Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 17, 2016
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Second Sunday of
“For as a
young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the
so shall your God rejoice over you.”
Beginning with Praise
*Call to Worship
*Song of Praise
Ted & Co.
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
you have come to the lakeshore”
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joyful, we adore thee”
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
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One: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends
to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Right: your judgments are like the great
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
One: How precious is your steadfast love, O
God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
Right: and you give them drink from the river
of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Revised Standard Version
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With you, Enduring Joy,
we find our refuge.
In the shelter of your compassion,
we are made whole;
in the abundance of your grace,
we are fed;
in the depths of your living waters,
we are transfigured into new people.
With you, Revealer of Glory,
we are filled to the brim.
Our lips cannot contain your praise;
our hearts overflow with your spirit;
our lives are poured out
With you, Activating Spirit,
we find our common life
in this community of faith.
United by a common confession,
we take our uncommon gifts
and share them
in serving all people.
Same in love, same in grace,
Community, Holy in One,
hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us,
Our Father . . .
Thom M. Shuman
transitional pastor at
Galloway Presbyterian Church
On this second Sunday of the season of Epiphany, we shift from
last week’s gospel story of the baptism of Jesus to this week’s
account of a wedding in Cana of Galilee.
Found only in John’s gospel, this story appears early on in
Jesus’ ministry. He has already called his disciples, and their
first outing together is to a ceremony uniting a husband and wife.
Of course, who would leave before the celebration that follows a
wedding? It’s at this feast that Jesus is prodded into a miracle
by his mother. Listen.
Let’s pause and try to envision this happening through the eyes of
two of the disciples: Andrew and his math-challenged brother,
Peter – men who laid down their fishing nets to follow Jesus. At
this point they are still trying to figure out where Jesus is
leading them, and why…
Fish Eyes video
written closer to the time (if not at the
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Who doesn’t come to a wedding without a gift? On important
occasions, we bring gifts. The season of Epiphany began with the
story of those wise men, who traveled from afar to celebrate the
birth of Jesus. They didn’t arrive empty-handed. They brought
gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Perhaps you’ve heard the
joke that had the Magi been women, they would have asked
directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the
stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts. Of course,
the wise men in the Bible did ask directions of King Herod - big
mistake which God corrected in a dream. But that’s a story for
On this day, since the thread woven through the scriptures to
which we are paying attention this morning involves the uniting of
husband and wife, we might ask, “what gift are we bringing to this
celebration?” That’s a good question. One place we might turn for
an answer is the twelfth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the
Corinthians, a chapter we will revisit next Sunday, followed the
week thereafter by the well-know 1 Corinthians 13. Note that in
the eleventh chapter, Paul wrote about another special occasion,
communion, which the folks in that church were royally messing up
by not recognizing that everyone in their fellowship was
important. None should be left out. As we will hear, Paul
emphasizes that no one in the body of Christ is value-less, and
everyone has something to offer. Listen.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Ponder all this as you offer your more tangible gifts of money
that help our ministry as the “bride of Christ” happen. Just
remember that there are many other gifts, involving time and
talents, which make this possible. Perhaps you can resolve to pay
more attention to the gifts God has given you.
Ushers, please come and lead us.
Go now, with your trust in Christ
quenched your thirst with the wine of God’s love.
Do not be
silent about God’s faithful love,
but shelter in the warmth of
and keep your hearts honest.
And may God rejoice over you and call you “My
May Christ Jesus bring out the best in you, to his
And may the Spirit equip you all with gifts for the
pastor, South Yarra Community Baptist Church
(near Melbourne, Australia)
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