Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 10, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head
high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether
in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus
himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and
surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence,
put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven
Thessalonians 2:15-17 from
Beginning with Praise
hope is built on nothing less" 343
Call to Worship
"This is the threefold
*Litany of Hope
(back of bulletin)
Peace Bell" by
thou my vision"
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"
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2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
on the ground and head high
firm a foundation"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
We gather as a people of God, drawn together in faith. We
recognize our individuality as we celebrate our oneness in
Christ. As different as we are, we rejoice in good hope
together. Even when our faith is but a crevice in the complexity
of life’s journey, the goodness of hope nurtures us. As our
faith receives nourishment here in this place, may we blossom in
the strength of every good work and word, through our Lord Jesus
Christ and God our Father.
Morgantown, West Virginia
Litany of Hope
Leader: As we open our
lives to your power, O God, may we recognize the joy and peace you
People: May the goodness of hope guide our worship.
Leader: As we strive to
serve the world you have made, O God, may we be strengthened in
People: May the goodness of hope guide our service.
Leader: Help us, O God, to
remember those in need, that they will not be forgotten.
People: May the goodness of hope drive our
Leader: O God, may our
discipleship be lifted to new heights, as we refine the Christlike
patterns of our lives.
People: May the goodness of hope reflect Jesus
Christ in us.
Leader: As we pray as one
people, O God, empower us to be a living church.
May the goodness of hope give us strength and comfort as
people of faith.
Morgantown, West Virginia
We turn now to the prophet Haggai, who spoke God’s Word to the
people of Jerusalem who have returned home after many years of
exile in Babylon. “Pay attention to rebuilding your spiritual
dwelling, the Temple,” was his cry to folks who were just trying
to get by, putting a roof over their own heads, depressed by the
shape their once glorious city was in. Haggai’s message, then and
now, is one of hope and encouragement from the Lord. Listen.
Recommending this book in
Storypath (a great resource!), Noell Rathbun-Cook writes, In
Haggai, "we encounter God speaking words of consolation to the
exiles who have returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. In
her commentary on this text,
Wil Gafney comments that while the people believe their
efforts do not live up to those of their ancestors, 'God is
satisfied with their best efforts… Perhaps most importantly, God
is with them, temple or no temple. God is with them and God has
been with them… And in the days to come, God’s presence will be
marked by not mere prosperity as it is translated in the NRSV, but
shalom – peace, well-being, security, wholeness, and restoration.'
The Peace Bell serves as an example of the shalom
described by Gafney. After being silenced and lost through the
war, the bell is eventually returned to its home. In being rung
again, 'it sang of the hope for peace in the hearts of people all
over the world.'"
written closer to the time (if not at the
Shifting to the Gospel of Luke to hear a word
from Jesus, we find him being asked a question by some religious
bigwigs who really didn’t care about his answer. They were setting
a trap for him, using the Law of Moses as bait. Listen: (pause)
Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any
possibility of resurrection. They asked,
2 - “Teacher, Moses wrote us
that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is
obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child. Well,
there once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died
childless. The second married her and died, then the third, and
eventually all seven had their turn, but no child. After all that,
the wife died. That wife, now—in the resurrection whose wife is
she? All seven married her.”
1 - Jesus said,
2 - “Marriage is a major
preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the
resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage
nor, of course, with death. They will have better things to think
about, if you can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then
will be with God. Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the
burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of
Jacob!’ God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him
all are alive.”
scripture text from The
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The question Jesus was asked involved an important part of the Law
of Moses, that we bear responsibility for one another. The wife of
a brother who dies needs to be taken care of, and not left to die
hungry and poor. All through the Bible we find the admonition to
care for widows, and children, and the poor, and all who live on
the margins of existence. We are to be responsible now for their
welfare. They should not be used as bait. As we do so, we remember
what Jesus said:
"You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all,
God’s kingdom is there for the finding.
You’re blessed when you’re ravenously hungry.
Then you’re ready for the Messianic meal.
You’re blessed when the tears flow freely.
Joy comes with the morning."
(Luke 6:20-21 from
That’s true now, and in the life to come.
Ushers, please assist us in this moment of responsibility, as we
return our tithes and offerings.
May our Lord
Jesus Christ himself
and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and
encourage your hearts and
strengthen you in every good deed
Thessalonians 2:16-17, from the New International Version®,
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