Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 27, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

Second Sunday of Easter

      "With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all." (Acts 4:33)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

We declare what we have seen and heard...

  Call to Worship                        John 20:19-23

*Welcome Hymn                 "Jesus, stand among us"                                      25

*Opening Prayer

*Scripture                                   1 John 1:1-3

*Hymn                         "Proclaim the tidings near and far"                            282

  Scripture                                   1 John 1:4-2:2

  Unison Confession                                                                                    700

  Special Music                          "Written in Red"                                     Jensen

...what we have touched with our hands...

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

  Scripture                                      Psalm 133

  Sharing our tithe or other offering


  Response                              "Bind us Together"                             (see insert)

  Pastoral Prayer
                               (children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)

...Concerning the word of life   (1 John 1:1)

  Scripture                                   Acts 4:32-35

  Message                  "Testifying to the resurrection"

*Hymn                             "Help us to help each other"                                362


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
(John 20:19-23 NRSV - in 2 voices)

1- Though this is the Sunday after Easter, remember:

2 - Every morning is Easter morning from now on.

1 - Every day is resurrection day!

2 - So listen to another portion of the story of our salvation.

1 - (pause a moment) "When it was evening on that day,
                                       the first day of the week

2 - and the doors of the house where the disciples had met
                  were locked for fear of the Jews,

1 - Jesus came and stood among them and said,

2 - "Peace be with you."

1 - After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

2 - Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

1 - Jesus said to them again,

2 - "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

1 - When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

2 - "Receive the Holy Spirit.

1 - If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them;

2 - if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

1 - (pause a moment) May our risen Lord come in Spirit and stand among us now.

2 - Open the door of your mind and heart and welcome him.

Opening Prayer

O living Christ, 
         come to us in the glory of your risen power;
         come to us in the humility of your wondrous love.
Come and reign among us!
Let new life course through our veins,
         new love bind us together,
         and new vision spur us on to follow you forever.
Even so, come Lord Jesus. AMEN

Hymnal #677
The Iona Community, Scotland,
The New Book of Christian Prayers
1986, Tony Castle. (edited by Tony Castle).
Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.

(1 John 1:1-3 NRSV - in 2 voices)

1 - "We declare to you what was from the beginning,

2 - what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes,

1 - what we have looked at and touched with our hands,

2 -concerning the word of life --

1 - this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it,

2 - and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father
                                                             and was revealed to us--

1 - we declare to you what we have seen and heard

2 - so that you also may have fellowship with us;

1 - and truly our fellowship is with the Father
                                         and with his Son Jesus Christ

2 - Remain standing, and "Proclaim the tidings near and far,"
                                                 #282 in your hymnal.

Unison Confession

Lord Jesus,
         blind I am, do thou enlighten me;
         naked I am, do thou clothe me;
         wounded, do thou heal me;
         dead, do thou quicken me.
I know of no light,
         no physician,
         no life, except thee. AMEN

Hymnal #700
by Menno Simons, 16th c., "Meditation on the 25th Psalm,"
from The Complete Writings of Menno Simons,
translated by Leonard Verduin, ed. J.C. Wenger,
1956 Herald Press, Scottdale, PA 15683.


Special Music
"Written in Red"
by Gordon Jensen

click here to listen to a clip (real audio) of this song

In letters of crimson God wrote his love,
on a hillside so long, long ago.
For you and for me, Jesus died
and love's greatest story was told.

I love you, I love you, that's what Calvary said.
I love you, I love you, I love you, written in red.

Down through the ages, God wrote his love,
with the same hands that suffered and bled -
Giving all that he had to give.
A message so easily read.

I love you, I love you, that's what Calvary said.
I love you, I love you, I love you - oo-oh!
Precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know,
Nothing, nothing but the blood, the blood of Jesus.

I love you, I love you, that's what Calvary said.
I love you, I love you, I love you, written in red.

Sharing our tithe or other offering

         Together, we bring to the Lord our hopes and our fears, our joys and our sorrows, our praise and our requests. We also bring a portion of what God has first given to us to use and share with others. As brothers and sisters living together in unity, may all of our offerings be pleasing to the Lord.

Will the ushers come forward now, to serve.

Pastoral Prayer

written closer to the moment



Remember what the Risen Christ said to his fearful disciples
         on that first resurrection day:

"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
(John 20:21


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Commentary by
Richard Hughes
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Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


2003 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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