Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 7, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths
of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because
of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.”
Beginning with Praise
"The Heavens Are Telling"
"I sing the mighty power
"All praise to thee, my God"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Lord, listen to your
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Out of the
mouths of babes"
"All beautiful the march of days"
(back of bulletin)
the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it
is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom
of God as a little child will never enter it.”
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all
You have set your glory above the heavens.
I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you
what are human beings that you are
mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and
have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their
sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish
of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all
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.
O God, Author of eternal light, lead us in our worshiping this day; that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, our meditations may glorify you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from Sacrum Breviary, 11th
p. 86, For All Who Minister, Brethren Press, 1993
How many days are
there in a week? (7) What day comes first? (Sunday) What day is
the last day of the week? (Saturday) If we open our Bible to the
very first page of the story, it starts out with words I’d like
you to help me read. (Genesis
1:1-5) Day number one. What did God do on that day? (“let
there be light”) If we were to read on, we’d hear about how
God created the world in six days. And each day ends with God
seeing what he had made that day. Starting at the end of the
third day, it says that not only did God see what he had made,
but that what God created was good. At the end of the fifth day,
God added a blessing. On the sixth day, God finished up, and
what do you suppose was the last thing God created? (human
beings) it says that “God saw everything that he had made,
and indeed, it was very good”
(1:31). And then, what do you suppose God did? (rested)
That’s right. The Bible says that on the seventh day of the
week, “God rested from all the work he had done. So God
blessed the seventh day and hallowed it…”
I asked that the acolyte
not light the candles during the Prelude like you
normally do, because I wanted to do something different this
morning. One thing I didn’t say as I remembered the first
chapter of the Bible, is that each day ends with these words: “And
there was evening and there was morning, the ____ day.” In
the Bible, a day begins when the sun goes down, not when it
comes us. To remember and celebrate the day when God rested, the
seventh day that God made holy, what is called the Sabbath day,
our Jewish friends begin when the sun sets on Friday night with
a special lighting of candles. I know this is Sunday morning and
not Friday night, but I thought we might have a special
candle-lighting this morning.
Let’s go now to the worship
center table where our candles are un-lit. I have moved it out
from the wall that we might stand around it. In fact, I invite
any adult who would like to join us to quietly come forward and
surround the table with us, bringing your hymnal with you. While
they are coming forward, I want each of you to think of two or
more persons you would like God to bless. This might be your
mother or father, or sister or brother, or some other family
member or friend. When the time comes, I will ask you to each
pray out loud a very simple prayer, saying “God bless ________”
for each person you have thought of (e.g. “God bless my
Have all come forward that wish
to do so? Imagine that it is evening. The sun has set. Darkness
has come. Family has gathered around the candles. Now is the
time to light them… With your hands, motion with your hands to
bring to yourself the light, warmth and peace of God, doing so,
one, two, then three times, then cover your eyes. I will now
share (in English, not Hebrew) the Messianic Jewish version of
the blessing often spoken over these candles:
“Blessed are you, Lord
our God, King of the universe, who sanctified us with his
commandments, and commanded us to be a light to the nations, and
who gave us Jesus our Messiah the light of the world.”
Now, with your eyes still covered, ask God to bless the person
you thought of earlier. You adults may do the same… Amen. As we
all return to our seats, let sing an evening hymn we don’t often
get to sing in worship, the last one in our hymnal, “All praise
to thee, my God,” #658.
a Jewish Candle lighting blessing
a video of the candle-lighting in Reform Jewish practice
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
When we think of
God creating the heavens and the earth, “perfection” comes to
mind. And then reality intrudes, and we consider what those who
were created in God’s image, “a little lower than the angels
… crowned with glory and honor,” have done with this world.
The truth is – we human beings have not been very good stewards:
of the earth, of other people, of ourselves.
However, there is
another who has been part of the story from the beginning, which
this passage from the book of Hebrews makes clear. Jesus is a
continuation of God’s promises, and God’s revelation to the
world. This One who “is the reflection of God’s glory and the
exact imprint of God’s very being,” this One who “sustains
all things by his powerful word,” this One who is superior
to all other heavenly beings; Jesus chose to give
up all of this and become like one of us.
Not only that, but
Jesus chose to be among the least of us. He lived with the poor
and the outcasts and those labeled as sinners. And he is not
ashamed to call those who suffer his “brothers and sisters,”
whether they suffer because of the faith, or because of the bad
things that can and do happen in this world. And God made this “pioneer
of (our) salvation perfect through sufferings.”
Think about this
as you return your offering just now. May what you give, as well
as what you say and do, “proclaim (God’s) name to (your)
brothers and sisters,” a note of praise, “in the midst of
(this) congregation,” echoing the voice of Jesus.
Responsive Closing Prayer
MOUNTAINS OF MERCY
Prayer of preparation for communion
Leader: O Lord, our Lord! How majestic is your name in all the
Right: All that you have created tells of your
greatness: mountains and meadows, forests and fields.
Left: White and blue, indigo and green, gold
and brown silently pour forth your praise.
Leader: And we, human beings, are also the works of your
Right: Made in your image, stamped with your
Left: Living by the breath of your mouth.
Leader: But, as mountains age and forest trees drop their
Right: We sin in thought, word, and deed - by
what we do and by what we don't do.
Left: We tarnish your image within us with
acts and attitudes that turn us away from you.
Leader: But you call us back to yourself in the bread and the
All: Symbols of your suffering and death in
Right: In those everyday elements, you offer us
mountains of mercy, fields of forgiveness;
Left: Lakes of love, high places of hope -
All: Scrubbing away the tarnish of our sin.
Leader: And freeing us to make a new beginning in our walk of
O Lord, our Lord! How majestic is your name in all the
earth - and in our pardoned souls!
Mary Sue H. Rosenberger, retired chaplain
Retirement Community Greenville, Ohio
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"