Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 16, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who
live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now
live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave himself for me.”
Beginning with Praise
"Holy Spirit, Truth
"Prelude in F Major"
(from The Voice)
grace of Jesus"
(sing verse 2 without accompaniment)
of Recognition and Honor for Father’s Day
of our Fathers"
our Tithes and Offerings
"Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord"
(Please sign the
attendance pad and pass it on)
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(respond to each with either of the
this we pray, for this we pray."
"We thank you, Lord. We thank you Lord."
behaving badly to living gladly" (mp3)
"Lord, I am fondly,
"None But Christ"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
[Three persons wait in the back to process forward, one
with the lit candle lighter, one with a flask of anointing
oil, and one with a feetwashing tub and towel. As verses
1-4 are read, all three walk down the center aisle, the
acolyte first, and wait to the side of the worship center
for their turn. These actions take place at those points
in the psalm where we find the word (in Hebrew) “Selah.”]
1How happy is the one whose wrongs
whose sin is hidden from sight.
2How happy is
the person whose sin the Eternal will not take into account.
How happy are those who no longer lie, to themselves or
3When I refused to admit my wrongs, I was
moaning and complaining all day long
so that even my bones felt brittle.
night, Your hand kept pressing on me.
My strength dried up like water in the summer heat;
You wore me down.
[pause while acolyte lights candles on worship center]
5When I finally saw my own lies,
I owned up to my sins before You,
and I did not try to hide my evil deeds from You.
to myself, “I’ll admit all my sins to the Eternal,”
and You lifted and carried away the guilt of my sin.
[pause while anointing oil is placed on worship center]
6So let all who are devoted to You
speak honestly to You now, while You are still listening.
For then when the floods come, surely the rushing water
will not even reach them.
7You are my hiding
You will keep me out of trouble
and envelop me with songs that remind me I am free.
[pause while tub & towel are placed on worship center]
8I will teach you and tell you the
way to go and how to get there;
I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you.
9But don’t be stubborn and stupid like horses and mules
who, if not reined by leather and metal,
will run wild, ignoring their masters.
and empty are wicked and destructive people,
but the one who trusts in the Eternal is wrapped tightly in
His gracious love.
11Express your joy; be happy in
Him, you who are good and true.
Go ahead, shout and rejoice aloud, you whose hearts are
honest and straightforward.
scripture text is
The Voice Bible
Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society
All rights reserved.
Eternal God, whose steadfast love and mercy
are greater than our ability to comprehend,
we celebrate your wonderful grace.
David dancing before the ark of the covenant
when it re-entered the life of your people long ago,
let your hair down today
and rejoice with your people here and now.
the wind of your Spirit blow among us this hour,
the flame of your presence ignite in us
not only the will,
but the ability to live out
what you have created us to be.
With hearts that
are often far from honest
thank you for the forgiveness
we have received in Christ Jesus.
nudging us toward your Kingdom, O Lord,
like a father who encourages his children
to leave the nest and fly.
This we pray in the name of the One
scripture calls your Son.
Recognition and Honor for Father’s Day
One: On this day we recognize our fathers and
stepfathers, those who have nurtured and guided us in our lives.
All: We thank You, O God,
for those who have been fathers to us.
One: We honor our grandfathers, our uncles
and brothers, those who have demonstrated love and care to us in
All: We thank You, O God,
for those who have been like fathers to us.
One: We appreciate our teachers, leaders and
pastors, who have been both male and female, but we especially
honor those who have extended fatherly tenderness and love in our
lives in our past and present.
All: We thank You, O God,
for those who have fulfilled a fatherly role in our lives.
One: Loving God, You have been both Mother
and Father to us. Abba, Father, we remember how Jesus called out
to You on earth, recognizing that You are closer to us than our
earthly parents. Your love and care for us are felt in the ways we
are loved and cared for by others. We thank You for all the male
figures in our lives who have shared Your love with us. We ask
that You guide and nurture new fathers and fathers-to-be. We seek
Your forgiveness for fathers who have fallen short, for models of
fatherhood that were limiting rather than embracing, for that is
not Your model. You are our ever-loving Parent, Father of us all.
Grant Your wisdom to all fathers and fatherly figures to love
their children as You have loved Your children.
All: We thank You, O God,
for fatherhood and motherhood, for the blessing of parents in our
One: Abba, Father, we pray with those who are
mourning the loss of fathers today, and for those whose fathers
were absent or abusive. Ease their pain on this day, loving God.
May they know Your embrace, and that You are more than Father or
Mother to us–You are the all-loving, all-caring Parent, Creator of
heaven and earth, who knows the hairs on our heads.
All: We thank You, O God,
that You are always with us, that You will never leave us or
One: We thank You for this day, and ask that
You bless all of Your children with Your love, as a wonderful
father loves their child.
by Rev. Mindi
She is pastor at
Burien Community Church,
and co-editor at
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
In honor of Father’s Day, we shifted the wording of what we just
sang back from the wording in our hymnal, where it is “Faith of
the Martyrs.” Written in the mid-1800’s, this song is not really
about fatherhood, but rather about the faithfulness of the early
church, which endured great persecution. The author, Frederick W.
Faber, was ordained in the Church of England, but converted to the
Roman Catholic Church. This hymn was partly his call for England
to return to Catholicism, the “faith of our fathers.”
Our own Anabaptist forefathers and mothers experienced
persecution by both Protestants and Catholics during what is often
called the “Radical Reformation.” They heard in this hymn a call
not to Rome, but to radical discipleship, obediently following
Jesus, the suffering lamb of God, wherever he leads. If you look
on the front of your hymnal, you will see a symbol that was and is
important to the faith of our Anabaptist fathers and mothers – a
lamb in the midst of briars.... Pray with me.
Thank you, God, for the example of those who have gone
before us in the faith, following Jesus. Help us to live
out what we just sang: “we will be true to thee till
death.” These offerings we now bring are part of that
task. May we not think our responsibility ends the moment
we place them into the plate. Dedicate our lives, O Lord,
to faithful following. Amen.
Anointing a sister
In the New Testament letter of James it says: “Are
any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They
should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should
call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them,
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of
faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and
anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess
your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you
may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and
Our sister, _______, has requested that we anoint her in
preparation for her surgery on Tuesday. When we anoint, we often
do so in a smaller, more informal setting, surrounded by deacons
and family and friends. It seemed appropriate today to do so in
this larger setting of worship, for our whole fellowship has been
a tremendous support to our sister through the past several years.
This service involves a time of confession, letting go of sins and
fears that can stand in the way of healing. This has already been
done in smaller setting this past week, so we now come to the
actual anointing according to our practice as Brethren.
First, let me invite our sister to come forward, along with our
deacons. I now invite any of the rest of you who would like to
join us up front to come and surround her as we anoint and pray
for her. After anointing her, we will lay hands upon her, which is
simply connecting through touch. Not every hand needs to touch
her. You may simply rest your hand upon the shoulder of someone
who is touching her, or old their hand. In layng hands upon her,
we are not here to push her down, but to lift her up to the Lord.
I will begin with spoken prayer, then open up a time for anyone
else to pray. When I sense all have spoken who feel so led, we
will end in unison with the Lord’s prayer. Understood? Let’s
|(A few drops of oil are
placed on the palm of the pastor's hand and then gently
touched with the fingers on the forehead of the person
three times, once as each purpose - the last 3 lines - is
___________, upon your confession of faith in the love and power
of God, your willingness to commit your life completely to God in
sickness or in health, and your desire to live your life for God's
glory, you are now being anointed with oil in the name of God,
for the forgiveness of your sins,
for the strengthening of your faith, and
for healing and wholeness according to God's grace and wisdom.
Prayer and Lord’s prayer
after hugs and other signs of support, we return to our seats.
statement at end is from "For
all who Minister," ©1993,
Brethren Press, p.262
for more on this New Testament ordinance
of the church,
As you move on from this time and place
out into the world of this week,
may God’s Holy Spirit enable you
to live gladly and not behave badly.
involve some change on your part,
or some tears,
or letting down your hair,
or washing someone’s feet ... whatever.
At the end of
may you hear Jesus say:
“Your faith has saved you.
Go in peace.”