Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 23, 2004
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

Youth Sunday


"O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1)


  Morning Praise (9:45 am)


  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                     "Teresaís Prayer"                                      insert
                                                                (sing through twice)

  Scripture Jam

  Meditations on Seeking

*Praise Song                           "God of Wonders"                                      insert
                                    (worship flash movie
(with sound!), lyrics with chords)


  Children's Story

  Joys and Concerns

  Prayer of the People

  Meditations on Thirsting



  Graduate Recognition

*Hymn                             "Joys are flowing like a river"                                301


  Scripture                                       John 6:35

  Meditations on Longing

*Hymn                                 "The Wonderful Cross"                                 insert
                                                           (words/chords, audio clip)

  Challenge to the Congregation                                 insert

  For Such a Time as This                         (a 7-minute video)

  Receive Living Water
              Bring your written confession forward and place it
        into Godís hands to receive Godís Living Water.
        These confessions will be kept between you and God.



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
based on Psalm 63:1

Leader: O God, you are my God. . .

People: O God, demand our focus. Shape our focus. Focus us on you, God.

Leader: I seek you. . .

People: Help us to see you. Enable us to look. Fill us with the courage to find you in undiscovered places.

Leader: My soul thirsts for you. . .

People: O God, we need you in our lives. Help us not rely on the unimportant things in our lives, like videos, clothing, and popularity, to give us meaning. Let us not seek fame, fortune, and easy living. Let us not worship things in this world: money, status, sports, power. Let us not be discouraged by disappointment in our lives.

Leader: as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

People: Focus us on your life-giving power to let the good things in our lives to grow. Help us to taste the water of life pouring out onto the land. Help us to bear luscious fruit in the great bounty of your Spirit. Let our lives rest in your power. Move us to turn to you and seek your presence this day and place.

by Judi & Jeff Newman-Lee
Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, Adel, IA

Scripture Jam
Psalm 63:1

Reader 1      O God, you are my God.
Reader 2      O God, you are
Reader 3      Eternal God.
Reader 2      Loving God.
Reader 3      Present God.
Reader 2      You are
All               My God.
Reader 1      I earnestly seek you,
Reader 2      with integrity and desire.
Reader 3      I seek,
Reader 2      I search,
Reader 3      I love
All               You.
Reader 1      O God, you are my God. My soul -
All               All of my spiritual being Ė
Reader 1      Thirsts for you.
Reader 3      When Iím thirsty Ė
Reader 2      Really thirsty Ė
Reader 3      itís almost all I can think about.
Reader 1      My soul thirsts for you.
Reader 2      My body Ė
All               My whole physical body Ė
Reader 3      Yearns,
Reader 1      Longs for you.
Reader 2      When I long for you Ė
Reader 3      Really long for you Ė
Reader 2      Itís almost all I can think about.
Reader 1      In a dry and weary land
                    Where there is no water,
Reader 2      In the mundane,
Reader 1      sometimes difficult,
Reader 2      desert of the day-to-day,
Reader 3      I seek you.
Reader 2      In my relationships
Reader 3      I thirst for you.
Reader 2      In my work and my school
Reader 3      I long for you.
Reader 2      In my life and in my heart,
Reader 3      I yearn,
All               with all of who I am,
Reader 3      for you.
Reader 1      O God,
Reader 2      you are
Reader 3      My God.
Reader 1      Our God.
All               Earnestly, we seek you.

Laura Stone
Manchester College

Meditations on Seeking

Individual youth share their own personal reflections on this topic.


Children's Story

Materials: pitcher of water, dixie cups, theme poster

         Who here likes to use their imagination? When you use your imagination you can go anywhere, can you? Where do you like to go? Well, today I going to ask you to go somewhere with me. Before we leave I want to show you this picture of where weíre going. (show poster - maybe ask questions about how it makes them feel) Does this look like a fun place to go? Well, weíre going to need to go there for just a little while, so everyone close your eyes. Here we go! We are walking on hot sand- itís so hot itís burning our feet! And the sun is very heavy and bright. You can feel it making your face and shoulders hot. Thereís nowhere to escape it - no shade or trees - just sand. So we keep on walking. I donít know about you but Iím feeling very hot and tired. But you know what else? My mouth is really dry. Iím really thirsty!! I want a drink so bad my mouth hurts! Nice cold water would feel so good splashing down my throat.

         Alright, lets return from our imaginary trip. Did everyone make it back? Good. Who can tell me a time when they really want God to be with them? Do you ask for Him when youíve had a bad dream? Do you want Him when youíre scared or hurt or in trouble? Well, the Bible tells us we donít just want God sometimes, we need Him all the time! We seek Him and our soul thirsts for Him as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Sound familiar? Werenít we just there? Remember how much we wanted that water? And we donít just want water, we NEED water to live donít we? And just like water, we NEED God to live. Heís like water and weíre thirsty for Him. Anyone want a cup? Before I give you a drink would you pray with me?

Dear God,
Thank you for this good water.
When we drink it, help us remember how much we need you.
In your name we pray, Amen.

Caitlin Haynes
Glen Arm, MD

Pastoral Prayer


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


Meditations on Thirsting

Individual youth share their own personal reflections on this topic.



         Dear Lord, You know us so well. You know the sorts of things that people seek. We seek physical beauty and mental intelligence. We seek good grades and good jobs, good investments and good retirement plans. We seek nice clothes, nice cars, nice houses and nice summer vacations.
         You did not tell us all those things are bad. You just told us they are not good enough to quench our greatest thirst or satisfy the deepest longing of our hearts. Holy God, sanctify us this day, we pray. We want to seek You first, also your reign and righteousness. For we know that only in communion with You, the Giver, do the gifts truly give life. We return to You a portion of what You have given to us. We ask that You give us wisdom to use these gifts to do the work of Jesus, in whose name we pray.

(References: Psalm 63:1, Isaiah 55:1-2, Matthew 6:33)

Russell Haitch,
Bethany Theological Seminary

Graduate Recognition


Meditations on Longing

Individual youth share their own personal reflections on this topic.


Challenge to the Congregation

         In the space below, write down something that is getting in your way of receiving Godís gift of Living Water in your life. It can be a situation that youíd like Godís guidance for or a broken relationship that needs healing.




Receive Living Water



written by a youth



written by a youth



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