Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 25, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (1 Corinthians 12:27)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                         Psalm 19:1-6

*Hymn                                   "Cantemos al SeŮor"                                        55

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Psalm 19:7-14

  For Children                  "Children have power"
                                        (Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)

  Hymn                              (vs. 1-3, 6) "Amazing grace!"                                 143

  Unison Prayer of Confession                                                                     699

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

  Hymn                      "Like the murmur of the doveís song"                            29

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Luke 4:16-21

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Hymn                                         "Many gifts"                                             304

  Scripture                           1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

  Message                      "Frankensteinís creation"

*Hymn                           "Heart with loving heart united"                               420


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

O God, author of eternal light
         lead us in our worshiping this day:
                  that our lips may praise you,
                  our lives may bless you,
                  and our meditations glorify you,
                  through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Sarum Missal, 11th c.
Hymnal, #673

For Children
"Children have power"

Object: List of good/bad word phrases
Scripture: Psalm 19:14
Theme: Children can choose between good power and bad power

         Letís start with a question. What is the most powerful thing you know of? (The childrenís answers will often have to do with physical strength as a form of power -- tackling, running, etc.)
         Do you know that even children have a lot of power? You have physical power to run, throw a ball, and do other physical activities.
         You use brain power when you read, think, and do other schoolwork and activities.
         We also have word power, which can be either good or bad.
         Letís try something -- I m going to tell you some words and you say if these words are using good or bad word power. Are you ready?

Thatís really stupid!

(Wait for childrenís response and praise them for correct answer.)

It was really kind of you to help me.

That kid canít throw a ball at all!

You made a really nice picture.

         All of you did a good job knowing about good and bad word power!
         The words we use have effect or power on other people. Have any of you had a time when someone said mean things to you or they got angry with you? Did they show their anger to you?
         How did you feel? You probably felt sad and maybe angry, too. Mean and unkind words have power to make people sad or angry.
         But just think what power good words can have on people! When you use kind words to tell someone they have been nice to you or that they look nice, you make them feel happy.
         Would you rather use mean word power or good word power? I think we all prefer good word power.
         Try each day to use good word power on someone. You will make them feel happy and you will feel happy, too.

Let s pray --
         Dear God, please show us ways to use good word power and help us forget bad word power. Amen.

by Donna McKee Rhodes
from Little Stories for Little Children
©1995, Herald Press, pp. 35-36
(a great resource! buy it!)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Lord, our God, 
         great, eternal, wonderful
         utterly to be trusted:
                  you give life to us all,
                  you help those who come to you,
                  you give hope to those who cry to you.
Forgive our sins, secret and open,
         and rid us of every habit of thought
         that stands against the gospel.
Set our hearts at peace,
         so we may live our lives before you
                  confidently and without fear,
                  through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #699. Based on a prayer from
The Liturgy of St. Basil of Caesarea, 4th c.,
adapted from Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship,
ed. Caryl Micklem, copyright © 1956 1967 SCM Press, Ltd.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         From early on Jesus, like other boys growing up in his synagogue, prepared for the day he would stand before his elders and take his turn at reading the scriptures. He, like his friends, had been trained by his elders to make use of his gifts for the benefit of others - a mission he extended far beyond the boundaries of Nazareth: bringing "good news to the poor," proclaiming "release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind," setting the oppressed free, and preaching Godís Jubilee. Those words he read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah were, indeed, fulfilled.
         When Godís people today make use of Godís gifts for the benefit of others, scripture is fulfilled - the Spirit of the Lord is upon them. Do you believe that?
         Itís time to respond to what God has abundantly given us with our gifts in return - for the benefit of others. While the plates are being passed, would you also pass the attendance pads down your pew and note your presence today. If there are visitors on your row, remember their names and welcome them personally after the service.
         Will the ushers now come forward to receive our offerings?


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Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

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Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


©2003 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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