Worship Order for
Lord God - Holy One, Creator, King;
who provides a way today
through the sea of doubt
and the wilderness of despair;
who is greater than the weapons of mass destruction
of any age;
who has formed a people, a people of praise;
we lift up
our voice in song,
our heart in joy,
our eyes in gratitude,
our "Amen" in response to your promise,
fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Even today, you "do a new thing."
as your salvation did "spring forth"
and bring home the captives of Israel in Babylon,
as Isaiah foretold;
as your Son did "spring forth" from the tomb
and save the world through the power of the cross;
today we anticipate the "new thing"
you will accomplish here and now.
this hour - through your Holy Spirit - to "perceive it."
pray in the name which is above every name. Amen.
(alludes to Isaiah
(After candidate is introduced to the congregation
by a member)
Today you are being received into this community of faith and into the Church of the Brethren. As part of the whole church of Jesus Christ, we offer you our rich heritage and invite you to share fully in our life and mission.
As you are received into the
Long Green Valley Church, we intend to be a true family of faith to you. We commit ourselves to be for you a loving fellowship, to be a means of grace in your life, and to offer opportunities for worship, study, and service. One of the happiest times in our life as a church is when new people choose to become members. We welcome you with joy.
Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son and do you receive and trust him as your Savior and Lord?
Will you turn away from all sin and will you endeavor by God's grace to live according to the example and teachings of Jesus?
Will you be loyal to the church, upholding it by your prayers and your presence, your substance and your service?
from For All Who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Press, p.135-137.
With joy we receive you as part of thus congregation. With you we renew and reaffirm our vows of faith. We promise to surround you with the love and encouragement that will enable you to grow strong in compassion, vigorous in service, and sure in the way of Christ.
from For All Who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Press, p.138.
___________, upon your confession of faith made before God and these people, you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
As each name of the Trinity is spoken, the minister shall immerse the candidate forward, pushing the head gently and fully into the water. Then, laying both hands upon the head of the kneeling person, the minister shall pray:
O God, we are thankful for the commitment made today by (name) May (she/he) experience your forgiveness, acceptance, and peace. Send your Holy Spirit upon (her/him) to guide and to empower. Enable (her/him) to walk in newness of life, using (her/his) gifts in praise to you and in service to others. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the minister shall help the baptized person rise, extend the hand of Christian fellowship, speak a word of blessing, and assist the person in leaving the water.
from For All Who
Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.137-138.
with our Tithes and Offerings
"Amen," our "yes" to God is not the first
word, nor is it the last. Our vow to God is a response to God's
promise. Without the Lord's faithfulness, how could any vow on our
part last? It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we live in
As you return
your offering, which is part of your "yes" to God today,
ponder all the ways you have heard and seen God's "yes"
this past week. Pray for the continued ability to live out of this
"yes" - for yourself, as well as for these persons we
have just baptized. "Take my life, my hands, my voice, my
silver and gold, my will, my love, Lord. Let it all be consecrated
Will the ushers
now come forward to serve...
Leader: Now may the Lord Jesus bless your soul
and strengthen your faith.
Let this hour of worship grow within you
and bear fruit which will remain for life eternal.
People: We will together praise and glorify our God forever.
Hymnal #766, Book of Worship,
© 1964 Brethren Press.
by Alexander Mack, Sr., 18th c.,
Rites and Ordinances, 1713,
translated in European Origins of the Brethren,
© 1958 Brethren Press.