Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 26, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not
only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
Beginning with Praise
“Jesus Christ, God’s only Son”
“Hymn of Praise”
*Call to Worship
mighty fortress is our God”
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
from the Law of God
Remembering the Commandments
Words from Jesus
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
Master, let me walk with thee”
Words from Paul
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
“What is the gospel according to you?” (didn't
speak to me”
“A Mighty Fortress”
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
God has been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were raised up,
before the universe was even formed,
God has been there for us.
So let us live in him,
rooted and established in the faith of Christ,
and abounding in thanksgiving.
Love God, love your neighbour.
All the laws of Moses,
and all the teaching of the prophets,
hang on these two commandments.
May the love of God be upon us,
establishing whatever is loving in the work of our hands.
Yes, let God establish all that is loving in the work of our
by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia,
Resources: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary
Every generation has found
its home in you,
God our provider,
and discovered that every moment
spent in your holy presence
lasts beyond all imaginable time.
You watch over us in the night,
cradling us in your arms
as tenderly as a nurse
cares for her children,
and her neighbor's.
Full of wisdom,
Imagination of Creation,
you humbled yourself
that we might learn
to love those
who have been swept aside
by a callous and cruel world.
Witness to God's grace,
you call us to act
in ways of love of peace
to all we meet in this life.
In the fresh breeze
on a summer's day;
in the leaves dancing
across autumn's lawns;
in the crisp, new snowfall
crunching beneath our feet;
in the new life
flowering in the spring:
from everlasting to everlasting
you proclaim God's grace to us,
Spirit of Life.
God in Community, Holy in One,
continue to be the dwelling place
of our minds, our hearts, our souls,
even as we pray as we have been taught,
(The Lord's Prayer)
Thom M. Shuman
just finished an interim assignment at
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
our Tithes and Offerings
We turn to the first Psalm in the Prayer and Songbook of the
Bible, and listen to the wisdom found here. May the words
elicit an echo from the depths of our being… (pause)
The Bible paraphrase from which I just read originated “down
under” in Australia, where the season of spring now clothes the
land. To hear the wisdom of God spoken with that different accent,
and with images a bit foreign to our experience, can open us to
the Holy Wind of God blowing across our own lives.
||Are we listening to God or to
Are we choosing the easiest path,
or the one that leads toward what is right?
Do we sit
back and make fun of what is good,
or do we get up and work for goodness’ sake?
Do we take
the time to read God’s Word,
even if we don’t understand it at first glance,
or do we only revere a book we never open?
Such questions flow from wisdom. With them, the Holy One blows
through our lives, and like seeds we land beside the river and
grow deep and flourish. As the plates are passed, and our offering
returned to the Giver, ponder the questions, and pray your own
prayer of dedication.
Remembering the Commandments
(follows reading of
Those were good words from the Law of God. When we think of God’s
Law, also known as the Torah, ten special words or commandments
come to mind. This morning, let’s see how many of these ten
commandments we can remember (no fair looking them up). I’m going
to need some children to come forward and help with this, but I’m
also going to need adults to assist with your memories and with
Maybe you’ve noticed that there are post-it notes on the walls
surrounding us, each with a number from 1 to 10. This is where we
will place the commandments we’ve remembered, so that they will be
all around us for the rest of this worship service. Putting them
up is where I’ll need adults to stand and help the children.
On one side of the sanctuary
(point) we will put the commandments that specifically talk
about our relationship with God. On the other side of the
sanctuary (point) we
will put the commandments that specifically talk about our
relationship with each other. As we remember each one (and we may
not remember them in any particular order), we’ll decide whether
that commandment is about our relationship with God or our
relationship with each other. Do you understand what we’re about
Okay, I have a pile of commandments in my hand. Let’s see which
one we remember first. (Encourage folks in the pews to shout a commandment. Choose one at a
time. God through the pile and pick out the poster with that
commandment – in simple form below – on it. Then ask the children
to decide whether it is about our relationship with God or our
relationship with each other. Then send some of the children with
the poster to the numbered spot on the wall that corresponds and,
with the help of a nearby adult, put it up into the sticky clips
already in place.)
1. Worship no god but me.
2. Don’t make
Do not use my name for evil purposes.
4. Keep Sabbath holy.
your father & mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Be loyal
to your family.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not tell lies about others.
10. Do not be
jealous of other people’s stuff.
(I cut 5 large poster boards of different colors in half
and shaped 2 corners of each so that it might look like a
Thank you for helping us to remember God’s commandments this
morning and to surround us with them. That is what the Torah,
God’s Law, was meant to do – to encircle and protect God’s people.
Thank you, God!
(As the children return to their seats, 2 adults come
forward to the sides of the sanctuary and prepare to lift
up and place a stand at the appropriate moment in the
scripture reading. To one is taped a poster which reads,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul, and with all your mind.” The other bears these
words: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” They return to
their seat after the reading.)
We turn now to the Gospel according to Matthew to hear some good
news words from Jesus. In the accounts of both Matthew and Mark,
these words came in answer to the last of three questions asked by
the religious authorities who were trying to trap Jesus in a
the seed for this
by Carolyn Brown in her blog,
Worshiping With Children
(a great resource!)
written closer to the time (if not at the
Go now, with courage in our God.
the message of the gospel
which God has entrusted to us,
and in wholehearted love for God and for others,
share not only
the message, but your very selves.
And may God be your haven;
Jesus lead you into love - heart, soul and mind;
And may the
Holy Spirit bless the work of your hands
and gladden all
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