Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 4, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Second Sunday of Lent
any want to become my followers, let them deny
themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For
those who want to save their life will lose it, and
those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake
of the gospel, will save it.” (Mark
Beginning with Praise
"If you but trust in God"
"The God of Abraham praise"
(ends with Lord’s Prayer)
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"O bless the Lord, my
frightened, but … Amen"
(sermon ends with this poem)
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
the cross of Jesus"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
One: Pilgrims, we are invited to journey through this season
All: towards the One who calls us each by a
One: Disciples, we walk with Jesus wherever he leads us,
All: pulling our fears, our doubts, our
longings behind us.
One: Believers, we seek to trust the God who always
whose promises take on flesh and blood in the good news called
Thom M. Shuman,
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Though people may turn
their backs on us,
you do not hide
your face from us.
Though others may try
to take away our hope,
you assure us of
that future waiting for us.
You speak your name,
and it is enough.
When we try to dictate
our fears to you,
you invite us to follow you
into self-denial and service.
As we struggle to shape
our lifestyle to yours,
you carry us with you
wherever we go.
You speak your good news,
Teacher of open hearts,
and it is enough.
Though we have done
nothing to earn them,
you pour out the gifts
of grace and mercy upon us.
When we stumble
over our lack of trust,
you set us back on our feet,
to follow you into the kingdom.
You speak your peace,
Breath of Holiness,
and it is enough.
God in Community, Holy in One,
it is enough that you hear us
even as we pray as we are taught,
Our Father . . .
Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Place a sheet of
poster board on a table at the entrance to the sanctuary and
invite people to write (with magic marker in larger print) their
names on it as they enter. Have ushers bring it forward at the
beginning of the children’s time. Talk with them about how the
name of (most) everyone in the room is on this board. Point out
a few. If there has been a recent death, have that name written
there beforehand and make note of it to the children, how we
remember this person by name and how important they were to us.
Speak several of the names listed and wonder why their parents
gave them this name. If their names are there, point them out
(if not, write them in) and ask if they know anything about
their own names – why they were named, who named them, named
after anyone, what their name might mean? No right or wrong
talk about your own name (obviously, you will need to heavily
adapt the next few paragraphs, as well as the title): I was
named after my grandfather. My parents wanted to honor my
mother’s father, and so they gave me his name. What do you think
his name was? (to which they will probably say “Pete” or
“Peter”) No, my grandfather’s name was Oscar. Does that make
sense? I was named for my grandfather Oscar (write that name
down). No, Oscar is not my middle name. In fact, “Oscar” is
not anywhere in my name. Of course, it might be helpful to know
my grandfather’s last name. He was “Oscar Peterson.” Now
do you understand? My first name came from his last name.
My mother always
called me “Peter,” but at a certain age I decided I wanted to be
known as “Pete.” It’s the same name, just a little different.
Sometimes I write it as “Pete” (do so on the board), and
sometimes – especially when it has to be ‘official’ – I write
“Peter” (add an ‘r’ to the name on the board). In the
Bible, there was a disciple of Jesus named “Peter.” He was also
known as “Simon” (write down “Simon”), but Jesus liked
the name “Peter,” and called him that. In the Bible, the word
“Peter” means “rock” (write down “rock”). Jesus had some
ideas about Peter being a rock of a guy.
In the Bible story
we just heard, there were some other names mentioned. Was anyone
listening? One of the names was “Abram” (write it down).
Like the name “Peter,” “Abram” meant something. It comes from
“Ab” or “Abba,” which means “father,” and “ram,” which means
“exalted, lifted up, important.” Abram had a wife, whose name
was “Sarai” (write it down), which means “princess”
(someone who rules) or “mistress.” In the Bible story this
morning, God made a promise to both Abram and Sarai, and in so
doing slightly changed their names. The new names God gave them
don’t really mean anything different. I think of it as the
difference between Peter and Pete. Do you know what God changed
Abram’s name to? … “Abraham” (write it down). How about
Sarai’s name? … “Sarah” (write it down).
Abraham became the
father, grandfather, great-grandfather (etc.) of many people,
even though at age 99 he didn’t have any children yet. The Bible
calls him a great father, even the father of faith. And Sarah,
she “ruled” a big household … eventually. Of course, when God
changed their names, they had a hard time believing that what
God promised would happen.
What I want you to
remember is that your name is on this board. Someone named you,
and your name is important, because you are important. And you
never know what God might do with you as you grow older. Please
pray with me.
Thank you, God, for
Richard, Rowan, Charles, Beth, Erin, Courtney (& any other
children present). Thank you for their parents and loved ones
who named them. May they grow and live out your promise in them.
(Laughing Bird Version)
LORD, I’ll call on all who
honor you to stand up and say so!
........All who trace their roots
to Jacob will give you the glory!
........All who share the heritage
of Israel will stand in awe of you!
LORD, you did not rubbish anyone
........or blame the victims for
You did not turn away or slip off quietly;
........when I cried for help, you
Whenever people gather to worship,
........my heart overflows and I
sing your praises.
Out in the open for all to see
........I’ll do all that I
At your table, God, the needy will feast;
........those who hunger for you
will be fed till they burst with praise!
........They will be able to live
it up, now and forever!
In every corner of the earth people will wake up to themselves
........and turn back to you, LORD.
Every race, nation, tribe and family
........will offer themselves to
you in worship,
for you have the last word on everything;
........what you say goes.
Even the dead will bow down to you, LORD;
........those who are trampled in
the dust will look to you in hope,
................and I will live for
you and you alone.
Our kids and their kids will serve you, LORD;
........as we pass the message down
from one generation to the next.
People not even born yet will hear the story;
........they will be told of what
you have done to set us free
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
written closer to the time (if not at the
When I Became a Christian
(a poem quoted at the end of the sermon)
When I became a Christian I said, Lord, now
fill me in,
Tell me what I’ll suffer in this world of shame and sin.
He said, your body may be killed, and left to rot and stink,
Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen - I think.
I think Amen, Amen I think, I think I say Amen,
I’m not completely sure, can you just run through that again?
You say my body may be killed and left to rot and stink,
Well, yes, that sounds terrific, Lord, I say Amen - I think.
But, Lord, there must be other ways to
follow you, I said,
I really would prefer to end up dying in my bed.
Well, yes, he said, you could put up with the sneers and scorn
Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen - a bit.
A bit Amen, Amen a bit, a bit I say Amen,
I’m not entirely sure, can we just run through that again?
You say I could put up with sneers and also scorn and spit,
Well, yes, I’ve made my mind up, and I say, Amen - a bit.
Well I sat back and thought a while, then
tried a different ploy,
Now, Lord, I said, the Good book says that Christians live in
That’s true he said, you need the joy to bear the pain and
So do you want to follow me, I said, Amen - tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Lord, I’ll say it then, that’s when I’ll say Amen,
I need to get it clear, can I just run through that again?
You say that I will need the joy, to bear the pain and sorrow,
Well, yes, I think I’ve got it straight, I’ll say Amen -
He said, Look, I’m not asking you to spend
an hour with me
Are you man enough to see the need, and man enough to go,
A quick salvation sandwich and a cup of sanctity,
The cost is you, not half of you, but every single bit,
Now tell me, will you follow me? I said Amen - I quit.
I’m very sorry Lord I said, I’d like to follow you,
But I don’t think religion is a manly thing to do.
He said forget religion then, and think about my Son,
And tell me if you’re man enough to do what he has done.
Man enough to care for those whom no one wants to know,
Man enough to say the thing that people hate to hear,
To battle through Gethsemane in loneliness and fear.
And listen! Are you man enough to stand it at the end,
The moment of betrayal by the kisses of a friend,
Are you man enough to hold your tongue, and man enough to cry?
When nails break your body-are you man enough to die?
Man enough to take the pain, and wear it like a crown,
Man enough to love the world and turn it upside down,
Are you man enough to follow me, I ask you once again?
I said, Oh Lord, I’m frightened, but I also said Amen.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen; Amen, Amen, Amen,
I said, Oh Lord, I’m frightened, but I also said, Amen.
Cleaning Away the Rubbish
our Tithes and Offerings
It is time to
respond to the good news of Jesus with our tithes and offerings.
As the plates are passed, ponder these ancient words of the
apostle Paul, where he encouraged his young friend, Timothy, to:
“…stir up the gift of God which is in you … For God has not
given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a
sound mind.” (2 Timothy
Ushers, please guide our giving.
go, be not crushed by this cross,
beneath which we “fain”
or “willingly” take our stand.
Rather, allow the One who was crucified upon it
to shift your very being
from the way of death to the path of life.
May its shadow extend over
every aspect of your daily journey,
not to depress you,
but to impress,
to imprint upon you
the love of God in Christ Jesus.
May you bear that self-giving love
everywhere you go this week.
Wear this radical love as if
it was your God-given name.
And all God’s “beloved” say: AMEN
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