Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 13, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
“I planted the
seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made them sprout
and grow. What matters isn't those who planted or
watered, but God who made the plants grow.”
(1 Corinthians 3:6-7, CEV)
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "Where charity and love prevail"
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
"Joys and Concerns for
are flowing like a river"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
are flowing like a river"
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"All praise to our redeeming
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Spiritual Maturity" (mp3)
"Strong Son of God, immortal Love"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
One – “You're blessed when you stay on course, walking
steadily on the road revealed by God. You're blessed when you
follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That's right
- you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road
he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you
expect us to live it.
All – “Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the
course you set; Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my
life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from
your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I'm
going to do what you tell me to do; don't ever walk off and
One - “Don’t ever walk off and leave me,” the psalmist
cried. As if in response, our risen Lord promised his disciples
long ago, “I am with you always.” We bear the same good
news they were sent to share long ago, and we walk the same walk
of faith. Along the way of the cross and the empty tomb we have
gathered this day to worship. Please rise in body or in spirit,
and let us sing our praise - #592 in your hymnal.
Psalm taken from The
Message. Copyright © 1993,
1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by
Eugene H. Peterson.
Used by permission of
(begins by quoting the last
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling")
If we are lost, O Lord, may we truly be “lost in wonder, love, and
praise.” Even so, the gospel message, as we have received it, and
proclaim it again this resurrection day, is that we have been found
by your love. Though we are prone to wander, you are steadfast in
seeking us out. In Christ, you walked the walk that led to our
salvation. While we were as yet sinners, he died for all of us – not
just for those who have obeyed all your commandments and lived
right, but for all who have messed up along the way. And, Lord, we
all have done our share of traveling down the wrong path. May
this day be a fresh start, this hour be a time to turn toward you,
this moment be like the first step in the right direction. This we
pray in that name of the One who was your love in human form, and
who lives in us today through your Holy Spirit. Amen.
and Concerns for kids"
Our children's storyteller, Ed, writes:
"I want to
share with the kids the "miracle" of my newfound sight. For
children who see normal, how do you explain? I've told adults
about the clarity and they are not excited about it like I am
(DUH - of course not). I wanted to touch upon the sharing of
joys and concerns in the church and how we (as brothers and
sisters) respond. I want to share with the kids that God wants
us to celebrate with others in their joy and share our concerns
in a meaningful way. It is not just the prayers we ask for, but
the love of our family in the church through listening and
feeling. An example the kids can identify with would be when
they go to a friend's birthday party and that friend may receive
a gift that they would have like to have gotten. God would like
us to be happy for the friend and be joyful for them. It is not
an easy thing to do, sometimes even for grown ups. God
challenges us to be happy for others and also to share in their
sadness, and it works the other way. This is just a rough idea
of what I have been thinking about."
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
(follows reading of
(first paragraph is spoken with
a degree of sarcasm)
Of course, none of
us “good Brethren” have ever been angry with another person –
even someone who sits with us in this very room. And none of us
has ever said anything we have later regretted saying, even
under our breath, even if that person deserved to be called an
“idiot.” Oh, no, we’re too “nice” for that. Or are we?
We all know the answer to that
question. What Jesus said hits us between the eyes, for in his
words we hear God’s words, God’s commandments zeroing in on
us instead of on somebody else. We can’t hide behind our
goodness or niceness. It’s not that we’re supposed to pretend we
never are angry or that strong disagreements never threaten to
fracture our relationships. What Jesus said calls us into the
hard work of reconciliation, finding one another after our
relationships have become lost.
Now, we’re not going to do at
this moment what Jesus instructed, stopping our collection of
tithes and offerings so that you can go and make peace with
someone with whom you may need to be reconciled. However, take
these words to heart. If there is someone in that category for
you, take these moments to recognize that fact. Think about
them, and ask God to help you develop a plan of reaching out,
and to give you the courage you need to walk that walk of faith.
Do you understand this assignment?
Good. Ushers, would you guide our giving just now?
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who has shown us such love,
and in his grace has given us
such unfailing encouragement
and so sure a hope,
still encourage and strengthen
in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17,
adapted from the Revised English Bible
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)