Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 18, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Israelites said to them,
“If only we had died by the hand of the
Lord in the land of Egypt,
when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of
bread; for you have brought us out into this
wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Beginning with Praise
joyful, we adore Thee"
We are led into Worship
with Psalm 105:1-6
"Brethren, we have met to worship"
*We pray the prayer
We remember the
Exodus story through Psalm 105:37-45
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
so sweet to trust in Jesus"
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the
attendance pad and pass it on)
"A bad case
if only’s" (mp3)
me, O thou great Jehovah"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
One - O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known
his deeds among the peoples.
All - Sing to him,
sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
One - Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who
seek the Lord rejoice.
All - Seek the Lord
and his strength; seek his presence continually.
One - Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles,
and the judgments he uttered,
All - O offspring of
his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
pray the prayer Jesus taught
Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. AMEN
English translation of the Lord’s Prayer
English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC).
Used by permission.
We remember the Exodus story
through Psalm 105:37-45
As you may recall, God’s people were enslaved in Egypt, and the
Lord heard their cry for help. Moses was the man sent to set
them free in that hour. Psalm 105 is an invitation to remember
that story and, in hearing it once again, to make it our story.
Think of this as a prayerful recollection, for the Bible
paraphrase from which I will read addresses the words not just
to us, but to God. Listen and worship.
You led Israel out of slavery,
........carrying off money
................and every one
of them made it out safely.
The local people were glad to see the last of them,
........because they were
terrified of them.
You rolled out a cloud like a blanket for them,
........and lit up the night
with a fire.
They asked for meat and you gave them quail;
........all they could eat,
you dropped from the sky.
You opened a rock and water poured out,
........flowing like a river
in the desert.
You were true to your word, LORD,
........just as you promised
your trusty worker, Abraham.
Your led your chosen people to freedom,
........laughing and singing
You gave them lands as a gift
........and made them rich at
the expense of others.
In return you asked that they follow what you said,
........and stick to doing
things your way.
You are the greatest, LORD!
scripture text ©2002 Nathan Nettleton
important. Without remembering we don’t know where we have been.
And if we don’t remember where we have been, we might not know
where we are going. Did any of you ever get stung by a bee? Did
it hurt? Now tell me, those of you who have been stung by one,
when you see a bee, do you walk right up to it and try to touch
it? “What a cute little bee. Come, let me pet you.” Of course
not. You remember what it felt like to get stung and you stay
It’s not just the
bad things that are good to remember. Though it is good to
remember that bees sting, and that poison ivy makes you itch,
and that you have to be careful around stairs because you can
fall down them, and that you don’t stick things in an electric
outlet (ever done that? Ouch!), or that…. [let kids come up with
some]. It’s good to remember the bad things, so you don’t do
them again. But it’s also good to remember the good things.
We remember what
ice cream tastes like, which makes us want to eat some again. We
remember how good it feels to do something nice for someone,
which makes us want to be helpful more. We remember places we
been and we want to return. We remember getting a good grade,
and how proud we were to get it, and we want to do it again.
Remembering is important.
Now, summer is
over. I want to hear from each one of you one thing you most
want to remember from it. I suppose it could be a bad thing,
cause those are good to learn from. But do you know what I’d
like to hear? I’d like to hear one good memory from each of you.
Something that made you very happy. Something that you will take
with you in your mind for the rest of the year. Now, as you are
thinking about what you might share, let me tell you what Beth
told me. I knew she was going to be away this weekend, so I
asked her mother to ask her and then tell me what Beth said was
the best thing about her summer that she wants to remember all
[after sharing Beth’s memory,
encourage each child to share, then end in a prayer]
Dear God, thank
for memories of things which hurt that help us to stay away. But
thank you even more for all the good memories that warm our
hearts and show us what we might do in the future. Amen.
Stuck in a Roman detention center, the
apostle Paul wrote a remarkably joyful letter to his friends in
the church he started in Philippi. Following the usual greetings
and salutations, he says this:
3I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly
praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,
5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day
until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who
began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the
day of Jesus Christ.
If only we would remember more with
gratitude than remorse! He goes on to place his current troubles
(he is in prison, after all) in a larger context, trying to see
what God might be doing for good through it all. He then says
the following, words that can influence our sharing with one
another just now – if we allow the Lord to move among us.
Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the
Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through
me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I
don't expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary,
everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make
Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or
die. They didn't shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I'm
Christ's messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life versus even more
life! I can't lose.
As long as I'm alive in this body, there is good work for me to
do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I'd
choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with
Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But
most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that
it's better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around
awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of
trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great
reunion when I come visit you again. We'll be praising Christ,
enjoying each other.
Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the
Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I
come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to
see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand
united, singular in vision, contending for people's trust in the
Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the
slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will
show them what they're up against: defeat for them, victory for
you—and both because of God. There's far more to this life than
trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the
suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You're involved in
the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you
are now getting an updated report in this letter.
Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by
Eugene H. Peterson
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Isn’t it good to hear a story about people being hired instead
of laid off? A fair daily wage was offered and given to all,
even those who had worked the least. Of course, we know this is
just a story. We know that jobs just don’t find you, you have to
find them. We know that people are not really paid like this,
for which we are thankful. We’d probably be among the
complainers, don’t you think? However, Jesus said the kingdom of
heaven is like this landowner. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
What does all this “last will be first and first will be last”
stuff mean? Think about it as you return your offering. But
first, let’s pray.
God, we struggle to figure out our own economy, which doesn’t
seem to be in very good shape right now. Everyone has an opinion
on who is to blame or what we must do to make it better. We wish
they all truly had the desire of this landowner in Jesus’ story,
to employ people in good work, and to give fair wages. Maybe
they do. Help that to be the starting point. As for your
economy, O Lord, we are still baffled by how it all happens in
your way of doing business. But that’s good, because you are God
and we are not. Thank you for being so generous. Amen.
As you go through this week, remember.
Don’t just remember what I said this hour,
would be good.
Remember the Exodus story,
“Jehovah” guided the children of Israel
out of slavery, through the wilderness,
providing manna along the way to the promised land.
Remember the Gospel story,
“Jehovah” in Jesus, led (and continues to lead) us
out of captivity to sin and onward through uncertain territory,
providing us with daily bread along the way to glory land.
Forget the “in only’s,”
what’s most important.
Be sustained by God, your creator and
Be set free by Christ, your deliverer.
Be empowered by the Holy Spirit, your strength.
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