Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 18, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am
"To each is
given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."
(1 Corinthians 12:7)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Worship "Awake, arise, O sing a new
grace of Jesus"
"Banking on an
(Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
"Grant us, Lord, the
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Fluye, Espiritu, Fluye"
"There are many
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awakened us, God. Your Holy Spirit has drawn us to this place,
whether or not we have recognized your hand at work. These moments
are all about you, as we open ourselves yet again to your work in
us. Help us to stay awake, Lord, to keep our eyes on Jesus as we
worship, to listen to your Word, to sing out of your grace.
We confess that
too often we operate solely out of our own ability. Too easily we
think itís all about "us." We thus live our days out of
focus, unconnected to whatís really real, out of tune. Forgive us
and live in us now, so that we can begin a brand new week singing
and living your new song with wonder - awake and alive in Christ,
This we pray in
the name of the One who said, "I am the resurrection and the
"Banking on an
I know that
some of you know all about Heifer International. After all,
you learned a song about "goats and pigs and cows and
sheep," and sang it to us. Maybe you remember previous years
when this has been a special project in our church. Perhaps your
family really got involved, and gave money to go towards a
particular animal. However, some of you may not know anything
about Heifer International. So, I need some of you who do
know about it to help me explain it to those who donít know
about it. Please help me.
What is Heifer
International? (Ask a series of questions to get the children
to tell the story, such as:) Who started it? (Dan
West, a Brethren
farmer/peace activist) Whatís the basic idea? (Giving a gift
that keeps on giving) How? (An animal is given to someone in need
with but one catch - that person continues the gift. If a heifer
is given, the firstborn calf from this heifer is then given to
someone else) etc. (If done right, the children will take over
for helping me tell about Heifer International. Our special
offering emphasis for the next month is going to this ministry.
This year weíre going to do it a bit different from what we did
last year. You see, up in our church attic, weíve had a box of
plastic arks banks we didnít use up many years ago. HPI
(thatís what it was called then), sent us more than we needed.
So we saved them ... for now.
can sit on the table where your family eats, and every day you can
add money to it. Now you know where that money will go. Maybe
every day, when you sit together eating, you can talk about the
special things that have happened that very day. For every good
thing you can think of, the things you are thankful for, add a
coin in the bank. Itís called counting your blessings. So many
good things happen in a day that we often forget to really notice
them. God is so good to us every day. We need to pass it on.
putting you to work. We need to pass these arks out to everybody.
Donít worry, there are plenty of them - believe me. Letís get
our Tithes and Offerings
You heard the
call, folks. You know where the money is headed. You have an ark
in which to bank it. If you fill it up before itís time to
return it, ask for another. The "due date" is "leap
day" - Sunday, February 29th. Of course, if youíre
unable to be here on that date, you can bring it in the Sunday
before or the Sunday after. On the 29th weíll have a
special time to brink your ark forward. The important thing,
though, is to pay attention to all God has done for you every day,
the good stuff that usually far outweighs the bad. "My
steadfast love shall not depart from you" (Isaiah
54:10), God promised long ago. Count your blessings, and
give out of them. Pass it on. Pass it on.
Now is time
for "passing it on," in the form of our regular tithes
and offerings. As you give, be thankful for your ark - your home,
your family, your work, your school. Remember Godís rainbow
promise. Simply pass it on... Ushers?
indeed, a "grace" in giving, Lord. We "pass it
on" not because we think we "ought" to, but because
we "want" to. After all, you have first given everything
to us because you wanted to, out of your "will," your
"desire." Help us to grow in such grace-full-ness.
Looking to Jesus, your greatest gift. Amen.
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