Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 2, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
First Sunday of Advent
“And she gave birth
to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth,
and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for
them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
Shines the Morning Star”
Advent Wreath - Lighting the Candle of Preparation
Call to Worship
"Oh, how shall I receive
Sharing a joy, a concern, a
word of testimony or praise
"Joy to the
(Reverse Offering - take a card as plate is passed)
Returning our Tithes and
“The Quiet Carol”
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
come, O come, Immanuel"
“Witnesses of the Nativity: the
didst leave thy throne"
“Christian, Do you hear the Lord?”
Pierre de Corbeil
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to
him and dine with him, and he with me.”
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
Advent Wreath - Lighting the Candle of Preparation
(Person/voice 2 processes forward during the
Prelude, with a smaller lit candle and a microphone
from the back, and stands to the right [organ side]
of the worship center table, facing the
congregation. The worship leader - voice 1 - joins 2
to the left [piano side] of the worship center
table, facing the congregation, having earlier
removed the microphone from the lectern.)
1 - The season of Advent is beginning.
2 - It is time to prepare for the coming of our Lord.
1 - We light the first candle,
2 - the candle of preparation.
(Person/voice 2 then turns and lights the front
candle on the wreath, after which the smaller,
handheld candle is extinguished. 2 then faces
congregation for the Call to Worship.)
1 - “Make sure that you don't get so absorbed and
care of all your day-by-day obligations
that you lose
track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”
2 - That’s what the apostle Paul wrote long ago to the believers
in Rome. 1
with the following challenge:
1 - The night is about over, dawn is about to break.
2 - Be up and awake to what God is doing!
1 - God is putting the finishing touches
salvation work he began when we first believed.
2 - We can't afford to waste a minute,
squander these precious daylight hours
1 - in frivolity and indulgence,
2 - in sleeping around and dissipation,
1 - in bickering and grabbing everything in sight.
2 - Get out of bed and get dressed!
1 - Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last
2 - Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! ”
(after brief pause to indicate
scripture reading is finished,)
1 - Stand, if you are able, and sing
2 - “Oh, how shall I receive
thee,” #182 in your hymnal.
(During hymn, #1 quietly places microphone back in
lectern stand. #2 recesses to back, hands mic and
candle to ushers, and returns to her seat.)
13:11-14 (from The Message)
It is time for us
to wake from sleep, O God.
Your salvation is coming near.
At the beginning of this Advent season,
we feel both excited and
like a child
on Christmas morning
wanting to race downstairs for presents and a good breakfast.
Many of us
want to race
into this season and all its festiveness.
We can hardly wait for the baby to be born.
And yet, we also feel overwhelmed...
Overwhelmed by the Christmas
advertising we've seen
and music we've heard in stores since October.
Overwhelmed by the call to
in our American culture.
Overwhelmed by our loneliness,
Overwhelmed by your incredible
Wake us from our sleep, O God.
Wake us from our sleep so that
we may prepare for
your saving grace in this season.
Bennett, pastor for worship and youth
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
Fort Wayne, IN
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word
“Don’t be afraid. Behold, I bring you good news of great joy for
all people.” According to Luke’s gospel (2:11), that’s what an
angel said to a bunch of shepherds, announcing the birth of the
Messiah. We join the angel chorus when we sing, “Joy to the
world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her king.”
of joining the angel chorus, I invite you to be an anonymous
advent angel this month to someone else in this room. As you
entered church this morning, you were asked to simply write your
name down on a piece of paper, fold it, and put it in the
basket. As we sing the next hymn, we will pass the plates like
we do for our offering - except, instead of placing something in
the plate, you are invited to take something out of it - the
name of someone else in our church. Quickly check to make sure
you haven’t pulled your own name from the plate. If you have, simply exchange it
for another before the plate gets too far away.
days leading up to Christmas, I invite you to pray for this
person daily. You might even be moved to send him or her a note
of encouragement or appreciation. The possibilities are many.
It’s up to you how you will respond. If you would like to also
be an advent angel to one of our shut ins, there’s a basket in
the back from which you can pull another name (or more). At the
very least, pray for these persons, and in so doing bring some
“joy to the world. The Lord has come,” you know. Let your corner
of this “earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare him
Ushers? Organist? Advent angels? Are you
ready for this reverse offering? Let’s sing!
Thanks to Ann Scull, East Gippsland, Australia and her
Seeds Lectionary Blog for this idea,
found also in
of Celebrations by Patricia Mathson, Ave Marie Press,
1995, p. 32.
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
Preparation is the theme for today. As you listen to the following
portion of the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel, imagine getting
ready for the birth of a child in the middle of other
responsibilities that are way beyond your ability to control.
As you return your offering just now, think about what it means
to be prepared. Is preparation a matter of striving to have
everything under control? Ponder that question as the ushers
pass the plates - this time to receive what you have to share.
Immanuel, “God with us,” we have sought to be wise with our
finances, budgeting our resources, which go beyond our money. What
we have put in these plates represents our desire to be faithful
with what you have given. Bless, O Lord, the ministries these
offerings help to undergird.
Bless, also, this time of year.
We know full well how easy it is this month for
“discretionary”spending of time, talents, and money to throw all our
plans into disarray. Come to us, Immanuel, amid the order and the
chaos of the next few weeks, and prepare us for your Kingdom. Amen.
Go now and walk in the light of the Lord.
Stay alert for the Lord is near.
Put on the armor of light
and live openly and honorably.
Pray for peace for all God’s people.
And may God clothe you in the light of Christ;
May Christ Jesus teach you his ways;
And may the Holy Spirit keep you alert and prepared
for the coming day of the Lord.
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)