Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 4, 2004
Worship 10:00 am

      "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." (Matthew 5:13)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

*Responsive Call to Worship                                                                      681

*Hymn                          "Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah"                               50

*Opening Prayer  (#F-2)

  Scripture                                 1 Peter 2:12-17

  For Children                "At the end of the nose"
                                         (Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)

  Hymn                          "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies"                        (insert)

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

  Prayer of the People                                                                                 720

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Scripture                                Matthew 5:13-16

  Message                         "What are you worth?"               bro. Ed Lewis
                                                               (message not online)

*Hymn                           "Christian, let your burning light"                            402


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader:   Clap your hands, all you nations
                 shout to God with cries of joy!
People:   How majestic is the Lord Most High;
                 how mighty is the great Sovereign over all the earth!

Leader:   Sing praises to God;
                  sing psalms in God's honor.
People:  God reigns over the nations;
                  God is exalted over all.

All:     Praise the Lord, all people;
              praise God's everlasting name!

Hymnal #681, Psalm 63:1-4
adapted from Revised Standard Version

For Children
"At the end of the nose"

         Today is July 4th, when we celebrate the independence of our country, remembering when we as a people declared that we were a nation separate from England. We usually celebrate it with fireworks, picnics, and speeches about the past, present, and future greatness of our country. This day is about "freedom." Let me tell you a story about freedom.

         Once there was a man who heard about our free country. He lived in a country in Europe where freedom was extremely limited. He managed to escape and make his way by boat to this country. As he stepped off the boat, he took a deep breath and then walked up to a person standing nearby. This person, seeing the newcomer coming toward him, extended a hand of welcome. Instead of shaking hands, which was the polite thing to do, this new arrival doubled up his fist and hit this man in the nose.
         "Why did you do that?" asked the man who was hit.
         "This is a free country, isnít it? I can do what I want to do."
         The man who had been hit replied, "This may be a free country, but your freedom stops where my nose begins..."

         That story makes me think about freedom. The early founders of our country who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the man who was hit in the nose said about the same thing, and it was this: We have freedom to do what we wish, but when that freedom interferes with the rights of someone else, weíre in the wrong.
         Perhaps youíve heard what those early founders felt to be extremely important when they were declaring our countryís independence, but itís worth hearing again:

         "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."    (Of course, we should know that when they said "all men" they really meant "all people").

         Well, thatís talking about freedom using fancy language and some big words, but thatís what we celebrate on the Fourth of July. Itís a God-given freedom to do as we please. But we canít please God and do as Jesus taught unless we use our freedom in a responsible way, with love causing us to stop short of punching someone in the nose. Thus, love and freedom go together.

adapted from The Brown Bag, by Jerry Marshall Jordan, p. 65

Prayer of the People

ALL: Listening God,
               you hear our prayers before we speak,
                     yet welcome our praying;
               therefore we come with confidence
                      to lay our requests before you.

Leader: We pray for Christian everywhere,
                   for our denomination and our congregation,
                   for faithfulness and strength to persevere in righteousness.
             We pray for the whole people of God.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the nations of the world,
                   for all leaders
                   and for those who make policy decisions.
             We pray for the commonwealth of our global community.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for those who are overcome by violence,
                   for victims of injustice or oppression,
                   and for those in poverty or pain,
             We pray for all who need healing and peace.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for those who endure trials,
                   for those who are dying,
                   and for those who mourn.
             We pray for all who need comfort and hope.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: You have heard the prayers of your people, O God.
             We rest in the comfort of your care,
                   as we pray in Jesus' name.


#720, Copyright © 1992 The Hymnal Project

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:10-11)

Letís return to the Lord our tithes and other offerings. Ushers?




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