Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 21, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Fourth Sunday of
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these,
robed in white,
and where have they come from?
… These are they who have come out of the great ordeal;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the
Beginning with Praise
"That Easter day with joy was bright"
"The King of love my shepherd
affirmation of faith
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
our Tithes and Offerings
Hour of Prayer"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Who are these"
"The strife is o'er"
"Lift Your Glad Voices"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - Even as we remember and celebrate once
again that Jesus Christ,
dying upon the cross and rising from the tomb, has defeated
the power of sin and death,
2 - events this past week have also reminded
and startled us once again
evil is very much a reality in the world around us.
1 - Instead of standing speechless and
helpless in the face of senseless terror,
2 - we turn toward the shepherd’s staff and
the lamb of God.
1 - Drawing on the prayerful imagination of
the last book in the Bible,
2 - we begin our worship this fourth Sunday
1 - with the new song of the angel choir and
the saints gathered around
throne of God,
2 - the harmonies of the kingdom of the
1 - which sounds out within and beyond our
own melodies of praise
2 - whenever we gather together:
1 - “Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and wealth
and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and
To the one seated on the
throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and
glory and might forever and ever!”
1 - Rise, now, in body or spirit, and join in
2 - “The King of love my shepherd is,” #170
in your hymnal.
from The New
Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United
States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
whose goodness and mercy follow us all of our days,
through bright passages and dark valleys,
we join our voices with your kingdom choir,
in praise and gratitude to you.
You open our eyes to the world around us,
as it is – both the grime and the glory.
You also open our eyes
to what you are in the process of bringing forth –
– your coming realm.
Forgive our confusion and fear when we falter in faith,
forgetting who we are and whose we are,
failing to recall what you have already done
through the cross and the empty tomb, and
allowing hope to slip through our fingers like sand.
Fill us this hour with your Spirit
that we might be encouraged to walk this week
with an Easter faith that lives out our “alleluia”
even when confronted by evil.
pray in the name of the lamb who was slain.
Responsive affirmation of faith
Leader: Jesus taught us to speak of hope as the coming of God's
ALL: We believe that God is at work in our world
turning hopeless and evil situations into good.
We believe that goodness and justice
will triumph in the end
and that tyranny and oppression cannot last forever.
One day all tears will be wiped away;
the lamb will lie down with the lion,
and justice will roll down like a mighty stream.
Leader: True peace and true reconciliation are not only
they are assured and guaranteed in Christ.
ALL: This is our faith.
This is our hope.
Hymnal, #711, South African creed,
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace,
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Have you ever heard of the name
Tabitha? How about the name
Dorcas? In two different languages, Hebrew and Greek, these
names mean “gazelle.” What is a gazelle? It’s a small antelope –
kind of like a deer. It can run very fast, 60 mph for a short
distance or 30 mph for long distances (which is 2 mph faster than
the fastest human has ever run). Gazelles are also appreciated for
their gracefulness. They are most commonly associated with female
beauty, which is why a woman might be named Tabitha/Dorcas.
In the Bible we find the story of a disciple of Jesus named
Tabitha/Dorcas. From now on I’ll refer to her as Tabitha.
She lived in a town called Joppa. Anyone ever heard of a
Joppatowne? Yes, some of you go to school, or have grandparents
who live in Joppatowne, Maryland. Well this was Joppa in Israel
where Tabitha lived. She was known as a kind and caring person.
She helped people. She made clothes for people, especially those
who couldn’t make clothes for themselves. I imagine she also gave
them food from her own table if they were hungry, things that
Jesus would want us all to do.
In the Bible story I’m remembering with you, Tabitha became ill
and died. The people she helped were very sad, not just because
she died, but also because they didn’t know how they were going to
live without her. In their despair they sent for the apostle
Peter, whom they heard was visiting a nearby town. When Peter
arrived, they took him to where she lay dead. As they were crying,
they showed him all the clothes that Tabitha had made for them.
How were they going to live without this woman, who was like a
shepherd to them? This gazelle of a girl guided them when they
were lost, showing them the way, speeding to their side when they
needed help. Tabitha was their leader, and now she was dead. What
would Peter do about that? Peter had known Jesus face-to-face
before Jesus left to be with God. Through their tears of grief,
these women were asking, what was God – what was Jesus going to do
Here is what Peter did. First, he asked all the crying women to
leave the room. Then he knelt down beside Tabitha and prayed.
That’s the first thing any of us should do when bad things happen
– pray! It doesn’t say how long he prayed, or even what he prayed.
He just prayed. Then he said to Tabitha, as if she were simply
asleep and needed to wake – he said, “Tabitha, get up.” … And, do
you know what? She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He
reached out his hand and helped her stand up. Then, together they
faced all those sad people, who were now no longer sad. They had
their shepherd back! I imagine they rejoiced for days, for just
like Jesus, Tabitha rose from death, and went on to continue the
work of Jesus in Joppa… Pray with me.
Thank you, Lord, for this story of a gazelle, a woman
disciple who was swift to help others, and did so
gracefully. Thank you for the gazelles, the many
grace-filled women disciples in this very room who
continue the work of Jesus, and are like shepherds to the
rest of us. Though they go by many wonderful names, thank
you for raising them up among us to serve you. Bless these
children, that they might themselves grow to become like
Tabitha. In your name we pray. Amen.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall
he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff,
Thou preparest a table before me
presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil,
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days
of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
from the Revised Standard Version.
Copyright 1946, 1952, 1959, 1973
by the Division of Christian Education of
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
reserved. Used by permission.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Gracious and loving God,
all of your
all that you have done for us,
testify to your love.
You gave everything
to bring us the promise of eternal life.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
may all that we do and all
that we are
testify to your amazing care and compassion.
gratitude and love,
we offer ourselves to you. Amen.
by Bill Hoppe,
© 2013 by them
Go now with your trust in the good shepherd,
and let us love, not just in words,
but in truth and action.
Believe in the name of Jesus Christ,
and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
And may God be at your side, even in valleys of death.
May Christ Jesus be the cornerstone of your life.
And may the Holy Spirit abide in you
....and tend you with love and mercy
all the days of your life.