Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 13, 2001                Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am

Motherís Day
Celebrating Families

      "A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ĎIf you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.í And she prevailed upon us." (Acts 16:14-15)

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                              "For the beauty of the earth"                                   89

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                     Psalm 133

  Alleluia Choir                                 "Unity"                             Derstine
"O How Happy Weíll Be"              Esterline

  A thanks to "mothers and others who nurture"

  Hymn                                    "Lord of the home"                                         490
                         (children and youth leave for choir practice or preschool play)

  Moment for Mission

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                       Acts 16:9-15

  Message                      "From Lydiaís household to ours"

*Hymn                                       "Lord, speak to me"                                    499


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Call to Worship

         Our worship last Sunday was a "mountaintop" time for many of us. Itís good to be inspired like that, isnít it? Itís also good to be inspired by the ordinary, the everyday. Traditionally, today is a time to honor those whose care is an everyday affair, often unseen and not often thanked. Today is a day to lift up and celebrate the gift of families, without which we all would be adrift on a sea of loneliness. God has blessed us with mothers and others who care for us in a multitude of ways, who make living together possible by all the many little things - which are really big things - that they do.
         In his New Testament letter, James wrote, "Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above..." (1:17) In the Old Testament, the Psalmist urges us to "give thanks to the LORD for His steadfast love and his wonderful works..." (107:8) These gifts, these works are not just seen on the mountaintop, or in the spectacular displays of Godís power. No. Most often, God is at work in the everyday, in very ordinary ways. Steadfast love in action!
         If you are able, would you stand with me and sing a song of praise that recognizes the beauty and glory of God seen every day, in very ordinary places. #89, "For the beauty of the earth."

Opening Prayer

         Thank you, God. You are so good to us. Your love is steady and does not falter, unlike our own. You are faithful and true, even when we are not. Forgive us for when we step over the line in our relationship with you and with others, hurting those we love or those we donít. Forgive us also when we donít step over that other line, when we fail to be thankful and to share gratitude. How often we jeopardize our connection with you and with our loved ones by not sharing a good word, or by not putting that gratitude into action.
         Thank you, Lord, for who you are and what you do. Help us to speak about and to act upon your perfect gifts, your wonderful works - every day, in ordinary ways and places. This we pray in the name of the One who was and is your most perfect gift, your wonderful work - Jesus Christ. Amen.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         We have praised God! We have heard our children sing. We have shared a small token of gratitude with the mothers among us. We have been challenged by an upcoming visit from another country in which God is at work. Think about these things as you return your offering just now. Would you pray with me?
         Lord, we give in response to your perfect gifts, your wonderful work. Continue to stretch us. Help us to grow in being "steadfast" when it comes to faith and love, in word and action. May gratitude become more of an every day, every hour, every moment affair. In Jesus. Amen


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International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


©2001 Peter L. Haynes


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