Worship Order for
107:1-7 and Romans
1 - Listen and be drawn into worship by the Psalmist,
2 - side-by-side with a good word from the apostle Paul. Listen.
1 - O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
2 - (Let love be genuine; hate what is evil,
fast to what is good;)
1 - for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 - (love one another with mutual affection;
one another in showing honor.)
1 - Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
2 - (Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the
1 - those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in
from the lands, from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
2 - (Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere
1 - Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an
inhabited town; hungry and thirsty, their soul
fainted within them.
2 - (Contribute to the needs of the saints;
hospitality to strangers.)
1 - Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
2 - (Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not
1 - God led them by a straight way, until they reached
an inhabited town.
2 - (Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who
1 - O give thanks to the LORD!
2 - O give thanks to the LORD!
1 - If you are able, please stand and sing #589,
me, O thou great Jehovah"
Prayer of Confession
"A Knowing Teacher"
O God of grace, you know us so thoroughly and so well.
You know that we live somewhere between hypocrisy and
You know that sometimes we would lay on others burdens
that we would not lift a finger to move ourselves.
You know that we would like our faith deeds to be seen and
admired by others.
You know that we like honors and privileges and salutations.
Forgive us, Lord, and teach us.
Teach us that we have one Father, who is in heaven.
Teach us that we have one Master, who is our Christ.
Teach us that we have one calling, which is to serve.
Help us to humble ourselves that Christ might be exalted.
We pray in the holy name of our Lord Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Michael Titus, pastor
Covington Community Church Of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
"Comforted by 2 words"
When I was
little and I got hurt and was crying (not because I didnít get
my way, but because I was really hurting), I remember my mother
and my grandmother used to hug me real tight and say two words. I
donít remember thinking about these words very much at the time.
Now when I am older and consider what to say to my children, I
happen to remember these two words. Does anyone know what these
two words might be?. Take a moment and think about it. Iíve
heard these words used by a lot of other people to comfort them.
The words are simple ... "I know."
I would be
crying so hard because I fell down and my grandmother would hug me
and say "Now, now, ... I know." What did she know? How
it hurt? How afraid I was? As I got older and the kids at school
made fun of me for some reason, my mom would say "Eeddie, donít
worry, ... I know." Did she know how bad the kids laughing at
me made me feel? Did she know that I never wanted to go back to
that dumb school again? I found out as a Dad that all the times
that I spent in school getting hurt, busting knees or being afraid
of what tomorrow might bring, that I can comfort my children with
those same two words ... "I know."
It is good to
know that your mom or dad or your elders can feel what you are
going through and to know that you are not alone. When we get
older, it gets harder for grown-ups to feel comfort by someone
telling us they know. It is not the same as a mom or dad, who
loves you in that special way. It almost does the opposite when
you are a grown-up. I think grown-ups need to hear "1
know" from God in their prayers. God really does know! There
is not anything that happens to us that God does not know, and He
feels our hurt.
Let us close
with a prayer... Dear heavenly Father, we ask through your son
Jesus Christ to comfort us and speak to our heart what we already
feel, the words "I know." Amen.
by Ed Lewis
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
At this point in
this service of worship, our ushers wonít be carrying an "ark
of the covenant," just offering plates. Itís time, you know,
to share from our abundance. Of course, many of us may be wondering
about that word "abundance," worrying about how deep the
water is that lies ahead in our own journey - bills needing to be
paid, tasks to be accomplished, responsibilities awaiting us. Is
there enough to go around - enough money, enough energy, enough
time? Are we stepping in over our heads?
As the plates
are passed, remember this Bible story about Joshua leading the
children of Israel across the Jordan river into the promised land.
When the priests carrying the ark stepped into that overflowing
torrent, an interesting thing happened. God once again parted the
water. Everyone crossed over. ... Pray with me.
Lord God, bless the feet that step out by faith on this day.
Bless the arms that carry the load. Bless the hands that
reach out to others along the way. Bless the hearts that
release anxiety and move forward with joy. Bless it all, in
Jesusí name. Amen.
Go now, in the freedom of the gospel of Christ.
Encourage one another to lead lives worthy of God
and walk together in service and humility.
Let your words and your lives be one in Christ.
And may the God of lasting love open the way before you;
May Jesus the Messiah be your one instructor;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you on
........into the promised land of Godís kingdom and glory.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net
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