Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 12, 2009
Worship 10:00 am

      But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:41-42)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                        Psalm 85:8-13

*Hymn                          "Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah"                                50

*Prayer of Confession and Commitment

  Scripture                                    Daniel 6:3-9

  Children’s Story        "Daniel and the Lion's Den"

  Song                                        "Count on Me"                                (see insert)
                                                         (children leave for mini-VBS)

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                 (please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Scripture                                   Luke 10:38-42

  Message               "Lions and tigers and bears, O my!" (mp3)


  Welcome to the table

  Unison Confession                                                                                     695

  Hymn                            "Here, O my Lord, I see thee"                               465
                                       (Deacons come forward during verse 3 to begin)

  Blessing the bread                                                                                  785-a

  Take and eat

  Blessing the cup                                                                                      785-b

  Take and drink

*Hymn                                     "Go, my children"                                        433
                                     (a benediction song we sing to each other for God)


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Psalm 85:8-13
A Paraphrase

For those who will listen, let them hear:

God will speak peace
        to God's people,
        to God's faithful,
        to those who turn to God in their hearts.

God's salvation is at hand
        for those who fear God.

When our living is right in God's eyes,
When justice makes a path for God's steps,
        Steadfast love and faithfulness meet.
        Righteousness and peace kiss each other.
        Faithfulness springs up from the ground.
        Justice looks down from the sky.
        The LORD gives what is good.
        Our land yields in abundance.
        God's glory dwells among us.

by Leslie Ann Billhimer Frye, program coordinator
Ministry of Reconciliation
On Earth Peace
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Prayer of Confession and Commitment

            God who spoke creation into being, we long for you to speak peace to our world, to our nation, to our families, and to our aching hearts. Forgive us when we forget that, in order to find peace, our hearts and lives must reflect that we are your people. Grant us the wisdom to seek your will, and the courage to do your will. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.

by Leslie Ann Billhimer Frye, program coordinator
Ministry of Reconciliation
On Earth Peace
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Children’s Story
"Daniel and the Lion's Den"

            With the first of several scripture stories this summer, Ed Lewis will begin our mini-Vacation Bible School for children. Each week they will come forward with Ed, then head off for crafts, snacks, and fun based upon the Bible story for the day.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         From the familiar 23rd Psalm, we hear these words of confident prayer:You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows (Psalm 23:5). Are these your words also? If so, give out of the abundance you have received. Ushers?

Unison Confession

Our lives are cluttered, Lord Jesus 
         by too many things
         and too much to do.
We are driven by the need to succeed.
         and distracted by our service.
We have often lost our way.
Forgive us.

Let us, like Mary,
         find the one thing that is needed
         and sit at your feet. AMEN

Hymnal #695, ©1992 Marlene Kropf.

Responsive Prayer of Blessing

part a - the bread

Leader:  Blessed are you, O God.
                    You made bread to strengthen us.
                    You set aside this bread
                           as a sign of your Son's broken body.
                 In breaking it, may we participate
                      in the reconciliation of Christ.
People:  May Christ's body be the bread of our souls,
                  to give us strength to continue our pilgrimage,
                  being made worthy to sit with all the redeemed
                       at the marriage feast of the Lamb.
ALL:     Hear us, O God, through our mediator, Jesus Christ. AMEN

part b - the cup

Leader:  Blessed are you, O God.
                    You made the vine to strengthen us.
                    You set aside this cup
                           as a sign of your Son's shed blood.
                In drinking the cup,
                      may we participate in the blood of Christ.
People:  May Christ's blood make us strong
                    to drink the cup of suffering
                          without complaint, for Jesus' sake,
                    in the hope that we shall drink new wine
                          in your kingdom.
ALL:  Hear us, O God, for the sake of your eternal love. AMEN

Hymnal #785
by Reinhard Rahusen, 18th c.
translation ©1992 John D. Rempel.

(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

International Lesson:
Adult Bible Studies
from The United Methodist Publishing House
(click "supplemental resources" and "current events supplement" under both the "Student" and "Teacher" sections in the left hand column)

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above (see also), 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)


©2009 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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