Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 22, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"    (Mark 4:37-38)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                  Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

*Hymn                                  "O worship the King"                                        66

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Job 38:1-11

  For Children                  "On top of the world?"

  Hymn                                     "In your sickness"                                        585
                            (Pre-school thru 2nd grade children leave for Sunday School)

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

  Prayer Hymn                  "Joys are flowing like a river"                               301

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 6:1-13

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


*Response                     (vs. 5) "Holy Spirit, Truth divine"                             508


  Scripture                                   Mark 4:35-41

  Message              "When the storm swamps the boat"

*Hymn                        "When the storms of life are raging"                           558


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

O God,
      you rule the world from end to end
            and for all time.
You alone are God. In you alone we hope.

Forgive our sins.
Heal our diseases.
Save our lives from destruction.

We repent of our stubbornness and pride.
We desire to yield ourselves more fully to your will.

Keep us in your presence
      that we might serve and witness in the world,
      through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #692 - written by Ernest Fremont Tittle,
adapted from A Book of Pastoral Prayers,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, © 1951

For Children
"On top of the world?"
Job 38:1-11

         Right now, I bet most of you are on top of the world. Why would I say that? Youíre absolutely right! School is finished for the year. Furthermore, summer "officially" began yesterday. A few of you have graduated up to a new school next fall. Of course, I know that a few of you arenít in school yet, though maybe you soon will be. The start of summer, however, is something to celebrate, along with the fact that we finally have a weekend when it isnít raining! Yeah. Thank you, God! So, are you on top of the world? I hope so.

         The scripture we just heard is from a book in the Bible about a man named Job. Any of you ever heard of him? At the beginning of his story, which is very long and I wonít tell much of it, Job was on the top of the world. Everything was going right for him. He had every reason to be happy. And then, everything fell apart. He lost everything. Imagine how you would feel if you were just told that vacation has been canceled and you have to report back to school tomorrow for the rest of the summer. Well, for Job it was much, much, much worse than that.

         Now, the story is about how Job faced into his problems, which were not his fault. He didnít do anything to cause them. He had many questions, all beginning with the word "why?" Most of the book involves Job wondering why all these bad things happened. He wanted answers from God. He was tempted to say "phooey" with God, to stop believing, to stop following the Lord - because of all the bad things that happened to him. But he didnít, though he sure wanted to argue with God about it. The book is full of his thoughts, as well as the thoughts of his friends, about "why" these bad things happened.

         The scripture we heard this morning is from the end of the story, when finally God answered Job. God came to Job, it says, "out of a whirlwind," from the middle of a really big storm, like the "eye" (maybe) of a tornado. Only this storm didnít blow Job and his friends away. God spoke to Job out of that whirlwind. Did God answer all Jobís questions? Did God tell Job why all those bad things happened? No. Instead, God asked Job questions. Lots of them. The questions God asked were much bigger than the questions Job asked.

         Funny thing is, after God was finished, Job was satisfied. God didnít answer his questions, but God was there. And that was enough for Job. You see, there are a lot of questions we all have in life for which we donít have answers - even us adults. Sometimes, itís enough just to know that God is God, and that God is there.

         Well, Jobís story has a happy ending. God put him on top of the world again. Good things started happening. God made things right in the end. It was sort of like summer vacation began. Yeah! Letís pray.

         Dear God, thank you for summer, for school and its ending, for vacation. Thank you that we can come to you with our questions, though, even when everything goes wrong. Just like Job. Help us not to give up on you when bad things happen. Help us to hear you speak in the middle of the storm. Thank you for making things right in the end, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

As Paul wrote, "donít accept the grace of God in vain."
Instead, "open wide your hearts."

Will the ushers now come forward to receive our offerings?


         With open minds and hearts we receive, O Lord. With open arms we give. Bless the giving and receiving, In Jesusí name. Amen.


         As you push out from this "dock" and head forth into the uncertain sea of this week, remember: your life preserver is with you always, just as he promised. Be bold and unfurl your sails. Keep the faith!


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