Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 28, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand..."     (Ephesians 6:13)

  Call to Worship                          Psalm 84:1-7

  Hymn of Gathering        "Unto thy temple, Lord, we come"                              4

*Opening Prayer

                                                  (invitation to sing)
*Hymn of Praise               "I sing the mighty power of God"                             46

  Scripture                                   Psalm 84:10-12

  Alleluia Choir                          "I am Godís Child"                            Robert Lau
                                 (children leave for choir or pre-school play)

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Pastoral Prayer

  Unison Scripture Response                          Psalm 84:8-9

"LORD God All-Powerful, the God of Jacob,
please answer our prayer!
You are the shield that protects your people.
Look into the face of those you have anointed
."

  Invitation to Share

  Offertory

*Response                                     "Give Thanks"                                     (insert)

*Prayer

  Scripture                                  Ephesians 6:10-20

  Message                                   "Inner Resistance"

*Hymn                            "God of grace and God of glory"                            366

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Invitation to Sing

         On the Sunday before September 11th, we sang the next hymn. Do you still believe it? If so, remain standing and let your faith sing out this great hymn of praise.

Invitation to Share

(follows unison reading of Psalm 84:8-9:)
"LORD God All-Powerful, the God of Jacob,
please answer our prayer!
You are the shield that protects your people.
Look into the face of those you have anointed
."

         What does it mean for God to be "All-powerful ?" Does Godís power differ from other kinds of power? What does it mean for God to be our "shield ?" As followers of Godís "anointed One," Jesus the "Christ" - He who rules as an under-bearing servant not an overbearing king - are we likewise "anointed," that is, "Christians ?" If you came face to face with your God, what would you say, if anything? Just some questions to ponder as you return your offering. May your response be not just with your head, but also with your heart.
         Will the ushers come forward to serve.

Prayer
(follows "Give Thanks")

         We give you thanks, O Lord... In doing so, we confess that our offerings represent the questions we bring, just as much as they symbolize the answers we have discovered. "Blessed are the poor in spirit," youíve taught us, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3) Be "content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ," you have said in your Word, "for whenever (we are) weak, then (we are) strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10) Weíre still growing on these, God.
         For now, help us to wisely use the resources we have been given. While we are far from perfect, we thank you that "every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, ... from (you)... (James 1:17)     Amen!

 

Interested in Sunday School?
Below is a growing list of possible sites to visit. As you discover others, please let us know.

International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott

 

©2001 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)

 

return to
Worship Orders
page

return to
Worship
page

return to
Sermon
page

return to
Long Green Valley Church
page