Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 15, 2013
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
Third Sunday of Advent
John sent some of his followers to ask Jesus, “Are you the
one we should be looking for?
Or must we wait for
someone else?” Jesus answered, “Go and tell
John what you have heard and seen.”
Beginning with Praise
"Oh, how joyfully"
the Advent Candles
"Angels we have heard on
got that joy, joy, joy, joy”
a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
"Kindle a flame"
our Tithes and Offerings
(Please sign the attendance pad and
pass it on)
(vs.3) "The Lord is
our own question
"My soul proclaims with
*Rise in body or in spirit
#'s are from Hymnal:
A Worship Book
Worship leaders - see basic
1 - The person whose help is the
God of Jacob is truly happy!
2 - the person whose hope rests
on the Lord their God is truly happy!
1 - God: the maker of heaven and
earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
2 - God: who is faithful forever,
who gives justice to people who are oppressed, who gives bread to
people who are starving!
1 - The Lord: who frees
2 - The Lord: who makes the blind
1 - The Lord: who straightens up
those who are bent low.
2 - The Lord: who loves the
1 - The Lord: who protects
immigrants, who helps orphans and widows,
2 - but who makes the way of the
wicked twist and turn!
1 - The Lord will rule forever!
2 - Zion, your God will rule from
one generation to the next!
1 - Praise the Lord!
2 - Praise the Lord!
scripture text (slightly adapted)
from the Common
(CEB) Copyright © 2011
Lighting the Advent Candles
1 - On this third Sunday of
Advent we re-light the candle of “Hope.”
(as reader 1 re-lights the front
candle, reader 2 continues)
2 - This candle will be the
shortest, for it burns the longest, having been lit on the first
Sunday of Advent. In like manner, “hope” burns long in God’s
people, even through dark times, patiently pointing toward what
God has been doing in the past, is doing now, and will do in the
future… We also relight the candle of “Peace.”
(as reader 2 re-lights the left candle,
reader 1 continues)
1 - This candle reminds us that
what God does involves those who have often lost hope. Peace is
“made” not “kept,” as God “makes” with those who are lost a whole
new relationship. In Christ, God “makes” peace with us, and we are
invited to make peace with others… Now we light the third candle:
(as reader 1 lights the right candle,
reader 2 continues)
2 - Traditionally, this is a
candle of a different color. As believers, we joyfully march to
the beat of a different drummer, our song echoing heaven’s
“Glory.” Such deep-seated joy is true happiness, which accompanies
us in good times and bad.
1 - Turn now to #197 in your
Hymnal, “Angels we have heard on high.”
2 - Sing out the joy of your
“Glory to God in the highest.”
Awesome God, Source of abundant love, peace and joy,
we worship you with grateful, happy hearts. As we continue
our Advent journey, help us to trust you more fully, to enjoy you
more freely, and to serve you more eagerly. Let all our
preparations be focused on going to meet you as you speedily come
to us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Minister of the
Uniting Church in Australia
written closer to the time (if not at the
our Tithes and Offerings
A current television sitcom has an oft-repeated joke, where one
particular character uses the phrase, “wait for it,” as an
attention grabber for his latest exploit. After several seasons,
however, the words have become …(wait for it)… old.
When brother James encourages the followers of Jesus to “be
patient,” and wait, he is not setting up a punch-line. He is,
however, drawing our attention toward what is to yet to come.
While there is no fake laugh-track to God’s humor, rest assured
that what lies just around the bend is joy-filled beyond our
wildest imagination. Now, please understand that waiting for it
does not mean that we sit idly by. Hardly. Like farmers, we are
called to sink our hands into the soil, the humus, of our daily
life. Good humor, by the way, comes from good humus.
It’s time in our worship to sink our hands into our pockets and
purses and return to the good Lord our tithes and offerings.
When we leave this place,
we do not leave God,
nor does God leave us.
The adventure of life in Christ
is only beginning.
As you head back
into your everyday world,
Go and tell what you have heard and seen.
You might be surprised by the story within you
waiting to come out.
May your “proclamation” be bold and joy-filled.