Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 13, 2009
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
The Third Sunday of Advent
the people were filled with expectation, and all were
questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he
might be the Messiah, John answered all of them."
Morning Praise (9:45 am)
"Let all mortal flesh keep silence"
trad. French melody
thou long-expected Jesus"
Third Advent Candle
"The Lord is coming"
"Go, tell it"
Returning our Tithes
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)
tell it on the mountain"
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
little town of Bethlehem"
"Oh, how shall I receive
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
With a sense of trust deeper and wider than can be
explained, we come to you this morning - because you, O Lord, are
trust-worthy. Your steadfast love and mercy draw us to you on this
day of expectation. As a mother delivers a child when the time is
right, so you deliver your people, bringing to birth new life. May
this time of worship be filled with real joy as we draw from the
"wells of salvation," and drink the refreshing water of your Word.
May we be challenged to change our ways of thinking and living that
we might better reflect your will and your way, and be prodded by
you to speak truth in a world that needs some good news. This we
pray in the name of the One whom you sent as our Messiah. Amen.
Lighting the Third Advent Candle
(The family of four - a mother
and her 3 elementary-age children new to our fellowship - advent candlelighters come forward during the first hymn and stand, two
on either side of the worship center. One should bring the
cordless microphone from the back, provided by the ushers. On
the way, another picks up the mic from the stand up front and
brings it forward, so that each pair has a microphone. After the
Opening Prayer, these candle lighters are voices 1 - 4 below.
Wait to begin until the congregation is seated. Read the
scripture reference also.)
1 - "The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the
orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to
ruin." Psalm 146:9
2 - "O my strength, I will watch for you; for you, O God, are
my fortress." Psalm 59:9
4 - We re-light the first candle, and remember that as God
watches over us, we are to keep our eyes open for his advent.
(child 1 lights the first candle)
3 - "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
1 - "A voice cries out: 'In the wilderness prepare the way of
the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'"
4 - We re-light the second candle, and remember that it is
God who prepares the way as we get ready for his advent.
(child 2 lights the second
2 - "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the
firmament proclaims his handiwork." Psalm 19:1
3 - Moses sang, "I will proclaim the name of the
Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!"
1 - Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
2 - He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and
recovery of sight to the blind,
3 - to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the
Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19
4 - On this third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of
(child 3 lights the third
candle. All 4 candle lighters then quietly return to their
seats as we sing the next song. Along the way, return one mic to
the stand and the other to the ushers in the back.)
listen to an mp3 file of the above
Epiphany, the celebration of
the coming of the wise men to visit the baby Jesus, is still
over 3 weeks away. Even so, since it took time for those fellows
to travel "from the east" (wherever that was, and Matthew's
gospel doesn't go into more detail), to eventually arrive in
Bethlehem, it seems appropriate to stretch out our telling of
their story. I'd appreciate it if you children would join me.
Not up front, but over in the side aisle. Can you make your way
During Advent this year, we are
traveling with the wise men. On the first Sunday, 2 weeks ago,
we remember how they saw something which made them leave home.
What did they see? That's correct, a star in the night sky.
Those of you who were here that day, do you remember what we
watched for, something different in this sanctuary? It wasn't
all the greens in the windows, or the advent wreath up front. It
was a little light shining up in the ceiling. We had to really
long before we saw it. We had to "watch" closely.
Last week we thought about all
the things those wise men may have needed to do in order to get
ready for their trip, packing clothes, cleaning the camel ,
saying goodbye - stuff like that. One thing the Bible mentions
is what they brought as gifts. They each had to decide what
would be a good gift to give a King. What gifts were these?
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. I asked you what gifts you were
planning on giving this Christmas, which may have been hard
because usually we are coming up with a list of things we want
to get for Christmas instead of what we want to give. One way to
"prepare" for Christmas is by thinking about what we might give
Today, the word for worship is
"proclaim," which simply means to "tell." When I was in
elementary school we sometimes had something called "show and
tell." The teacher would invite us to bring in something
important to us and we would "show" it to our classmates, "and
tell" them about it. Do you sometimes do that in your school?
Well, on their way to find the
"king" they were looking for, the one to whom that star pointed
the way, they stopped in Jerusalem and visited another king,
King Herod. They told their story to him. It was a good story,
and they needed to tell it. Of course, Herod was not a very good
man. When he heard about this other king, he got nervous. He
thought this other king would take away his throne, and he
started making secret plans to get rid of this other king.
Should those wise men have told
king Herod their story, if he was a bad man who wanted to do
something bad to the baby Jesus? I don't know. Sometimes, you
just need to tell your story. What the other person does with
it, well - that's their story. The good news is, God wouldn't
let Herod do something bad to Jesus. This story is now our story
- the story of Jesus' birth. And we, like those wise men, can't
be silent about it. It's important to go and tell our story.
This Christmas, when you gather
around the tree and open up all the presents, make sure that
someone tells the story of Jesus being born - maybe that someone
can be ... you!
our Tithes and Offerings
Let's rejoice in the Lord again
by giving our tithes and offerings. The Lord is near. Though we
may be tempted to worry, let us rather be filled with gratitude
as we turn to the Lord in prayer. Please bow with me.
Thank you God, for all that
you have given us. When we are nervous about tomorrow's needs,
help us to focus upon today's blessings. One day at a time you
provide. One day at a time we live. May your peace, which
surpasses all understand, guard our hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus. His story is our story. Help us to tell it, in words and
written closer to the time (if not at the
God has blessed you with
love, joy, peace, patience,
gentleness, and self-control.
God has given you
a heart to
hands to share,
and a voice to speak.
May your fruit bear witness to the truth within you.
Go with God!
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