Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 9, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up; and while I am
making my way, someone else steps down ahead of
Beginning with Praise
"Praise Ye the Triune God"
*Call to Worship
"Awake, arise, O sing a new
*Responsive Psalm 67
*Hymn of Praise
"O bless the Lord, my soul"
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Shall we gather at the river"
Returning our Tithes
"Pastorale for Mother’s Day"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
All Mighty Women"
"Renew your church"
"On Our Way Rejoicing"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Responsive Psalm 67
One - May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face
to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your
saving power among all nations.
All - Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the
peoples praise you.
One - Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge
the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
All - Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the
peoples praise you.
One - The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has
All - May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the
earth revere him.
Gracious God, we praise you for blessing us in ways the Psalmist
could only dream about. You have not only blessed our lives with
Jesus, but you continue to pour blessings upon us and within us
through the person of the Holy Spirit This gracious gift of your
Spirit continues to teach us about Jesus and to remind us of all he
said and did. Today we rejoice over his gift to us of peace - his
peace which is beyond our human understanding. We receive this gift
with thanksgiving and pray that our lives may reflect this peace and
your love. May this time of worship be an offering of praise and
adoration for all your gifts to us. This we pray in Jesus’ name.
by Moira B
This morning I want to tell you the story of two girls, named
Julia and Anne. One was born in New York City, which is many
miles north of here (point northeast). The other lived in
Appalachia, which is a place of many mountains west of here
When she was 5 years old, Julia’s mother died, and she was
raised first by her aunt, and then by her uncle when her father
also died, which is sad, I know. But she grew up and later
married a fellow named Samuel and, together, they had 6
children, which is a happy thing. Julia was very smart. When her
children were grown there was a war fought to free the slaves.
Her family was very much in favor of freeing slaves. During that
“civil war” she wrote a poem that became famous. People sang the
words in the northern part of our country and called it “The
Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
But she did more than write poems during that war. She also
worked to make it so that people wouldn’t get sick from dirty
conditions in hospitals and other places. More soldiers died in
that war from germs than from bullets. All the bad things she
saw during that war led her to believe that there must be a
better way than killing people. After the war she started a
movement of mothers to try to stop war. Every soldier has a
mother, she thought, and if mothers spoke up, maybe their
children would listen. For many years they held a Mother’s
Day for Peace, which she started, but it was never made a
Let me tell you now about the other girl, Anne. I don’t know
anything about her childhood, other than that she was born in
Virginia, which was on the other side of that war. Julia was
from the north, Anne was from the south. I also don’t know who
Anne grew up and married, but I do know she had 11 children. Can
you imagine 11 children in a family? Of course, they didn’t all
live to grow up, which happened more back then because of
diseases and germs. Only 4 lived to become adults. Julia also
lost 2 of her children. That’s sad.
What’s even sadder is what happened in many families during that
war. It wasn’t just soldiers who died. War is a terrible and
terrifying thing which leaves many people poor and hungry. Anne
organized mothers’ work clubs to try to make things
better. During the war, the mothers in these clubs cared for
wounded soldiers on both sides. Anne encouraged these mothers
not to pay attention to whether a soldier wore a blue or a gray
uniform, but to help them anyway. After the war, she organized a
Mother’s Friendship Day, to bring together the neighbors
and soldiers on both sides of the war, to celebrate friendship
and togetherness. Because this event was so successful, it was
celebrated for many years.
long time later, Anne’s daughter, who was also named Anne,
decided to try to establish a day to honor her mother and all
other mothers. She started to write letters and got others to
write letters, and eventually even the President of the United
States got a letter. In 1914, president Woodrow Wilson
proclaimed a national holiday called “Mother’s Day,” to be held
on the second Sunday of each May. Today. And it was all because
of two girls, named Julia Ward Howe and Anne Marie Reeves
Jarvis, who tried to make a difference in this world.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
The home of that woman named Lydia became the meeting place of
the church in Philippi. She made a difference in her world, just
like Julia and Anne, whose stories we heard earlier. By the way,
in 1870, Julia Ward Howe issued a Mother’s Day Proclamation,
which began with these words:
then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have great questions decided by
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with
carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity,
mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of
those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs….”
Mother’s Day is not just about buying cards and flowers, as
important as it is to show appreciation. This day is about
another way of living. As you return your regular offering for
the ministry of this church, and your special offering for the
Family Crisis Center that they might continue healing
domestic violence, rise in spirit and know that God is at work
Ushers, please come forward and receive these gifts we share.
Gracious God, you
are a loving parent imparting wisdom to those who love and
follow you. As Jesus demonstrated to his disciples, you offer
the immeasurable peace of an eternal home. We praise your name
in the comfort of this peace and place these tithes and
offerings before you. Multiply these gifts so that those
seeking to establish peace in this world will feel your guiding
hand. We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Copyright © 2010 David S. Bell.
Reprinted with permission
“Stand up, take your mat and walk…”
May you have the God-given “gumption” this week,
to do whatever that invitation should mean for you
as together we follow Jesus.
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