Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 16, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Second Sunday of Lent
truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God
without being born anew.”
Beginning with Praise
"This is a day of new beginnings"
Looking up along the way
our help in ages past"
(Psalm 121, Laughing Bird Version)
"I sing the mighty power
*Hearts and minds unfolding
Remembering an earlier journey
in a promise
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
toward the quiet
"We walk by faith"
spirits in prayer
our Tithes and Offerings
"Passing on the gift"
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
leave for Craft time
"I believe in you, Lord Jesus"
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Laughing Bird Version)
Lent is a journey not unlike a pilgrimage in Bible times,
where the faithful travel to Jerusalem. Walking through
potentially dangerous valleys, they look up to the
heights, where robbers could hide or altars to other gods
were located. Psalm 121 is a pilgrimage song, intended to
be spoken as a dialogue. Will the journey be governed by
fear or faith? That’s an appropriate question for us on
this second Sunday of Lent, as we make our way toward
Easter. Rise in body or spirit, and give voice with me to
this psalm, using the Australian
Version of it. Your part is in bold print. Let us
speak our faith.
If we look to the mountains, will we find
our security comes from you alone, the LORD, the maker of earth
You are on the alert, twenty four hours a
day, making sure that we don’t lose our footing.
never slack off or take a nap, but constantly guard your people.
You keep us safe, LORD, you are always at our
side to shield us.
the sun shines, nothing can harm us; the moon comes up, but still
we are safe.
You stand between us and all evil, LORD; you
keep our lives clear of danger.
Whether we are coming or going, you look after us, LORD; you
always have and always will.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net
Hearts and minds unfolding
Our worries and our fears, O Lord, tie us in knots. Our doubts and
our sins fold us in upon ourselves. And you come and invite us to
stand tall and turn to face you, just as we are. Oh, for legs and
feet to run to you through fields of grace, unwearied by all that
seeks to pull us down. Oh, for childhood eyes to behold you just
as you are, realizing there is no place we can go where you are
not there ahead of us. Meet us along the way of this journey, O
God, in this valley. Lift us to the challenge of our daily
pilgrimage toward your Kingdom. By your Spirit, strengthen us for
the road ahead. Lead us onward as we follow Jesus. In his name we
Joining spirits in prayer
Too quickly we rush through our days, Lord God. We pause a moment
to become more aware of what is missed in this mad dash. The
simple gift of breathing in and out the air which surrounds us,
something we do without thinking – thank you. The steady beating
of our heart, which spreads the oxygen and nutrients throughout
our body, again without any conscious involvement on our part –
thank you. In this heartbeat we hear the simple task of walking,
step by step, through this day. Bless this journey, O Lord, help
us to walk by faith and not merely by sight. Dwell in the words we
speak along the way, but also in the silences between. May we
become more aware of both.
A sister and a brother of ours fly across an ocean this week, O
Lord, to honor and lay their father in the ground of a distant
land, the place of their birth. We pray your traveling mercies
upon their journey, as their pace shifts from wings to wheels to
feet. Bless the path they trod, not just the way to Nigeria, but
also the road of grief, that in the death of a patriarch is heard
the promise of resurrection. We pray this not only for them, but
for all who have recently journeyed this route, near or far.
There are other journeys undertaken in the week that has past and
in the one just beginning. Go with all our brothers and sisters in
the faith, whether they are actually changing physical location or
traveling through an illness or wandering through a difficult
experience, or simply commuting to and from and through a job.
Bless their steps and ours. Hallow their days and ours. May we all
become more aware of your presence along the way, beholding you in
not just the big things, but also in what we too often take for
granted. You are in the air we breathe, the steadfast beat of our
heart, the steps we undertake – your Spirit, your power, your
purpose guiding us toward new life, like a midwife at the birth of
This we pray in the name of the One who
said, “I am the way.” Amen
our Tithes and Offerings
God’s promise to Abraham back in the beginning involved not only
his own offspring, but the children of everyone. God said, “in
you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” We are
part of that promise. And because of this, God invites us to help
pass on the gift.
Last Sunday we started a four-week special offering
International, an organization that had its
in our own denomination. Our children passed out Heifer banks and
calendars to guide our giving. If you did not get them, and would
like them, ask an usher. As they collect our regular and special
offerings, we’ll watch a video about the gift which keeps on
International. But now, would you pray with me?
Lord, we know that we are called to share more than money,
that passing on the gift involves sharing our faith. Help
us to do so, in both word and deed, right where we are.
Guide us to speak and act in ways that respect our
neighbors and honor you. May our offerings just now remind
us of your call to reach out and be a blessing to those
around us. In Jesus. Amen.
offering is collected, we'll show an abridged (3minute) version of
the gift" (14minute). The full
version of this 2013 resource is also available from
International as part
of their "Fill
the Ark" emphasis.
As tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, please turn with me to #442
and let us speak the words of this hymn to one another as a
benediction. They were supposedly written by this 5th
century Englishman who was abducted when he was 16 and held
captive for 6 years by Irish raiders. During that time Patick
became a follower of Christ and went on to be a missionary to his
captors, a key figure in Celtic Christianity. The only change I
would suggest is wherever it says “me” substitute “you,” so that
we are blessing each other. Shall we speak our benediction?
|Christ be with you,
Christ behind you,
Christ before you,
Christ beside you,
Christ to win you,
comfort and restore you,
Christ beneath you,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love you,
Christ in mouth
of friend and stranger.