Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 30, 2011
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If
you puff yourself up, you'll get the wind knocked out of
you. But if you're content to simply be yourself, your
life will count for plenty.”
(Matthew 23:11-12 from The Message)
Beginning with Praise
mighty fortress is our God"
with the Word
Call to Worship
(sung quickly, without holds, a walking song)
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
we walk with the Lord"
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Returning our Tithes
"Chorale: O God,
Thou Holy God"
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
burdensome nor showy" (mp3)
"Will you let me be your servant"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Beginning with the Word
(links are to pronunciation guides)
1 - The Lord said to
2 - “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all
Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was
with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who
bear the ark of the covenant,
1 - ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you
shall stand still in the Jordan.’”
2 - Joshua then said to the Israelites,
1 - “Draw near and hear the words of the Lord your God.”
2 - Joshua said,
1 - “By this you shall know that among you is the living God who
without fail will drive out from before you the
Jebusites: the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth
is going to pass before you into the Jordan. So now select
twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. When
the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the
Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut
off; they shall stand in a single heap.”
2 - When the people set out from their tents to cross over the
Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in
front of the people.
1 - Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time
of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the
Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped
in the edge of the water,
2 - the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a
single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside
1 - while those flowing toward the sea of the
Arabah, the Dead
Sea, were wholly cut off.
2 - Then the people crossed over opposite
1 - While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground,
2 - the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord
stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan,
- until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.
Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
There is no river
for us to cross this morning, but we are likewise on a journey
toward the promised land, and this is a new day in which we are
called to follow where Jesus leads. Please rise in body or
spirit and let us sing a traveling song of faith and trust.
Ignore the hold marks in the music, for we follow at a steady
pace on the path where he leads. Come and worship!
you draw us near to your heart,
so that, cradled in compassion,
we might see the brokenness
of all who are around us.
you draw us near to yourself,
so that, by following you,
we may discover the deep joy
of serving the broken of the world.
you draw near to us with your peace,
so that, reconciled and restored to God,
we may be the healers
to a world shattered by despair.
God in Community, Holy in One,
as we draw near to you in this time,
we lift the prayer you have taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .
by Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), from
What day is
tomorrow, October 31st? I thought you’d get that
right. It’s Halloween. Are you doing anything on Halloween? Oh,
you’re going trick-or-treating? What’s that? You go from
house to house and ask for candy? And they just give it to you?
Interesting. Are you going dressed like you are now? Oh, you’ll
be wearing a costume. Tell me about it….. (the discussion may
not happen in this order, but the point is to hear about it from
Thank you for
sharing. I hope it is a wonderful night for you, and not too
scary. I know that when it gets dark, it can be easier to be
afraid of things that wouldn’t be so frightening in the daytime.
By the way, Daylight Savings time begins next weekend, which
means that it will be getting dark earlier. Halloween was
originally a festival of people across to ocean. The holiday
was called “Samhain,” and it took place right about now. People
were glad that they had collected the crops from their fields,
but they were also sad that the days were getting shorter. They
didn’t have electricity back then, and it got really dark at
night. When it’s dark, it’s easy to be afraid, isn’t it? It was
for them. Back then, they also dressed up in scary clothes for
Samhain. One reason they did that was to be able to laugh at
their fears. Of course, they had other reasons, too.
And then, along
came Jesus. These people learned about him, and somewhere along
the way, Samhain became Halloween. Do you know what the word
“Halloween” means? There is a Christian holiday called “All
Saints Day.” On this day, we remember all sorts of people over
the years who followed Jesus, persons who, when it was dark,
shined with the light of Christ so that others might not be
afraid. “All Saints Day” is also called, “All Hallows Day,” and
the “eve”-ning before it was called “All Hallows Eve,” or
Yes, Halloween may be a time for scary stuff, but it’s also a
time to laugh at what scares us, things that in the daytime may
not be all that frightening. Like a tree that has lost its
leaves may look like a monster at night, in the day it’s just a
tree which is now ready for winter. We laugh at our fears, also,
because we have the light of Christ shining for us in the lives
of others. This year, I think of Lois Webb, who died last
spring, but I can still see by the light that shone in her.
Whenever she comes to mind, I can still hear her laugh, and
remember how loving and brave she was. She was led by the light
of God, and she is – I believe – alive in Christ now.
Well, I hope you have lots of fun tomorrow. Remember to laugh.
Know that Jesus is with you as you walk, even in the dark.
I just mentioned Lois Webb in my time with our children. It is
good to remember those who have gone before us in Christ,
persons who are “saints” in the real sense of the word. Yes,
there are extraordinarily hallowed persons, officially
recognized by some religious authority down through the
centuries. And then there are the everyday saints, persons of
faith whose lives still add light to our lives. In the following
moments, I invite you to think of some of the “saints
triumphant” in your life, perhaps someone who died within the
last year, like our sister Lois. Feel free to speak their name
out loud - right where you are, without a microphone – that
their example might color the silence and help us to follow
Jesus. After this time of quiet remembrance and honoring their
witness on this Sunday before “All Saints Day,” we will sing the
refrain (only) to the hymn we sang earlier – “He leadeth me.”
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
God is, indeed, at work in all of us. This thought lies at the
heart of any reformation of the church. Over five hundred years
ago a protest movement in the church emphasized that God is
active in all people, not just those who are officially
“religious;” that the scriptures belong in the hands of all, not
just a few. We call this the Protestant Reformation,
something celebrated every year on this Sunday in churches which
claim a connection to those reformers. Our own tradition within
Anabaptism pushed the edges of that protest to really mean
all people seeking to live the life Jesus
taught, not just preach it. This movement has been called the
indeed, at work in all of us. This thought lies at the heart of
any reformation of the church, 500 years ago or today. It’s not
really about what happened way back when, as important as it is
to know our history. It’s about what God is doing now. Unlike
them, we have Bibles. Perhaps too many of them. Do we read them?
Do we seek to live as Jesus taught, or do we only give him lip
service? That’s the question of the hour. Ponder it as you
return your offering, which is not paying your ticket to heaven,
or as it was called 500 years ago, an “indulgence.” It’s a
matter of working to the surface the salvation God has already
worked into you. For God is, indeed, at work in all of us.
Go now, in the freedom of the gospel of Christ.
Encourage one another to lead lives worthy of God
and walk together in service and humility.
Let your words and your lives be one in Christ.
And may the God of lasting love open the way before you;
May Jesus the Messiah be your one instructor;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you on
........into the promised land
of God’s kingdom and glory.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net
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