Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 2, 2007
Worship 10:00 am

      Do not put yourself forward in the kings presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.     (Proverbs 25:6-7)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Calling to Worship                       Psalm 81:1

*Singing                           "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee" 71

*Becoming aware of God’s presence (e-2)

  Listening                                  Psalm 81:10-16

  Leaning toward the Lord        "Oyenos, mi Dios"                                   (358)

  Confessing our sin                                                                                   698

  Being assured of God’s forgiveness

  "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (from "Angels we have heard on high")                      197

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

  Singing                                     "He leadeth me"                                        599
                              (Our younger children, ages 3-7, leave for Sunday School)

  Praying together

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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


*Dedicating our offerings

  Listening                                  Luke 14:1,7-14

  "Table talk"

*Singing                                  "Come to the table"                            (see insert)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Calling to Worship

         The 81st Psalm begins with this call to worship:

"Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob

         Are you ready to respond with your praise? If so, please stand. This first hymn is well-known and well-loved, so let your singing of it "raise the roof" of this place. If music is not your gift, allow your heart to soar with the words.

"Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob



         "Psalm 81 begins with the praise of God and then turns quickly to preaching, the sermon delivered as the voice of God." Listen to this yearning of the Lord "for a people whose faithfulness answers his choice of them."*

Psalm 81:10-16

*quote from James L. May, Psalms, p. 265

Confessing our sin

Forgive me my sins, O Lord.
Forgive me the sins of my youth 
                  and the sins of my age,
         the sins of my soul
                  and the sins of my body,
         my secret and my whispering sins,
         the sins I have done to please myself
                  and the sins I have done to please others.
Forgive those sins which I know
         and the sins which I do not know
Forgive them, Lord;
         forgive them in all your great goodness,
         through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #698
by Lancelot Andrewes, ca. 1600
The New Book of Christian Prayers,
© 1986 Tony Castle. Edited by Tony Castle.
Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.

Being assured of God’s forgiveness

         This is the promise we have from scripture, that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
         Sisters and brothers, we have confessed our sin. Our confession is little enough, God knows. But God declares it is enough. We have done what we could. Now God does the rest. God forgives and God cleanses.
         Thanks be to God!

         [The organ immediately launches into verse 1 of "Angels we have heard on high" (197) and the congregation joins in the familiar refrain: "Gloria in excelsis Deo."]

Assurance by Kenneth L. Gibble
from For All Who Minister (A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren),
©1993 Brethren Press, p. 108.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

         Through (Jesus) let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

(Hebrews 13:1-5, 15-16 NRSV)

         In Greek, the word is "koinonia," which elsewhere we associate with a sense of "community" or a deeply connected "fellowship." Our children who go to camp are often pulled together into "K" or "koinonia" groups. In the scripture from Hebrews I just read, the word "koinonias" is translated as "share what you have." When we share with one another, we discover "community." Such "koinonia" is "pleasing to God." As you return your offering, ponder why that might be. Why is sharing what we have pleasing to God?  ...  Ushers?


         Yes, Lord, may the "words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight" (Psalm 19:14 NIV). In addition, may this "koinonia," this "community," this sharing of what we have - be pleasing to you as well. May our words, thoughts, actions be pulled together into a "sacrifice of praise," a fellowship, a community in Christ that exists beyond this brief hour of worship. As we dedicate these offerings to your work in this world, may we also dedicate our everyday lives - that in them "your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Amen.


You will sit around many tables this week:
           it may be a picnic,
                          a family meal,
                      or a working lunch;
           you may be served by lunch ladies,
                                         or a waiter,
                                         or your own hand;
           the food may arrive on a tray,
                                          in a brown bag,
                                      or from the stovetop;
           those who surround you may be family or friends,
                                                            co-workers or strangers;
                          or you may just sit all by yourself;
         may you be aware of the Lord’s presence at each and every meal.
         May that strange word "koinonia" bless your "breaking of bread."
                   Even if no one notices but you,
                                be nourished by the refreshing love of God;
                                be filled with the humble love of Jesus Christ;
                                be empowered by the active love of the Holy Spirit.

(the trinity of blessings at the end were borrowed
from Liturgies Online by Moira B Laidlaw)

(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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

International Lesson:
Faith and Life Resources
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson:
Mennonite Weekly Review

(scroll down on left to "Sunday School lessons)

International Lesson:
Christian Standard
(one week ahead)

International Lesson:
Living Web Sunday School Project

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above, using
A Guide for Biblical Studies,
published quarterly by our denomination,
another class often uses one of the
Good Ground series,
also published by Brethren Press.

For children and youth, we use the new
Gather Round curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2007 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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