Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 12, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy
Spirit came upon them..." (Acts
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Call to Worship
"Morning star, O
(children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"God of the earth, the sky, the sea"
"Spirit of God! descend"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
chapters of the Bible paint a picture of the "holy
city," the "new Jerusalem," Godís coming kingdom
where, it says, "there will be no more night; they (will)
need no lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light..."
(Revelation 22:5). At the very end of this
book of books, Jesus himself speaks, saying, "I am the
bright morning star" (22:16).
Long ago, the
wise men followed a star to Bethlehem. The star we follow today,
however, is not a distant sun in a galaxy far, far away. The light
of Christ shines here and now. His Holy Spirit is within us, an
ever-present strength upon which we can depend as we follow him.
In anticipation, may this "morning star rise upon your
hearts" (2 Peter 1:19), as together
we turn to the Lord.
"All of you (even you) angels in
honor the glory and power of the Lord!
Honor the wonderful name of the Lord,
and worship the Lord most holy and glorious"
(Psalm 29:1-2, CEV)
and sing, led by a child, #214,
"Morning star, O
tell me what the word repent means? If you are doing
something bad and you repent, what do you do? You stop doing the
wrong thing and begin doing the right thing. The word repent
means "to turn around and go the other way." Could I
have a volunteer to help demonstrate the word repent?
I would like
our helpful volunteer to walk down the center aisle toward the
back of the church until you hear me say, "Repent!" That
word is almost the same as "About face!" When you hear
"Repent!," you turn around and come back. Letís try
it. (Let the volunteer get partway down the aisle and then call
them back with the word repent.) Did this person repent? Yes, they
turned around and came back. If only we all could repent as
quickly as that!
began preaching, a man named John the Baptist told people to
repent. He told them they were going the wrong way; they werenít
thinking about God at all. He wanted them to stop walking away
from God, to turn around and walk toward God. When someone had
repented, John the Baptist would baptize him or her in the river.
John was sent by God to get people ready for Jesus. He turned them
around and got them to face the right direction. John baptized
with water to show that the people had repented and were now
living good, clean lives.
is baptized in our church, they are asked this question: "Do
you repent of your sins and confess and accept Jesus as your
Savior and Lord?" That means, "Will you turn around and
walk in the direction that God wants you to walk?" Of course,
we believe that the only way we can do what is right is with Godís
help. Baptism is more than just turning around, it is receiving
from the Lord what we need to live, trusting in Jesus to save and
lead us, depending upon his Holy Spirit to help us every day for
the rest of our lives.
Even after we
are baptized, we can still walk in the wrong direction, we can do
what God doesnít want us to do. However, thereís now a voice
within us to tell us to "turn around," and thereís now
an inner strength to help us to "turn around" and walk
where God wants us to go, to step out into the adventure of living
now I want you all to stand up and face me. All of you are going
to practice "doing" the word repent, which means what?
To "turn around and go the other way." Thatís right. Iím
going to ask Marian to invite you to go with her to choir practice
(some of you will go to pre-school playtime). When she says
"repent," what will you do? Thatís right, you'll turn around and
follow her... Marian?
Adapted from "Sitting
on the Rainbow,"
by Ruth Gilmore, pp. 26-27
our Tithes and Offerings
We started out
worship this morning with the very last chapter of the Bible. Letís
now turn to the very first. Listen. (read Genesis
When you look
over your personal finances, do you see a "formless
void," or even "darkness"? If so, please know that
the One who "created the heavens and the earth" can
bring order to your chaos. Where there seems to be nothing, God
provides for your needs.
As you return
your offering to the Lord just now, allow the very first recorded
words of God to become your prayer. Thinking about your finances,
hear the voice of your Creator say, "Let there be
ushers come forward to serve?