Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 25, 2015
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
you believe because I told you that I saw you under the
fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”
Beginning with Praise
*Where we begin
“Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing”
*Opening ourselves in prayer
knowledge of us, continued
Psalm 139:13-18 (CEV)
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
“I heard the voice of Jesus say”
calls a child
1 Samuel 3:1-10
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
*Songs of Response
“I have decided to follow Jesus”
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
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Where we begin
You have looked deep into our hearts, Lord, and you know all about
You know when we are resting, or when we are working, and from
heaven you discover our thoughts.
You notice everything we do and everywhere we go.
Before we even speak a word, you know what we will say,
and with your powerful arm you protect us from every side.
We can’t understand all of this! Such wonderful knowledge is far
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ourselves in prayer
Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Our prayers
are in your heart even before they are on our lips. And yet we
must utter our prayers. We must proclaim our praise of you and all
your wondrous creation. Your love surrounds us and you have
promised to be with us always. You know our hearts’ desire to
serve you. We pray that you will keep us true to that desire. And
so we utter our prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Worship Elements: January 18, 2015
O God, who truly sees, it is comforting that you know us so well.
The thought of it, however, is also a bit formidable. Coming to
you in prayer does not depend upon our ability with words, for you
are aware of what lies upon our hearts and minds before we even
begin our pondering, let alone arrive at our conclusions. You
provide a sense of peace in the middle of the muddle, a calm and
rest amid the struggle to know what is right and then to act upon
it. Your yoke is easy, your burden is light, for you
uphold and carry us along the way.
And yet, God most high, since you know us so well, you are also
aware of how far we fall from the mark. You know our potential,
and must be so disappointed at not only our outcomes, but also our
meagre effort. Forgive us our sins, whether they be what we have
actually done or what we have failed to do. Our silence in the
face of evil speaks loud and clear. “Let all who are thirsty come
to me and drink,” you welcome. “From within shall flow rivers of
living water,” you promise (John 7:37-38), streams of justice and righteousness
Light of the world (John 8:12),
whose word is a lamp to stumbling feet
whose rod and staff guide and strengthen through many a dark
valley (Psalm 23:4), you
have heard our concern for brothers and sisters both known by name
or known only by a cry of the heart. Help all to see a path in the
wilderness. Provide a way through present difficulty. Nourish them
and us with daily bread, both physical and spiritual. And call by
name those who can be your light and do your work. Perhaps that
name will be our own. Give us ears to hear more clearly and eyes
to see more nearly, as well as hearts to love more dearly day by
This we pray, empowered by your Spirit, in the name of the One
whom you sent as deliverer, Jesus the Christ, your Son. Amen
our Tithes and Offerings
There is, of course, more to this story of the calling of Samuel.
You may recall that it was a mother’s longing and sacrifice which
helped bring this boy to this very moment. There was also
corruption involved. The sons of Eli had been pilfering the
offerings of the people for their own gain. What God told Samuel,
when this boy finally said, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to
listen,” were tough words – for things were soon to change in ways
that were difficult to swallow.
There is more to our story, as well. Much of it has yet to
be written down. Like Hannah, Samuel’s mother, we may have dreams
for the future of our offspring, for which we are willing to give
up a great deal. Like Eli, we may be slow to understand that God
is telling us something, even in our darkness – a message we may
or may not want to hear, but are willing to receive. Like Samuel,
we may simply need to realize that God is speaking to us, and open
ourselves to listen.
Ponder this as you return your offering of thanksgiving. By
the end of the offertory, pray (with your own words) what Eli
instructed young Samuel to say, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to
Ushers, please guide our
The One who knows us better than we know
calls us to step out and follow Jesus.
is the invitation as we leave behind our comfortable
“You will see greater things,”
is the promise as we
head out into the world this week.
Go in peace.