Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 10, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into
exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its
welfare you will find your welfare.”
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "All who love and serve your city"
Hour of Prayer"
arr. C. Van Hulse
"I sing the mighty power
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Breathe on me, breath of
Acting out the Gospel
story with our children
Returning our Tithes
"Prelude in B Minor"
(Please sign the
attendance pad and pass it on)
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
welfare of the city"
firm a foundation"
"God Be With You"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
You are, indeed, an awesome God. We praise you with whatever music
or noise we are able to sing. May it be full of the joy that comes
with the dawning of this new day and the realization that as long as
we have breath we have life. May your Holy Spirit be the very air we
breathe which powers not only our lungs but our spirits. On this
resurrection day, may your abundant life be what motivates not only
our worship this hour, but our work as your people this week. Bless
us with an awareness of your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prince of peace,
from peace that is no peace,
from the grip of all that is evil,
from a violent righteousness…
paralysis of will,
from lies and misnaming,
from terror of truth…
hardness of heart,
from trading in slaughter,
from the worship of death…
the folly of your gospel,
by your choosing our flesh,
by your nakedness and pain…
your weeping over the city,
by your refusal of the sword,
by your facing of horror…
your bursting from the tomb,
by your coming in judgment,
by your longing for peace …
us peace. AMEN
Hymnal #697 - Peace
litany, 20th c., source unknown
written closer to the time (if not at the
or, perhaps it will be
of the Day" by Thom M. Shuman
Acting out the Gospel story with our children
Either a) ask 10 adults beforehand to participate, or b) have
the children go and get 10 adults to join us up front. Give each
of them a piece of paper that reads,
“Jesus, Master, have mercy
Have them stand to the side ready to follow your directions.
Pick one to be the one who will do something different, again as
you direct. Ask for a volunteer among the children to be Jesus.
The rest will be disciples. Have them go halfway back the center
aisle, ready to start walking forward. Then simply read the
scripture, adding in directions for them to act it out. Hamming
it up is encouraged, i.e. have the 10 lepers keep repeating
their line, asking the congregation if they think that is loud
enough, etc. Have them exit down the side aisle (where they can
then return to their seats) except for the one. Exaggerate the
“prostrated” – kids will love having an adult down on the floor
in front of them (p.s. choose someone dressed in a way that
won’t make this a problem, and someone able to get down on the
When done, thank all the adults, and have the children remain up
front. Ask questions like:
What did you like about this story?
What’s a leper?
What’s a Samaritan?
Why didn’t the other 9 come back?
What does it mean that the 1 did?
and that he was a “Samaritan” or “foreigner”?
Were all of them healed?
Was the faith of the 1 who returned greater than the other 9?
What does “your faith has made you well” mean?
This is not a
Bible study, nor is it a test with a right answer. The point is
to have the children, and the rest of us, simply ponder this fun
story, to let it linger after we have left it.
Thank you, God, for fun stories about Jesus. Keep
tickling us, and healing us, long after we have left
this place and time. Amen.
our Tithes and Offerings
We've now heard,
and seen acted out, this gospel story about ten lepers who were
healed and the one who turned back to give thanks. That’s an
appropriate tale to tell just before we give thanks to God with
our tithes and offerings. How many of our dollars do we use to
give thanks to God? One in ten? Hmm. That would be a tithe, 10%,
Let’s turn now to Paul’s second
letter to the young man he was mentoring, Timothy. Last week we
heard him encourage this young adult to rekindle the gift of God
within because God didn’t give a spirit of fear but of power,
love, and self-discipline. Paul challenged Timothy to not be
ashamed of the gospel or the suffering that may come with it,
but to rely upon God and step into his holy calling.
This week, we hear Paul sharpen
Timothy’s focus, which should give us something to ponder as we
return our offerings. I’ll be reading from that Bible paraphrase
Pastor Pete seems to like, the one from Australia called
“Laughing Bird.” Listen.
Keep this line fixed in your mind:
|Jesus Christ, a human being
descended from David,
been raised from the dead.
That, in a nutshell, is the message I’ve been
preaching all along. That is the message which has
got me into so much trouble and even seen me locked
up like a dangerous criminal. Fortunately though,
God’s message itself can never be locked up. I’m
willing to put up with all this because I know it
helps get the message through to the people God is
calling, so that they can get in on the life for
which we are saved — the glorious life without limit
grounded in Christ Jesus. Another saying to hang on
to is this one:
If we have died with him,
will live with him;
If we tough it out to the end,
will reign with him;
if we turn our backs on him,
will turn his back on us;
but no matter how unfaithful we are,
remains a hundred percent faithful,
................because he can
never stop being who he is.
........Don’t let anybody forget these
things. With God as your witness, warn them not to
get hung up on arguments over mere words. Such
arguments achieve nothing and just drag everyone
down. Instead put your energies into the work God
has given you — teaching the truth with integrity —
and prove yourself to be a worker who can hold his
head high in God’s presence.
Ushers, you know what to do just now.
So do the rest of us.
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
1 - A bit of background on this scripture before we hear God
speak through the prophet Jeremiah: it had been a wild and crazy
ride for the people of Judah, the remaining southern half of the
Kingdom of David and Solomon. The Assyrian empire, the big
super-power of the day, had earlier defeated the northern half
of Israel and carried off the best and brightest citizens back
to Mesopotamia in what is now the northern part of Iraq.
2 - However, all earthly power rises and falls with the sands of
time. Assyria faded as Babylon – an empire from what is now the
southern part of Iraq – grew. Unfortunately, Jerusalem lay
between Babylon and the empire of Egypt, which put it in harm’s
way. As a tiny nation among giants, Judah’s kings choose the
wrong dog in too many fights, trusting in military alliances
more than in God.
1 - Eventually, Jerusalem suffered the same fate as Samaria, the
capital of the northern kingdom of Israel. The movers and
shakers in Jerusalem were dragged off in chains to the “waters
of Babylon,” where they “laid down and wept,” as the
Psalmist put it (137:1).
Left behind was Zedekiah, a second-rate leader who would be the
last king of Judah.
2 - His tragic end brought to a close a turbulent chapter in the
story of the people of Israel. Gone would be political
boundaries and kings, temples and capitals. A new era was
dawning when the children of Israel became a people of the book,
the death of their nation ushering in one of the most fertile
times in their history, a period known simply as “the Exile.”
1 - Before the last page turned on the kingdom of Israel,
however, the prophet Jeremiah had some things to say for God. He
sent a letter to the exiles already in Babylon, who hoped for a
short stay. “Not so,” was his message. Prepare for the long
haul. Turning to the 29th chapter of Jeremiah, we’ll
be skipping over verses 2 and 3 so that we don’t get lost amid
all the hard-to-pronounce names and details that aren’t as
important as the message itself. Listen.
2 - These are the words of the letter that the prophet
Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the
exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people,
whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to
Babylon … It said:
1 - Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all
the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to
Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat
what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take
wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that
they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not
decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you
into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its
welfare you will find your welfare.
2 - For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do
not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive
you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is
a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not
send them, says the Lord.
1 - For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years
are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my
promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the
plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and
not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call
upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you
search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your
heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore
your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the
places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring
you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
scripture text is from the New
Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of
Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Go now, and live fruitfully where God has placed
Pray and strive for the welfare of those you live among,
and do your best to present yourselves to God
as faithful workers with no need to be ashamed.
And may God open the pathways before you;
May Christ Jesus cleanse you and make you whole;
And may the Holy Spirit keep your spirits alive
........and your feet from stumbling.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net
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