Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 19, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
a cloud overshadowed them,
and from the cloud there came a voice, “This
is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
Beginning with Praise
"I stand amazed in the
Centering in Song
Centering in Word
Centering in Prayer
A Time to Welcome
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Christ upon the mountain peak"
invisible, God only wise"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Centering in Word
1 - The mighty one,
2 - God the Lord,
1 - speaks and summons the earth
2 - from the rising of the sun to its
1 - Out of Zion,
2 - the perfection of beauty,
1 - God shines forth.
2 - Our God comes and does not keep
1 - before him is a devouring fire,
2 - and a mighty tempest all around him.
1 - He calls to the heavens above
2 - and to the earth,
1 - that he may judge his people:
2 - “Gather to me my faithful ones,”
1 - says the Lord.
2 - “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me
1 - The heavens declare his righteousness,
2 - for God himself is judge.
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.
Centering in Prayer
By your Word, Lord
God, we have gathered in this place at this time. You have
summoned us to stand in your presence just as we are, the glory
and the grime altogether. You behold the wonder you have created
us to be, as well as the ways in which we fall short. You desire
honesty from us, not a lot of flowery words or flashy offerings.
we have sinned this week, whether against you or against our
neighbor is beside the point; whether it was something large or
a teeny-tiny offense we hardly noticed does not matter. Even
small trespasses can hurt another person. You, however, do not
require us to wallow in this mud. Instead, you call us to stand
as we are before you and “get over it” through the power of your
forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
through your Spirit as we worship you this hour, you will call
to mind concrete actions we might take to make amends, and then
empower us to step out in faith this week to do so. Maybe you
will help us this hour to let go of past hurts and be able to
forgive those who have sinned against us, or at least to take a
step in that direction.
You call us
to be something more than we are, even as you deeply love us,
warts and all. This we can scarcely comprehend. Because you
lighten our load, we stand tall (in body or spirit) and sing
your praise. Shine upon us. Amen.
Leader: Jesus taught us to speak of hope as the coming of God's
ALL: We believe that God is at work in our world
turning hopeless and evil situations into good.
We believe that goodness and justice
will triumph in the end
and that tyranny and oppression cannot last forever.
One day all tears will be wiped away;
the lamb will lie down with the lion,
and justice will roll down like a mighty stream.
Leader: True peace and true reconciliation are not only
they are assured and guaranteed in Christ.
ALL: This is our faith.
This is our hope.
Hymnal, #711, South African creed,
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace,
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
A Time to Welcome
lies at the heart of every new chapter in our lives. This
morning we want to celebrate a decision made by two persons
among us. ______________ have been an unofficial part of our
fellowship for many years. The time has come for them to make
that connection “official.” And though we have known them, it is
time for us to officially welcome them as members of this body
__________, would you join me
up front, along with ________, whom you have asked to
“introduce” you to us?
I have in hand two
certificates of membership from the Harman, WV Church of the
Brethren. In them, the brothers and sisters there commend
___________ to our love and care. Not long ago, we did the same
with __________, who are now active in the Harman church. In
taking these new steps of faith, Van and Billie, let me give you
the opportunity to reaffirm the faith of your baptism by asking
you the following questions.
Knowing that Christians never fully arrive, but are
always in the process of becoming, do you now
reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and
Believing that Christianity is experienced in a
faith community that supports and strengthens us in
time of weakness and doubt, and that learns from us
as we learn from it, do you promise to live and
share with us in the bonds of Christian fellowship?
Recognizing that the church is organized to fulfill
its mission, will you worship, serve, and share in
the program of the Long Green Valley Church by your
prayers, regular attendance, loyal service and
outreach, and faithful stewardship?
Becoming a member of this congregation, will you
make every effort to witness to the Christian gospel
and keep alive the concerns of the Church of the
Brethren where you live and work?
from For All
A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren
©1993 Brethren Press, p. 143
Would you in the congregation turn to #777 in the back of your
hymnal and, if you are able, please stand with us. Through these
words, spoken in unison, we officially welcome Billie and Van
into this fellowship of believers. Remember your own baptismal
vows as we speak them.
|As we now receive you into the fellowship of the
we make this covenant with you
as we renew our own covenant with God:
to bear each others' burdens,
to assist in times of need,
to share our gifts and possessions,
to forgive as Christ has forgiven us,
to support each other in joy and sorrow,
and in all things to work for the
thus making known Christ's presence among
to the glory of God
As we unite with each other now,
may we all be joined with Christ, our Lord.
Adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
©1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House,
based on Anabaptist baptismal vows, 16th c.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
As a reminder, all this
month you are invited to make a pledge for this year of your
giving – not only financially, but also your time and talents.
There is a
bulletin insert to assist you in that
process. Please prayerfully consider and respond with it some
time this month… Now, please join me in prayer:
May what we have
to offer this day be connected to how you “Light up the
darkness!,” whether our gifts involve our money or our time and
talents. Help us not to hold back in any way from sharing the
good news message which becomes real in what we do, as well as
in what we say. May these offerings we are about to place in the
plate be a reflection of what you are doing in us. But don’t
stop there, Lord. Shine your light upon all our budgeting and
working and playing and living. In Christ, we pray. Amen.
As you move on from this moment,
pay attention to the blessings
that are already
right before your very eyes.
Maybe you need to stop
building a dwelling place for God,
and instead be a sanctuary
for the One who is
the ancient of Days…
Pay attention this week to Jesus,
who is always present in Spirit
and ever attentive to us.
Hear the voice speak amid the haze of your days:
“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
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