Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 27, 2001                Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am

      The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let everyone who hears say, "Come." And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.                    (Revelation 22:17)

Call to Worship                              Psalm 97

*Praise Medley           (vs. 1&7) "All creatures of our God and King"                 48
                                                         (vs. 1&4)
   "O worship the King"                            66
                                      (vs. 1&4) "Crown him with many crowns"                  116

*Opening Prayer

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

  For Children                                    "Journey Time"

  Prayer for the Journey
           (children and youth then leave for choir practice or preschool play)

  Hymn                    "Lord, you have come to the lakeshore"                          229
                    (continue learning some in Spanish for our upcoming guests)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


*Response                 (vs. 3) "In the bulb there is a flower"                              614

*Dedication Prayer

  Shalom!                           "Let there be peace on earth"                         Jackson

  Scripture                                 Revelation 22:12-21

  Message                       "The Last ( and first ) Word"

*Hymn                                    "Soon and very soon"                                     611


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Opening Prayer

         Lamb upon the throne, Lord of peace, our God and King, Creator, Shield and Defender, Redeemer and Friend!... Mere words can not fully describe all that you are. Who are we to stand in your presence, in awe of your glory? And yet you have drawn us here. Your Holy Spirit empowers us to share your good news, to tell the story of your Son and your coming Kingdom, to rejoice in your Life freely given. You have already moved past our sin. In confessing how we have fallen far short of what you created us to be, we are enabled by you to see past our sin also. Help us to live beyond ourselves, in you - beginning yet again, this very moment. This we pray, focused upon and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

"Journey Time"

         This weekend tends to mark the beginning of a season of travel. One of families, in fact, is taking off next week on a big, several week vacation trip west. Another couple are headed to Nigeria to work with the church there. Next Sunday all our children in the Alleluia Choir are headed to the Brethren Home Community to share their songs during morning worship there. June marks the beginning of our summer schedule (no more children's stories till Fall). And, and big trip is coming up for Miguel and Maria Ogando, who are coming from the Dominican Republic (where he is pastor of the San Juan church) to be our guests June 28-July 10 for Annual Conference and more.
         We'll just think together about all these journeys. Then, along with the Joys and Concerns just shared, the children and I will lead the congregation in praying over them, with simple, child-like trust in the One who leads the way.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         In the church year, today is the Sunday before Pentecost - the birthday celebration of the church. Godís Holy Spirit set those early Christians on fire on that long ago day! Along the way, however, something changed. The disciples no longer physically walked and talked with Jesus. That time was over. A new day began. Every fresh start brings something to a close. Furthermore, in Christ every ending is a beginning. Think about that as you return your tithes and offerings, evidence of God at work in you.
         Will the ushers come forward to serve?

Dedication Prayer

         Thank you, Lord, for your ongoing work in and beyond us. Bless these gifts that they may further your work. Fill us with a child-like anticipation for what you will do next. 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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