Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 12, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
“Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent
that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and
immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s
chains were unfastened.”
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "God
we praise you for the women"
Call to Worship
"Praise, I will
praise you, Lord"
"I shall wear
Litany for Mother’s Day
we praise you for the women"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
doors, Open hearts" (mp3)
*Hymn "Joy in the Lord"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
(based upon Psalm 97)
Leader: The Lord reigns, let the whole
earth be glad!
Children: Whether you are neighbors or live
far away - rejoice!
All: For the Lord our God is awesome
Leader: The heavens declare the righteousness of God
Children: Look at the stars, and remember God
All: Be glad in the Lord, and give
Rev Mary-Jane Konings
Timaru (NZ) Presbyterian Church
(based upon Revelation 22:12-14,
Lord God, you are our alpha and omega,
our beginning and our end,
we have, indeed, gathered
to tell the wonders of your ways, and
to glorify your name.
You are the source of all our joy!
May we be blessed this hour
with a deeper awareness of your presence,
listening with all our heart, soul, and mind
for your call to come and drink
from the water of life.
We hunger and thirst for your word,
And in this moment we invite you into our lives.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
shall wear purple"
Jenny Joseph is a poet who grew up in England. When I was six
years old (1961), she wrote
a poem to which she gave the title, “Warning.” It begins with
these two lines:
When I am an old woman I shall
with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit
I think she may have been about your mother’s
age when she wrote those words. Can you imagine an old woman
wearing a purple dress and a red hat? Some women like this poem so
much that when they get together, they wear red hats, calling
themselves the “Red
Hat Society.” They are quite colorful ladies!
I thought of this poem as I listened to the Bible story we just
read. In it, a woman named Lydia welcomed the apostle Paul and
some other followers of Jesus into her home. She lived in a city
called Philippi, but that wasn’t her home town. She may have been
somebody’s mother, I don’t know. The Bible doesn’t say. It does
say that she had people living with her in her household – maybe
children, maybe not. The Bible does mention something else,
however. She was a businesswoman. She sold fabric, but not just
any kid of cloth. Her fabric was “purple.” That’s what it says.
Now you know why I thought of this poem.
Lydia was a colorful lady. She didn’t have to wait until she was
old to wear purple. And you know what? I think that when she
opened her heart and eagerly listened to what Paul had to say
about Jesus, and she responded to his message by being baptized,
along with everyone else in her house, she became even more
colorful! I’m guessing that she went on to become a key leader in
the church that started in Philippi. Paul later wrote a letter to
them, which we have in our Bible. One word sticks out in this
letter, and seems to fit the folks in that church, and especially
Lydia. The word is “joy.” It’s a colorful word for colorful
Now, to both help us remember Lydia, and to honor all the women in
our church, we’re going to give to them some bookmarks. What color
do you think they are? That’s right – purple. Okay. How about you
also give a hug when you give them a bookmark? Go to it!
for Mother’s Day
Leader: Mothers come in many different forms,
and today we celebrate them all!
Thank God for mothers!
Leader: Everyone here is either a son or a
Thank God for my mother!
Leader: For those women who have joined God
in Heaven and whom we miss dearly here on earth.
Thank God for the mothers of the past.
Leader: For every woman who is working day
and night to raise her children right now.
Thank God for the mothers of today.
Leader: For all the women who are expecting,
but aren't quite mothers yet!
Thank God for the soon-to-be-mothers.
Leader: For the women who took in others'
children through adoption and foster care.
All: Thank God for the mothers with
hearts so big.
Leader: For those women who have lost a child
to death and must carry on.
Thank God for the mothers who are so strong.
Leader: For all the women who have
desperately wanted to have children of their own, but chose
instead to mother everyone else.
Thank God for the mothers in spirit.
We thank you, Lord, for the women who have influenced our lives in
so many ways. We pray that we will honor them in everything we do.
Copyright © 2003,
2007 Peggy Emerson.
Published by The General Board of
Used with permission.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings)
An interesting story, to be sure… Of course, in this day and age,
we would never think of taking advantage of some person’s gift
(like this young woman’s) for our own financial gain, would we?
And we certainly would never treat foreigners in such an unseemly
manner, convicting and punishing them in the court of public
opinion before all the facts are in, even if – as it turned out
later – they were really helping someone. We’re more civilized
than that today!… Or are we? … Sometimes, the more things change,
the more they stay the same.
Okay, enough of Philippi for now. How about the folks here – I
mean us. This moment in worship is not simply an excuse to collect
the money we need to run the church. Yes, it about that and how we
all need to do our part to meet our financial obligations.
However, this pause in talking while the organ plays provides an
opportunity for self-examination. Spending money, or even
refraining from spending money, throughout the day can be a
mindless matter. Is our cash in control of us, or are we wisely
using it for something good and right? Are our possessions masters
over us, enslaving us, or are we free to be good stewards of what
we have received from God?
That’s a huge question, if not for the ability to break it down to
just the last week. How did I do in this regard during the last
seven days, God? If not so well, then forgive me, and help me to
grow wiser in the coming week. Guide me not to mindlessly take
advantage of others, Lord, and instill in me a spirit of
hospitality toward persons I don’t yet know… Such could, perhaps,
be your own prayer, as you return your tithes and offerings just
In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, after his
encouragement to fully step into the joy of the Lord – words I
tried to put into music in
the song we just
sang, Paul then blesses them with what follows. May his
benediction to them send us forth into this week.
whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is pleasing,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence and
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing the things
that you have learned
and seen in me,
and the God of peace will be with you.