Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 20, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
The Second Sunday of Lent
truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God
without being born from above.”
Beginning with Praise
"If you but trust in God" 576
Words to direct us
(pew Bibles, p. 536)
Responsive Call to Worship (back
of the bulletin)
praise to God who reigns" 59
Returning our Tithes and Offerings Romans 4:1-5 (The Message)
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
"The God of Abraham praise" 162
Romans 4:13-17 (Laughing
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"The God of Abraham praise" 162
sent his Son" 345
Responsive Scripture Reading John 3:1-17 842
"God, who touches earth" 511
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Left: We lift up our eyes to the hills.
We give voice to our questions.
We give flight to our longing.
Right: Where is the help we know we
Who tends us in this complex and confusing age?
All: Our help comes only
from the Lord!
This is the truth that rises from a raised place.
This is the balm that directs our desiring,
feeds our seeking,
and calms our anxious
Left: As we come here this day,
As we go from here into this week ...
Right: God will guard our lives.
All: We are held always
The Lord guards against all harm -
more constantly than we can ever know.
Our God is the ground of our being,
the One who tends the soil of our lives
toward the fruit of our
Glenn Mitchell, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"
The Psalmist wrote about God’s help being persistent and
everlasting. Living and loving God, we are blessed with the
truth of these words in a way that the Psalmist could only dream
about. In your great love for the world, your desire to help us
became visible when you sent your Son, to be our Savior and
Lord. That you - creator of heaven and earth - should so care
for us is almost beyond our imagination. How can we come with
anything other than praise and adoration for this priceless gift
of lives lived eternally with you, O God? A gift made possible
through the sacrificial love of Jesus, your Son, our Lord and
our Savior. This we pray in his name. Amen
by Rev Moira Laidlaw, Uniting Church in Australia,
Children's storyteller Ed will be working with the story of Abraham,
sharing with the kids about moving from one place to another,
changing schools, making new friends, leaving the familiar and going
to the unfamiliar, etc. He writes, "As a child, my grandmother moved
us seven times in an eight block radius of the city in about four
years. Then I moved four different times between the city and
county, from my Mother's to my Grandmother's, so I have a lot to
our Tithes and Offerings
From the first book of the Bible, let’s to the Jesus portion, as
hear what the apostle Paul has to say in his letter to the
Romans. I’m reading from “The Message,” a paraphrase.
1-3So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our
first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at
things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve
him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story
we're given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read
in Scripture is, "Abraham entered into what God was doing for
him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him
right instead of trying to be right on his own."
4-5If you're a hard worker and do a good job, you
deserve your pay; we don't call your wages a gift. But if you
see that the job is too big for you, that it's something only
God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for
yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that
trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by
God. Sheer gift.
Romans 4:1-5 from
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,
2000, 2001, 2002 by
Eugene H. Peterson
this new way of looking at things,” let’s respond to the “sheer
gift” of God with our tithes and offerings – not because we have
to, but because we want to. It’s not the price of admission,
brothers and sisters. Because of Jesus, we’re already part of
the family, born of the Spirit. Ushers?
Creator God, you cradle us with your sanctifying spirit. In sharing
these gifts, change our timid murmurs of faith to joyful
proclamations of your holy will. We believe and pray in the name of
Copyright © 2011 David
S. Bell. Reprinted with permission from
promised Abraham that he and his descendants would inherit the
earth, it was not because Abraham had earned it by following
God’s instructions to the letter. Instead it was a gift given
when God put things right for Abraham in response to the trust
he had shown. If it were possible to earn the rights to the
earth by rigid compliance with the law, then basic values like
trust and promise would be irrelevant. It would
all become just another legal contract to be negotiated. Tie it
all up in fine print and it will only end up serving as evidence
against you; but where the relationship is conducted on the
basis of trust, no one goes on the lookout for very possible
........So instead of being a legal
matter, the fulfillment of the promise is conditional only on
people’s willingness to put their trust in God. It is simply an
expression of God’s generosity, and that’s why it is guaranteed
to always be available to everyone. Whether you were raised in a
culture where observing the religious law was the norm, or
whether you have simply stepped out and put your trust in God
like Abraham did, the promise is open to you. After all, both
groups can rightly trace their line back to Abraham, and the
scriptures say that God promised to make him the father of many
nations. When it looked like Abraham wouldn’t ever become the
father of anyone, he trusted his future into the hands of God,
believing that the God who can bring life out of death could
create something out of nothing.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton
written closer to the time (if not at the
Responsive Scripture Reading
Now there was a Pharisee named
Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and
said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come
from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from
the presence of God."
Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I
tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born
Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone
be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into
the mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell
you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of
water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what
is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I
said to you, "You must be born from above." The wind blows where
it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know
where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who
is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can these
Jesus answered him, "Are you a
teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
"Very truly, I tell you, we speak of
what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not
receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things
and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you
about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except
the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as
Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son
of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn
the world, but in order that the world might be saved through
New Revised Standard Version
birthing time has come.
A moment’s pain leads to the cry of a new creation.
Do not be afraid of life in the waiting arms of a loving God,
for the One who was sent as a gift is worth your trust.
He died that you might really live.
So live this week, as if it were your first,
and be God’s doula right where you are!
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)