Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 27, 2010
Worship 10:00 am

      No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  (Luke 9:62)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                     "Let the waters rise"
  Prelude    “Light Divine”     Mendelssohn

  Call to Worship                             Psalm 16                (Laughing Bird Version)

*Hymn                            "Come, we that love the Lord"                                14

*Opening Prayer

  Seraphim                           "Because of who you are"

  Scripture                                Galatians 5:13-25

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Seraphim                              "Let the waters rise"

  Scripture                           1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                      "It is well"                                      Seraphim
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                    Luke 9:51-62

  Message                        "Hand-eye coordination"

*Hymn                       "Lord of light, your name outshining"                           410

*Responsive Benediction                                                                             763

*Postlude                                       "Postlude"                                           Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 16
(Laughing Bird Version)

1 - Protect me, God, you are my place of refuge.

2 - I’m acknowledging you as the one in charge, LORD;

1 - you are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

2 - I delight in the company of those who dedicate themselves to you; they are the salt of the earth.

1 - Those who worship other things will have nothing but grief. I will not buy into their futile devotions; I will not utter the names they revere.

2 - You are all I want, LORD, and all I need; you hold my future in your hands.

1 - You mark out the best of everything for me; you’ve set me up with a bright future.

2 - I heap accolades on you, LORD, for you always give me wise advice; even in the dead of night you fill my heart with your teachings.

1 - I’ll always stick close behind you, LORD; with you near by, I’ll never be pushed off track.

2 - You fill me with delight, LORD; joy erupts from deep in my bones; my body relaxes, safe in your care.

1 - You’ll never let the grave drag me down; your faithful servants are never left for dead.

2 - You set my feet on a life-giving track, LORD. To be in your presence is absolute bliss. All I could dream of comes from your hand.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Opening Prayer
(quotes Luke 9:51 & 22:42, as well as Psalm 16)

Scripture says that “when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem.” With his disciples he “marched to Zion,” just like pilgrims have for millennia. “Not my will but thy will be done,” he later prayed in the garden within sight of the hill of Zion, thus choosing his portion and cup.
            In his name we come to you, O God, our refuge. Following Jesus on the road to Zion, the journey of faith, we say, you are my Lord; I have no good apart from you. We bless you for your good counsel, even in the nighttime of our fears. Help us to stick close to the path of life you have shown us. Empower us with your Spirit to march, not to the drumbeat of earthly armies, but to the rhythm of your heavenly call in Christ. In you, our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, our bodies rest secure. In your presence there is fullness of joy. Open our awareness to your nearness, not just in this hour or worship, but every moment of every day this week. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me.

            Amid his fears, Elijah heard your "still, small voice," O God, and stepped out by faith to throw his mantle over Elisha. In the field of his everyday life, Elisha laid aside his oxen and put his hand to a brand new plow. We may not be prophets like Elijah or Elisha, Lord, but still you speak to us - not in wind, earthquake, or fire - but often in the sound of sheer silence (…pause a moment…) and call us to put our hands to something altogether new. Thank you for the ability you give each of us to respond to your calling, and for the peace you provide amid the storm of our daily struggles. This we pray, singing, “It is well with my soul.” Amen.


Responsive Benediction

Leader: We came to worship.
People: We go now to serve.
Leader: We have been given the light.
People: We go now to let it shine.
Leader: We have been blessed by God’s love.
People: We go now to share it.
Leader: We are Christ’s disciples.
People: We go now to witness to all.

Hymnal #763
by Jimmy Ross
from We Gather Together
copyright ©1979, Brethren Press, adapted

(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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