Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 22, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
International Day of Prayer for Peace
all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and
bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each
(1 Timothy 2:1,
Contemporary English Version)
Beginning with Praise
"We are people of God’s
*Call to Worship
the beauty of the earth"
(choir sings verses, congregation joins
of all…” & vs. 4)
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance
pad and pass it on)
Word to prod us to care
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
Hymn "There is a balm in Gilead"
1 Timothy 2:1-7
prods toward peace
"God of Grace and God of Glory"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
You are invited to follow our lead and with
use your body to proclaim Psalm 113. Just do what
Please stand if you are able and let us enter worship
Praise the Lord!
(Arms outstretched, palms turned up)
servants of the Lord, praise his name!
(Arms reaching out to the congregation)
his name be praised now and for ever.
(Repeat outstretched arms, palms turned up)
the east to the west praise the name of the Lord!
(Point to the back of the sanctuary, then arc other arm to
Lord rules over all nations; his glory is above the heavens.
(Bend arms out to the sides in an expression of power)
is no one like the Lord our God.
(Point up with one hand)
lives in the heights above,
(Look up and reach your arms overhead)
bends down to see the heavens and the earth.
(Lean over to look down, moving your arms out to the side)
raises the poor from the dust;
(Still leaning over, cup your hands as if scooping up
lifts the needy from their misery
(Raise your cupped hands a little)
makes them companions of princes,
(Raise your cupped hands to shoulder height)
princes of his people.
(Open cupped hands and reach out to your sides as if
honours the childless wife in her home;
(Hold arms down at your sides)
makes her happy by giving her children.
(Rock a baby in your arms)
(Raise hands in traditional praise position)
from the Good News Translation®
(Today’s English Version, Second Edition)
Copyright © 1992
American Bible Society.
All rights reserved.
motions suggested by Carolyn C. Brown
Worshiping with Children.
Indeed, O Lord, beauty and glory and love and joy surround us, if
we but open our eyes to see, our minds to pay attention, and our
hearts to receive and respond in kind. Our gratitude for it all
cannot be contained in a song, but spills over into the rest of
our days – if we allow it to do so. Therein lies the rub, O God.
Too quickly we forget. Too easily we turn away from you as the
source of it all. Too mindlessly we grow self-absorbed. We thank
you for calling us back from our sin, which eventually causes us
to shrivel and die. You water us with your grace and lead us
toward your kingdom come, your will be done, here as in heaven.
Bless these moments of worship with a deeper awareness of your
presence through the Holy Spirit. May we hear what we need to
hear, both comfort and challenge. This we pray in the name of the
One who was your pure sacrifice of love. Amen.
A Gospel Story
Sarah Dylan Breuer made this suggestion, which we will adapt:
"I told the story using puppets, with one difference (not
original to me). I said at the beginning that I meant to
do a puppet show, but I'd forgotten the puppets, so I'd
need some extra help. I think I chose about five or six
volunteers -- one steward, and one landowner, and a couple
or a few farmers. I explained to them that they are the
puppets; when I press their back, they should drop their
jaws, and when I release their back, they should close
their mouths again. We practiced this a couple of times,
which the kids in the pews seemed to enjoy. Then I told
the story, with the same basic outline as what I gave in
the blog, only inserting much more dialogue (giving me an
opportunity to do a lot more back-pressing, which the kids
There was a very, very rich man who had a huge farm, but he didn't
like to work, so he got lots of other people to do all of the
planting and growing and picking crops and such. He hardly let the
farmers who did this work keep any of what they grew, though, so
the farmers were hungry and angry. He hired a manager to make sure
the farmers did their work, and to collect most of what they grew,
and the farmers were very angry at the manager too.
But the manager wasn't very good at his job, and he wasted a lot
of the landowner's money. The owner called the manager in, and
told him he was fired (LOTS of opportunity to insert dialogue
here!). And then the master went away to the city, where he liked
to lie around and visit with his friends. So the manager did
something very clever.
He called each of the farmers in, and he said, "how much did you
owe my master?" One said, "a million dollars." Another said, "ten
thousand dollars." Another said, "a thousand dollars." And the
manager took out his eraser, and he erased a bunch of the zeroes
on those bills. "Wow!" said the first farmer, "I only owe ten
thousand dollars now." "I only owe a hundred now," said the
second. "I only owe one dollar now," said the third. And the
manager said, "See how generous the landowner is? Make sure to
tell him how you feel when he comes back."
So a few weeks later, when the farmers heard that the landowner
was coming back, they were prepared. They and all of their
families were lined up all along the road to the farm, and they
were waving balloons and signs and throwing confetti and cheering
(lots of opportunity to run around pressing kids' backs here):
"Hooray for the landowner!
Hooray for the landowner!
Hooray for the landowner!"
Well the landowner didn't quite know why they were all cheering,
but he liked it a little too much to say anything right away. He
didn't find out until he got back to his farmhouse, where he saw
the manager. "What are YOU doing here?" he said, "I fired you!"
But the manager told the landowner exactly what he'd done.
Did the manager want to go back out and tell all of those cheering
farmers that they really owed him millions of dollars? No way! The
landowner liked all of the farmers cheering for him. So the
landowner gave the manager his job, and forgave the debts of those
So, if the landowner could forgive because he wanted everyone to
think he was as cool as they said he was, and if the steward could
forgive because he wanted to keep his job, don't we have much more
reason to forgive. since we know how much God loves us and
our Tithes and Offerings
Allow me to read just a bit further in Luke’s gospel, where Jesus
goes on to say:
as you return your offering. Ushers?
to prod us to care
With busy schedules, lengthy to-do lists, and troubles of our own,
it’s easy to put distance between ourselves and the problems that
other people face. After all, there’s only so much one person can
do, right? And yet, we’re
invited by God to bear one another’s burdens, as well as to truly
rejoice when good things happen in the lives of others. Well, to
help nudge us toward an attitude of real caring, let’s turn to a
passage from Jeremiah. In these words, the prophet gives voice to
his own heartache over the brokenness experienced by the people of
God, much of it self-inflicted. Yes, it had been his task to sound
out a warning over wrongdoing on their part, but within his role
as a prophet was also the job of passionately crying back to the
Lord with the people’s pain – what we sometimes call “intercessory
prayer”… Between our sharing and our praying, we’ll sing an old,
African-American spiritual that draws from the well of this
passage. Listen to Jeremiah:
Common English Bible)
written closer to the time (if not at the
and continue to offer prayers and
thanksgiving for everyone.
Be shrewd in dealing with the world
but do not be seduced into serving wealth.
for those who suffer
and share faith and truth with all.
And may God welcome you with love;
Christ Jesus give you knowledge of the truth;
And may the Holy
Spirit lead you into all godliness and dignity.