Worship Order for
Psalm 133 (expanded)
Welcome! Today is
the second Sunday of the season of Easter. Our celebration
didn't end with last week's benediction. Easter is to be lived
out daily, not placed upon a coffee table to impress visitors.
God's resurrection is to be brought into our everyday life,
where we have our doubts and disagreements.
Let's begin with the 133rd Psalm, upon
which we will expand, and allow it to lead us into worshiping
the God of our salvation. Listen…
1 - How very good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters
live together in unity!
2 - It is like… (spoken
wistfully, as if trying to come up with a “for instance.”)
1 - It is like… (said in the
2 - It is like precious oil
1 - No, not the liquid which powers our automobiles or heats our
homes, but rather
2 - precious oil
1 - costly, aromatic oil
2 - anointing oil
1 - It is like precious oil that is poured
2 - Yes, poured, liberally, as if like a
1 - Poured on the head
2 - running down upon the beard,
1 - the beard?
2 - on the beard of Aaron,
1 - Oh, as in "Aaron" the priest, the brother of Moses,
2 - As in Aaron, who agreed to forge a calf out of gold for the
children of Israel to worship when they grew restless waiting
for Moses to come down the mountain.
1 - Oh, that Aaron.
2 - Yes, that Aaron, whose brother lashed out with
righteous anger because of doubt and dissension, even in his own
1 - And yet there was forgiveness, and a people lived, and a
true priest was born.
2 - That Aaron.
1 - Harmony among those whom God has called,
2 - sisters and brothers together,
1 - it is like oil poured upon the head, running down over the
collar and onto Aaron’s robes.
2 - It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains
1 - What a blessing it is, this gift from God.
2 - Shalom to you, my brother, for whom Jesus died.
1 - God's peace to you, my sister, for whom Jesus rose from the
2 - On this mountain the Lord ordained his blessing, life
1 - Life evermore!
2 - He is risen!
- He is risen, indeed!
How very good and pleasant it is, Lord God, to be drawn together by
you as brothers and sisters in Christ on this resurrection day. Pour
your empowering Spirit upon us, that the Easter message we here
proclaim may become more than words upon a page. Help us this hour
to listen for and lean toward your voice which speaks beyond the
words we utter. Move us past our doubts that we might step forward
with a faith that does not end when we leave this place. Nudge us to
touch areas of our lives that need to be touched, so that we might
then recognize that no door is so heavy that it can lock you out.
This we pray in the name of the One for whom you rolled away the
Responsive Prayer of Confession
Prince of peace,
from peace that is no peace,
from the grip of all that is evil,
from a violent righteousness…
paralysis of will,
from lies and misnaming,
from terror of truth…
hardness of heart,
from trading in slaughter,
from the worship of death…
the folly of your gospel,
by your choosing our flesh,
by your nakedness and pain…
your weeping over the city,
by your refusal of the sword,
by your facing of horror…
your bursting from the tomb,
by your coming in judgment,
by your longing for peace …
us peace. AMEN
Hymnal #697 - Peace
litany, 20th c., source unknown
written closer to the time (if not at the
Presentations and Promises
(After candidate is introduced to
the congregation by a member)
We continue what we began last week, spreading out the blessing
of baptism into three Sundays instead of just one. Today is no
less special. There is joy in heaven and here as we receive you
into this congregation and into the Church of the Brethren, more
joy than you may realize. As you step out of the water in a few
minutes, you will step into what is sometimes called, “the
communion of saints,” the fellowship of believers around the
world and through-out time who have followed Jesus, regardless
That may be a bit much to grasp in this moment, but
it’ll grow on you. Closer to home, as you make your vows, we
renew our own, and it is our intention to continue being a
family of faith to you. We commit ourselves to be for you a
loving fellowship, to be a means of grace in your life, and to
offer opportunities for you to grow in Christ – as you discover
your God-given gifts and learn how to use them for His glory. We
welcome you with joy. However, now is the time for promises –
all of which take on new meaning with stage of life, none of
which we can live up to without God’s active involvement. So,
let me ask:
Do you believe
that Jesus is God's Son and do you receive and trust him as your
Savior and Lord? (I do.)
Will you turn
away from all sin and will you endeavor by God's grace to live
according to the example and teachings of Jesus? (I
Will you be
loyal to the church, upholding it by your prayers and your
presence, your substance and your service? (I will.)
Now, would the congregation
please stand that we might make our own vows.
The words are printed in your bulletin... In unison:
With joy we
receive you as part of this congregation. With you we renew and
reaffirm our vows of faith. We promise to surround you with the
love and encouragement that will enable you to grow strong in
compassion, vigorous in service, and sure in the way of Christ.
vows taken from For All Who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Press, p.135-137.
our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
You have told us who we are.
We are yours.
Our “body,” whether we speak of our own individuality or of us
as the church of Jesus Christ, our “body” is a temple of the
Holy Spirit within – a gift from God. As scripture says, we are
not our own. We were bought with a price. However, that doesn’t
make us slaves. Through his death on the cross, our Savior paid
the price to set us free. We have been liberated – not for the
purpose of being dominated by our egos, but that we might
glorify God in our body. We have been set free that we might
glorify God with our lives. Think about that as you respond to
the good news with your offering. Ushers?
Holy One, we do not doubt that Jesus, the Messiah, lives again. Yet,
only one short week from Easter, our thoughts are cluttered with
finite, insignificant activities and agendas. Instead of remaining
focused on the abundance of divine transformation, we return to a
pessimistic mindset of scarcity. Refocus our attention on the joy of
Easter, so that we may recognize all that we have received and be
led to give cheerfully. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Vice-President of Stewardship with the
United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.
Copyright 2009 David S. Bell.
___________, upon your confession of faith made before God and these people, you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
As each name of the Trinity is spoken, the minister shall immerse the candidate forward, pushing the head gently and fully into the water. Then, laying both hands upon the head of the kneeling person, the minister shall pray:
O God, we are thankful for the commitment made today by (name) May (she/he) experience your forgiveness, acceptance, and peace. Send your Holy Spirit upon (her/him) to guide and to empower. Enable (her/him) to walk in newness of life, using (her/his) gifts in praise to you and in service to others. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the minister shall help the baptized person rise, extend the hand of Christian fellowship, speak a word of blessing, and assist the person in leaving the water.
from For All Who
Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.137-138.
"Peace be with you," Jesus says to
us in this room.
"As the Father sent me, so I send you."
No doubt or fear can lock God
out of our lives.
Remember that as you leave this place,
sent forward to live by faith.
And may these words echo through your mind, as well:
"Blessed are those who have not
and yet have come to believe."
And all God’s people said, "Amen!"
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