Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 8, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
wants to be my follower must love me far more than he does
his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or
sisters - yes, more than his own life - otherwise he
cannot be my disciple.”
(Luke 14:26, Living
Beginning with Praise
"I owe the Lord a morning song"
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
"I will sing of my Redeemer"
*Unison Opening Prayer
a personal letter
story for children
by Jo S. Kittinger
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
about what God is doing here, part 1
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
bulb there is a flower"
"I stand amazed in the
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
The Worship Leader (WL) speaks from
up front. Voices 1 and 2 read
from the sides of the sanctuary,
each with a hand-held microphone.
WL - We begin with a very intimate prayer,
the ancient words of Psalm 139. We will read them from the
Laughing Bird Version,
an Australian paraphrase. Let’s listen and be drawn toward the One
who knows us better than we know ourselves.
1 - You have taken a good hard look at me,
LORD, and you know exactly what makes me tick.
2 - You know when I’ve got my feet up and
when I’m on the job; you can read my mind like an open book.
1 - You see where I am going and where I
stop, and you know all about what I do and why.
2 - You know exactly what I am going to say,
LORD, even before I open my mouth.
1 - You are in front of me, behind me, beside
me; your hand on my shoulder at every turn.
2 - All this is more than I can get my head
around; I pinch myself, and struggle to take it in.
1 - It was you who put me together, every
part of me; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
2 - I sing your praises, LORD, for the way
you have made me fills me with awe.
1 - Your creative works blow my mind; too
wonderful for words.
2 - You could see me clearly before I was
born; you watched me taking shape in the secret depths and laid
out the intricacies
of nerve and
1 - You kept your eye on me from conception
to birth. My life lay before you like an open book before I had
even lived a day.
2 - Your thoughts are way beyond my grasp,
God, and they add up to more than I can count.
1 - Deeper than the oceans, outnumbering the
grains of sand;
2 - I give up trying, but you are with me
just the same.
WL - Rise in body or spirit and let us sing
of our Redeemer, #344 in your hymnal.
you know all about me -
you know how I feel, when I'm happy or sad;
you know what I say, when I'm kind or rude;
you know what I do, when I'm good or bad.
God, for knowing all about me
and still loving me.
365 Children's Prayers,
written and compiled by Carol Watson,
copyright © 1989 Lion Publishing
A story for
This book by
Jo S. Kittinger tells the story of a bus and its passengers
who changed history. Like all buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the
1950s, bus #2857 was segregated: white passengers sat in the front
and black passengers sat in the back. Bus #2857 was an ordinary
public bus until a woman named Rosa Parks, who had just put in a
long day as a seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white
passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major
event in the Civil Rights moment, led by a young minister named
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 382 days, black passengers chose
to walk rather than ride the buses in Montgomery. Meanwhile,
lawyers battled in court to challenge segregation laws. From the
streets of Montgomery to its present home in the Henry Ford
Museum, here is the story of a bus and the passengers who changed
our Tithes and Offerings
Was it courage, or just plain exhaustion, that led Rosa Parks to
do what she did? A simple act, however, changed the world. As
Andy Murray once put it, “one
person at a time does it all.” Remember that as you return
your offering just now. We’re all on the same bus, you know.
Curious about what God is doing here,
This morning, and for the next three Sundays, your church board
will share with you a bit of what we are seeing God doing here in
the Valley. Are you curious? Curious enough to join in? For us, it
started with a four hour retreat on the first Saturday of August,
led by our friend and denominational consultant, Stan Dueck. After
pondering some scriptures, we went to work listing what we saw as
different about our church lately. This is what we came up with:
We seem to be more flexible.
There is an increased
openness to new ideas and new people. We seem to have more
energy. We find we can
speak up and be
noticed, instead of being ingrown. We’re making more
connections within our neighborhood, with a new sense of
community. We are
reaching out past our comfort zones. We are growing in the desire,
if not the ability, to
identify and use the talents God provides.
From this list, Stan helped us lift up three themes we see
emerging. You will hear more about each of these in the coming
Guidance. Now, instead of pigeonholing these three themes into the
three commissions of our board, he had us divide up by which one
interested each of us most. The three groups were each given a
page of newsprint and told to fold it down the middle. On the left
side, we were to answer this question: “What can we do to build
upon this theme?” Based upon this more general question, we were
then asked, “What can we do to implement this in our
congregation?” with our more specific answers to be listed on the
right side of the page.
Well now, I’ve set the stage for others to follow this
month. Are you curious to hear more? Are you curious enough to -
as you hear God calling - step into this vision we see emerging,
and perhaps respond with your own, “Here I am, Lord, send me”? We
Lord God, who gave us minds to think, bodies to act, and a will to
do both, we ask your blessing this day upon the task of growing
disciples. May our Sunday School teachers this new year fulfill
their calling with a pound of thoughtful preparation, a flourish
of creativity, plenty of devotion, and a willingness to move with
both your Spirit and the hearts and minds of those with whom they
share. May the rest of us have the grace to pay attention, the
courage to participate, and an openness to become more than what
we currently are. Guide our imaginations to behold ever more ways
of digging deeper and expanding wider the call of Jesus to make
disciples, from Bible studies, prayer groups, and other efforts
within our fellowship, to the multitude of creative ways through
which we may reach out beyond our comfort zones.
You have heard our sharing, and been present in this gathering of
more than two in Jesus’ name. We trust in your promise to address
the needs we have spoken, as well as what we have left unsaid.
Comfort those who grieve. Heal those who feel broken. Help those
who struggle. Free those who are bound. May your blessings
overflow this vessel and expand outward like ripples in a pond,
going beyond what we ask.
We join our prayers with others worldwide asking for peace and
justice in Syria. May our leaders do what is right, mindful that
violence only begets violence, with many unintended consequences.
Help them to make decisions based not on political gain or
ideological purity, but on the will of the people. We are mindful
of the awful act of gassing civilians that brings our world to
another decision point. We know that there are no simple answers,
and that justice is needed. Challenge all world leaders to stop
enabling evil to thrive, and start acting for the good of all
people. Specifically, plague the conscience of the President of
Syria, to do what is right for all his citizens. As followers of
Jesus we end with his prayer, which challenges us all at every
turn of phrase:
Our Father, who art…
Go now to live and share your faith with all.
Love Christ more than even family or friends,
and, in Christ,
love all God’s people.
Do not cling to possessions,
take up your cross and follow Jesus.
And may God shape you in the ways of love and
May Christ Jesus refresh your heart;
And may the
Holy Spirit surround you with grace and peace.