Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 17, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                "O how I love Jesus"                                 Hughes

  Call to Worship                        Psalm 36:5-10

*Hymn                                    "Come, thou fount"                                       521

*Opening Prayer

  Gospel                                        John 2:1-11

  Confession and Assurance

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

  Prayer Hymn                "Breathe on me, breath of God"                              356

  Pastoral Prayer

  A time with children

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                              "Grant us thy Peace"                                 Denton
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                             1 Corinthians 12:1-11

  Message                                "Hand in hand" (mp3)

*Hymn                                  "There are many gifts"                                      304


*Postlude                                  "Grand Choeur"                                  Sergisson

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

            God of hope and promise, we give thanks for the abundant life that Jesus opened to us through his ministry. We rejoice that little acts of kindness reveal your glory. Fill us with your Spirit. Grant us your wisdom. May your word become incarnate in us. Amen.

by Estella Horning, Goshen, Indiana
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Confession and Assurance

One: Let us confess our sins, repudiating those things that rob us, and those around us, of generosity and joy. Let us pray.


One: Whenever we have turned our Christianity into dull routines and platitudes, without zest and laughter;

All: Lord have mercy.

One: Whenever we have resented the enthusiasm of the new convert or the excitement of the idealistic person;

All: Christ have mercy.

One: Whenever we have traded the new wine of the Gospel for the old beverage of religious laws, anxiety; and self-belittling;

All: Lord have mercy.

One: O dearest Christ, Brother and Saviour, your super-abundant forgiveness is ready ages before we seek it; your love is enfolding us long before we become aware of it. Fill us, we pray, with the peace that the secular world cannot give us, and with the joy that no doubt, failure or fear can steal from us.

All: Amen!

One: Our God does not deal in half measures. Out of God’s fullness we have received saving grace heaped upon saving grace.

All: It is Christ who sets us free, therefore we stand free indeed. Thanks be to God!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia

A Time with Children

            Our resident storyteller, "Mr. Ed," will share some time with our little ones.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

We use the word “returning” at this point in worship to make clear that what we give is from what we have already received. We turn once again toward the One who has provided for our needs. Our possessions, our finances, our abilities, all come from God. While we are free to make choices about what we do with it all, let’s be manifestly clear - God is the source. As that old hymn states, “all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. So thank the Lord for all his love.” Pray with me.

Holy Spirit, you have honored each of us with unique spiritual gifts. We acknowledge that these gifts are to be used for your glory alone. Help us to offer our talents so that others may be encouraged to share abundantly. We are honored and humbled by the responsibility of using these gifts as stewards of your Kingdom. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 


prayer written by and © 2009 David S. Bell.



(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)


©2010 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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