Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 22, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for children 10:15 am
is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have
first place in everything." (Colossians
Call to Worship
Opening Hymn (vs.
1) "Be present at our table,
"Joy to the World"
Farewell to the Gunn family
Christ there is no East or West"
(children leave for Sunday School)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"Choosing the Essential"
"Sent forth by Godís blessing" (lyrics,
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
remember the story of Mary and Martha? When Jesus visited their
town, Martha welcomed him with open arms, and hosted his disciples
in her home. There was much work to be done to prepare and serve a
meal. Do you recall what her sister did? Instead of helping out in
the kitchen, Mary sat at Jesusí feet and listened, which
bothered Martha. "Doesnít she see all the work that needs
to be done?" Martha may have thought, echoing the resentment
that continues to flow through many homes today
When she could
take it no more, Martha came to Jesus. "Lord, donít you
care that Iíve been left with all the work to do. Please tell
Mary to help me." Was he insensitive to the cry of her heart,
or did he know her better than she knew herself? when he said,
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset by so many things,
but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and
it will not be taken away from her..."
brothers, worship is like a meal. Here we sit and eat, whether
from the manna of Godís Word, or from the bread and cup of
communion. Our feet and lives are dusty from the road we have
traveled this week. We may be weary from our journey, or anxious
about the preparation we have made for this time. The One who is
both our host and our guest calls each of us by name and says,
"only one thing is necessary. Choose what is best. It will
not be taken away from you."
Just now, letís
sing the first verse of #457, "Be present at our table,
Lord." As we sing, letís open the door to this home and
welcome him in.
Lord, we are
worried and upset by so many things. And yet we are here, now,
seeking that which is most essential. It is hard to release our
grasp upon that which bothers us. We turn to you, right now, and
let go of these "things" into your hands, that you might
provide what we truly need today. From you we receive the ability
to deal with the source of our anxieties. Help us, O Lord, to be
open to what you freely give. This we pray, in the name of Jesus -
your JOY to the world. Amen.
our Tithes and Offerings (Psalm
In the words
of that familiar Psalm: "You prepare a table before me in the
presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup
overflows." As you return your gift, ponder how your cup
overflows. Perhaps you think itís only half full. But is that
the truth? Are you blessed more than you realize? Give out of Godís
abundance. Live out your thanks.
Blessed are you, God of heaven and earth.
In mercy for our fallen world you gave your only Son,
that all those who believe in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
We give thanks to you for the salvation
you have prepared for us through Jesus Christ.
Send now your Holy Spirit into our hearts,
that we may receive our Lord with a living faith
as he comes to us in his holy supper.
(May be concluded with the Lord's prayer)
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