Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 29, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Donít be afraid; just believe."   (Mark 5:36 NIV)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude                          "The Souls of the Righteous"                             Noble

  Call to Worship                  Lamentations 3:22-26

*Hymn                                "Great is thy faithfulness"                                   327

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                      Psalm 30

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

  Hymn                                 "Healer of our every ill"                                    377
                                                                (listen to the music)
                     (Pre-school thru 2nd grade children then leave for Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Hymn                         "Strong, righteous man of Galilee"                             540

  Scripture                                    Mark 5:1-20

  Message                                  "Just believe"
                                                           (based upon Mark 5:21-43)
                                     Matthias, apostle of Jesus Christ

  Hymn                             "Immortal Love, forever full"                                629

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 8:7-15

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                 "Prelude in Ab "                             Curschmann

*Hymn                                        "Give thanks"

*Benediction

*Postlude                                       "Postlude"                                             Rink


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Lamentations 3:22-26

1 - Love.

2 - Steadfast love.

1 - Godís love.

2 - Overflowing... Never runs out.

1 - Mercy.

2 - Godís forgiveness.

1 - Merci. (French pronunciation)

2 - Gratitude.

1 - Enduring... Never fails.

2 - New... Now... Listen...

1 - "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,

2 - his mercies never come to an end;

1 - they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

2 - ĎThe LORD is my portion

1 - says my soul,

2 - Ďtherefore I will hope in him

1 - The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

2 - It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."

- pause -

1 - Love.

2 - Steadfast love.

1 - Godís love.

2 - Overflowing... Never runs out.

1 - Mercy.

2 - Godís forgiveness.

1 - Merci. (French pronunciation)

2 - Gratitude.

1 - Enduring... Never fails.

2 - New... Now... Stand and sing!

1 - Great is Godís faithfulness!
    

Opening Prayer

         God, your love and mercy overflow into all the corners of our lives. You are faithful, even when we are not. We fall down on the job quite a lot, Lord, doing what we shouldnít, turning in the wrong directions. Yet you pick us up and get us on the way again. We are blessed. Merci. Thank you.

         May the words we speak just now, the songs we sing, the prayers we lift up, what we think and feel, be pleasing to you, God. May this worship, and this week, be built upon your steadfast love which never ceases, your mercy which never comes to an end. In Jesus. Amen.
    

Pastoral Prayer

         Heavenly Father, whose name is holy, whose kingdom is coming, whose will is being done even here on earth, we come to you as those who are often anything but holy, who - we confess - infrequently seek you out to hear what you have to say. Our motives are often mixed, our thoughts unclean, our lives at times an absolute mess. Thank you, God, for sending your Son to redeem us, to make things right between you and us, to speak to us in a way we can understand, to touch our lives with your holiness, to reveal your great love, to fire us up with your Holy Spirit. Forgive our sin and our sins - the human condition over which we have little control, and the little impurities which we have allowed to grab us. May your forgiveness help us to step into the cleaning process, to do some "picking up"  amid the messiness of our scattered lives.

         Great physician, you have heard our sharing this day. You know very well the persons we have mentioned. We thank you for where we have seen your healing hand at work, as well as for where we - with our own limited vision - have not. We trust that you will address the concerns we have spoken aloud this day, as well as those that remain unspoken. We believe in you. May your will be done.

         Lord God, speak your word to those who need to hear. May the soldier in Iraq, trying to be a policeman now among a people with so many unfulfilled expectations, hear you say, "Don't be afraid. Just believe." May the mother who wonders where her family's next meal will come from, hear you say, "Don't be afraid. Just believe." May those lost amid all the violence and corruption and despair in the world around them hear you say, "Don't be afraid. Just believe." May people around world, as well as right here in our own neighborhood hear you say, "Don't be afraid. Just believe."

         In faith, we open ourselves to you. May the words I speak as your servant today, inadequate though they may be, allow space for your redeeming Word to become real to us. May our thoughts wander toward, instead of away from, you. May your Holy Spirit touch us with your holiness, and make us whole - in body, mind, and soul. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
      

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

         Imagine what it would be like if, after suffering for 12 long years like that woman in todayís gospel story, you were set free. May your offering to God just now be full of that kind of gratitude. Give thanks! Will the ushers come forward to serve.

Benediction

As you step into this brand new week,
         go with a grateful heart, remembering what Jesus said:
                "Donít be afraid. Just believe."        Amen.

 

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International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott

 

©2003 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)

 

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