Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 26, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Week of Prayer for
encourage you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Agree with each other and don’t be
divided into rival groups. Instead, be restored with the
same mind and the same purpose.”
(1 Corinthians 1:10-18 - CEB)
Beginning with Praise
"Come, let us all unite to
*Call to Worship – in
"Christ, whose glory fills the
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
be the tie that binds"
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
"Casting with a stronger line" (mp3)
"Lord, you have come to the
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
People: whom shall I fear?
Leader: The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
People: of whom shall I be afraid?
All: One thing I ask of
you, O Lord,
and that I will pursue:
to live in your house
all the days of my life,
to behold your beauty
and to seek you in your temple.
adapted from Revised Standard Version
You are our light and our salvation.
help us to see that which is worthy of praise.
You also guide
us to pay attention to fears and sins,
get in the way of your glory shining forth.
Stronghold of our
life, empower us this hour
to let go of what needs to be released,
and to take hold of your calling upon our lives,
as individual disciples
and as a united body of Christ.
In the name of Jesus, we
written closer to the time (if not at the
Matthew 4:12-23, the preacher will playfully speak of the
disciples’ invitation from Jesus to fish in a different way.
Noting that their style of fishing was to cast nets, we will shift
the imagery slightly to consider casting fishing line. The good
thing about the imagery of a net is that it draws in several fish,
instead of one. However, for the purposes of this day, we are
focusing on the separate lines that are cast. Physically, while
speaking of this, the preacher will use four balls of yarn, each a
different color. Holding on to one end, he will toss each ball to
the back of the sanctuary to be caught by an usher. These lines
will be laid down over all the pews, from front to back, two on
each side of the congregation, throughout the rest of the service,
“dividing” the people.
At the end of the sermon, five
volunteers will be invited to participate in drawing these lines
together. Four will stand in the back and hold that end of each
line. One will be up front, taking one line at a time and holding
it high above the seated congregation, pulling all four, one by
one, to the center aisle. While we sing the final hymn, they will
weave these four cords together, like a sideways maypole (guided
by someone who knows what she's doing). When done, they will
carefully bring this multi-colored cord up front and lay it upon
the worship center, to symbolize how this fishing for people
involves all the separate parts of the body, our fishing line
being our unity in Christ.
our Tithes and Offerings
We marvel, O Lord, at how quickly Andrew, Peter, James, and John
left their boats behind and took up the call to fish for people.
What might that have meant to them back then: fishing for people?
What does it mean to us
today? Would we be so willing to step out like that?
We wonder, O God, over your calling to each and all of us today.
You toss your line into the water of our lives. Interesting things
happen as we respond, and are drawn together into your boat. As we
share what we have, and pull the oars in unison, you take us to
We do, however, confess that we can all-too-easily become a ship
of fools, each pulling in our own direction, emphasizing our own
separate calling and gifts, putting our own needs above the needs
of others. Forgive us when we navigate in circles like this, and
teach us better ways.
As we return our tithes and offerings, we hear your invitation
once again: “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
(Step over to the
In the light of the cross,
(point to it above,
then pick up the “fishing line” on the
go and follow Jesus.
Don’t be afraid to fish in a whole
As you do so, remember:
How we are bound together in Christ is not foolishness.
(hold up the “line”)
It is the very power of God.
(put “line” back on