Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 20, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Seventh Sunday of Easter
the apostles returned to the city, they went upstairs to
the room where they had been staying. The apostles often
met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind.
The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with
them, and so would his brothers.”
(Acts 1:12, 14, CEV)
Beginning with Praise
the Lord is king!"
Call to Worship
creatures of our God and King"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
let me walk with thee"
1 John 5:9-13
Returning our Tithes
sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Spirit of God! descend"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - Happy are those who do not follow evil
2 - or walk the path of wrongdoing,
1 - or sit with those who deride and
2 - Instead, they
1 - they pay
attention to what God says 24/7.
2 - They are like trees planted by streams
1 - Their fruit grows in season,
2 - and their leaves do not wither.
1 - They succeed in what really matters.
2 - On the other hand are the wicked.
1 - They are like chaff which the wind
2 - They won't make it in the long run.
1 - The righteous are guided and protected
by the Lord,
but the wicked follow a road that leads
1 - We have gathered this day to follow the
beat of a different drum,
2 - God's drum; and to speak what needs to
1 - God's Word; and to sing what needs to
2 - God's song. So, rise, "all creatures of
our God and King,
1 - lift up your voice and with us sing."
2 - #48 in your hymnal.
In the silence,
which can call us
to pay attention;
in those holy moments
which open our eyes
to your Word;
in the ability to grasp
your grace and never let go:
in all these ways, you give testimony
to your faithfulness to us,
In the gentleness
of a father's touch
which can calm our fears;
in the passion
of a mother's belief
which endures through all our years;
in words, spoken and silent,
which can guide our feet
every step of the way:
through all these gifts, you vouch for
the gracious goodness of Abba,
our Brother and Friend.
In common sense
of the teacher
who dared us to dream;
in the innate wisdom
of the co-worker
who never got past 6th grade;
in those seeds placed
deep within our hearts,
which bear fruit in odd moments:
with all these wonders, you affirm
the One who completes our joy.
We are one with you,
God in Community, Holy in One,
so we lift our prayer to you, saying,
Our Father . . .
by Rev. Thom
M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Lectionary Liturgies, Easter 7B, 2012.
We turn now to the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, the
New Testament story of what happened after Jesus left his
disciples to return to the kingdom of heaven. This story
continues right where the same writer, a physician by the name
of Luke, left off at the end of his gospel. In fact, he here
repeats what he’s already written about the ascension, but in a
slightly different way. The first verse indicates that Luke
wrote this work, just like his gospel, for someone named
Theophilus, about whom we know nothing. This was a common
literary device in the era. If you will, hear your own name
spoken when Theophilus is mentioned, for they have been passed
down to us. Listen.
The account of the Ascension makes it clear that Jesus passes
his ministry to his disciples. Near the end of school many
elementary schools have field days featuring, among other
events, relay races. Describe or ask some children to help you
demonstrate the passing of a baton in a relay race. Children
could run the perimeter of the sanctuary, carrying a baton which
they pass to the next child at the front of the sanctuary. Then
explain that though Jesus did not actually pass a baton to his
disciples, he did tell them very clearly that they were to take
up his ministry on earth. His earthly part of the race was
complete, but theirs was just starting.
by Carolyn C. Brown
Worshiping with Children,
Including children in the congregation's worship.
Shifting from the
Acts of the Apostles (to which we will later return) to the
gospel story, we enter midway through a prayer. This is not from
Luke's account, but from the gospel of John. Starting at this
point is a bit like coming into the church sanctuary after
worship has already begun. We realize someone is praying, and so
we stop where we are, bow our heads, and listen. It's a rather
lengthy prayer of Jesus, and we will end this portion long
before Jesus finishes. When he was done with the whole prayer,
according to John, he and his disciples left the upper room and
went to the garden of Gethsemane, where he was arrested and
taken, eventually, to his death upon the cross. Listen to this
portion of his prayer.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
If you have not already looked
over what is written on the back of your bulletin, I invite you
to do so while we return our tithes and offerings. In it, a
"life coach" Terrie Glass, a member of the West Richmond, VA
Church of the Brethren, tells the story of a woman whose heart
God captured during a life-changing medical mission trip to
believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts,"
it says in the first letter of John, and the eternal, abundant
life we have in Christ can't help but pour out into our daily
walk. Ponder this testimony and pray over your offering. Oh,
what is possible when God captures our hearts!
When God Captures a Heart
She wasn't trying to have a life-changing event. It
was only supposed to be a routine medical mission
trip. What she didn't count on was where her heart
might take her.
she encountered began to tell their stories. Day
after day she listened. Nearly every Haitian woman
she met told of the tragic deaths of their
daughters, their sisters, and their friends. The
women they loved had died during pregnancy or
childbirth from things that are "routine
complications" in countries like the United States.
In Haiti, she learned, hearts are constantly tom
apart by grief that most of us can count on being
return home, Nadene Brunk, a Certified Nurse
Midwife, initiated the efforts that would soon
Midwives For Haiti, a nonprofit organization
determined to significantly reduce the highest
maternal infant mortality rate in the Western
Hemisphere. Today Nadene shakes her head and laughs
when she thinks about what she has launched. She
doesn't feel qualified, just led. The God who knows
her heart, who knows intimately the hearts of those
Haitian women who pray that their current pregnancy
will bring joy and not grief, is calling Nadene to a
ministry far larger than anything she ever imagined
she would do.
Those of us
who are part of this ministry, who walk alongside
our Haitian sisters as well our sister Nadene, also
feel our hearts on fire. After only five years we
have seen the lives of hundreds of Haitian women
changed. We have seen communities changed because of
this work. And we dare to dream of a Haiti where
every woman can bring her children into the world
safely and with joy. Oh, what is possible when God
captures our hearts!
Richmond Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
the One who reconciles us to himself
reforms and refines us daily.
God repairs our brokenness
and redeems our sinfulness,
responding to our deepest needs
by releasing our potential,
and resourcing us
with abilities upon which we can rely.
As you head into this week,
take time to reflect upon
Christ’s recreating absence.
Repent, that is – turn yet again
(and again and again)
toward the One
who will resurrect us.
Relax and rest in the One
who will refresh and renew us.
Be ready, once again
(and again and again)
to receive the Holy Spirit
and be revived.