Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 5 , 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
Sixth Sunday of Easter
as I went through the city and looked carefully at the
objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with
the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’
What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim
to you." (Acts
"Praise the Lord, sing
"Playing catch with God"
(children then leave for choir or pre-school play )
Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"He comes to us as
invisible, God only wise"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
"Playing catch with God"
When I was a
young boy, one thing I would do on a warm Spring afternoon would
be to take a ball and toss it in the air and catch it. Any of you
ever do that? Now, I must confess that it was much nicer to have
my Dad out with me playing catch, but Dad couldn't always be
there. So, the next best thing (especially if there wasn't a
friend nearby) was to toss it in the air and catch it. You know, I
don't remember thinking about it quite like this, but you could
almost say I was "playing catch with God." What do you
Well, no - God
wasn't catching the ball when I tossed it up and throwing it back
to me. Something else made the ball come back down. You're right,
it was gravity. But in a way, it was God - cause God created the
earth and everything in it, and God must've made gravity, too.
"What goes up," we say, "must come down."
Standing right here, we can count on it, can't we?
You know, I think
I kind of like seeing this as playing catch with God. There are a
lot of times times in life that we count on God being with us.
Maybe they are simply depending upon what God has created - things
like gravity: "what goes up must come down." Maybe they
are other things we can't see, but we know that they are true, and
we depend upon them.
Anyway, next time
you go out alone with a ball and glove and toss it in the air, I
invite you to "play catch with God." While you're at it,
just talk with him. You can depend upon him listening. Maybe you
can listen, also. God might have something to say to you as you're
tossing the ball in the air.
adapted from Growing
Together, by Harold Steindam,
©1989, The Pilgrim Press, New York, p. 58-59.
with our Tithes and Offerings
will come into your house with burnt offerings," the
psalmist sang. "Burnt offerings" aren’t part of
worship any more, but rough times - when we go "through
fire and water" - are not foreign to our experience. We
get "burned" in life, we get in over our heads at times.
Think of our dear sister Lois ___, for whom chemotherapy is
"burning" through her bone marrow - clearing it of
cancer. Talk about feeling overwhelmed! And yet, God is faithful,
even "through fire and water." Can we "bless the
Lord, letting the sound of our praise be heard," in the
middle of such times. Can we bring these experiences as
"burnt offerings" to God? You bet.
As you return
your tithe or offering just now, think about the times in life
when have been burnt, or gotten in over your head. In your heart,
place these moments on the altar. Would you pray with me?
praise you - not just through the good moments in life, but also
through the "fire and water" times. We lay our offerings
on your altar, realizing - as we do - that we rest in the palm of
your hands. You are upholding us every moment of our lives. Help
us to live, through thick and thin, as people who know that they
are upheld. Nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus
our Lord! In his name we pray. Amen.