Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 13, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."       (Isaiah 55:11)

  Call to Worship                         Isaiah 25:1-9

*Hymn                              "Rejoice, the Lord is king!"                               288

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Philippians 4:4-9

  Childrenís Time                       "Rejoice Always"

  Moment for Mission         -          CROP Walk

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings         Isaiah 55:1-2       (The Message)


  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                        (children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)

  Hymn                      "Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us"                         352

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 22:1-14

  Message                      "The Wedding Banquet"

*Hymn                            "Come, ye thankful people"                                    94

*Benediction                               Isaiah 55:12

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

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Opening Prayer

         King of kings and Lord of Lords, as we rejoice that the world in your hands, we are fully aware of the shroud that seems cast over our own land. A sharpshooter has been reigning terror not far from our door. The rumors of war fill the air here as well as overseas. We can almost touch the fear which threatens to rule this world.
         O God, lift up our hearts. Fortify us through your Holy Spirit with that strengthening which only you can provide, that we become people governed by faith, not by that dictator known as "fear." Yes, Lord, you are King of kings and Lord of Lords. Help us to lift up our voice and rejoice. For the "joy" you give depends not upon everything being "just right" around us, but rather upon your presence wiping away the tears from all faces, regardless of their color.
         Forgive us our sins, O Lord - our pride as well as our sloth - and live in us. Right now. We open the door and welcome you into our home, to our table. Come, Lord Jesus. Make it your table. Amen.

Childrenís Time
"Rejoice Always"
based upon Philippians 4:4-6

        "Rejoice! Rejoice! What does it mean to rejoice? Can anyone tell me when a good time to rejoice might be? (Let children respond.) We rejoice when weíre happy, donít we? We rejoice when something good has happened.....
         How do we rejoice?....
         There are many different ways to rejoice, but when should we rejoice?....
         Could you rejoice if....
               ...Sometimes itís hard to rejoice, but God wants us to rejoice always because we always have something to rejoice about. We rejoice because God loves us, and he always will.
         I have a very simple song to teach you. It goes like this:"
                                   "Rejoice in the Lord always"

For the complete lesson, see Saving the Ants, p. 112-113,
© 2001 Ruth Gilmore. All rights reserved. 

Moment for Mission

K - Iím really going to miss it this year.

P - Miss what?

K - This yearís CROP Walk.

P - Oh, yeah. For the first time, Iím not going to be able to participate, either.

K - Why?

P - Well, our family will be visiting my mother that weekend, and checking out Bridgewater college for Caitlin.

K - Thatís right, youíre beginning the college search, arenít you.

P - You got it. Your family will be away, also?

K - Yes, we love camping on the Skyline Drive, and havenít for a while.

P - I hope you have a wonderful weekend as a family!

K - Yeah, but Iím going to miss the CROP Walk. Iíve enjoyed walking together with my children, knowing that weíre doing something important.

P - Yes, last year our community raised over $14,000 to help alleviate world hunger. Over $3,000 of that came through the 20 people from our church who walked.

K - Thatís true, but there more to it.

P - Certainly is! A quarter of what we raise stays locally, funding organizations that help the poor in the Baltimore area. Iíve been to one of those organizations, "Beans and Bread," and they do much more than run a soup kitchen. They help people pull themselves out of poverty.

K - I like that, but thereís more about the walk that grabs me.

P - Your right. One of reasons I like these CROP Walks is that the money which people pledge, beyond the 25% that stays in our area, can go to any global hunger agency they choose. This says to me that these organizations are working together. And theyíre doing more than handing out food. Theyíre helping people to grow their own, to take charge of their own lives.

K - Thatís very important, but I like these walks for another reason.

P - What is that?

K - As I walk, I think about people around the world who live on much less than I do. I can choose to walk in this fun activity, but there are people who have to walk every day just to live. Their water might not come from a facet in their own home. They may have to walk many miles to a distant well just to carry back enough water for drinking, cooking, or cleaning. Even when our family camps, we are living so much better than the majority of people in this world.

P - Gee, now Iím feeling guilty for being away next weekend. I helped to start this community CROP Walk. This will be the first one Iíve missed in seven years. I hope others step up and walk.

K - Iím going to miss seeing Mike and Gail Hanna waiting at the refreshment table on the trail, offering encouragement and a cold cup of water. Do you think theyíre doing that again this year?

P - I donít know. Do you remember who is handing out the pledge envelopes for those who want to walk?

K - I think itís Chris Breidenbaugh, Sharon Kagarise, and Lillie Mae Palmer.

P - I heard that not many have signed up yet. Itís only one week away, and every walker needs time to get others to sponsor them. Today is the day to get started!...

K - Well, even though I canít walk this year, Iíd be willing to sponsor someone.

P - Me, too! Me, too!

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
Isaiah 55:1-2

         As you return your offering this morning, chew on these words from the prophet Isaiah. How might someone who must walk several miles every day to bring water home hear these words? What do you hear when you listen? Offer your own prayer as you return your gift to God. For now, though, listen to God.

"Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water!
Are you penniless?
Come anyway - buy and eat!
Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk.
Buy without money - everythingís free!
Why do you spend your money on junk food,
your hard-earned cash on cotton candy?
Listen to me: Eat only the best,
fill yourself with only the finest

         Will the ushers come forward to serve.

Bible paraphrase from "The Message" by Eugene Peterson.


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