Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 4, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Second Sunday of Advent
Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of
slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to
perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of
the Lord will come like a thief…”
(2 Peter 3:9-10a)
Beginning with Praise
"Fling wide the door, unbar the gate!"
(back of the bulletin)
Lighting the Second Advent Candle
"Hail to the Lord's anointed"
(ends with unison Lord’s Prayer)
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
For Children "From
here to there and back again"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
heard the bells"
Returning our Tithes
*Hymn "The Lord is
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(before proceeding light the first Advent candle)
One: In a world where love is temporary, changing, and
All: Inspire us to steadfast love.
One: In a world where commitment is fleeting and people live
for the moment ...
All: Inspire us to faithfulness.
One: In a world where "anything goes" ...
All: Inspire us to righteousness.
One: In a world where the weapons of verbal and physical
violence are all around ...
All: Inspire us to peace.
One: Our God, as we light the second candle of Advent, may
the godly traits of steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness,
and peace be on display among your people.
(motion people to rise and then light
the second Advent candle as we sing:
“Hail to the Lord's anointed” #185)
Tim Harvey, moderator
Annual Conference Church of the Brethren
also pastor of
Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
While others are making lists
of things we have enough of,
to offer us salvation,
that one gift we cannot purchase.
As the world prepares
to entice us with more and more,
to fill our hearts with all the hopes
you have dreamed about us forever.
When skepticism and fear
callous our hearts,
to bathe us in the soothing
lotion of compassion.
When stress scoops out potholes
for every step we take,
filling the emptiness with serenity
as tough as your grace.
As the clock turns
faster and faster each day,
to swaddle us in a shawl
woven with patience.
When others push past us
to get to the front of worry's line,
so we can clasp them
so close to our hopes
they can hear your heartbeat.
So come to us, come to us,
God in Community, Holy in One,
even as we pray, saying,
Our Father . . .
by Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Lectionary Liturgies, ©2011.
here to there and back again"
Prop: 2 rolls of paper towels
I have a task for
you today. I’d like you to start here and walk halfway back the
center aisle. Can you do that? Before you start, however, I have
one special rule: Your feet cannot touch the floor between here
and there. That means that neither your shoes, nor your socks,
nor your bare feet can touch the floor. Can you do it?
You may think it
is impossible to do what I asked, but I'll show you one way to
do it. Use this (roll of paper towels). Put the roll in
front of you and stand on the first towel. Now with one foot
push the roll ahead of you. Then take another step. See--you are
making your own path as you go. Your feet are not touching the
floor because you are walking on your path. Not only have you
done what I asked you to do, but you have also made it possible
for the rest of us to do it. You have left a path that we can
follow and also walk on without touching the floor.
Okay, let’s go
back to the front and look at this path of paper towels we have
just made. Today is the second Sunday of a season we call what?
That’s correct: “Advent.” This morning, I’d like you to think of
Advent as a path – sort of like this path of paper towels we
have just made. Where is the path we call “Advent” leading?
Where are we headed for the next 20 days? That’s right. This
path is taking us to Christmas. (from here on, walk with the
children down the paper towel path, looking at it from the side,
perhaps drawing on it to signify certain steps).
During Advent, we
think of the path that God made from where he was to where we
are. On this path he sent who? That’s right, Jesus. Now, tell
me, how did Jesus travel down this path? Did God put him in a
big, fancy limousine to drive him here? Did God fly him to us on
the back of an angel? Was there a magic button God pressed and
then Jesus just appeared out of nowhere, “poof”? How did Jesus
get here? That’s actually a bigger question than I know how to
answer, but somehow it involved being born just like you and me.
He arrived in a mommy’s belly. That was quite a path, which we
remember at this time of year.
But this path
didn’t end in Bethlehem, did it? No, he grew up like every other
boy and girl needs to do. There are parts of the story of him
growing up that we don’t know, but eventually he invited people
to join him on a special path. Along that path, he spoke about
God, and did things that helped people see who God is. It wasn’t
an easy path. Sometimes it hurt to walk it.
Do you remember
where this path eventually led? A place called Jerusalem. What
happened there? That’s right, he was killed. What’s the big word
we use for it? He was crucified. He died. He was buried.
(tear off the paper towel – pausing to be sad). Was that the
end of the story? Did the path end? Yes, you are right. It was
the beginning. (place the torn end of the unraveled roll
where the other ended) It’s a path that leads to God. And we
are invited to walk it, too, to follow Jesus. (roll the rest
of the roll toward the back of the sanctuary – where an ushers
helps it to unroll).
Of course, during
Advent we also remember something else. God isn’t done. There is
another path God will send Jesus down. (at this point an
usher plants one end of the second roll of paper towels under
foot and starts it rolling toward the children, who should be
halfway back the center aisle at this point). A brand new
adventure will begin. How will Jesus arrive? (have the
children help unroll the new paper towels back to the front as
you speak). Well, I don’t think it’ll be in a fancy
limousine, or on the back of an angel, or by pressing a magic
button. But Jesus will return and it’ll be an adventure!
you, God, for sending Jesus from you to us and back again. Help
us to follow him. Amen.
thanks for the
initial illustration to Eldon Weisheit,
The Psalms for Children (year B),
Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, p. 10.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
The gospel of Mark, unlike that of
Matthew or Luke, does not begin with the story of Jesus’ birth.
The Advent story Mark tells starts with the preaching of John
the Baptist, who was that “voice” of whom Isaiah prophesied. The
days of his life, given him by God, were well spent calling
people to come and repent, thus preparing the way for Christ...
Listen to the beginning of the great Advent-ure,
according to Mark:
Please pray with me.
On a twisted road
we have all come to this point in time, O Lord, confessing how
far we have fallen short of what you created us to be. We have
told our share of lies, or perhaps just half-truths. We have
hidden behind our rationalizations and fears, sometimes
pretending to be better than - in truth - we really are. We have
failed to reveal to others the seed of hope you have planted
within us, depriving them of what you desire in their lives. We
are sinners, just like all those who came to the riverside long
ago, in response to that voice crying out in the wilderness.
We turn again to you now, remembering our baptism, or
anticipating a commitment we will one day make. Refresh us now,
in the repentance of this moment, with the fire of your Holy
Spirit, that “the way of the Lord” might be prepared through our
own wilderness territory. These offerings we now bring are but a
reflection of what you have already done, and are continuing to
do, to make your path straight in us. Maranatha. Come, Lord
Go now: wait and work for the coming of the
day of God.
In the wild places prepare a straight path for the Lord.
Lead lives of holiness and godliness,
strive to be found at peace,
and speak freely of the Lord’s comfort and promise.
And may God our shepherd gather you in
May Christ Jesus reconcile justice and peace within you;
And may the Holy Spirit baptize you into the life of God.
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