Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 11, 2012
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but
she out of her poverty has put in everything she had,
all she had to live on.”
Beginning with Praise
(9:50 am) "I
need thee every hour" 555
Call to Worship
"Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!" 65
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Lord, whose love in
humble service" 369
Seeing & Doing Scripture
Response "Take, O take me as I am"
“Two Rhymes for a Widow”
(Please sign the attendance pad
and pass it on)
*Response "Take, O take me as I am"
Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
firm a foundation" 567
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
One: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, my soul!
All: I will praise him as long as I live; I will sing to
my God all my life.
One: Don’t put your trust in human leaders; no human being
can save you. When they die, they return to the dust; on that
day all their plans come to an end.
Left: The Lord created heaven, earth, and sea, and all
that is in them.
Right: The Lord keeps every promise;
Left: The Lord judges in favor of the oppressed
Right: The Lord gives food to the hungry.
Left: The Lord sets prisoners free
Right: The Lord gives sight to the blind.
Left: The Lord lifts those who have fallen;
Right: The Lord loves righteous people.
Left: The Lord protects the strangers who live in our
Right: The Lord helps widows and orphans, but takes the
wicked to their ruin.
One: The Lord is king forever. Your God, O Zion, will reign
for all time.
All: Praise the Lord!
based on the Good News Translation,
as suggested by
Carolyn C. Brown
Ever living God, instill in us, we pray,
the trust and self-giving that your Word imparts to us.
Teach us again during this time together
that you are always with us.
Remind us that all that we have is a gift from you
and is meant to be shared.
The Holy Spirit calls and empowers us
to live beyond our own desires.
So, send your Holy Spirit, we pray,
that we might be overcome
with its liberating courage and sustenance.
written by the
Rev. Dr. Bertrice Wood,
Solon Community Church, Solon Ohio
and Restoration," Worship Ways, UCC, 2012.
In faith we have gathered here this day.
In faith we have been worshipping God.
In faith we have come to the Lord,
praying for ourselves and others.
Please turn with me to #713 in your hymnal,
and let's profess what we mean by "faith,"
realizing that all our words
could never encompass everything.
Even so, we need to speak up
and confess the hope within us.
Would you join me?
We believe in Jesus Christ,
who was promised to the people of Israel,
who came in the flesh to dwell among us,
who announced the coming of the rule of God,
who gathered disciples and taught them,
who died on the cross to free us from sin,
who rose from the dead to give us life and
who reigns in heaven at the right hand of
who comes to judge and bring justice to
We believe in God,
Who raised Jesus from the dead,
who created and sustains the universe,
who acts to deliver God's people in times of need,
who desires everyone everywhere to be saved,
who rules over the destinies of people and
who continues to love us even when we turn
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who is the form of God present in the church,
who moves us to faith and obedience,
who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
who leads us to find God's will in the word,
who assists those who are renewed in prayer,
who guides us in discernment,
who impels us to act together.
We believe God has made us a people,
to invite others to follow Christ,
to encourage one another to deeper commitment,
to proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope,
to reconcile people to God through word and deed,
to bear witness to the power of love over hate,
to proclaim Jesus the Ruler of all,
to meet the daily tasks of life with purpose,
to suffer joyfully for the cause of right,
ends of the earth,
end of the age,
praise of Christ's glory.
adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
© 1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Seeing & Doing Scripture
children to come forward to help you lead this portion of
worship. Tell them that we (storyteller and children) are going
to pretend to be Jesus and his disciples. However, there are
some other characters in this story. Some adults are needed to
portray the parts of the scribes/rich people (tell, as simply as
possible, what a scribe was), have the children go out a get 2
or 3 adults to play these parts. Maybe have those willing to be
chosen raise their hands.
When these adults
are up front, instruct them on the two things you are asking
them to do while you read the scripture lesson. In the first
part, they need to stut around up front trying to look very
important. For this task, you might borrow some choir gowns, or
some minor prop to help them act the part. In the second part,
they will – one at a time, after you read “Many rich people
put in large sums” – go up to the worship table and loudly
(with much fanfare) dribble their many coins into the metal
Ahead of time construct
some offering box that will make noise when coins are tossed in.
This can be a box with a metal pie tin under a hole in the top.
I used 2 items I had on hand: the removable bell from an old
euphonium that fit nicely into a hole I had cut out a long time
ago in the top of a 2 foot tall metal milk can (something we use
periodically for special offerings).
When the “scribes”
know what they are supposed to do, have the children recruit a
woman to be a poor widow. By the way, instruct all these
characters not to interact with each another. Her part is the
very last action in the Bible story. When in the reading you
mention “a poor widow,” she is to quietly and slowly go up and
put in 2 coins and return to her seat. Pause for effect, then go
on and read the rest of the story to the children, who are the
If you wish, you
can then talk through what just happened to explain it, or just
let it be and send them back to their seats. The goal is to
experience (see and do) the scripture more that to understand
Rhymes for a Widow”
There was a widow of prayer
whose pantry was utterly bare,
when all else was spent
she gave her last cent
as God’s own daughter and heir.
There was a woman of Zion
with nought but her faith to rely on,
as she came to God’s house
rich fools saw a mouse
but to Jesus she was a lion.
A question to ponder as you return your offering
just now is this: In the eyes of Christ, are you a
mouse or a lion? … Ushers, please serve by receiving
our tithes and offerings.
Bruce D. Prewer,
an ordained minister in the Uniting Church
We lift up these offerings
as a sign of our gratitude for your love and care, O God.
We pledge ourselves, time, talent, and treasure.
We pray that we may follow
in the spirit of the poor woman
who gave her all without hesitation.
We dedicate our lives to you
and seek to grow in our faithfulness to your Word.
written by the Rev. Dr. Bertrice
Community Church, Solon Ohio
from "Risk and
Restoration," Worship Ways, UCC, 2012.
When it comes to the risky business of
stepping out by faith,
we are surrounded by a “cloud of
On this day we have remembered Ruth and Naomi,
and that nameless widow who gave
These stories are profiles
The living out
of our stories awaits.
As you step into the days which lie ahead
trust in the firm foundation
which has been laid for your
In times of bitterness,
through fiery trials,
when sorrow threatens to
(and at all
points in between),
you are never alone.
Fear is not the final word.
Nor is powerlessness,
even when you
last ounce of courage,
or given your all.
Hear the promise:
“I am your God.
I will give you
I will help you
uphold you in my hand.”
Step forth by faith.
firm a foundation"