Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 13, 2004
Worship 10:00 am

      And Ahab said to Naboth, "Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it..."     (1 Kings 21:2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                 "The earth is the Lordís"                              (insert)

*Hymn                              "This is my Fatherís world"                                 154

*Opening Prayer


  Scripture                                  1 Kings 21:1-4

  Message                 "It was just a piece of ground..."
                                                              King Ahab remembers

  Hymn                  (vs. 1-2) "Dear Lord and Father of mankind"                    523
                                              (Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)

  Scripture                                       Psalm 32


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

  Hymn                  (vs. 3-5) "Dear Lord and Father of mankind"                    523

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Luke 7:36-50

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


*Hymn                                 "Iíd rather have Jesus"                                (insert)
                                            (click the link at top of that page to hear music)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

A song by Peter Haynes (not yet online) taken from Psalm 24:1-2:

"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it.
Yes, the world and its creatures belong to our God. (repeat)
Laced with the rivers and placed by the sea;
God is our maker so let us agree:" (repeat initial affirmation)

Opening Prayer

Eternal God,
         whose signature we see, if we dare, all around us in this world,
                  guide us this hour to look and to listen
                           for your handwriting and your voice in this place,
                                    right here - among these people,
                                             gathered around your Word.
         Connect our temporary praise to
                           your timeless rhythms,
                           your ageless melodies,
                           your everlasting joyful noise.
         Through your Holy Spirit,
                  breathe life into our singing,
                                          our praying,
                                          our speaking,
                                          our listening,
                                          our touching,
                           that all these activities might become more than they are.
         In our worship we reach out to you, O God,
                  knowing that you have already enfolded us in your arms.
                           Thank you, heavenly Father.
                                    In Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         King Ahab had a name. He lives on in history, though his mention in the Bible reminds us that power has its limits, and even a king must answer to God. On the other hand, the woman who anointed Jesusí feet with her tears remains a nameless "sinner." Even so, to this day we remember what she did. While disappointment caused Ahab to roll over and pout, this woman did not take that route. Instead, she made her way into where others thought she did not belong, and placed herself beside Jesus. We are not really told why she wept. All it says is that her ointment, her kisses, and her tears cleansed Jesusí feet, like his love cleansed her life. "Your sins are forgiven," he said. "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

         Are you here this morning because, like this woman, you learned that Jesus was in this house? Even in the stories of those, like Ahab, who did not do what is right in the Lordís eyes, have you witnessed Godís forgiveness? Perhaps your tears - of sorrow, of frustration, of anger, of release - have watered Jesusí feet as you came to him this morning. If so, hear him say, "Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

         Now is a time to respond to his goodness and mercy. May your offering just now be like breaking open a flask of oil and pouring it out. However, donít stop when the offertory ends. Pour out this blessing upon the world to which you will return once you exit this meetinghouse. Allow Godís grace to flow into your neighborhood, your work, your school, your home.

Will the ushers come forward to receive our offerings?




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International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


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


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