Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 7, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

National Youth Sunday

      "He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon."
                       (John 1:39 - 2006 NYC theme)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                   "Morning Hymn"                                  Young

  Call to Worship

  Song                             "Open the Eyes of My Heart"
                                                               (words/chords, midi )

  A prayer

  Scripture Jam

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

  Bell Ringers                             "Into My Heart"                                  Clarke


  Hymn                              "Wonderful grace of Jesus"                              150

  Children’s Story       (Pre-schoolers then leave for Bell Ringers & Sunday School)

  Praise Songs                        "I want to know you"(
                              (words/chords - music clip from "Sonic Flood" - midi file)

                                               "Shout to the Lord"

  Skit                                      "Disciple Auditions"

  Responding with our Offerings - litany on back of bulletin

  Praise Songs                       "Here I am to worship"
                                          (words/chords, audio clips: RA, WMA, mp3)
"Lord, I lift your name on high"

  Meditation                         "Where are you going?"

*Song                                       "Come and see"                                         20


*Postlude                              "Postlude in G Major"                             Handel

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

We have come from north and south, east and west.
We have come from different states, towns, and from different backgrounds.

Yet we gather together in this place as sisters and brothers in Christ.
God invites us to find strength and unity in the common faith we all share.

Jesus calls us, "come, and see!" Explore who I am…Be followers of The Way!
Let us come to worship, with eyes and ears open, all our senses alert…

We come with open hearts and minds, in great anticipation…ready to be surprised
by the stirring of the Spirit among us!

Erin Matteson
Modesto Church of the Brethren
Modesto, CA

A Prayer

Awesome and loving God,
your creativity is amazing
as we think of all the different people on earth.
Help us to open our eyes to see you in every person we meet,
to treat each one as we would treat Jesus,
to respect and honor the sacredness of every human being,
including ourselves.
O God, come into our hearts and minds.
Make your home in us.
Live through us as we share your love with the world.

Louise Rieman
Northview Church of the Brethren
Indianapolis, IN

Scripture Jam

         This scripture jam, adapted from John 1:35 – 39, uses three people – a narrator, John, and one of John’s disciples. The narrator should be fairly matter-of-fact when speaking. John needs to be excited – excited to tell the story, excited to see Jesus, excited that his disciples are interested in Jesus. When John talks about his disciples, it’s in the style of a protective older sibling. The disciple is the most relaxed when speaking – as if he were telling the story to a group of friends. Play with the rhythm of this piece – some lines are meant to follow directly or occur at almost the same time, while in other places there are definite silences. The readers don’t interact with each other much at all – it’s as if they are the only one telling the story, in their own voice. It will work best if the youth have it almost memorized so that they can concentrate on artful delivery. (Stage directions are in italics)

Voice 1 – Narrator     Voice 2 – John     Voice 3 – disciple

1: The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples.

2: So the next day, I was back at my post.

3: We were just hanging out with John as usual.

1: And as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, Look!

2: Jesus was just walking by, and I was afraid they’d miss him! In my excitement, I yelled, "Here he is!"

3: John totally wigged out and started getting worked up about the "Lamb of God" or "God’s Passover Lamb" or something weird like that. But the guy looked normal enough to us...

2: Can you imagine, the Son of God, walk right there in front of us!?

1: Look, here he is, the Lamb of God!

3: Well of course we heard John yell at him – he wasn’t exactly quiet about it!

2: My friends tend to be curious, and seem to stir things up on occasion… anyway, they started following Jesus.

3: But even after John made a scene, the guy didn’t even turn around to see what was up… He just kept walking!

1: Look! Here he is, the Lamb of God! The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

2: Did you get that? My friends started following Jesus.

3: We just meant to walk behind him and keep an eye on him….(lost in thought for a second) yeah, I guess we did start following Jesus right then. (shakes head a little, as if in disbelief)

(Beat of silence)

1: When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them,

1/2/3: What are you looking for?

2: What were they looking for?

3: What were we looking for?

1: (steps out a bit and addresses congregation) What are you looking for?

(Beat of silence)

1: They said to him "Rabbi" (Which translated means Teacher),

2/3: "Where are you staying?"

3: Oh we didn’t really care where he was actually staying. We wanted to know who he was, and what he was all about.

2: He was kind of the buzz in those days.

3: …but still mysterious….everyone was talking about him, but no one was saying much…we just wanted to know for ourselves.

1: He said to them, Come and see.

3: Yep, that’s it – come and see…. (thinking)

2: Come and see! What a perfect invitation!

3: (very slightly annoyed) Come and see? That’s not an answer!

2: (smiling) Jesus did always know how to get people’s attention. I think my friends were annoyed by his answer, but they went with him.

1: They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.

3: Well of course we saw where he was staying, but that’s beside the point…. (thinking) …the stories he told….the way he thought about life…he just seemed to "get" God.

2: (getting lost in thought/amazement) They went with Jesus and…

3: (getting a bit lost in the memory) We remained with him.

2: … remained with him.

1: (slowly, in a "the end" sort of tone) they stayed with Jesus.

Becky Ullom
Director of Identity and Relations
Church of the Brethren General Board

For Children

         Jeannie from our Witness commission will begin a month-long focus upon Heifer International with the children. During this time, these little ones will pretend to be animals "auctioned" off.

Pastoral Prayer


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


"Disciple Auditions"

                For this skit, you will need eight auditioners, one stagehand, and the director. This dialogue is only meant to give you an outline to follow. Have your actors ad-lib their own lines to fit their parts.

Director:           Thank you for coming, ladies and gentlemen. As you know, we are auditioning for disciples to follow Jesus Christ. When your number is called, please step forward to the microphone and answer the questions.

Stagehand:        Number One, please. (Person #1 steps to the microphone. She should obviously be a “glamour girl” type.)

Director:           State your name, please.

Person #1:        (Use real or ficticious names.)

Director:           Why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #1:        Well, isn’t this a beauty contest? I thought you would obviously want me. I’m so gorgeous!

Director:           Thank you, Miss. Step back, please.

Stagehand:        Number Two, please.

Director:           State your name. (He does.) Louder, please. (Again, he does.) Thank you, Mr. why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #2:        Well, actually, I don’t know. My mother made me come and if I didn’t show up, I’d get so much flack it wouldn’t be worth it. I’m here because I have to be here.

Director:           Thank you. You may step back.

Stagehand:        Number Three, please.

Director:           State your name, please. (He does.) And why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #3:        Well, I’m really good at everything. I’m an honor student, a member of the basketball team, and first chair in band. You name it and I can do it. So, here I am.

Director:           Thank you. Step back, please.

Stagehand:        Number Four.

Director:           Your name, please? (He gives his name.) What? (Again, he gives his name.) O.K., Mr. , why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #4:        I need a job. I’m in trouble. I broke my bike. I need new shoes. Please, take me. I’ll work hard. Honest!

Director:           Thank you. Please step back.

Stagehand:        Next—Number Five.

Director:           Number Five, state your name. (She does.) Why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #5:        Well, I’m not very good at anything, but if Jesus can use me, I’ll do whatever he wants.

Director:           Thank you, Miss _____________. Step back.

Stagehand:        Number Six.

Director:           State your name. (He does.) Why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #6:        Well, I’ve been in Sunday school for fourteen years. I go to Bible study on Tuesday, youth group on Wednesday, and I help with the children’s program on Saturday. I attend all three services on Sunday, and I never miss anything. I know what discipleship means.

Director:           And what does it mean?

Person #6:        To be a follower—I follow all my friends and know when everything meets.

Director:           Thank you, step back.

Stagehand:        Number Seven, please.

Director:           State your name, please. (She does.) And why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #7:        I don’t have an option. I’ve decided to follow Christ, and he has commanded me to go and to make disciples. And to make disciples, I guess I have to be one.

Director:           Thank you, Miss ______________. Step back, please.

Stagehand:        Number Eight, step forward.

Director:           State your name, please. (very shy response) Don’t be afraid. Say your name loud and clear. (He does.) O.K., why do you want to be a disciple?

Person #8:        I don’t understand what it means, but I want to know Jesus better and I was hoping you would help me.

Director:           Thank you. Step back, please. I’d like to ask all of you to leave the room for a moment, while I discuss the decision with my associate. (They all leave.)

                At this point, the director mumbles something to the stagehand, and the stagehand leaves to bring back Numbers One, Two, Three, Four, and Six.

Director:           I have reached my decision. When I call your number, please step forward.

Number One, Miss _____________. So you think this is a beauty contest. Being a disciple has nothing at all to do with what you look like on the outside. It’s who you have in the inside that counts. Thank you for auditioning. I’m sorry. 

Number Two. Your mother made you come, Mr. _____________ ? Well, this is one thing your mother can’t make you do. You can only do it on your own. Thank you for auditioning. You may leave. 

Number Three, Mr. ______________. It’s great that you can do everything. Unfortunately, being a disciple has little to do with what you can do, but rather what you can’t do. That’s why a disciple needs Jesus. Thank you for auditioning. 

Number Four. So you want a job. You need the money. Well, discipleship will cost you everything you have for maybe no money gained at all. But the final reward is great. Thank you for auditioning. 

Number Six. Ah yes, you follow your friends to every meeting. But the question is, Do you follow Jesus? What do you do for him?

Person #6:        What do you mean? As long as I go to everything, isn’t that enough?

Director:           A disciple joyfully does whatever he can for Jesus with or without his friends. Thank you for auditioning.

Director:           Stagehand. (leaves and brings in Numbers Five, Seven, and Eight)

Director:           Number Five, step forward. Miss _____________. You love Jesus but can’t do anything? You have a special talent that God has given you for discipleship. Welcome to the family. 

Number Eight, step forward. You want to learn more about Jesus. We’re here to help a learner learn more. You see, that’s what discipleship is all about. Welcome to the family. 

Number Seven. Ah yes, the girl with no option. You’re right. You accepted Christ and to follow his command, you are a disciple. Thank you for coming and welcome to the family. 

(to stagehand) Why are so many called and so few chosen?

Stagehand:        Don’t worry. Look at all these people (pointing to audience). Perhaps next time, some of these folks will audition. I think we’ll get a better result.

from The Greatest Skits on Earth
Wayne Rice & Mike Yaconelli
©1986, Zondervan, pp.  40-43

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
A Litany

One:  God, we live in a world that is crying out for help amid
          the violence, hunger, sickness, and pain that so tightly grip
          its people. We want to offer help and comfort, and yet we
          are often paralyzed by our own fears, uncertainties, and
          feelings of inadequacy.

All:    We are in need of your calming presence;
                                        your gentle prodding;
                                             your wondrous grace.

One:  It is easy to talk about solutions to the problems of our
          world, our communities, our churches, and our families.
          Acting on our thoughts and ideas is much more difficult.

All:    Guide us, O God, to the love in us unused;
                                        to the strength unspent;
                                        to the courage untapped;
                                        to the dream unrisked;
                                        to the beauty unexpressed.

One:  We are called to follow Jesus example: to love all people
          and to work to bring about God s kingdom in this world.

All:    Empower us, O God, to be Christ's hands and feet—to love
          in truth and action.

One:  Shake us awake, O God, and challenge us to grow into the
          people you are calling us to be.

All:    As fully, as gracefully; as faithfully

One:  As you have created us to be.

All:    Amen.

by Beth Rhodes, coordinator
2006 National Youth Conference
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"


One: And John sent two disciples to ask "who is this Jesus?"
Many: we went and asked
One: "should we wait for another?"
Many: we heard and we saw
One: "the blind receive their sight"
Many: Go and tell
One: "the lame walk"
Many: Go and tell
One: "the lepers are cleansed"
Many: Go and tell
One: "the deaf hear"
Many: Go and tell
One: "the dead are raised"
Many: Go and tell
One: "the poor have the good news brought to them."
Many: Go and tell
One: And there is hope for life evermore.
Many: Go and tell
All: We will go and tell the world what we have seen and heard so that they too might know who this Jesus is and the life he brings.

Rich Troyer, Pastor
Youth & Family Ministries, Middlebury, IN

(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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