Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 12, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
(1 Samuel 16:7b)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
"Grant us, Lord, the
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"The care the eagle gives her young"
(Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)
A Smidgeon of Faith
"Small things, great love"
is thy faithfulness"
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Creator and Ruler of the Earth, we lift up our voices, our eyes, our
hearts, our lives to you in praise. Make us your alleluia people.
Uphold the weary, for whom praise may be very difficult. Humble the
strong, for whom "alleluia" may be too easy. Creator and
Ruler of the Earth, continue to form us into your new creation, that
we might welcome you to more fully become the ruler of our hearts
and minds. Through him who came as a servant, and who now reigns
over all creation, Jesus, our Christ. Amen.
"Clang, clang, clang"
Glen, would you bring our offering plates forward? ... Children, this
month, Mr. Mel and Mr. Glen are our head ushers.
They greet people at the doors to our sanctuary and hand out the
bulletins, welcoming everyone. Another important thing they do is
to collect our offering, using these plates. I donít know if youíve
ever really looked at these metal plates when they were passed
down your pew, but letís touch and see them now. What do you
notice about them. Theyíre shiny, yes. Made of gold? I donít
think so. Maybe itís a metal called brass. I donít know. What
else do you see? Yes, there is a circular pad on the bottom. It
comes out, see? Why do you think that is there? (Get their
answers, one of which may be right - then launch into the story).
me of a story about Jesus. One day he was sitting in the Temple
near where people came to give their offerings to God. In that
place were 13 big metal receptacles which were each shaped sort of
like a trumpet. Maybe it looked a bit like this (show my
euphonium). I used to play this when I was in school. People would
throw their coins in here.
do an experiment. I have a lot of pennies here. Letís see what
it sounds like if we drop 10 pennies in. (Listen,
then remove them) Okay, how about 20 pennies. (Listen,
then remove them) Now 30. (Listen,
then remove them) Letís go for the mother-load and
see what all these pennies would sound like when throw them in. (Listen,
then remove them)
Now, if you
wanted to make a big show of giving money, what do you think you
could do? Thatís right. Youíd throw in as many coins as you
could. The Temple was a pretty noisy place, with crowds of people
praying out loud, and sacrificial sheep and goats and bulls and
birds making all their noises, too. Letís redo our experiment.
Only this time, letís make noise. Congregation, help us. Some of
you baah! like sheep. Others bleat like goats. Some moo like a
cow. Others make bird sounds. Everybody else pray the Lordís
prayer, but not in unison. While youíre doing this, Iíll throw
the coins in, but be ready to stop immediately afterward. Okay,
go! (Throw pennies in as loudly as possible,
then remove them).
that sound catch your attention? It probably would have on that
day Jesus sat watching. Folks would have paused, and may maybe
said to the person beside them - "that man must be very
generous," or "she must really love God," or
"he must really be blessed by God to give so much." And
the person who gave all those coins, even if they were just
pennies and not something bigger, could walk away feeling pretty
good about himself.
On that same
day, as Jesus sat there watching and listening, along came this
poor woman whose husband had died. She must not have had much
money to live on, because all she was able to put in the offering
was two small coins. I wonder if anyone would have heard her do
it. Letís experiment again. Ready, animal and people sounds?
Begin. (Toss in 2 pennies) Okay, stop. Did anyone hear those coins
drop in? No? You did? Well, so did Jesus.
In fact, he
gathered his disciples around him, and told them, "this
poor widow has put in more than all the others. Everyone else gave
what they didnít need. But she is very poor and gave everything
she had. Now she doesnít have a cent to live on." (Mark
Thatís what he said.
Now, why do
you think we put this pad in the bottom of our offering plates?
Thatís right, so that we wonít be listening for the noise of
giving thatís just done to show everyone else that we must be
generous or blessed. Sometimes the best offerings canít be heard
or seen. But God listens and looks and knows and loves those who
risk and give their best.
the ushers if you could help them take up the offering today.
Would you like to do that? Letís split you up into 4 groups and
you can go help.
our Tithes and Offerings
the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." (1
Okay, ushers, help us to give from the heart and
not for show.
O God, we offer
these gifts and our lives, not for the sake of their appearance, but
in gratitude for all you have given to us. Above all, we thank you
for the great gift of Jesus, for his selflessness and sacrificial
love. May our discipleship possess these same qualities. This we
pray in Jesusí name. Amen
by Moira B Laidlaw, from Liturgies
Smidgeon of Faith
(from the Stewardís Commission)
The sign out
front of our church presently nudges folks who drive by to
"live within your harvest." Itís that time of year,
you know. Harvest time, or at least the tail end of it. Harvest.
Reaping. Gathering. Storing. You do know what Iím talking
about donít you?; or has the supermarketís endless bounty
helped you to forget that, as Ecclesiastes said, "to
everything there is a season and a time under heaven"? In
the Spring of the year we plant. In the Fall we harvest.
within your harvest." Thatís what the sign says. Once upon
a time, the harvest was itself a sign of life or death. If the
growing season was not a good one, if the rains stayed in the
heavens and the ground became dry and hard, there would no crops
to harvest, no grain to store. To live within the harvest would
then be a meager existence, or worse. Like the drought that
affected the little town of Zarephath in the days of Elijah.
"live within your harvest" to a widow in that village, a
woman who was preparing the last earthly meal for herself and her
son - would be a cruel statement. She was ready to die within her
harvest. How many people in our present world does this describe?
Happily, there is more to this Bible story than a last meal. A
little oil, a bit of grain, and a smidgeon of faith went a long
way. God had another idea.
though, "live within your harvest," is a reminder that
we do not exist on just a little oil and a bit of grain; we are
not down to our last two coins as that other widow in the Bible we
heard of earlier. We have been blessed by an abundant harvest. God
has provided for us richly (even if we donít feel all that
wealthy). What is our smidgeon of faith going to do?
week, most of you hopefully received a letter from your Stewards
commission here at the Long Green Valley Church asking you to look
ahead at how you will be living within your harvest in 2007. We
encourage you, if you have not been doing so already, to have a
plan - to budget, and to include the church of Jesus Christ in
your plan. A benchmark the Bible often lifts up is 10%, or a
tithe, of your income. How you figure that out is up to you -
whether this is a goal to work for or a place to begin, whether
you measure before or after tax, whether you give weekly or every
other week or monthly - this all is between you and God. Make it
an exercise in faith, not just dollars and cents.
If you are up
to the challenge and ready to make a commitment, next Sunday will
be the time to return your pledges for 2007 to the Lord. You can
fill out and bring forward the form we attached to the letter we
sent you, or you can tear off and use whatís on todayís (and
will be also on next weekís) bulletin insert. Only our financial
secretary will see your pledge and help you to keep track of your
progress. We are not into loud, clanging offerings here. Just
simple acts of faith. Thatís all it takes. That and remembering
what Elijah said to the widow of Zarephath: "Donít be
afraid; go and do what you have said..." (1
written closer to the time (if not at the
Since Godís faithfulness is great,
and every morning is full of "new mercies,"
if only our eyes are open to behold them;
since the Lord has provided for all
we have needed,
even when we were most tempted to doubt;
Therefore, step out in faith this week,
in some small but not unimportant way.
God, you see, honors those who take a
risk for heavenís sake.
secure in the everlasting love of God
renewed by the sacrificial love of
empowered by the active love of the
first portion by Pete Haynes,
last section ("Go forth...") by Moira B Laidlaw,
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