Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 27, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and
the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good
fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
(2 Timothy 4:6-18, NIV)
Beginning with Praise
of ages, cleft for me"
"How Lovely are Thy Dwellings"
*Call to Worship
"How lovely is your dwelling"
(read, not sung, as directed – the
words are from Psalm 84)
am thine, O Lord"
Hymn) Come to Jesus"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Spirit of the living God"
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
"Guide my feet"
2 Timothy 4:6-18
to the finish
"For all the saints"
Day of Rest and Gladness"
modern Psalmist 1839
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
O God who dwells with us,
whose Spirit is a constant,
whose Son promised to be with us always,
to the end of the age,
draw us toward your home.
In these all-too-brief moments
consecrate us for the living of these days.
This we pray
in the name of the One
who leads us to your dwelling:
Christ Jesus. Amen.
|Jesus told another parable—this one addressed to
people who were confident in their self-righteousness and
looked down on other people with disgust.
[As Jesus speaks from the lectern, the Pharisee and
the Tax Collector walk down the outside aisles of the
the Pharisee on the organ side, the
Tax Collector on the piano side. the Pharisee walks
all full of himself,
with his nose high (looking down
on everyone else). the Tax Collector, on the other hand,
walks as if half expecting
someone to tell him he
doesn’t belong. While the Pharisee boldly proceeds
to the top step next to the pulpit,
the Tax Collector
stops at the corner, just inside the post. Jesus times her
reading so that she is done
by the time the Pharisee
is at the top of the steps.]
|Imagine two men walking up a road, going to the temple
to pray. One of them is a Pharisee and the other is a
despised tax collector. Once inside the temple, the
Pharisee stands up and prays this prayer in honor of
|“God, how I thank You that I am not on the same level
as other people—crooks, cheaters, the sexually
immoral—like this tax collector over there.
(cast a haughty
glance toward Steve, who stands looking down) Just
look at me! I fast not once but twice a week, and I
faithfully pay my tithes on every penny of income.”
|Over in the corner, the tax collector begins to pray,
but he won’t even lift his eyes to heaven. He pounds on
his chest in sorrow and says,
|“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”
|Now imagine these two men walking back down the road
to their homes. Listen, it’s the tax collector who walks
home clean before God, and not the Pharisee, because
whoever lifts himself up will be put down and whoever
takes a humble place will be lifted up.
(pause to indicate the
scripture is concluded, then the Pharisee and
Collector move to the center aisle and stand side by side)
||Please turn in your hymnal to #690,
that we might take this gospel to take the gospel to
shuffling of the pages ends, indicating all are ready,
The Voice Bible
Copyright © 2012
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The Voice™ translation © 2012
Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.
(based upon Psalm
Leader: Have mercy on us, O God,
(read by the Worship Leader from
Gospel reading above)
according to your unfailing love;
People: Blot out all our transgressions,
according to your great compassion;
Leader: Wash away all our iniquities
(read by the Pharisee)
and cleanse us from our sin.
People: For we know our transgressions,
and our sin is always before us.
Leader: We have sinned against you
(read by the Tax Collector)
and have done what is evil in your sight.
ALL: as sacrifice we bring our broken and
(pause for silence)
Leader: God will create in each of us a pure
(read by Jesus)
God will not take the Holy Spirit from us.
God will restore to us the joy of salvation
and grant us willing spirits to sustain us.
ALL: Praise to the God of mercy who loves
and forgives us.
©1988, Ruth A. Yoder
26175 Woodridge Dr., Elkhart, IN 46517.
Are any among you suffering?
Are any cheerful?
should sing songs of praise.
Are any among you sick?
should call for the elders of the church
have them pray over them,
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will save the sick,
Lord will raise them up;
and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins
to one another,
and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.
prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
scripture text from
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
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
We have anointed a sister for her journey toward health and
wholeness, and have prayed for those mentioned in our joys and
concerns who walk similar paths. Brothers and sisters, we are all
pilgrims and sojourners as we follow Jesus toward the Kingdom of
God. Along the way, we share what we have, and seek to release the
grip our possessions have upon us, thus lightening the load we
carry. With that in mind, let us return our tithes and offerings
to God, who provides all that we need for the journey ahead.
Ushers? Please lead us.
Indeed, you guide our feet, which have brought us to this place
and moment, O Lord. Bless our sharing from the wealth you have
provided. May we grow in wisdom as we put it to further use. In
the rest of this worship, as well as in the learning time that
follows, open us to your Word, that we might not only hear but
also live out what, through it, you call us to do and be in the
days ahead. Dwell in the words spoken, in the silences between the
lines, in the pondering of hearts and minds, and in the feet that
take us back out into the world in which we live. Grow us.
Challenge us. Send us. Amen.
the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(from Romans 15:13)