Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 22, 2012
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Third Sunday of Easter 

      While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”  (Luke 24:41)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)     "Who are these"      270
  Prelude                                 "Fairest Lord Jesus"           German Folk Melody

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                     "Thine is the glory"                                      269

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    1 John 3:4-8                  (from The Message)

  Unison Confession                                                                                    703

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  For Children                           "God’s Dream"

  Hymn                                  "God, who stretched"                                     414

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               "Offertory in E Flat"                                 Dubois
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                   Luke 24:36-48

  Message                                  "Eating it up" (mp3)

*Hymn                                 "I love to tell the story"                                    398


*Postlude                      "We are People of God’s Peace"                          Horn

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One - What marvelous love the Father has extended to us!

 All - Just look at it - we're called children of God!

One - That's who we really are.

 All - But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously,

One - because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to.

 All - But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God.

One - And that's only the beginning.

 All - Who knows how we'll end up!

One - What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll see him –

 All - and in seeing him, become like him.

One - All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready,

 All - with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own.

1 John 3:1-3  (from The Message)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Opening Prayer

Risen Lord,
     You walk through this earth
            using the feet of even imperfect disciples;
                  may every race and generation take time
                        to look up and see you,
                              draw nearer, listen, and worship,
                                    and turn to follow you. Amen.

from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.49.
from With All God’s People: The New Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
(Orders of Service), compiled by John Carden.
©1989, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland.

Unison Confession

Gracious God, hear our confession.
Our faith is uncertain,
      our forgiveness slow,
      our conviction weak,
      our compassion wavering.
We have exalted the proud and powerful,
      put down the weak,
      saturated the rich with good things,
      neglected the poor,
      sent the hungry away empty-handed.
We have helped ourselves.

Show us your mercy,
Help us show mercy,
      through your Son, our Savior. AMEN

Hymnal #703
Adapted from the musical "Prayer Phrases"
by Harris J. Loewen, ©1986

Pastoral Prayer


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


For Children
"God’s Dream"
(a children's book by Desmond Tutu)

Archbishop Tutu reading his book to children


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Before we return our offerings, please pray with me.

Yes, O God, who created
      not just this world upon which we all live,
            but who also brought into existence the universe,
                  our knowledge of which
                        has only scratched the surface,
      show us what we yet may do.
      May our dreams prove rich with promise,
            each endeavor well begun.
      Give us guidance till our goals and yours are one.
This we pray in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

Ushers, please assist us in this act of worship.

words in italics quoted from "God, who stretched"
words by Catherine C. Arnott, 1967, Contemporary Worship 1, 1969, alt.
copyright © 1967 Hope Publishing Co.


Loaves of bread. A few fish.
      Remember the multitudes
            eating it up beside the sea,
                  as Jesus expanded what was already there.
Broken bread. Fried fish.
      Remember Jesus being revealed to his disciples
            as he ate with them.
                  He is alive and active, they now knew.
                        and he opened up the scriptures to them.
Go forth with this awareness,
      you whom are also now
            witnesses of these things.
Continue to feed on God’s Word,
      multiplied daily by Christ,
            empowered by the Holy Spirit
                  to share and live the story
                        with a hungry world.

(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:
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)

International Lesson:
International Bible Lesson
a weekly column by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
in "The Oklahoman" newspaper
also found

International Lesson:
Living Web Sunday School Project

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)


©2012 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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