Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 16, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds..."   (Hebrews 10:24)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Responsive Call to Worship                                                            (see insert)

*Hymn                       "Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing"                          110

*Opening Prayer

  For Children                   "I like to be with you"
                                             (Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)

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

  Song                                   "For you are my God"      (congregation sings refrain)
                                                                  (midisound clip)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Confession of Faith                                                                                   713

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Hymn                             "What wondrous love is this"                               530

  Scripture                               Hebrews 10:19-25

  Message                             "Provoked to love?"

*Hymn                                  "Renew your church"                                     363


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 16

One - Protect me, God, you are my place of refuge.

  All - Iím acknowledging you as the one in charge, LORD;
             you are the best thing thatís ever happened to me.

One - I delight in the company of those who dedicate themselves
             to you; they are the salt of the earth.

  All - Those who worship other things will have nothing but grief.
             I will not buy into their futile devotions;
             I will not utter the names they revere.

One - You are all I want, LORD, and all I need; you hold my future
             in your hands. You mark out the best of everything for me;
             youíve set me up with a bright future.

  All - I heap accolades on you, LORD, for you always give me
             wise advice; even in the dead of night you fill my heart
             with your teachings.

One - Iíll always stick close behind you, LORD; with you near by,
             Iíll never be pushed off track.

  All - You fill me with delight, LORD; joy erupts from deep
             in my bones; my body relaxes, safe in your care.

One - Youíll never let the grave drag me down;
             your faithful servants are never left for dead.

  All - You set my feet on a life-giving track, LORD. To be
             in your presence is absolute bliss. All I could dream of
             comes from your hand.

Translation ©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

Opening Prayer

         Yes, you are the one in charge, LORD; you are the best thing thatís ever happened to us.
         Yes, You set our feet on a life-giving track, LORD. To be in your presence is absolute bliss. All we ever could dream of comes from your hand.
         Forgive us when these feet wander from you. For you are our God, you alone are our joy. Amen.

refers to Responsive Call to Worship

For Children
"I like to be with you"

The Word:
         "You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever." Psalm 16:11

The World:
         Five socks of different sizes and colors and one pair of matched socks.

         Your father has done the laundry. Your job is to put the clothes away. First you have to match up the socks. You start with this one (show one sock from the matched pair). Would these two make a pair? (Put the sock with a larger one of a different color.) No, they donít belong together. What if you had one foot this size, the other this size? Would you want to wear one sock this color and one this color?

         So let's look for another sock. (Continue to match other socks with the first. Comment on why they are not mates.) What about this one? (This time show the matching sock.) These two are the same size. They are the same color. They are made of the same material. They are a pair.

         Now letís pretend you are this sock (show one from the pair). We are looking for a mate for you. How do you find someone who matches you? The person who wrote Psalm 16 found a mate for himself. He said, "You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever." The psalm writer was happy because he had found a mate. He found someone he liked to be with. Do you know who it was? It was God.

         Listen to what he said: "You will show me the path that leads to life." God is the only one who shows us the way to life. He has sent Jesus to be the way, the truth, and the life for us. The psalmist also said, "Your presence . . . brings me pleasure forever." We can enjoy being with other people. But only God can promise to be with us forever.

         You and God are a pair - like these two socks are a pair. Since you match God that means you do not match those who do not match him. Earlier the same psalm said, "Those who rush to other gods bring many troubles on themselves. I will not take part in their sacrifices; I will not worship their gods" (v. 4). The psalmist knew he would not be happy with those who went away from God. You do not belong with those who deny God. You are not a pair with them.

         However, when you are a match with God, you are also a match with others who belong to him. In the verse I first read to you the psalmist said that being with God filled him with joy. He also wrote, "How excellent are the Lord s faithful people! My greatest pleasure is to be with them" (v. 3).

         Jesus showed us he liked to be with us when he came to live on earth. Even after he died to pay for our sins, he came back. He promised to be with us forever. Because he likes to be with us, we like to be with him. When we are with Jesus, we are also with one another and with others who love Jesus.

         I like being with you. I am glad Jesus is with us.

by Eldon Weisheit, The Psalms for Children, pp. 122-23.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Confession of Faith

worship leader:
In faith we have gathered here this day.
In faith we have been worshipping God.
In faith we have come to the Lord,
praying for ourselves and others.
Please turn with me to #713 in your hymnal,
and let's profess what we mean by "faith,"
realizing that all our words
could never encompass everything.
Even so, we need to speak up
and confess the hope within us.
Would you join me? 

We believe in Jesus Christ,
    who was promised to the people of Israel,
    who came in the flesh to dwell among us,
    who announced the coming of the rule of God,
    who gathered disciples and taught them,
    who died on the cross to free us from sin,
    who rose from the dead to give us life and hope,
    who reigns in heaven at the right hand of God,
    who comes to judge and bring justice to victory.

We believe in God,
   Who raised Jesus from the dead,
   who created and sustains the universe,
   who acts to deliver God's people in times of need,
    who desires everyone everywhere to be saved,
    who rules over the destinies of people and nations,
    who continues to love us even when we turn away.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
   who is the form of God present in the church,
   who moves us to faith and obedience,
   who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
    who leads us to find God's will in the word,
    who assists those who are renewed in prayer,
    who guides us in discernment,
    who impels us to act together.

We believe God has made us a people,
    to invite others to follow Christ,
    to encourage one another to deeper commitment,
    to proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope,
    to reconcile people to God through word and deed,
    to bear witness to the power of love over hate,
    to proclaim Jesus the Ruler of all,
    to meet the daily tasks of life with purpose,
    to suffer joyfully for the cause of right,
          to the ends of the earth,
          to the end of the age,
          to the praise of Christ's glory.

Hymnal #713
adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
© 1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         In this faith, now, letís return to the Lord our offerings - "to the praise of Christ's glory." Ushers?


May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
            who has shown us such love,
      and in his grace has given us
            such unfailing encouragement
            and so sure a hope,
       still encourage and strengthen you
             in every good deed and word.

Hymnal #773
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17,
adapted from the Revised English Bible


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