Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 29, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Summer in Spirit 11:10am
“This is a large work I’ve called you into,
but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small.
Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for
instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes
you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”
(Matthew 10:42 from
Beginning with Praise
“God, who touches earth”
“God, Who Touchest Earth With Beauty”
Call to Worship
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
“With happy voices singing”
with our Tithes and Offerings
“Chorale: O God, Thou Holy God”
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
(in various translations)
Children “Welcome to our Home”
“O let all who thirst”
(come forward and receive a drink from a
our stories (joys, concerns, testimonies)
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
Spirit, dwell with me”
Spirit, dwell with me”
“Best to start small” (mp3)
“Go, my children”
“Postlude in C
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Laughing Bird Version
1 - LORD, we will never stop singing about
your rock-solid love;
we will transmit the story of your faithfulness
on down to every generation to come.
2 - Your love and loyalty were built to last
we’ll go public with that message.
Your faithfulness is beyond measure;
as infinite as the sky above us.
1 - You said,
“I have formed an alliance with my chosen leader;
I have given my word to David, my servant.
I have guaranteed a firm foundation for his family forever;
there will always be one of his descendants on the throne.”
2 - We are on cloud nine
when we are celebrating in your presence, LORD.
We all know what to do and say,
and we bask in the light of your favor.
1 - Every mention of your name
has us bursting with enthusiasm from dawn till dusk,
and we tell the stories over and over
of how you have done the right thing by everyone.
2 - Whatever glory and strength we have comes
Because you have been good to us, our power has grown
Our safety and security are in your hands, LORD;
you are our one and only, the ruler of Israel.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton
We welcome you, O Lord,
to this house of worship,
this home of many hearts,
fellowship made real in Christ.
You stand and knock at our
and we open it to you.
We do so with a bit of fear,
for you are holy and we are not.
Forgive us, and enter in.
Sit beside us as our guest.
Enter, and dwell within through your Spirit.
Empower this hour with your presence.
Nudge us beyond ourselves,
that we might be propelled toward your Kingdom.
May we leave refreshed and renewed
to follow where you lead.
This we pray, in the
name of the One
who says, “Come…” Amen
1 - God’s
Invitation from the mouth of the prophet Isaiah
2 - Let those
who have ears, hear.
1 - “Come,
all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
2 - and
you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
1 - Come,
buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 - Why
spend money on what is not bread?
1 - Why
spend your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
adapted from the
New International Version®,
1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica,
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
with our Tithes and Offerings
1 - God’s invitation runs counter to what we
2 - Imagine this invitation being broadcast
after every commercial we see on television.
1 - Would we keep lovin’ a fast food joint?
2 - Would an automobile really speak “love”
1 - Compared to this free offer, would we
still be enticed to “just do it” and spend a fortune on a pair of
2 - Who would pay for these words to be
broadcast, since they run counter to everything upon which a
thriving economy works?
1 - The truth is, that’s the job of the body
2 - No, we don’t beat people over the head
with a message to stop shopping.
1 - We just share God’s invitation to spend
our lives on something better, more satisfying,
2 - something that lasts longer than planned
obsolescence. Jesus repeated this call:
1 - “Don’t
store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” he encouraged.
2 - “Moths
and rust there consume what thieves don’t break in and steal.
Instead, invest your treasures in heaven.
2 - In
heaven, moths, rust, and thieves cannot do their worst.”
1 - Then, Jesus went on to say,
2 - “where
your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
1 - Who pays for this message to be shared,
in word and deed?
2 - You do, through your offerings and your
1 - Ushers, please come and receive what we
have to give.
1 - It helps to hear encouragement repeated.
With that in mind, the following is the first 2 verses of Hebrews,
chapter 13, read from various translations and paraphrases.
2 - “Let
mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to
strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without
1 - “See
to it that love continues to run both ways in all your dealings
with one another. Don’t limit your hospitality to your friends.
Some people who have welcomed strangers into their homes were
actually opening their doors to God’s messengers without realizing
2 - “Keep
being concerned about each other as the Lord’s followers should.
Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some
people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.”
1 - “Let
love continue among you. Don’t forget to extend your hospitality
to all—even to strangers—for as you know, some have unknowingly
shown kindness to heavenly messengers in this way.”
2 - “Stay
on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready
with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended
hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!”
Revised Standard Version
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
Used by permission. All rights reserved
(b) from the
Laughing Bird version
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
(c) from the Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by American
The Voice Bible
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The Voice™ translation
© 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society
All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Used by permission of
NavPress Publishing Group
to our Home”
Objects: pitchers of ice water on a cart,
along with paper cups, covered by something – thus out of sight
Let’s say that someone is coming to your home. You don’t know who
they are yet, but you’ve been told that they are very special.
Let’s say you want them to feel very welcome in your home. Tell
me, what would you do to help them feel welcome, like your home
was now their home?
(converse at length, every idea positively received)
Okay, now let’s say it is a very hot day, and this person has had
to walk a long way, out in the sun, to get here. I suppose they
would be tired, but I think they might also be very
…(try to get the children to
say this)… thirsty. What would you do to help them? Give them
something to drink? Something cold. Like what?
(respond positively or even
laugh – “a beer?” – with them over some of the possibilities they
might come up with) You know, if I was really hot and thirsty,
I would probably like a cup of cold water. That would quench my
Now, look out at all these people in this room. Today, they are
your guests and this is your home. And I brought some ice water
and cups. How about if we invite them to come forward and get some
water from you. You can give them a cup and pour from these
pictures. Maybe give them a hug and tell them “Welcome to our
While you do that, I’ll sing a
song. Let’s do it.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Yes, it is a large work
into which we have been called by Jesus.
Don’t be overwhelmed by it.
Instead, let your cup be filled,
for God is already ahead of you
to provide what you need along the way.
Remember, it’s best to start small.