Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 12, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

Motherís Day
Seventh Sunday of Easter

      "I am asking ... on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them..."
                               (John 17:9-10)

  Call to Worship                    Psalm 68:1-4, 32-35

*Hymn                           "Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee"                                  71

*Opening Prayer

  Invitation to Share our Tithes and Offerings

  Confession                                                                              (back of bulletin)

  Offertory

  Childrenís Time                       "O pin your heart"

  Hymn                                     "Lord of the home"                                       490

  Scripture                                     Psalm 68:5-6

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

  Chorus                             "If you believe and I believe"                           (insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Shalom!                "Heíll understand and say a ĎWell Doneí"               Campbell

  Scripture                                   John 17:1-11

  Message                    "A Prayer for Godís family"

*Hymn                           "Blessíd be the tie that binds"                                  421

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 68:1-4, 32-35 (a father/son reading)

1 - "Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God..." (Reader #2 is seated at beginning, but stands as #1 reads and interrupts)

2 - Wait a minute, son, are you sure thatís what youíre supposed to be reading?

1 - You said Psalm 68, didnít you, Dad? Starting at the beginning?

2 - Yes, I did. But this is "Motherís Day." Those words sound more like "Judgement Day."

1 - Maybe if we forget to honor Mom, it is "Judgment Day."

2 - Youíve got a point there!

1 - Maybe if we forget to honor God, to worship the Lord, it is also Judgment Day.

2 - Well, I suppose thatís why weíve gathered here - to praise God.

1 - Can I continue, Dad?

2 - Sorry. Please do. (Returns to seat)

1 - "But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy. Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds -- his name is the LORD-- be exultant before him.
      "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord. O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!"
       Please stand, if you are able, and sing our song of Joy, #71 in your hymnal.

Opening Prayer

         Eternal God, we glorify your name. We are grateful to be called your children and to gather as a family to worship you. Teach us your truth through your word, and fill us with your love. Amen.

written by Clara Patterson
Bear Creek Church of the Brethren
Greenville Ohio
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin

Invitation to Share our Tithes and Offerings

         "All I have is yours," Jesus once prayed to his Father in heaven. He was talking about us. We belong to God. Can we pray the same thing?
         As we prepare to give our tithes and offerings, please turn to the back of the bulletin and pray together the "confession" found there.

Confession

Leader: All I have is yours?
People: My possessions? My car, my house, my computer, my boat, my clothes, my money?

Leader: All I have is yours.
People: You mean my family, my job, my leisure, my friends, my community, and my church?

Leader: ALL I HAVE IS YOURS!
People: The air I breathe, the warmth of the sun and the refreshment of the rain, the love I feel for God and family, my faith that "in everything God works for good for those who love him." Even the assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ and the promise of an eternal home in heaven come from you.

All: Thank you, God, that you live in us and we live in you. Amen.

written by Clara Patterson
Bear Creek Church of the Brethren
Greenville Ohio
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin

Childrenís Time
"O pin your heart"

         The children are invited to share a card (with a pin of a heart with a cross in the middle) with each woman in the sanctuary, along with a hug. We don't ask the little ones to decide who is a mother and who is not. Just simple, loving interaction.

 

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

 

©2002 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)

 

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