Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September , 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for children 10:15 am
the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
(1 Timothy 1:17)
Call to Worship
invisible, God only wise"
"The First Song of
(the children then leave for choir or pre-school play)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"The King of love my shepherd
Returning our tithes and offerings
"Search and Rescue"
"When peace, like a
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
The way we see
our world radically changed this past week. Passenger jets became
weapons of terror on a horrifying scale... We gather today, filled
with questions for which there are no answers, and with emotions
which have no outlet. Brothers and sisters, turn with me now to
God, who is
our real security in this world,
the only true hope we have in this life,
the steadfast peace available in the middle of the storm, and
the source and destination of the justice we seek.
Rise with me in
faith and sing our song of praise. "To the King of the
ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory
forever and ever. Amen."
O God, our
refuge and strength, our protector and savior, our beginning and
end, in you we place our trust. It is you whom we praise just now.
This seems anything but a moment of celebration, though. You,
however, lift up our hearts to a joy which is beyond mere
happiness, a joy which is like a candle in the night, pushing back
the darkness. Help us to rejoice in you - immortal, eternal God,
for it is from you that we receive the wisdom we need to face this
moments, as you encompass every moment, with the presence of your
Holy Spirit. Move in us, as you are moving in hearts, minds, and
spirits of people around this nation, as well as around the world.
Unite us for justice and righteousness, goodness and mercy. Begin
again here and now. We open ourselves to you.
This we pray in
the name of your Son, Jesus - our true Messiah, our real Leader,
our dearest friend. Amen.
anything scare you this week?..... It scared me, too. I could use
a hug, how about you? (do so) Do you think your parents were
scared? How about everyone else in this room? I think we could all
use a hug. Would you help us to do that? Go and make sure everyone
has a hug, would you? Whisper to each other that it's okay. I'll
be singing a song that everyone can sing
as we hug. When everyone has been hugged, Miss Marian will take
you back for choir."
these moments is the call of First Lady Laura Bush on the day
(9/11/01) when terrorists plowed passenger jets into the World
Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington
D.C. Parents, she said, should go home and hug
their children, and assure them that it's okay.)
"The First Song of
music by Jack Noble White
"Surely it is God who saves me:
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,
and he will be my Savior."
listen to the
moments, we invite worshippers, in they are so willing and able,
to follow an old Brethren practice of turning and kneeling -
facing their pew. If anything, the events of this week have driven
us to our knees before God. Prayer is as the Spirit leads.
our tithes and offerings
some bright spots amid the darkness of this past week.
Firefighters and police disregarded their own safety as they raced
to rescue persons in peril. Though many died in the process, such
heroism must be remembered. Furthermore, strangers reached out and
helped one another, even hugged and cried together in the
aftermath. People waited in long lines all across the nation just
to give blood. Wise words were spoken by leaders of government in
an hour of testing. Prayer erupted around the world - in houses of
worship, on the internet, in small groups, in personal moments.
Even as we are in
shock over some of the worst that human beings can do, letís not
forget the best that came out of people in response. May the best
come out of us, also. Would you pray with me.
Lord, your Word
calls us to think about, to focus upon, to pattern our lives after
"whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is
commendable," whatever reveals real "excellence"
and is truly "worthy of praise." (Philippians
4:8) Help us not only to think in this way, but also to act out
these words. May our own offerings, what we give just now, as well
as our daily offerings to others, reflect the best that you made
us to be, and empower us to become through your Spirit. This we
pray in the name of the One who gave his life for all. Amen.
Will the ushers
come forward to receive our tithes and offerings.
Go in safety,
for you cannot go where God is not.
Go in love,
for love alone endures.
Go with purpose,
and God will honor your dedication.
Go in peace,
for it is the gift of God to those
whose hearts and minds are in Christ Jesus.
[by Earl W. Fike jr.
from For All Who Minister: A Worship Manual for the
Church of the Brethren,
©1993, Brethren Press, page 122#A.]