Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 7, 2013
Worship 10:00 am


      So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

   Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                   "We gather together"                   17

   A Joyful Noise

  Drawn into Worship                  Psalm 16:1-9

*Hymn                                    "Great is the Lord"                                         87

*Opening Prayer

  Acting out a Bible story             2 Kings 5:1-15

  Song                                        "Like Naaman"                               (see insert)

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                 (please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)

   Hymn                             "Lord, listen to your children"                              353

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                 Galatians 5:16-26

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                  Galatians 6:1-10

  Message                  "Getting these muscles to work" (mp3)

*Hymn                              "Make me a captive, Lord"                                539

*Unison Benediction

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

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A Joyful Noise


Drawn into Worship
Psalm 16:1-9

1Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
      2sing the glory of his name;
            give to him glorious praise.
      3Say to God,
             “How awesome are your deeds!
                   Because of your great power,
                        your enemies cringe before you.

                  4All the earth worships you;
                        they sing praises to you,
                              sing praises to your name.”


5Come and see what God has done:
      he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
            6He turned the sea into dry land;
                  they passed through the river on foot.
                        There we rejoiced in him,
                              7who rules by his might forever,
                               whose eyes keep watch on the nations -
                  let the rebellious not exalt themselves.


8Bless our God, O peoples,
      let the sound of his praise be heard,
            9who has kept us among the living,
                  and has not let our feet slip.

scripture text from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved

Opening Prayer

             Holy Friend, please release in us that spirit of joyful thanks which is too often cramped down by our work and worries, or ignored by our trivial pleasures and entertainments.
            Release the real joy of Christ in us, that with adoring gratitude we may link our little spirits with your majestic Spirit, and find that inflow of health which rejuvenates our whole being. Through your true Son, our Savior. Amen!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.


Acting out a Bible story
2 Kings 5:1-15

  The following is borrowed from Carolyn C. Brown (and just slightly adapted). The characters, recruited ahead of time, come forward during the hymn, “Great is the Lord,” and stand in place up front in their designated spots. The Reader (the only speaking part) moves among the characters, commenting on their actions. Feel free to ad lib.   

their (Props/costumes) and placement at beginning

Naaman – (military headgear – a costume helmet or a modern military/police officer hat)
                              – stands at the bottom of the steps.

Naaman’s wife – (hand held mirror) – stands to the left (organ side) of Naaman.

Naaman’s wife’s servant girl – (hairbrush) – stands to the left of Naaman’s wife.

Naaman’s servant – (burlap sack or black garbage bag stuffed with paper to look full,
                                              which at first is placed beside the King of Syria)
                                       – stands to the right (piano side) of Naaman.

King of Syria (crown and a rolled paper scroll)
                                 – stands off to the far right (organ side) up front.

King of Israel – (crown) – stands off to the far left (piano side) up front.

Elisha – (no prop) – stands halfway back the center aisle, facing forward.

Elisha’s servant – (no prop) – stands behind Elisha.

River shakers – (2 persons with a long strip of blue or muddy brown cloth
                                    to lay down in front of the worship table)
                              – sit on the benches behind the organ and piano.
                                      p.s. remain hidden after laying down the cloth when directed.

Reader – (with script and microphone)
                        – begins at lectern, then moves among characters.


Reader:  Our story today is only fifteen verses long but involves eight characters, two kingdoms, and one river.  First, of course, the kings:  There is the king of Syria.

Bow deferentially to the King of Syria in his crown, who nods back.

And there is the King of Israel – a much smaller country and so a less important king, but still a king.

Bow deferentially to the King of Israel in his crown who likewise nods back.

And there is Naaman the general of the army of the King of Syria – another very important man.

Grandly point to Naaman.

Naaman has a wife - I forget her name.  And the wife has a young servant girl - who cares what her name was.

Point dismissively to them.

Naaman also has a servant whose name we don't know, but who was sort of Naaman's right hand man.

Point dismissively to him.

That is the cast in Syria.  Over here in Israel, there is also a prophet named Elisha.  The prophet also has a servant.

Point to Elisha and his servant.

There are several large, beautiful rivers in Syria, but for our story the important river is the muddy little Jordan River in Israel.

Point to river shakers, who spread out the muddy river. For the rest of the drama, they shake the cloth to envision a flowing river.

Oh, our story involves a disease, a dreaded disease, called leprosy.  It was and is a horrible disease.  Its symptoms are sores that do not heal but do spread.  Eventually toes, fingers and even whole limbs fall off.  In the time at which our story takes place, people were so frightened of the disease that victims were sent away from their homes and communities.  They lived together in caves.  Some of their families or kind folk from town left food and clothes for them near the caves, but they never got very close.  When no food appeared the lepers had to call out to travelers begging for what they needed.  Today we have drugs to treat leprosy.  But, in the days of our story there were no cures.

Shiver and shake your head as you conclude this description.

Now, we are ready for our story.  It begins with Naaman at home in Syria.

Point to Naaman.

Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was highly respected and esteemed by the king of Syria, because through Naaman the Lord had given victory to the Syrian forces.

Naaman stands tall and folds his arms across his chest.

He was a great soldier, but he suffered from a dreaded skin disease.

Naaman inspects the back of his hand and hides it behind himself.

In one of their raids against Israel, the Syrians had carried off a little Israelite girl, who became a servant of Naaman’s wife.

Servant girl pretends to brush mistresses hair.

One day she said to her mistress, “I wish that my master could go to the prophet who lives in Samaria! He would cure him of his disease.”

Servant girl pantomimes speaking.  Mistress turns to listen, then turns toward Naaman and reaches out to him.

When Naaman heard of this, he went to the king and told him what the girl had said.  The king said, “Go to the king of Israel and take this letter to him.”

Naaman walks over to the king of Syria.  The king gives him a letter (rolled up piece of paper).

So Naaman set out, taking 30,000 pieces of silver, 6,000 pieces of gold, and ten changes of fine clothes.  The letter that he took read: “This letter will introduce my officer Naaman. I want you to cure him of his disease.”

Naaman bows to the Syrian king, picks up the large burlap sack or black garbage bag stuffed to look heavy and full, hands the sack to his servant who hauls it as if it were heavy.  Naaman keeps the letter.  He then goes to the king of Israel.

When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and exclaimed, “How can the king of Syria expect me to cure this man? Does he think that I am God, with the power of life and death? It’s plain that he is trying to start a quarrel with me!”

Naaman bows before the king of Israel and hands him the letter.  The king opens it, reads it, and puts his hands over his face or makes other signs of despair.

When the prophet Elisha heard what had happened, he sent word to the king: “Why are you so upset? Send the man to me, and I’ll show him that there is a prophet in Israel!”

Elisha puts his hand to his ear as if listening, then sends his servant to the king.  The servant bows to the king who  looks relieved.  As the servant goes backs to take his place beside Elisha, the king looks at Naaman and points toward Elisha.

So Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and stopped at the entrance to Elisha’s house.

Naaman and his servant go to Elisha. The servant pretends to knock on the door.

Elisha sent a servant out to tell him to go and wash himself seven times in the River Jordan, and he would be completely cured of his disease.

Elisha’s servant standing in front of Elisha, pretends to open the door and points toward the river, then closes the door.

But Naaman left in a rage, saying, “I thought that he would at least come out to me, pray to the Lord his God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and cure me!  Besides, aren’t the rivers Abana and Pharpar, back in Damascus, better than any river in Israel? I could have washed in them and been cured!”

Naaman stamps his feet, scowls, and puts his hands on his hips.

His servants went up to him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, you would have done it. Now why can’t you just wash yourself, as he said, and be cured?”

Naaman’s servant, cautiously taps Naaman on the shoulder, pretends to speak reasoning with his master using his hands to suggest the possibility of trying the river.  Naaman listens, shrugs his shoulders, and turns and walks to the river.

So Naaman went down to the Jordan, dipped himself in it seven times, as Elisha had instructed, and he was completely cured. His flesh became firm and healthy, like that of a child.

Naaman squats beside the river. The river shakers pick up the cloth and wave it in front of Naaman seven times as the servant keeps count seven times on his fingers for both Naaman and the congregation. After the seventh dip Naaman looks at his hand in amazement, shows it to his servant.  Both show signs of joy (maybe a high five?)

He returned to Elisha with all his men and said, “Now I know that there is no god but the God of Israel…”.

Naaman and his servant return to Elisha’s door.   The servant knocks again.  Elisha pretends to open the door this time.  Naaman and his servant bow before Elisha.


by Carolyn C. Brown from Worshiping with Children
a marvelous resource for actively including children in worship
(Biblical story is from Today’s English Version)


Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me.

Generous God, source of all abundance,
      bless now these gifts, we pray.
      Receive this offering.
      Receive our very lives.
      Fit us for humble, joyful ministry
            in your name. Amen.

 Ushers, please guide us in returning our tithes and offerings.

prayer by Hans Holznagel
from MinistryMatters.com

Unison Benediction
Galatians 6:18

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with your spirit, brother/sister. Amen.”

scripture text from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved



©2013 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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