Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 17, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Third Sunday after Easter

      "Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts." (Acts 2:46)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship

* Hymn of the month     "Christ who left his home in glory"                           283

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    John 10:1-10

  For Children      "The sheepfold and the shepherd"

  Hymn                      "Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us"                         352
                                             (Pre-schoolers leave for playful worship)

  Scripture                                 1 Peter 2:19-25

  Litany                                                                                   (back of bulletin)

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

  Hymn                               "The Lord's my shepherd"                                578

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


  Scripture                                   Acts 2:42-47

  Message                  "Being an Easter Community"

*Hymn                        "I come with joy to meet my Lord"                           459


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
2 - In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope
1 - through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
2 - and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade Ė
1 - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power
2 - until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 - In this you greatly rejoice,
2 - though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
1 - These have come so that your faith Ė
2 - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire Ė
1 - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor
2 - when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 - So, proclaim the tidings,
2 - tell the blessed story.
1 - Stand, if you are able,
2 - and sing with all your voice.
1 - #282

1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV)

Opening Prayer

         Step by step your people walk the "glory!" trail, O Lord. The Easter song rings out once again, the resurrection story is told, and "hallelujah!" seems to arise from the very cracks in the ground beneath our feet. Oh, to love you with heart, soul, and mind, such that our Ďproclamationí this hour passes through these walking shoes to our lips. "Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, hallelujah!" May your Holy Spirit be our strength for the journey, your Son the One we follow, your kingdom be our goal, your people our companions along the way. Open our eyes this hour, Lord God, that we might see you walking with us. Amen.

For Children
The sheepfold and the shepherd

         This morning, Iím going to build a sheepfold. Whatís a sheepfold? Any of you know? Itís a place that holds sheep. I guess that could be something like a barn, but I donít have time to build a barn right now. A sheepfold is sort of like a yard with a fence around it. To make the fence or wall, I need some big people to help me. Do I have any adult volunteers out there in the congregation?

         (On the raised area up front, position the adults side by side in a circle with one opening. Have fun doing so!)

         There, Iíve made a sheepfold. How do you like it? Now, what why would you have a place like this? Yes, to hold sheep. But when would you hold sheep in here? During the day, sheep like to be out in a pasture munching on grass. What about during the night? Thatís when they sleep, like you and me. When itís dark, sheep can grow afraid, again - like you and me. There is good reason to be afraid at night when you are sheep. Thatís when predators (wolves, lions), or thieves are especially active, using darkness as a cover to attack or steal.

         A good shepherd uses a sheepfold to protect his sheep at night. There they can huddle together in safety, and itís easy for the shepherd to watch over them. Now, did you notice that I didnít put a door on the sheepfold? Why? Because the shepherd is the door. He stays right there to keep in the sheep and keep out the predators, as well the thieves and bandits.

         Okay, I need a bunch of sheep. Thatís you guys. Can you bah? Letís hear you. Good job! Can you get down on all fours and pretend your a sheep? Oh, you are so good. You even crawl and bah at the same time! Wonderful! Weíll pretend now that it is late, and the sun is going down. Soon it will be dark. Let me shepherd you into the sheepfold. Now lie down. Do you feel safe in here? Iím glad. Iíll stay at the door here and protect you during the night.

         Jesus once said that he was like a shepherd to us. Not only that, he said he was like the gate, staying right here as a good shepherd would to save and protect his sheep. I like thinking about Jesus as a good shepherd. Do you? He makes this sheepfold and he stays with us as the door, protecting us.

         By the way, take a look at the fence surrounding you sheep. This is a living fence, made up of people who love you very much. They are put around you by Jesus to help you and keep you safe from harm. We call this fence the "church," and Jesus is the door. Thatís what he said.

         "Thank you, Jesus, for being a good shepherd to us, and keeping us safe. Thank you for placing around us people who love and care for us. Amen."

         Now, before you go, we need to take down this fence. Little lambs, would you help me by giving these big people a hug and sending them on their way. Thank you!


I dream of a world that is free
of captive people, of oppression,
that healing may be for all
. . . But I am only one.

I dream of bringing good tidings
of change both possible and real
that the world s poor may know hope
. . . But I am only one.

I dream of binding up the brokenhearted,
those whose spirits have been destroyed
in the struggle that never ends
. . . But I am only one.

I dream of opening prison doors
and freeing those so tightly bound
by prejudice, fear and hate
. . . But I am only one

I am only one,
but with you
and other sisters and brothers who care
we are many
Let us go forth together
with the Spirit of God
upon us a/l
and fulfill our dreams.

by Ruby Rhodes, from Women at the Well,
1987, Womaen's Caucus of the Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows" (Psalm 23:5).

         Let me ask a very familiar question. Is your cup half full or half empty? Why? Think about that as you return your offering just now. Ushers?




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