Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 5, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a
life worthy of the calling to which you have been
called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another in love, making every effort to
maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "We are people of God’s
"Brethren, we have met to worship" 8
Wilderness Signposts Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
"Bread from Heaven"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Help us to help each other"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
The Peaceful Forests"
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
Living Letter Signposts
of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace"
speak to me" 499
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Long ago, when the
children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness, hungry and
nostalgic for the “good old days” of slavery, doubting the One
who had parted the waters that led to freedom,
God, though disappointed by their lack of faith, commanded
the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven. He rained down
on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. And so
they ate this bread of angels, which he sent in abundance. On
the wind God also sent more food still; game birds coming in
like wind-blown sand, falling thick on the ground around the
camp, meals-on-wings landing on their doorstep. The people
stuffed themselves happily, because the Lord had given them just
what they were craving.
May we who, on our own
wilderness journey, have gathered this hour to worship, trust in
the Lord for today’s bread. Come, all who are hungry, rise in
body or spirit, and receive God’s holy manna, which is showered
all around us.
Yes, we have met to worship you, O Lord.
Like our spiritual ancestors, however,
we come with our own doubts and fears.
Like them, we longingly look back
upon a time when being “church” was easy,
forgetful that the “good old days”
had their own struggles and pitfalls.
Forgive us when we walk backward into your future,
focused more upon yesterday than today.
Teach us, once again, the day-by-day way
of faithful living, following Jesus.
Scatter before us the bread
of your Living Word and
our Risen Christ,
that we might glean what is needed for today.
Break open our hearts this hour
to those among and around us
who are struggling hard with sin,
who are seeking grace,
who are pouring forth a flood of tears.
As we pray together with all our power,
as we try to preach the Word,
we know that all is vain
without the presence of your Holy Spirit.
So, shower upon us your holy manna, Lord God.
This we pray in the name of the One who said,
“I am the bread of life.” AMEN
"Bread from Heaven"
(needed: the crust cut off angel food cake)
When I was growing
up, I loved it when my friend Stuart’s mom would make a birthday
cake for his grandmother. Why? It was because his grandmother
always wanted an angel food cake, and when his mother made it,
she always cut off the crust on the angel food cake. Guess who
got to eat the crust? That’s right – all of us friends of
Stuart. Mmm. That was soooo good. I’ve brought some to share
with you. Would you like to try it? … Isn’t it good?
A long, long time
ago, after the children of Israel were set free from being
slaves by Moses, they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, a
dry place where there wasn’t much to eat or drink. They got
hungry there. There were times when they thought they couldn’t
go on because they were so hungry. With empty stomachs, they
complained. A lot! They wondered if it would have been better to
remain slaves in Egypt, where they at least had some food. They
complained to Moses. Moses took their complaint to God.
Guess what God
did? If you were listening, we just heard the story of what God
did. Every day, God gave them something they called “manna.”
Every morning, they went out and saw the ground covered with
stuff they could eat. The first time they saw it, they asked,
“what is it?” Anyone want to guess what the word “manna” means?
In Hebrew, their language, “manna” means “what is it?” It was
sort of like bread, and it was sweet. Maybe it tasted a bit like
the crust of an angel food cake. Which would make sense, since
it was “bread from heaven.”
point was that God provided for their hunger. Every day, they
received manna, their daily bread. Just enough manna to satisfy
their hunger. God also sent some birds to eat… A funny thing
about this manna was that if they tried to save some of it for
the next day, it spoiled overnight. It tasted terrible. They
could not use one day’s bread on the next day, except for on the
day of rest. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Maybe when you
think about God giving manna to the children of Israel when they
were hungry, you can think about how good this crust of angel
food cake tasted. Now, for a prayer, I’m going to ask everybody
in our congregation to help us pray the Lord’s prayer. Perhaps
you have the Lord’s prayer memorized. Good. It’s okay if you
don’t yet know it all by heart. As we pray, I want you to be
listening for something in it about bread. When you hear it,
think about this Bible story and the manna.
Shall we pray? … Our father…
[After being "introduced" by a member
of our congregation...]
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 Savior?
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 this
congregation 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?
(turning to the congregation) Would you please stand and
join in the “Responsive Affirmation”
found in the back of your hymnal, #794.
adapted from For All Who Minister
(A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren),
©1993 Brethren Press, pp. 143-144.
Leader: This person now presented to you
has witnessed to his faith in Jesus Christ
and offers himself as a companion in our obedience to Christ.
It is our privilege and joy to welcome him into our family of faith.
People: We freely receive you, even as Christ has received us.
We open ourselves to fellowship with you
in worship, study, service, and discipline.
We pledge our willingness to give and receive counsel,
to offer and accept forgiveness in the redeemed community.
We joyfully accept you as partners,
both in the care of our spiritual family,
and in our mission to the world.
adapted from #794 - by John H.
Mosemann, adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
copyright©1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Please pray with me.
O God, we humbly admit
that we search so often for bread that perishes, rather than the
bread of eternal life. We foolishly think that happiness and
fulfillment can be attained from our own hands, rather than from
your hands. We offer these gifts with the promise that you have
already given us the bread of heaven. You are the Bread of
Life. We come seeking to never be hungry or thirsty again.
As the ushers receive our tithes and offerings, would you fill
out and pass on to others the attendance pad that is found on
the center aisle side of each pew. Thank you.
the prayer is
Copyright © 2011 David S. Bell.
Reprinted with permission from
I pray that you have received from God your daily bread for the
journey that lies ahead of you this week. Fed by manna from
Go out from here and live lives
of the one calling which we all share.
In humility, gentleness and patience,
speak only what is true and loving
and so grow into the unity that is ours in Christ.
And may God the creator reshape
May Christ Jesus, the bread of life, sustain you
and may the Holy Spirit unite you in the bond of