Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 30, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Sunday after Christmas

      Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  (Ephesians 4:29)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Responsive Call to Worship                                                  (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                                 “O come, all ye faithful”                                  212

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                     James 3:3-6

  Unison Confession                                                                                    698

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

  Hymn                           “It came upon a midnight clear”                             195


  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


*Response                         (refrain to:) “The first Noel”                                 199


  Scripture                                Ephesians 4:29-32

  Message          “Speak Only to Improve the Silence ~
                        Act Only to Improve  your Surroundings

                                         Jeannie Schwartz, preacher

*Hymn                                   “Go light your world”                          (see insert)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: Let us recount the gracious deeds of our God.
               Let us give thanks for the praiseworthy acts
               of the Lord.

All:   God has done so much for us!
               God has shown us mercy and steadfast love.

One: We are called the children of God.
               Let us rejoice!

All:   God didn't send a messenger or an angel
               but came to us as one of us.

One: God came to be with us as Jesus.
               Our Savior. Our Messiah. The Christ.

All:   O Come, all ye faithful!
               Let us give thanks to God!

by Christy J. Waltersdorff, pastor
York Center Church of the Brethren
Lombard, IL
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

         Holy God, we thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ, a gift too amazing for words! We seek your presence in our worship today as we give thanks, sing, pray, and share the good news. Help us not to lose Jesus in the clutter of wrapping paper, presents, cookies, and Christmas trees. Keep us focused on your gracious mercy and steadfast love. We give you thanks and pray in Christ's name. Amen.

by Christy J. Waltersdorff, pastor
York Center Church of the Brethren
Lombard, IL
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Unison Confession

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.


God of guidance,
      quicken your Holy Spirit
            in our hearts and minds
            so we may follow what is right.
Give us direction so we may know
      which way to choose and which to refuse;
      which course to calim and which to reject;
      which action to take and which to avoid.
Enlighten our minds,
      purify our hearts,
      strengthen our wills,
      and lead us to live as faithful followers of Jesus
            all the days of our lives. AMEN

Hymnal #725
Adapted from Prayers for the Christian Year,
William Barclay, copyright © 1964 SCM Press, Ltd.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Some proverbs to ponder as we return our tithes and offerings. First a few tidbits on how not to live. Listen:

27Scoundrels concoct evil,
and their speech is like a scorching fire.
28A perverse person spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
29The violent entice their neighbors,
and lead them in a way that is not good.

But only a few verses earlier in this book in our Old Testament we find these words that move us in a different direction:

22Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it,
but folly is the punishment of fools.
23The mind of the wise makes their speech judicious,
and adds persuasiveness to their lips.
24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Consider these as you give. Ushers?

Proverbs 16:27-29 and 22-24 (NRSV)


         Amid our “noels,” Lord God, lead us into your wisdom. May our words and deeds bear fruit of what is right and good. Bless these offerings toward the work of your kingdom. In Jesus. Amen.


Guide us, O Lord,
    by your Word and Holy Spirit,
      that in your light we may see light,
      in your truth find freedom,
      and in your will discover peace,
      through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #769
Adapted from "Order of Worship," Worship the Lord,
ed. James R. Esther and Donald J. Bruggink,
© 1987 The Reformed Church in America.

(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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