Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 3, 2012
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Trinity Sunday 

      Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”  (Isaiah 6:8)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            "God Blesses…"           (back of bulletin)
  Prelude              "Voluntary from Anthem, Incline Thine Ear"              Himmel

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                     "Holy, holy, holy!"                                       120

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Romans 8:12-17

  For Children             "Guess how much I love you"

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

  Hymn                                    "Blessed assurance"                                     332

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                     John 3:1-17

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                   "Benediction"                                         Wely
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

*Response                           "Spirit of the living God"                                  349


  Scripture                                     Isaiah 6:1-8

  Message                                "Holy Callings" (mp3)

*Hymn                                     "Here I am, Lord"                                       395


*Postlude                       "Christian, let your burning light"                     Coleman

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - All of you angels in heaven, honor the glory and power of the Lord! Honor the wonderful name of the Lord, and worship the Lord most holy and glorious.

2 - The voice of the Lord echoes over the oceans. The glorious Lord God thunders above the roar of the raging sea, and his voice is mighty and marvelous.

3 - The voice of the Lord destroys the cedar trees; the Lord shatters cedars on Mount Lebanon. God makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf and Mount Hermon jump like a wild ox.

4 - The voice of the Lord makes lightning flash and the desert tremble. And because of the Lord, the desert near Kadesh shivers and shakes.

5 - The voice of the Lord makes deer give birth before their time. Forests are stripped of leaves, and the temple is filled with shouts of praise.

1 - The Lord rules on his throne, king of the flood forever. Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace.

Psalm 29 from the Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Opening Prayer

            Holy God, we gather this day to worship you and to acknowledge your glory and strength. Quiet the other voices that clamor for our attention, as we strive to hear your voice calling us and claiming us as your people. For your voice is mighty and sounds throughout our world: a call to faithfulness, justice and mercy. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

by Tracey Marx, former Presbyterian pastor and spiritual director
© 2012 by
Scripture Echo, Lancaster, PA.

For Children
"Guess how much I love you"
by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram


©1995, Candlewick Press
as suggested by Noell Rathbun-Cook
on Children's Literature Lectionary Links

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

(following reading of John 3:1-17)

Seen from below, power is something for which you grasp. Earthly leaders seek it in order to rule over people. God's power, like what we celebrated last week in the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, is different. It wasn't to "lord over" people that Jesus was sent. God in Christ relinquished power, and died that we might live.

Jesus said, "whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it" (Luke 9:24). That makes no sense if seen from below, does it? The apostle Paul, in dealing with his own inadequacies, heard God tell him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Again, that's not how we normally see things, is it?

To be "born from above" is a radical shift of perspective. We see with new eyes the world which "God so loved." Our relationships shift from self-centeredness to unconditional love. Our possessions cease to possess us as gratitude becomes a way of living. We stop being so worried about our own security and welfare, and start caring more about the welfare of others and about what's right and just for all. We start seeing the world as bigger than our own little piece of it.

Of course, all this doesn't happen overnight. Just like a baby does not come out of a mother's womb as a mature adult, so being "born from above" is a life-long process. Each and every day the living God falls afresh upon us, melding and molding, filling and using, as the old hymn states. Are you allowing yourself, day by day, to be transformed by the One who was not sent to condemn, but rather to save? Think about it.

Ushers, would you guide our giving?


            O God, our possessions often bring us a sense of safety and reassurance.  We are too quick to place our faith and hope in earthly things – homes and cars and bank accounts and investment savings and technology.  You invite us to place our faith in eternal, heavenly things.  Today, we give you one type of earthly possession – money.  In giving, we accept your invitation of the true security that is offered through your son, Jesus Christ.  We pray in the name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Copyright © 2011 David S. Bell
Reprinted with permission from www.davidsbell.org


Whether or not we hear them,
            the voice of angels ring out above our everyday existence:
                        "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
                                    the whole earth is full of his glory."
                        Are you listening?
            Wherever you go, whatever task you face,
                        know that even there "is full of God’s glory."
Therefore, head into the work of this week
            knowing that your heavenly Father calls you to holy tasks,
                        no matter how large or small these may seem.
            You are heirs of the Kingdom
                        through Christ Jesus, the Son,
                                    born from above.
            You are empowered by the Holy Spirit
                        to do what needs to be done.
"Whom shall I send?" God asks daily.
            Will you respond, like Isaiah did?:
                                    (motion for people to join in if they’ve caught the tune):
                        "Here I am, send me."


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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