Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 19, 2010
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from
the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the
princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "O day of peace"
Call to Worship
"All praise to our redeeming
*Affirming our Faith
1 Timothy 2:1-7
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
my Lord, my God, my all"
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance
pad and pass it on)
give thee but thine own"
"Heart with loving heart
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - Praise the Lord!
2 - Praise, O servants of the Lord;
1 - praise the name of the Lord.
2 - Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and for
1 - From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the
Lord is to be praised.
2 - The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the
1 - Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,
2 - who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
1 - He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from
the ash heap,
2 - to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his
1 - He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous
mother of children.
- Praise the Lord!
Rise in body or spirit and add your voice to this song of
praise: #21 in your hymnal – “All praise to our redeeming Lord.”
of all life,
we thank you
for the signs of your love that surround us,
for sun and warmth and all that comes to life
for all that sleeps within the earth awaiting birth.
We praise you
for the wisdom of your care,
water on the earth,
sunlight on our spirits,
hands on blinded eyes.
Continue to touch us.
Reach out to us with compassion and forgiveness
that we may receive your gifts,
that we may know your love and grace
and rise to new life in Jesus Christ. AMEN
#680, adapted from More
by Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.
1st edition ©1986 by the authors;
2nd revised edition ©1988. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.
Leader: We affirm that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Hannah, and Mary is our God.
People: We affirm that God has come to us in our likeness,
the form of a servant in Jesus of Nazareth.
Leader: We believe that god, in Christ, suffered the pain and
the cross to provide for our salvation.
People: We believe that God demonstrated power over sin and
raising Jesus from the dead
and declaring that the risen Christ is Lord.
Leader: God has given us new life and freedom
the fullness of the Holy Spirit,
who is the guide and power of the community of believers.
ALL: We believe that in the end, God's rule of peace
be fully established
and that Jesus Christ will reign forever and ever.
Adapted from a liturgy of baptism by Assembly Mennonite Church,
Baptism and Church Membership, Worship Series 3, ed. James H.
copyright © 1979 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.
Theme: We are asked to pray for all people
1 Timothy 2:1-7
This morning i
brought a globe. It is a model of our world. It shows land
shapes and water. The names of countries and bodies of water are
printed on the globe. We live here. (Point.) Our place on this
globe is tiny compared to all the world's places.
People live all
over the world. People of the world are different in many ways.
We have different houses, foods, and styles of clothing.
We have different
cultures. But we are all the same because we are members of
God's worldwide family. God loves all people. God created every
person in God's image. God loves each of us.
God asks us to
pray for other people in this worldwide family. We pray people
will have enough food, safe places to live, and health. We pray
they will know God's wonderful love.
Let's spin the
globe, and pray for people in different parts of the world.
(Spin globe and name area.)
Dear God, We
pray for people in .... We pray for people in .... We pray for
people everywhere. Amen.
by Donna McKee Rhodes,
Even More Little Stories for Little Children,
©2000, Herald Press, Scottdale, PA, p. 107
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
We sometimes use a
paraphrase of the Bible called the Laughing Bird version.
It comes out of a small
Baptist congregation in Melbourne, Australia – created by
their pastor, Nathan Littleton, to be used in worship.
He writes, "We named (this) after the Kookaburra because she
seems to us to be Australia's natural symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Why? Well, her call, which is the most unmistakable laugh of the
whole bird world, fills the air with good humor, but can at the
same time, be a call to humility - a rather sharp reminder of
one's own absurdity. Furthermore, this is a bird that does
battle with snakes, and usually wins. So, she is a symbol of the
Spirit's power to spread joy and laughter, to remind people not
to take themselves too seriously, and to confront and overcome
forces of evil."
With this in mind, let's turn
our attention to the prophet Amos in the Old Testament. His cry
for God in the following passage sounds strangely familiar, as
we hear it through this Laughing Bird version. Amid these
harsh words of judgment, may we hear the Holy Spirit call us to
humility and justice, with a laugh that breaks open sin and
paves the way for God. (pause)
"Listen to me, you who wipe
your feet on those in need;
you who destroy the poor for your own gain.
You resent religious holidays
because they interrupt your wheeling and
you demand twenty-four hour, seven-day trading
so that you can rip people off without
Your advertising is all deceit and delusion;
you rig the odds and the interest rates.
You lure the poor into crippling debt
until you own them — body and soul —
and then charge them again for owing
"I, the LORD, swear on the
Bible you so proudly wave,
that I will not forget a single one of your
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
Have we listened? Is the Holy Spirit at work in you? Come, let
us ponder the call of this "laughing bird" as we return our
tithes and offerings. Ushers?
Faithful One, you have entrusted us with so many gifts that are more
important than worldly possessions. You have called us to be
stewards of all that you have created. We strive to fulfill your
call to be generous stewards by openly sharing the bounty you have
placed under our care. We know that we visibly demonstrate our
commitment to your work in this world by giving these tithes and
offerings. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2010 David S.
Reprinted with permission from
Allow me to borrow yet another resource from our Australian,
“Laughing Bird” friends, some words of blessing and sending to
serve as a Benediction:
and continue to offer prayers and thanksgiving for
Be shrewd in dealing with the world around you
but do not be seduced into serving wealth.
Weep for those who suffer
and share faith and truth with all.
And may God welcome you with
May Christ Jesus give you knowledge of the truth;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you into all godliness
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)