Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 11, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be sacred
to the Lord of hosts, so that
all who sacrifice may come and use them to boil the
flesh of the sacrifice. And there shall no longer be
traders in the house of the Lord
of hosts on that day.”
Beginning with Praise
purpose is to kindle"
Call to Worship
"Joy to the
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
purpose is to kindle"
With our Children "Climbing and Listening"
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Returning our Tithes
sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
rod on greed and lies"
righteous man of Galilee"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 – The heavens are telling the glory of God;
2 – Yes, we could have stayed in bed an hour longer this
morning, but then we would have missed out on how…
1 – the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.
2 – Wake up! Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually,
1 – Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night
2 – All around us, each and every moment, God’s re-creating Word
is being spoken.
1 – There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice
is not heard;
2 – Amid the silence, as well as in the middle of all our noise,
1 – yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and
their words to the end of the world.
2 – Are you listening? Are you making space for the Holy One to
dwell in your life? Are you ready to meet God in this a
1 – In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which
comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a
strong man runs its course with joy.
2 – Arise, O bride of Christ. The Son is coming to greet you, O
church. Stand up, as you are given strength and meet him with
1 – Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its
circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
2 – Yes, arise with the Son and spring forward. Sing out God’s
“Joy to the world.”
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.
The joy of your coming kingdom erupts all
O Creator and Ruler,
on earth as it is in heaven.
You fill our days with goodness and mercy,
O Provider and Sustainer,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
By the light of moon and stars,
O Guide and Deliverer,
your promises inspire faith
amid our doubts and fears.
Rise within us,
O Savior and Redeemer,
that we might worship you
in spirit and in truth.
Overturn our false hopes and lies,
O Son of Man and Son of God,
that we might seek your Word
and live in your Light.
written closer to the time (if not at the
"Climbing and Listening"
This is an
“activity” more than a “story.” With little ones who are getting
used to being with us during worship, the intent is to move, not
just sit still (yet a struggle for the newly mobile). We will
simply remember when Moses climbed the mountain to meet God.
Thus, we will pretend to “climb” back the center aisle. On this
mountain, God gave some commandments. Before the service, we
will distribute 10 sheets of paper (scattered around the
sanctuary, each person holding one and sitting near an aisle).
One at a time, in
numerical order, each will stand when the pastor says “Then
God spoke all these words.” Encourage the youngest (helped
by older children) to look for and see the person who is
standing, and go over to him or her. When the children arrive –
and are paying attention (which is important) – that person will
read (maybe prefaced with “listen to this” or “pay attention”)
his or her commandment from God to the children, showing the
words as s/he does so.
all ten, one at a time. We are not explaining, just
experiencing. After the last one, we will pretend to climb down
the mountain to the front of the sanctuary, closing with a
Thank you, God, for legs that can
climb and for ears that can listen. Thank you for all your
|“Then God spoke all these words:”
1. I am the Lord
your God, you shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself and
worship an idol.
3. You shall not use the name of the
Lord your God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
For the following
scripture, I will be reading from the
Cotton Patch version. This paraphrase was written in the
context of the deep south of our country during the struggle for
civil rights. Baptist preacher Clarence Jordan wrote as if Jesus
had come to Georgia, and was speaking to church folks there,
both white and black. In this paraphrase, the cross on which
Jesus died becomes the hangman’s noose of a lynching. Both are
horrible and despicable symbols, something we too easily forget.
To say that Jesus was killed (or murdered) in either of these
ways, and to place this symbol at the core of the gospel
message, is - indeed - hard to swallow. Listen to what the
apostle Paul wrote, according to the Cotton Patch.
To the so-called
"practical" people, the idea of the noose is a lot of silly
talk, but to those of us who have been let in on its meaning, it
is the source of divine power. It’s just like the Scripture
I will tear to bits the
dissertations of the Ph.D’s;
I will pull the rug from under those who have all
Then what becomes of the "bright" boy? What
does this do to the "egghead"? Where does the worldly-wise
professor wind up? Hasn’t God made human reasoning appear
utterly ridiculous? Therefore, since the world with all of its
learning was unable to understand God, God in his own wisdom
decided to save, through the "folly" of the Christian message,
all those who put their trust in it. So, while the church people
are always demanding some miraculous display and the scientists
are looking for intellectual answers, we go right on proclaiming
a lynched Christ. To be sure, this is an insult to some
churchmen, and so much bunk to the non-Christians, but to those
in the fellowship, whether they are churchmen or scientists,
white or black, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. And bear
in mind that God’s "foolishness" is far superior to human
wisdom, and that God’s "weakness" is stronger than man’s might.
Jordan. Used by permission of
This translation by Dr. Jordan is
based on the Nestle-Aland Greek text, twenty third edition
our Tithes and Offerings
Please pray with me.
Yes, Lord, we struggle to grasp
your “foolishness.” We want a sanitized cross and a less
demanding message. We want to be strong as the world defines
strength. However, we know enough to realize that such “wisdom”
is utterly ridiculous, and that amid what seems “weak” you are
at work doing far more than we dare hope and imagine.
Bless these gifts we are about to give toward what
we humbly perceive to be your work in this world. As we do so,
though, shake us up a bit. Turn our thinking upside down or, in
reality, right-side up, that we may proclaim – in word and in
deed – the foolishness of the cross, which is the power of God.
In Christ Jesus. Amen.
Go now, with God’s foolishness and weakness
........as your only wisdom and
Proclaim Christ crucified,
and seek riches only in the love of God’s Word
and in zeal for God’s house.
And may God’s just demands be your nourishment & delight.
May Christ be the power and wisdom of God to you.
And may the Holy Spirit keep you, thought and word,
........in God’s good grace.
©2003 Nathan Nettleton
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