vision, full of
saints and angels singing praise to the risen Christ, the Lamb
who was slain. Open your imagination and seek to see and hear
what these words all-too-inadequately try to express. Through
them, allow yourself to be led into the very presence of God.
looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the
throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered
myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing
with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to
receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and
glory and blessing!” 13Then I heard every creature in
heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all
that is in them, singing, “To the one seated on the throne and
to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever
and ever!” 14And the four living creatures said,
“Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
(Revelation 5:11-14, NRSV)
Please rise in body or spirit and add your
voice to the heavenly chorus.
*Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder:
of John and the Praying Imagination,
©1988, Harper & Row.
We praise you, O God, for restoring to life your Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ. Through his great love, woundedness is healed and
mercy experienced as lives are transformed with his resurrected
life and power. His victory over sin and death gives us the
confidence to move from sorrow to joy, from mourning to dancing.
We praise you and adore you, O God, for your graciousness
towards us. To you, and to Jesus our Lord, be all blessing and
honor and glory and might forever and ever! Amen
by Rev Moira Laidlaw,
Uniting Church in Australia,
We turn next to the Acts of the
Apostles, where we find a man intent on wiping out the followers
of Jesus before they spread like a virus among the children of
Israel. He had been among those who stoned to death one of the
first deacons of the church, and might have done great damage
had not God intervened. In the following scripture we hear the
beginning of that intervention in the life of the man who later
became known as the apostle Paul. Listen.
Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples
of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him
for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found
any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them
bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going along and
approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed
around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice
saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5He
asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom
you are persecuting. 6But get up and enter the city,
and you will be told what you are to do.”
You and I may not be as misguided as Saul was on
that day long ago. Even so, like him we come to God just as we
are and, like him, find in the risen Christ our purpose and
power. Please turn to the back of your hymnal to #700, and join
me in a unison Prayer of Confession written over 400 years ago
by one of our Anabaptist forebearers, Menno Simons.
Unison Prayer of Confession
blind I am, do
thou enlighten me;
naked I am, do
thou clothe me;
wounded, do thou
dead, do thou
I know of no light,
no life, except
by Menno Simons, 16th c., "Meditation on the 25th
from The Complete Writings of Menno Simons,
translated by Leonard Verduin, ed. J.C. Wenger,
© 1956 Herald Press, Scottdale, PA 15683.
written closer to the time (if not at the
"Breakfast on the Beach"
From the series “Fish
Eyes” by Ted & Lee. This Mennonite comedy duo
inspired many. Our denomination's every-fourth-year
National Youth Conference has been blessed by their humor
several times. We were saddened by the tragic death of Lee
Eshleman 3 years ago. Ted Swartz will share with our youth at
NYC this summer through
Company. In this final segment of the video, we see the
disciples “Pete and Andy” out fishing after Easter.
our Tithes and Offerings
Those who have
cared for sheep know that these animals are not exactly the
cuddly-cute critters of our imagination. They scare easily,
smell bad, and their bleat often sounds more like a belch. It’s
interesting that God’s people are often called “sheep” in the
Bible. Do you suppose that it’s because we are so cuddly-cute?
Jesus, the “Lamb of God,” called Peter on that beach
long ago to “feed my sheep.” As you return your offering just
now, think about what that might mean for you, for Jesus was not
just talking to Peter with those words. He was looking us in the
eye as he spoke. Still is.
to nurture those newborn in faith,
to search for those still scattered
on the hillsides of the world
waiting for shepherd love.
to gather together
your other sheep
in our communities
and to the ends of the earth.
Empower us, Lord,
to tend your flock. AMEN
Copyright © 1988
Linea Reimer Geiser.
perhaps one of these two:
|Go now and follow the risen Christ.
Love God and nourish the faith of God’s little ones.
Make Christ known to all people
for God has chosen you as an instrument
to lead others into the way of mercy and love.
And may God change your anguish into a joyful dance;
May Christ Jesus lead you from betrayal to mission;
And may the Holy Spirit fill you
........with light and love
May God bless the world in which
and bless your home and bless your friends.
May God bless the eyes with which you see,
and bless the ears with which you listen.
May God bless the way you use your hands,
bless the way you employ your tongues.
from a Celtic prayer
Uniting Church in Australia.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)