Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 5, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
call heaven and earth to witness against you today that
I have set before you life and death, blessings and
curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "There is a place of quiet rest"
Call to Worship
"Praise, I will
praise you, Lord"
"Spirit of the living God"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
We pray through
"Count well the cost"
Returning our Tithes
sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Make me a captive, Lord"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - At the end of the Torah – the first five books of the Bible,
the Law of God – we hear the call of Moses to the children of
Israel, as they stand on the edge of entering the land promised
to Abraham by the Lord. It was a moment for choices.
This day - September 5, 2010 – is likewise a time of
decision, as is every day. Let us enter worship this hour
hearing again the call of Moses. Let those who have ears,
1 – “Look at what I've done for you today:
2 - I've placed in front of you
1 - Life and Good
2 - Death and Evil.
1 - And I command you today:
2 - Love God, your God.
1 - Walk in his ways.
2 - Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules
1 - so that you will live,
2 - really live,
1 - live exuberantly,
2 - blessed by God, your God,
1 - in the land you are about to enter and possess.
2 - But I warn you: If you have a change of heart,
1 - refuse to listen obediently,
2 - and willfully go off to serve and worship other gods,
1 - you will most certainly die.
2 - You won't last long in the land that you are crossing the
Jordan to enter and possess.
1 - I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today:
2 - I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse.
1 - Choose life so that you and your children will live.
2 - And love God, your God,
1 - listening obediently to him,
2 - firmly embracing him.
1 - Oh yes, he is life itself,
2 - a long life settled on the soil that God,
1 - your God,
2 - promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
As a reflection of your choice, please stand in body or spirit,
and join in singing #76 in your hymnal, “Praise, I will praise
(from The Message)
who freely chose to act in this world -
O God, who freely chose a people, a cast of characters,
through whom to reveal your way and your will;
O God, who freely chose to send your very own in human form,
the promised One who himself freely chose
to give up his life to redeem the world;
We have once again freely chosen on this day to worship you,
to love you with all heart, soul, and mind,
to follow your Son,
to be empowered by your Spirit,
and thus become your people.
Bless this time of praise, nurture, and challenge,
then send us forth as those who freely choose
to be a blessing to others.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Hymn & Scripture Reading
In preparation for
our next scripture reading, the ushers will be spreading –
instead of collecting – an offering. As the bowls are passed
would you take a small ball of Play Doh and start working
it with your fingers. As we receive what the ushers give, let’s
sing together # 349,
"Spirit of the living God."
1 – Look at this small ball of Play Doh in your hand.
Like clay, it can be molded into many different shapes. Roll it
between your palms (pause) Squish
with your fingers (pause) As you do
so, listen for God to speak.
2 – The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come,
go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my
words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there
he was working at his wheel.
1 – Place that ball of Play Doh in the center of the palm
of one hand, and smash it, really smash it with the palm of the
other. (pause) Roll it into a ball
and smash it again. (pause) Imagine
a potter’s wheel. A flat surface, it spins round and round. When
molding a piece of pottery, everything depends on how much the
potter has worked the clay ahead of time, and then how well that
clay is “thrown” down on the wheel. It must be “thrown” with
enough force to make it adhere to the wheel. It also must be
“thrown” in the exact center of the wheel. While you do not have
a potter’s wheel before you, there is this small ball of Play
Doh in your hand. Roll it in your hands and smash it again.
(pause) Now, squish with your
fingers and continue to listen for God to speak.
2 – The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the
potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed
good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Can I
not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has
done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so
are you in my hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I may
declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up
and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning
which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind
about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. And at
another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom
that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in my sight,
not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the
good that I had intended to do to it.
Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a
potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you.
Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and
1 – In a similar fashion, we are like clay in the potter’s hand.
As we sang, the melding and molding precedes the filling and
using. It is important for us, when we share our joys and
concerns, to be aware of God’s hands, and not just listen for
gossip. Some of us in this room or persons connected to us
through this sharing, are going through “potter’s wheel” times.
Bent out of shape, thrown down, our world rearranged by the
things we are facing, we need – somehow, someway, in some
fashion – to know that God is part of the equation. We seek
Other things we share may involve the end result of
the potter’s work, as we marvel and rejoice in a piece pottery
which is something good happening in our lives or in this world.
We need to celebrate such things and recognize how God is
filling and using these earthen vessels. Therefore, brothers and
sisters in Christ, what would you share this day, as clay in the
master potter’s hands?
from the New Revised
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of
the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
pray through scripture
O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in - behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
for the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
New International Version
our Tithes and Offerings
familiar scripture to Brethren. The hymn we just sang was
written 300 years ago by Alexander Mack, Sr.
"Count well the cost," Christ Jesus says,
"when you lay the foundation."
Are you resolved, though all seem lost,
to risk your reputation,
your self, your wealth, for Christ the Lord
as you now give your solemn word?
While the ushers collect our offerings, remember those words
from one of our early Brethren leaders, a hymn meant for
baptism. By the way, the choice we make in baptism is not simply
between “me and God.” As we step out of the water, we become
part of his church, a new community which - as we receive
support, nurture, and challenge – we have promised to uphold
with “our prayers and our presence, our substance and our
service.” Right now is the “substance” part… Please pray with
God of community,
whose call is more insistent
than ties to family or blood;
may we so respect and love
those whose lives are linked with ours
that we fail not in loyalty to you,
but make choices according to your will,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
by Janet Morley, All Desires Known,
©1988 Morehouse Publishing
Ushers, please us in the giving of our tithes and offerings.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the
labors be for the glory of God and for the common good.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Mary's son,
let all of
your living be for love.
In the name of Jesus Christ, God's son,
labor not be for a paycheck
but for a world changed by God's love and justice.
The High God of Heaven, maker and shaper of
labor and your resting.
The Son of God, the son of a carpenter,
The Spirit, ever working for the new creation,
service and keep you in God's purpose,
now and forevermore.
21st Century Worship Resources,
Copyright General Board of Discipleship.
Used by permission
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