Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 19, 2009
Worship 10:00 am

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift"
(2 Corinthians 9:15)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                         Isaiah 55:6-11

*Hymn                          "We plow the fields and scatter"                                96

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Luke 8:4-15

  Children’s Story   " The seed, God’s special message"
                                                         (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)

  Affirmation of faith                                                                                     717

  Hymn                              "Seed, scattered and sown"                                 454

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  1 Peter 1:22-25

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                             "In the bulb there is a flower"                                614

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 9:6-15

  Message                          "Sowing bountifully" (mp3)

*Hymn                                   "God, whose giving"                                       383



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Isaiah 55:6-11

1 - Seek the Lord while he may be found,

2 - call upon him while he is near;

1 - let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts;

2 - let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

1 - For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

2 - For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways

1 - and my thoughts than your thoughts.

2 - For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,

1 - and do not return there until they have watered the earth,

2 - making it bring forth and sprout,

1 - giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

2 - so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

1 - it shall not return to me empty,

2 - but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

1 - and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.


1 - Rise in body or in spirit and sing, “We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand,” #96 in your hymnal.

Opening Prayer

            Lord, let me hunger enough that I not forget the world’s hunger. Lord, let me hunger enough that I may have bread to share. Lord, let me hunger enough that I may long for the Bread of Heaven. Lord, let me hunger enough that I may be filled.
            But, O Lord, let me not hunger so much that I seek after that which is not bread, nor try to live by bread alone. Amen.

from For All Who Minister
Copyright ©1993 by Brethren Press, p. 90
originally from Banquet of Praise: A Book of Worship Resources
Copyright ©1990, Bread for the World.

For Children
" The seed, God’s special message"

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

Affirmation of faith

I believe in God,
        the giver of grain and bread,
    and in Jesus Christ,
         the bread of life broken for us,
    and in the Holy Spirit,
        God's nourishing power in every grain and loaf.
I believe that Christ is to be leaven in us,
     so that we may offer the bread of life
     to the hungers of every human heart.

Hymnal #717
by Alvin Franz Brightbill
adapted from We Gather Together,
copyright © 1979 Brethren Press.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            We are "perishable goods," Lord God. These bodies you have provided have an expiration date. And yet you have planted within us a living and enduring word. May our giving be a genuine outgrowth of your love, as the imperishable seed of your good news breaks through the surface and our lives become your garden. Amen.

Ushers, please gather in what we have to share.



(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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