Worship Order for
Psalm 85:8-13 (NRSV) with four readers
|Reader #1 is sitting in
the middle of the congregation,
#2 is at the lectern,
#3 is at the pulpit, and
#4 speaks from the balcony.
1 - Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
2 - for he will speak peace to his people,
3 - to his faithful,
4 - to those who turn to him in their hearts.
1 - Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
2 - that his glory may dwell in our land.
3 - Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
2 - righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
1 - Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
4 - and righteousness will look down from the sky.
3- The LORD will give what is good,
2 - and our land will yield its increase.
4 - Righteousness will go before him,
1 - and will make a path for his steps.
speak your peace to your people, gathered here in Jesusí name.
We confess that our faithfulness to you, our obedience to your
calling, our righteousness is not steadfast and true. In living
out our praise, we too easily falter after the first page. Were it
not for the lavish gift of your Son, we would be lost. Through
him, however, we turn to you in our hearts, knowing your steadfast
love and faithfulness, your righteousness and peace. In him your
salvation is at hand. We thank you. May this worship reflect your
goodness, as we respond to you with our heart, soul, and mind.
Make a path in the middle of this congregation today, and walk
among us through your Holy Spirit. This we pray in the name of the
One who is your peace, your salvation - Jesus Christ. Amen.
Psalm 85:8-13 and the demanding three page doxology -
"Praise God from
whom," #118, sung immediately before)
and wife) please come
As Jesus sent
70 of his disciples ahead to spread good news, he told them:
"Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat
what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to
them, 'the kingdom of God has come near to you" (Luke
ago you "entered this town," so to speak, you joined
this congregation and became a part of our common life in Christ.
We welcomed you in, and you ate our food, and shared with us your
lives. It has been a joy to have you with us. ______ taught you
well how to make communion bread. Thank you for baking it again
for this morningís worship. You have touched us in other ways,
and we hope our touch has been felt as well. Itís amazing how in
such ways as these God makes us whole. The kingdom has come near.
Here you are,
on your way again. Actually, youíve been "on your way"
for the past year, living in two locations. Itís now time for
one dwelling to be your home, so that you live in the same state.
We know you will be able to join a new church family in Florida,
and we will be happy to know that you have become settled together
in this new place. We want you to know, however, that you will be
missed here at Long Green Valley church.
To help you
remember your time with us, we would like to give you green
t-shirts. When you wear them, recall that you are still a part of
this family of faith, even though your new home is many miles
away. Pray that God may make this garden green with other
newcomers, as special to us as you have been.
If you are
able, you're welcome now to share any thoughts with us. There also
will be time after worship to speak personally, face to face.
Shall we pray together:
Lord God of all creation, we thank you for the joy of
friendship. You expand our circle of love in so many ways.
In the leaving of these, our friends, you are widening our
fellowship even further. Our hearts, minds, and prayers
will now personally include _______, Florida.
your blessing upon ____ and ____ as they move. Bless their
home. Bless their new church. Bless their work and play.
Through all the changes, surround this family with your
name we pray. Amen.
By the way,
when I learn a particular hymn is a favorite of someone, I write a
note of it in my hymnal. I asked ____ to choose the first hymn as
one special to him. That is now noted in my hymnal. At the bottom
of our next hymn I have had listed, "a favorite of
______." Letís sing it together as our youngest children
head to Sunday School, and we prepare for prayer.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
denomination gathered "In Jesusí name" in Boise, Idaho.
You called me to be your delegate there. We sought to be faithful
to God, to seek the mind of Christ, as we deliberated over various
issues facing the church today. We are not a "perfect
people" by any manner of means. We just try to lift up "Another
way of living ... simply, peacefully, together."
gathered here today "In Jesusí name," also. We seek to
be faithful as well, right here and now. We arenít perfect, but
we try - to the best of the ability God gives us through the Holy
Spirit, saved by Godís grace in Jesus Christ - to lift up "Another
way of living ... simply, peacefully, together."
With that in
mind, letís respond to Godís goodness with our tithes and
offerings. Will the ushers come forward to serve.
of blessing over bread and cup
Lord, you have
invited us into this celebration of your lavish gift-giving. We
remember the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus - how he was broken upon
the cross and his blood was shed to set us free from sin and
death. This we proclaim here and now. These symbols, however - a
piece of bread, a cup of juice - seem somewhat inadequate to
convey the abundance, the overflowing blessing of what you have
provided in Him. And yet, in the simplicity of eating and drinking
and remembering, we are transformed. We dare to live as the body
of Christ - at times broken and torn ourselves, but still whole in
bread, bless this cup, O Lord. In the awesome holiness of this
simple moment, inspire your people gathered here to live large, to
become more aware of your mission in this world, to live for your
glory and our neighbors good, to lift up that other way of living
Jesus revealed ... simply, peacefully, together. In his name we
Go in safety,
for you cannot go where God is not.
Go in love,
for love alone endures.
Go with purpose,
and God will honor your dedication.
Go in peace,
for it is the gift of God to those
whose hearts and minds are in Christ Jesus.
Earle W. Fike jr.
For All Who Minister: A Worship Manual for the Church of the
©1993, Brethren Press, p. 122