Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 11, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "When youíre in over your head, Iíll be there with you . When youíre in rough waters, you will not go down. When youíre between a rock and a hard place, it wonít be a dead end..."      (Isaiah 43:2, The Message)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Hymn                                "Jesus, stand among us"                                      25

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                   "Fairest Lord Jesus"                                      117

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Mark 10:13-16

  Dedicating a child and her parents


  Special Music                         "Wordless Ones"                                      Card
                                             (Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                    Isaiah 43:1-7

  Message                "When youíre in over your head"

  Hymn                                 "Healer of our every ill"                                    377
                                                         (words,   listen to the music)
                                          (Deacons come forward to serve as we sing)

  Bread and Cup Communion

*Hymn                                    "God sent his Son"                                        345

*Responsive Benediction                                                          (back of bulletin)

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

         In your mindís eye, picture the day when Jesus himself was baptized, as the story has been passed on to us through Godís Word. Standing in the water, he prayed and, scripture says, "the heavens opened." A dove descended - the Holy Spirit. Then a voice came from above. "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22)...
         Jesus has been standing among us long before we ever thought to ask him to come. Furthermore, Godís beloved Son will continue to breathe the Holy Spirit into every heart long after our attention shifts and we leave this place. Right now, letís stand with Him and sing! ... #117, "Fairest Lord Jesus."

Opening Prayer

         Thank you, God, for the gift of your beloved Son, Jesus, who has set us free to be your sons and daughters in Him. It is by His cross that we know forgiveness. It is by His stripes, His punishment for our sake, that we are healed. It is by His resurrection that we will not only rise to new life on the last day, but also by his rising that we dare to stand by faith today ... even amid our fears! Redeemed!
         Bless this time as you have promised, O Lord, with your presence, for we are gathered in Jesusí name. Open the eyes of our hearts to recognize you, and to rejoice as those who have seen the promised land. Amen and amen!

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         Our children belong to God. They are entrusted into our hands for just a little while. The same could be said of everything else in our life with Jesus. Our homes, our income, our very lives - all are entrusted into our hands by our Creator for but a season.

         As the plates are passed this morning, think about the infant we have just dedicated to the Lord. Like this child, does your home, your money, do you, yourself really belong to God? If so, does that change anything for you? Take a moment to reorient yourself once again to this way of thinking.

         In simple trusting love, pray to the One who once entrusted you into the arms of your parents, and who continues to provide for you what you truly need. Give out of this abundance.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Bread and Cup Communion

(spoken at end of the sermon):

         All who are in love and fellowship in the family of God, who do truly and earnestly repent of their sins, who humbly put their trust in Christ, and who desire his help that they might walk in newness of life, are invited to draw near to God and receive this holy communion to their comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

         O God, by your grace we have become part of the family of faith. We have made a commitment to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Grant that as we partake of this bread and this cup we might renew our vows to one another and to the Christ whom we serve. Amen.

         Will the deacons come forward as we sing #377, "Healer of our every ill," (words,   listen to the music) to distribute the bread?

(with bread in hand):
         Luke tells us that Jesus "took a loaf of bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying, ĎThis is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.í"

Prayer of Blessing:
         Holy God, we pray your blessing on this sacred symbol of Christ's broken body. May we receive and partake of this bread in faith, recalling the life and death of Jesus Christ. Increase our gratitude and our obedience. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

         As we eat this bread, may we affirm our faith in words first spoken by Christians many centuries ago (printed in bulletin):

"The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ."

... Take and eat ...

(Deacons then distribute the cup to each, while organ plays.)

(with cup in hand):
We are told that Jesus said, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me." And we are reminded, "For as often as you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

Prayer of Blessing:
         Holy and loving God, we pray your blessing upon this sacred symbol of the blood of Jesus the Christ. Our hearts are lifted in thanksgiving for love poured out. As in faith we drink this cup, may your forgiveness and your divine spirit be poured afresh into our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

         In humble thanksgiving and joy for life so freely given, repeat after me the words of faith (printed in bulletin):

"The cup which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ." 

... Take and drink ...

         We have proclaimed his death upon a cross for the healing of the nations. Let us also proclaim his life, that he is risen from the grave.

Because he lives we can face tomorrow.
Because he lives all fear is gone.
Stand and sing.
"God sent his Son," #345

adapted from pp. 233-236
of   For All Who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Press, Elgin, IL.

Responsive Benediction

Voice One:  Do not fear, for I am with you.
                    I have created you.
                    I have formed you.

Voice Two:  Some days, God, the promise of your kingdom
                    "on earth as it is in heaven" feels too far away.
Voice One:   I have redeemed you.

Voice Two:  We wander around in this world...
Voice One:   I have called you by name.

Voice Two:  confused, lost, and hopeless.
Voice One:   I will be with you.

Voice Two:  There's too much to doótoo much violence,
                    too much hatred, too much fear, too much brokenness.
Voice One:   I am the Lord your God.

Voice Two:  We feel overwhelmed and alone.
Voice One:  You are precious in my sight and I love you.

Voice Two:  Show us your light, God. Show us your peace,
                    your compassion, your hope, and your love.
Voice One:   I have created you.
                    I have formed you.
                    Do not be afraid, for I will be with you always.

Together:     Amen.

Kim Stuckey, program coordinator
On Earth Peace, New Windsor, Maryland
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"


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