Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 19, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for children 10:15 am

      "....let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith..."             (Hebrews 12:1b-2a)

  Call to Worship

*Song                                    "Awesome God"

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                          "Lord, with devotion we pray"                                    79

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

  Song                             "Turn your eyes upon Jesus"                            sing twice
                                     (children leave for Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Scripture                             Hebrews 11:29-12:2

  Song                             "Turn your eyes upon Jesus"

  Message                            "Faith and ADHD"

*Hymn                              "O God, in restless living"                                     557


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship     Jeremiah 23:23-24
scripture text ©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

Listen to the Lord speak through the prophet Jeremiah:

What kind of God do you think I am:
........a pocket God who lives where you put me,
................or a God far beyond your grasp
........................says the LORD.
Can anyone find a secret hiding place
........where I won’t be able to see them
................says the LORD.
Do I not fill the entire universe,
........heaven and earth alike
................says the LORD.

           If you are able, please stand and sing a simple song of praise to this "Awesome God." You find the words and music on your bulletin insert.

Opening Prayer

            Indeed, Lord God, you are awe-inspiring. When we make the time to really become aware of you, ...your presence in this world - in our very lives - takes our breath away. Even when we can explain, with words of science or philosophy, some of what lies behind what you have created, our thoughts are like baby steps along the way of real wisdom.

            Forgive us, Lord, when we lose our sense of awe and wonder, when our worship and work assumes we’ve got you in our pocket, ready to do our bidding.

Yes, you have promised to be with us always.

Yes, you said whenever two or more are gathered in your name that you are among us, and that when we agree - in your Spirit - upon anything, you will honor our prayer.

Yes, you are as close to us as our very breath, nearer than we can imagine possible.

            Even so, help us not to take this for granted. We are comforted by your presence. We are also challenged, especially when we wander in directions we know we shouldn’t travel.

            Awesome God, you fill the entire universe! Right now, fill this time of worship, fill us. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Hebrews 13:15-16 (NRSV)

We read in the New Testament this instruction for giving offerings to God:

            "Through (Jesus), let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."

            As the plate is passed, ponder how your gift may be a "sacrifice of praise," "bearing fruit," "doing good," "sharing what you have," "pleasing God." With these words or others, say your own silent prayer as you give.


            "Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
                                                               (Hebrews 13:20-21)


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from the
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Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

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Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


©2001 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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