Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 14, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am
Transfiguration Sunday 

      "Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart."
(2 Corinthians 4:1)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)  
  Prelude                                "Jesu, Word of God"    Mozart

  Call to Worship                             Psalm 99                 (pew Bibles, page 520)

*Hymn                             "Come, thou Almighty King"                                  41

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                2 Corinthians 3:2-4

  Children’s Story

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

  Hymn                                      "O perfect Love"                                        624
                                          (change “theirs” to “ours” & “them” to “us”)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                    Luke 9:28-36

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                   "Adagio in D"                                      Merkel
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                          "Christ upon the mountain peak"                             232

  Scripture                            2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2

  Message                              "Don’t lose heart" (mp3)

*Hymn                                    "Be thou my vision"                                       545


*Postlude                                   "Postlude in C"                                        Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - According to one calendar, today is a time for flowers and chocolate, when we pay attention to the heart of our relationships. It is Valentine’s Day.

2 - However, according to another calendar, it is also Transfiguration Sunday. The beginning of Lent is three days away on Ash Wednesday, a season of confession and repentance, when we pay attention to the heart of our relationship with God.

1 - Celebrating Transfiguration Sunday is like standing upon a mountain overlooking the path ahead which travels down into a valley.

2 - On the opposite side lies another ridge. There we see a tall mountain, its summit sunlit above the clouds. There lies the heart of our Gospel message, with a cross and an empty tomb shining brightly.

1 - At the heart of our relationship with God;

2 - at the heart of all our human relationships, is Christ Jesus.

1 - Sometimes this is clear as a bell to us.

2 - At other times, we struggle to see him.

1 - Just like fog can easily encompass a high place, so our ability to perceive Christ’s presence can be clouded over.

2 - Even so, we keep following, step by step.

1 - Let’s turn to our sourcebook, where we seek the heart of what’s really real.

2 - We will together read the 99th Psalm, which is on page 520 of our pew Bibles.

1 - Now, there are only two of these Bibles per row, so we’ll truly need to draw near to one another in order to share, as we read from the same translation.

2 - Let’s divide this reading into verses,

1 - with the left side of the sanctuary (your left, not ours) reading the first verse.

2 - The right side will follow with verse 2,

1 - then the left on the 3rd verse,

2 - and the right … well, you get the idea.

1 - Please rise in body or spirit and let us get to the heart of the matter.

Psalm 99

1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
      He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The LORD is great in Zion;
      and he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise thy great and terrible name!
      Holy is he!
Mighty King, lover of justice,
      thou hast established equity;
   thou hast executed justice
      and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the LORD our God;
      worship at his footstool!
      Holy is he!

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
   They cried to the LORD, and he answered them.
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloudy;
      they kept his testimonies,
      and the statutes that he gave them.

8 O LORD our God, thou didst answer them;
      thou wast a forgiving God to them,
      but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Extol the LORD our God,
      and worship at his holy mountain;
      for the LORD our God is holy!

Revised Standard Version

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
    in whom we live and move and have our being,
you have made us for yourself,
    so that our hearts are restless
       until they rest in you.
Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose,
    that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,
    no weakness from doing it;
    but that in your light we may see light clearly,
        and in your service find our perfect freedom,
        through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  AMEN

Hymnal #737
by St. Augustine of Hippo,
North Africa, ca. 400

For Children

Jean Sack will share the story of St. Valentine.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            Peter, John, and James did not remain silent. Eventually the story was told. Otherwise we would not have just received it. From generation to generation, the good news is shared – in word and in deed. We become part of God’s story. In so doing, there is a transformation that happens in our lives. It may not be “dazzling,” and no doubt there will be times of uncertainty when we can’t see much of what lies ahead. Still, we trust and follow.
            Our giving involves trust. “All good things around us,” the old hymn states, “are sent from heaven above.” We trust that God will provide, and as we return a portion of our wealth, we trust that we will be able to live off what is left, and trust that what we give will make a difference in this world. Such trust, such faith glorifies God.
            Whether you are only returning your offering just now, or are also placing in the plate your pledge of what you intend to give this year, do so trusting in God. Please pray with me. 

We glorify you, O God, through these gifts and our lives. May they be used to reveal your glory in ways which proclaim Jesus as your chosen and  beloved Son, and which show that we have indeed listened to him.  Amen

prayer by Rev Moira Laidlaw,
Uniting Church in Australia,
from Liturgies Online.



Go now and live your faith boldly
as an open statement of God’s truth.
Keep nothing hidden,
and refuse anything deceitful or manipulative.
By God’s mercy, engage in the ministry
to which you have been called,
and let the light of God’s word shine brightly in you. 

And may God strengthen you and keep you safe;
May Christ Jesus unveil your minds;
And may the Holy Spirit transform you from glory to glory.

©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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