Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 16, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down
righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may
spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up
also; I the Lord have created it.”
Beginning with Praise
"Shepherd’s Sunday Song"
"Awake, arise, O sing a new
*Responsive Call to Worship
"I sing the mighty power
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Recess Queen" by Alexis O’Neill
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"I will sing of my Redeemer"
Returning our Tithes
"How Great the Wisdom"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Lord of light, your name outshining"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.
They will sing before the LORD, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
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song, O Lord, you call us to sing. But all around us other
“new and improved,”
“buy the latest model,”
“upgrade, upgrade, upgrade,”
“bigger and better,”
“faster and more compact,”
“more miles per gallon,”
“throw out the old and get the new.”
Even so, it is your words from long ago which have drawn us to
this time and place, O God. This is not an infomercial nor a
store. We have gathered together, not to buy into the latest
religious fad, but to stand in your presence, O ancient of days.
“Be still and know that I am God,” you continue to speak.
And yet, you
invite us to sing a new song, to not be satisfied
with the past or, better put, to not worship the old so much
that we fail to see that your steadfast love is new
every morning, that you are always doing a new
thing in your world which surrounds us.
O Alpha and Omega,
our beginning and end, thank you! Ground us in what is timeless,
but help us to step into this new song you call us to sing. In
the name of One who sang your dying and rising song long ago and
who sings today, “Behold, I make all things new.” Amen.
by Alexis O’Neill
"Paul, in his
opening salutation to the Thessalonians, commends their
excellent example, citing their “work of faith and labor of love
and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ”, and also
notes that he tried to be a good example for them and was
pleased when they became “imitators of us and of the Lord.”
Paul knows about the Thessalonians’ good deeds and faith from
reports all around the region and commends them for setting a
"So, too, in
The Recess Queen, while Mean Jean has been the “queen”
of the playground for as long as anybody can remember, bullying
others out of swinging, sliding and fun, when a new student,
Katie Sue, comes, she sets a new example. By asking Mean Jean
to play with her she changes the playground back into a place of
fun for all and sets a good example for everyone to follow.
Just as the Thessalonians’ deeds were heard about all around the
region, this act is the talk of the school and changes
everything for the better."
by Sara Anne Berger
Children’s Literature and the Christian Faith,
"After reading it, I’d ask “Who in this story was most like
Jesus?” then “What makes you say that?” and finally “Could
anyone do that?” and “How would you describe a kid who did
something like that?” Then very briefly note that Paul says the
Christians in Thessalonica were a lot like Katie Sue and
suggests that we can be too."
by Carolyn C. Brown
in her blog “Worshiping
see here for other
reviews & synopsis of this book
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
The discussion was
about taxes, a thorny topic then as it is now. Those who opposed
Jesus laid a trap, hoping to trip him up with his own words.
Sound familiar? If he answered one way, the ‘tea party’ of that
day would dump him. If he answered the other, he’d be in hot
water with the government. So he simply shifted the conversation.
Instead of saying “yes” or “no” to taxes, he called into
question the whole economic system. It was based, after all, on
a coin that held the image of Caesar, an emperor who claimed to
be a god. Doesn’t the Torah, the law of Moses, say something
about having no graven images, nor other gods? If the coin is in
your pocket, maybe you’ve already rendered unto Caesar.
Of course, that was then and
this is now. We don’t have a Roman overlord. Our leaders don’t
pretend to be god (tho’ sometimes we may wonder). Our coins say
“In God we Trust.” But do we? Really? That’s a good question to
ponder as you return your tithe or offering: “Do I trust God
through this time of financial uncertainty?” Let your money
speak your answer, not by what is engraved upon it,
but by what is engraved upon you. Pray with me.
Lord God, we give to
you what is yours, that which you originally have given to us.
Help us to be grace-filled givers and trust-filled livers. In
Christ Jesus. Amen.
May our God of justice and mercy,
who forms light and creates darkness,
who makes weal and creates woe,
go before you this week.
As you journey with Jesus,
remember to ask,
for the Lord prepares the way
for those who are called by
Go in peace.
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