Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 24, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

  Beginning with song (9:50am)           "Holy God, we praise thy name"            121

  Call to Worship

*Praise Song                               "Te Alabaré"

*Opening Prayer

*Praise Song                       "Blessed be your name"

  Confessional Reading

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

  Video Call to Prayer

  Pastoral Prayer

  Song for the Journey                 "Hamba Nathi"

  Gospel                                       Luke 4:14-21

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings


(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                       "Lord of light, your name outshining"                           410

  Scripture                            1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

  Message                        "Arranged with purpose" (mp3)

*Responsive Affirmation                                                     (see back of bulletin)

*Hymn                           "Heart with loving heart united"                               420



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

First announcement after the song:
"Holy God, we praise thy name"

The 2nd verse of the hymn we just sang speaks of “angel choirs,” which include “cherubim and seraphim in unceasing chorus praising.” I mention this because some of the youth in our praise band recommended that this group – which will lead us in 3 songs this morning – be called by the name, “Seraphim.” One Bible dictionary I consulted simply states that Seraphim are “winged celestial beings of uncertain identity” (IDB 4:279). Almost sounds like a teenager, except for the “winged celestial” part. Another dictionary from my bookshelf adds a bit more, noting that the only mention of seraphim in the Bible is in the 6th chapter of Isaiah, where the prophet beholds them as having human form, with six wings – “a pair to shield their faces, another to conceal their feet, and a third for flight.” They guard the throne of God, and Isaiah heard one sing out “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory,” words that rocked the foundations of the place and filled it with smoke. It was a seraphim who touched Isaiah’s mouth with a burning coal, purifying him for the prophetic task ahead (IBD 3:1417).

            Now, to call a singing group “Seraphim” does not imply that they are a bunch of angels. Do recall, however, that in the Bible the first words out of an angel’s mouth in a human encounter is often, “Do not be afraid.” With all these guitars and drums and amplifiers this group brings to worship, that might not be a bad reminder for those of an older generation. “Do not be afraid.” Another benefit of the name might be the reminder that when we praise God, it is not just our voices, our music that resounds. As the 4th chapter of the book of Revelation imaginatively puts it, the throne of God is surrounded by saints and angels, and “day and night without ceasing” the divine song rings out. Our singing, no matter what style our music, is but an echo of heaven.

Call to Worship
Psalm 19:1-10

Listen and be drawn toward the Lord, through the words of the Psalmist, as imaginatively paraphrased by Eugene Peterson in “The Message.” Come, let us worship.

God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
   Madame Day holds classes every morning,
      Professor Night lectures each evening.

Their words aren't heard,
      their voices aren't recorded,
   But their silence fills the earth:
      unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

God makes a huge dome
      for the sun—a superdome!
   The morning sun's a new husband
      leaping from his honeymoon bed,
   The daybreaking sun an athlete
      racing to the tape.

That's how God's Word vaults across the skies
      from sunrise to sunset,
   Melting ice, scorching deserts,
      warming hearts to faith.

The revelation of God is whole
      and pulls our lives together.
   The signposts of God are clear
      and point out the right road.
   The life-maps of God are right,
      showing the way to joy.
   The directions of God are plain
      and easy on the eyes.
   God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
      with a lifetime guarantee.
   The decisions of God are accurate
      down to the nth degree.

God's Word is better than a diamond,
      better than a diamond set between emeralds.
   You'll like it better than strawberries in spring,
      better than red, ripe strawberries.

from The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

(pause, so it is clear the scripture reading has concluded, then:)

Our praise band, who have given themselves a new name - “Seraphim,” will lead us with two songs. The first, a favorite of some of our youth, we will attempt to sing in Spanish as well as English. Even if the words from a foreign tongue elude you, allow the melody to lead you into God’s presence. Please rise in body or in spirit, and let us sing.

Opening Prayer

In you, O Lord our God,
we find our joy,
for through your law and your prophets
you formed a people in mercy and freedom,
in justice and righteousness.
Pour your Spirit on us today,
that we who are Christ's body
may bear the good news of your ancient promises
to all who seek you. Amen.

from Thematic, Intercessory and Scripture Prayers for the RCL,
Vanderbilt Divinity Library.
© 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.

Confessional Reading
Psalm 19:11-14

(wait for “Seraphim” musicians to be seated, then:)

We continue with the 19th Psalm as paraphrased in The Message. Now, however, we read the words together as a confession. Please join me.

One: There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool?

  All: Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.

One: These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray.

  All: Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

from The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Video Call to Prayer


from Work of the People

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me.

            That’s a tall order, God – good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed. Is that what happens when we unroll the scroll, when we open our Bibles and read? Do we shift from being receivers to being responders, from being those who sit to being those who are sent, whenever we encounter your Jubilee words? If so, help us to follow one step at a time, for the whole mission seems bigger than our ability to fulfill it. Thank you for your Son who accomplished this mission when he walked as a man, and who continues to lead us down the kingdom path. Thank you for your Spirit who gives us the courage and the ability to follow, and the boldness to not only speak the words but to live them out as we are enabled. Thank you that we are not alone on this journey. We have brothers and sisters walking beside us, along with you, every step of the way. Just now, we open our purses and wallets to bring forth what you have already provided. Help us to put it to good use. In Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Ushers, you’ve a job to do. Lead us as we return our offerings.

Responsive Affirmation

Leader:        The body is a unit, made up of many parts.

Right side: Are all prophets?
Left side:    Do any speak in tongues?
All:             We are the body of Christ.

Leader:        We are baptized by one Spirit and given one Spirit to drink.

Right side: Are any healers?
Left side:    Do all work miracles?
             We are the body of Christ.

Leader:        If one part suffers, all suffer with it. When one part is honored, all are honored with it.

Right side: Are all apostles?
Left side:    Do any interpret?
All:             We are the body of Christ.

Leader:        God has bound us together as the church, so that we might share the good news that God's realm is at hand.

Right side: Are any leaders?
Left side:
    Do all teach?  

Leader:        For we are the body of Christ,  

All:             Gathered in love to worship the One who brings us life.

by Torin Eikler, co-pastor
Morgantown Church of the Brethren Morgantown, West Virginia
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"


Go now, and live as one body in Christ.
Be at peace, and care for one another;
Suffer with one another and rejoice with one another.
Give your attention to the Word of God
and proclaim the good news of freedom to all.

And may God delight your heart and sharpen your vision;
May Christ Jesus keep you, thought and word, in his grace;
And may the Holy Spirit be the fountain that sustains you all
........and binds you together as one.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

(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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