Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 25, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

      …for the lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd…”    (Revelation 7:17a)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                     "Low in the grave he lay"               273
  Prelude                                 "Fairest Lord Jesus"              German folk melody

  Unison Call to Worship                                                                              814

*Hymn                          "Savior, like a shepherd lead us"                              355

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Acts 9:36-43

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                              "Andante Cantabile"                               Schubert
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  For Children                  "Face it, God is wonderful!"

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

  Hymn                         "The King of love my shepherd is"                            170

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                 Revelation 7:9-17

  Message                    "Obscured by a pile of wrongs" (mp3)

 *Hymn                                    "Jesus shall reign"                                         319

*Closing Affirmation of Faith                                                                        711

*Postlude                                      "Gratitude"                                             Herr

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Unison Call to Worship

            In the church year, this today is called by some, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” It is thus very appropriate to begin worship with the 23rd Psalm. Please turn in your hymnal to #814 and, together, let us repeat these very familiar words.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
      he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
            they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
            in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
            my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
            all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Hymnal #814
from the Revised Standard Version.
Copyright 1946, 1952, 1959, 1973
by the Division of Christian Education of
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Opening Prayer

Our true Shepherd,
         who provides for our true needs,
         who guides along the way, who casts out fear,
         who protects and strengthens through the valley,
         who is with us always,
         whose table is a place of peace even amid conflict,
         who anoints and heals,
         who fills our cup to overflowing,
         whose goodness and mercy hound us throughout life,
                  and whose house is a home open to all
                           who hear the welcome in your voice,
                                    and turn and come to you;
Our true Shepherd, lead us -
         this moment, this hour, this day, this week. AMEN.

Acts 9:36-43


From the book of Acts we listen to a resurrection story, which is appropriate for this fourth Sunday of Easter. Open your ears, as well as your minds and hearts, to the good news about a disciple of Jesus named Tabitha.

read  Acts 9:36-43


Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

            Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, was a gifted woman. In fact, the widows who were drawn to Jesus by her depended upon not only the ability of her hands as a seamstress, but also her gift of leadership. They felt lost, without a shepherd, when she died. As we heard, however, God had other plans. The Lord was not finished working through her.

            As long as you and I have breath, God works through us. Even when we think it’s finished, that we have nothing left to give, the Lord may have other possibilities. And the gift goes on! Ponder that as the plates are passed and you respond to the message of Easter yet again with your offering. Please pray with me.

Lord, thank you for the gift of Tabitha. We’ve only a glimpse of this woman, yet like ripples in a pond we behold in this story the impact of your love at work. And the gift goes on! Like her, raise us to new possibilities. We are grateful for the ability to share what we have received. Empower us to “get up” and continue what you have started. In Jesus, we pray. Amen.


For Children
"Face it, God is wonderful!"

Our storyteller, Ed, writes, “I will have a magic marker and a tag board to draw on, and I will start with the outline of a head.  I’ll then ask the kids to tell me the parts of a face and, one by one, I’ll draw the parts on the tag board (sort of like "Mr. Potato Head"). As I draw the individual part, I will share that "gift" that God has given to us. When the face is complete, I want to tell how some people either have not been given or lost the use of those gifts, and how the greatest gift (love), helps us to overcome or compensate for that loss. "God's" love comes through others, helping us. We take many of God’s gifts for granted, as well as the love that God shows to us always.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Closing Affirmation of Faith

Leader: Jesus taught us to speak of hope as the coming of God's kingdom.

  ALL: We believe that God is at work in our world
                  turning hopeless and evil situations into good.
            We believe that goodness and justice
                  will triumph in the end
                  and that tyranny and oppression cannot last forever.
            One day all tears will be wiped away;
                  the lamb will lie down with the lion,
                  and justice will roll down like a mighty stream.

Leader: True peace and true reconciliation are not only desired,
                  they are assured and guaranteed in Christ.

  ALL: This is our faith.
            This is our hope.

Hymnal, #711, South African creed, 20th c.,
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace,
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

(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.

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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