Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 30, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Trinity Sunday 

      …we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us…”  (Romans 5:3b-5a)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)
  Prelude                                "Suite for Handbells"                    Michael Helman
                                        Fanfare, Meditation, Toccata

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                  "O worship the Lord"                                     124

*Responsive Prayer                                                                                     670

  Listening                                        Psalm 91

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

  Turning toward God’s Promise              "On Eagles Wings"               Bell Choir
                                                    (Michael Joncas/ Arr. Dan R. Edwards)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Gospel                                      John 16:12-15

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               "Shine Jesus Shine"                               BellChoir
                                               (Graham Kendrick/ Arr. Peggy Bettcher)

  Poured into our hearts                Romans 5:1-5

  Hymn                           "Gracious Spirit, dwell with me"                              507

  Message                         "Not an assembly line" (mp3)
                                                            (makes use of this video)

*Hymn                               "When peace, like a river"                                  336


*Postlude                  "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship"                 Bell Choir
                                                    (William Moore/ Arr. Josh Bauder)

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 8 in four voices

Voice 1 (the worship leader) reads from the lectern. Voice 2 speaks with a microphone from the left (piano) side of congregation half-way back. Voice 3 reads from the back with a microphone. Voice 4 (the pastor) speaks with a lav. mic. from the right (organ) side of congregation half-way back.

1 - O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 - Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

4 - Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

1 - You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

2 - you have put all things under their feet,

3 - all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

4 - the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

All 4 - O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

1 - Rise in body or in spirit, and let us “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,” #124 in your hymnal.

scripture taken from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Responsive Prayer

 Leader: Our God,
                 we gather to worship you, the One who creates all things.
People: For the gift of creation, we give thanks.
 Leader: We gather to worship you,
                 the One who brings salvation through Jesus Christ.
People: For the gift of redemption, we give thanks.
 Leader: We gather to worship you,
                 the One who sustains us by the Spirit.
People:  For the gift of your presence, we give thanks.
 Leader: We bring to you our offerings of thanks and praise
                 for all your gifts.
    ALL:  We worship you - Our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. AMEN

Hymnal #670, © 1988 Ruth A. Yoder
26175 Woodridge Dr., Elkhart, IN 46517

Psalm 91

1 - As we move toward sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise, we take time to listen to a psalm full of promise, especially since the music our guests from the Friendship church will play before our prayer is based upon these words. The 91st psalm speaks comfort within conflict, hope amid discouragement, peace in place of fear. Do note, however, that this promise can be misunderstood as an escape from trouble. Satan borrowed some of these words, after all, to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. But our Lord instead chose the way of the cross over the rescue of angels. God does provide refuge in the storm, but in the process we are lifted up “on eagle’s wings” to face into our fears and fly with Christ. Listen now to Psalm 91.

(pause a moment to indicate scripture is beginning)

1 - You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,

2 - “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

1 - For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;

2 - he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;

1 - his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

2 - You will not fear the terror of the night,

1 - or the arrow that flies by day,

2 - or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

1 - or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

2 - A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,

1 - but it will not come near you.

2 - You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

1 - Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place,

2 - no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

1 - For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

2 - On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

1 - You will tread on the lion and the adder,

2 - the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

1 - Those who love me, I will deliver;                     

2 - I will protect those who know my name.

1 - When they call to me, I will answer them;

2 - I will be with them in trouble,

1 - I will rescue them and honor them.

2 - With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

scripture taken from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            Perhaps you’ve already chuckled at the “Agnus Day” comic strip found in your bulletin. Comprehending the mystery that is the “Trinity” is more than simply speaking about “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” as if it were one of those ‘three things.’ In the passage from the Gospel of John I just read, Jesus spoke of the “Spirit of Truth” which guides and declares and glorifies in a way that helps us to step out into God’s future, which is no easy task. This Spirit is as inseparable from Jesus, however, as Jesus is from the Father. How this can be is, indeed, a mystery. Just like how it is that, amid our daily struggles, we become able to make a leap of faith and follow Jesus.

            Ponder that as you return your offering. Through the ministry of the Bell Choir, allow Jesus to shine in your gift.

(bell choir comes forward, only then do the ushers collect the offering)

Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org


Go now, rejoicing in God
and delighting in all God does.
Stand firm in the grace found in Christ
so that in suffering,
you may grow in endurance, character and hope.

And may God crown you with glory and honor;
May Christ Jesus bring you into the mercy of God;
and may the Holy Spirit pour love into your hearts
........and guide you into all truth.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton 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.

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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