Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 8, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one
place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong
wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It
filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy
Spirit spread through their ranks…”
Beginning with Praise
“Filled with the Spirit’s power”
“Prelude in C Major”
“Breathe on me, breath of God”
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
“Every time I feel the Spirit”
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
“Spreading like a wildfire” (mp3)
“O Holy Spirit, making whole”
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - O LORD, what a wildly fabulous world!
2 - Working hand in hand with wisdom you have
made an earth-full of wonderful creatures.
1 - Just look at the deep wide sea, swarming
with life beyond our imagining, from coral to crayfish, from
mussels to marlin.
2 - Ships plough the waves, while mythical
monsters cavort in the depths.
1 - Like seagulls at a picnic, every creature
looks to you for food.
2 - They gather around in eager expectation,
and gorge themselves when you open your hand.
1 - If you turned your back, they’d be panic
2 - if you withdrew your Spirit they would
have nothing to breathe, their bodies would quickly crumble.
1 - But when you breathe your spirit into
them, life sprouts up fresh
and fragrant again and the earth itself is revived.
2 - Glorious is all you do, LORD, may you be
1 - May everything created be a joy to the
2 - One look from the LORD makes even the
earth quiver; one touch and even the mountains erupt.
1 - With every breath I will sing to the
2 - as long as there is life in me, I will
give honor to my God in song.
1 - Even my unspoken thoughts I offer to the
LORD, for the LORD is a delight to me.
2 - May wickedness be wiped from the earth,
1 - may enemies of life no longer be found.
2 - O bless the LORD, everything within me.
1 & 2 - Praise the LORD!
Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b
©2000 Nathan Nettleton
Spirit, blowing and blazing,
wind and Pentecost flame,
Spirit of power, invade this hour.
Blow, Spirit, burn, as when you first came.
Spirit, helping and healing,
our lives are
troubled, tense, we confess.
Spirit, draw near us, anoint and
Come with your balm to comfort and bless.
Spirit, righteous and holy,
we bring our
hearts repentant, contrite.
Spirit forgiving, hallow our
Lead us from darkness into your light.
Spirit, vibrant and lively,
wearied spirits, we pray.
Spirit, pursue us, revive, renew us.
Stir us to follow Christ's holy way.
Kenneth L Gibble, ©1996
#1012 in Hymnal Supplement.
Brethren Press, Elgin, Illinois
Do you like stickers? I like stickers. This week I went on a hunt
for stickers that we could use for today. I wasn’t sure exactly
what kind of stickers would be appropriate for
Pentecost, however. That’s what today is, you know.
Pentecost. What is
Pentecost? Well, let me try to tell this as simply as I can.
In the Jewish faith, this is known as the
Festival of Weeks, or
It celebrates the day that God gave the
his Law, to the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai.
In our Christian faith, Pentecost comes 50 days (thus
“Pente,” which means “50”) after Easter, and it is the day we
celebrate God giving the Holy Spirit to us. Later on, we’ll hear
the story of how it happened from the book of Acts. Our scriptures
this morning talk about the Holy Spirit as being like “water” that
quenches our thirst. They also describe the Spirit as both “wind”
and “fire.” (Be listening) So, can you guess what I was looking
for in a sticker? I didn’t find “water” stickers. Nor did I find
any stickers of “wind.” I also struck out in finding “fire”
stickers, which probably was the easiest, but I didn’t succeed?
The Bible also says the Spirit is like a “dove,” but do you think
I could find any “dove” stickers? Nope.
I did, however, find these stickers of lit birthday
candles. Actually, these are perfect. There is a flame on each
candle, do you see it? And this flame can remind us of the fire of
the Holy Spirit. More importantly, these stickers remind us that
Pentecost is the
birthday of the
church. The Holy Spirit was given to us by God for a reason, to
help us continue the work of Jesus as his church.
Now I’ve got a job for you to do right now. I want you to
go to everyone in the congregation here and give them a birthday
candle sticker. They or you can stick it on the back of one of
their hands. This can remind them of the Holy Spirit. They can
also remember that today is the birthday of the church. By the way
-while these stickers can come off your hand pretty easily, the
Holy Spirit sticks with us like glue. God’s glue is pretty strong.
Do you understand what you are supposed to do now? Good! I
encourage you older folks out there to let them know of your need
for a sticker by raising your hand. While you are doing this, we
will watch a video. Okay, go out and do what I’ve asked you to do!
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Jesus had some things to say about the Holy Spirit long before
Pentecost. Let’s hear one of them as recorded in the gospel of
John. In the seventh chapter, he and his disciples are in
Jerusalem to celebrate the “Festival of Booths.” By this point,
some folks have become very upset with his teaching, to the point
of sending the Temple police to arrest him. It’s in this context
that we hear the following words of Jesus. Listen.
(pause to indicate scripture
reading is beginning)
1 - On
the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up
2 - (loudly)
“If you are thirsty, come to
me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving
water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.”
Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to
everyone that had faith in him. The Spirit had not yet been given
to anyone, since Jesus had not yet been given his full glory.
(pause to indicate scripture
reading has ended)
Pray with me…
Loving Father, you quench our spiritual and emotional thirst
through the life-giving love of your son, Jesus Christ.
This Pentecost, we immerse ourselves in the river of living
water, your Holy Spirit.
Receive and multiply our gifts so that all people may
experience the security of your ever-lasting love.
We pray in the name of Jesus.
is from the
Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by the American
is Copyright © 2014 David S. Bell.
Reprinted with permission from www.DavidSBell.org
(have the acolyte stay up front with you
instead of leaving during
the last hymn)
Every now and then we need to be reminded that our candles up
front are there to help us become aware of God’s steady presence
with us in the Holy Spirit. When the acolyte comes forward at the
end of the service to quench the candles, this does mean that
God’s light goes out. Notice, s/he is carrying the light on
her/his torch on her/his way through the congregation. What this
means is that the fire doesn’t stay here. The Holy Spirit goes
with you this week. You can’t pull it off like a sticker on your
hand. But you also can’t “pull off” what you are called to do and
be followers of Jesus in this world without God’s Spirit dwelling
||Go and be the church of Jesus
wherever you are
Spread the wildfire!