Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 16, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his
hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his
quiver he hid me away…
“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my
salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
(Isaiah 49:2 & 6b)
Beginning with Praise
"Christ, whose glory fills the
Call to Worship
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (New
Revised Standard Version)
"Oh, how wondrous the
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
(New Living Translation)
For Children "29
(New International Version)
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
is thy faithfulness"
(Laughing Bird Version)
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Obey my voice"
"A shaft of
"Lo, a gleam from yonder
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
As our Call to
Worship, we turn to the beginning of the apostle Paul’s first
letter “to the church of God in Corinth.” He starts by
identifying himself as someone who was “called to be an
apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,” and that his
letter is also from someone named “Sosthenes.” Believe it
or not, we are included in the second sentence, where Paul says
he is writing “to those (in Corinth) who are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,
together with all those who in every place call on the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.”
That means us, folks. Listen now to his greeting. In fact, why
don’t you stand, if you are able to, and pay attention to how
this letter begins. Allow what Paul had to say a long time ago
to be like a warm breeze on a cold day, drawing you into
“Grace to you and
peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give
thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that
has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have
been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—
just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait
for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also
strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the
day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were
called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Revised Standard Version
Faithful, loving God,
strengthen us in this hour.
Nurture our lives,
and bless us, we pray.
You have given us all that we need
to be your church.
Help us trust that your grace is sufficient.
As we worship,
let your Spirit move through us,
and open our hearts and minds
to hear your call.
With gratitude and trust, we pray. Amen.
written by the Rev. Nancy Townley
Cokesbury’s Worship Connection
Listening and paying attention are important for us as we seek
to follow Jesus. With that in mind, let’s return to the
scripture I read as our Call to Worship. Perhaps you will hear
something new this second time around. I will be reading from a
different translation. Ready?
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
As part of this children's story, we’ll hear about the book, "29
Gifts." The scripture we'll have just heard twice mentions
the riches of God's grace, and how we (listening through the
ears of God’s people in Corinth) are not lacking in any
spiritual gift. That's where I'll start - asking first if the
children were listening (which they probably weren't, but you
never know), then talking about what I heard. In a "hmm, that
reminds me" moment, I'll recall that our church’s book club
recently discussed a book about "29 Gifts," and wonder what that
was about. I’ll invite today’s worship leader (as someone who
participated in it) to come and tell us about it. I’ll ask
questions in a give-and-take way to get at what she got out of
the book. Along the way, we’ll both keep in mind the maturity
level of the children (not the congregation) as we talk. How I'd
like to end is with a challenge to the children to try giving
something to somebody else every day for 29 days. This seems to
me to be a very simple, easy-to-grasp idea ripe for them,
especially since scripture says we aren't lacking when it comes
to the really good gifts of God, the ones that really matter.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Have you caught on
to how we are using repetition this morning to listen, to pay
attention to God’s Word? We heard the first eleven verses of
Psalm 40 before our time of sharing joys and concerns. We return
to those same verses, this time from a different translation –
one from Australia we have used before in worship. As you
listen, remember the people in the northeast part of that nation
who are suffering from massive flooding, the devastation of
which some have compared to what happened with hurricane
Katrina… Listen for God to speak through this scripture…
I hung in there waiting for you, LORD,
........and at last you bent
down and heard my cry.
I was in deep trouble,
........bogged up to my ears
and sinking fast,
pulled me out.
You put me back on solid ground;
........gave me a safe place
You gave me something to sing about, God;
........I’m singing your
praises like I’ve never sung before.
Everyone will be amazed at the change;
........they’ll say, “Only
God could have done that!”
Those who put all their eggs in your basket
........have got it made, LORD;
those who do not devote themselves to anything less,
........no matter how popular
or persuasive it is.
You are in a league of your own, LORD
........nothing and no one
comes within a bull’s roar of you!
I can’t keep track of all the amazing things you’ve done
........or all the generous
plans you’ve made for us.
I could talk about them till the cows came home
........and still have barely
scratched the surface.
You are not looking for gifts from us, LORD;
........nothing we own is any
use to you;
Your generosity and mercy are not for sale;
........but you have given us
ears and asked us to listen.
So I am giving you my “Yes!”
........I’ll make your book
my own and live by it.
Doing what pleases you will be my greatest delight,
........for you are my God
and I’m taking your ways to heart.
When all your people gathered,
........I spoke up about how
you had bailed me out.
I gave them the full story; I left nothing out;
........you know this is
I have made no secret of the help you gave me;
........I have put it all out
in the open.
I have told everyone how you saved my life
........and how we can trust
I have put it all on the public record
........and kept nothing to
rock-solid love or dependability.
Be my mother forever, LORD;
........never running out of
tenderness or compassion;
your loyalty fierce and your love unshakable;
........protecting me and
keeping me safe.
Bird Version) ©2002 Nathan Nettleton
our Tithes and Offerings
What did you hear in those
words second time around? Did God speak to you through them?
Take the next few minutes to think about them, as you give to
your hands the task of returning your offering just now. As
verse six in the 40th Psalm reveals, God wants our
open ears long before we open our wallets. Our offerings are a
response to what we hear – that is, if we have been listening.
Ushers, please assist us in
this time of offering.
O Lord, you take no delight in
mindless offerings. You desire no bull from us. Instead, we
bring to you our open ears, hearts, and minds. What we have
placed in the plate as it passed before us is a response to what
we have heard from you. Help us as your church to use that money
wisely, leaning into your Word as we seek to obey your voice. We
continue this time of offering by bringing our open ears,
hearts, and minds to hearing the message. Help our pastor to
listen even as he speaks. Help us to listen through, as well as
beyond, the words to hear what you have to say to us today. In
Christ, we pray. Amen.
May that “gleam from yonder heaven”
be the twinkle in your eye.
May this light shine brightly through you,
and those around you wonder why.
May it turn to conversation,
as together you explore
what the God of all creation
is about and has in store.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)