Worship Order for Sunday

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

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
(Psalm 130:1)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                    "My life flows on"                    580
  Prelude                             "Chorale: Help Me Lord"                         Schroder

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer (ends with Lord’s Prayer)

*Hymn                            "O God, our help in ages past"                             328

  Unison Confession                                                                                    700

  Scripture                                   Mark 5:21-43

  For Children                       "Don’t Interrupt!"

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

  Hymn                                 "Healer of our every ill"                                   377

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 8:7-15

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                           "I Waited For the Lord"                    Mendelssohn
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                      Psalm 130

  Message                         "Amid a sea of troubles"

*Hymn                               "When peace, like a river"                                336


*Postlude                                "Thou Art the Way"                                Doane

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

With friends and strangers,
with family and neighbors, we gather:

Come among us, Healing God,
with that love which never ends.

With faith reaching out to touch,
with hearts straining to trust, we hope:

Come among us, Friend of the broken,
with your compassion which makes us whole.

With word and wonder,
with silence and song, we wait:

Come among us, Dryer of our tears,
to lift us to our feet to follow you.

by Rev. Thom M. Shuman, Interim Pastor
Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH
from Lectionary Liturgies

Opening Prayer

You watch, Timeless God:
as we go hurrying and scurrying about,
our worries and fears crowding around us
until we can scarcely take a breath.

You wait,
as we struggle to keep up with you,
constantly distracted by the fears
which drain our faith and hopes.

You hope,
as we go from promise to promise,
leaving each one broken behind us,
the world bankrupting our dreams.

You watch, you wait, you hope,
and hearing the cries from the depths
of our despair and brokenness,
you lift us to our feet,
breathing new life into us.

God in Community, Holy in One,
we offer our hearts to you,
even as we pray as we are taught,
Our Father . . .

by Rev. Thom M. Shuman, Interim Pastor
Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH
from Lectionary Liturgies

Unison Confession

Lord Jesus,
         blind I am, do thou enlighten me;
         naked I am, do thou clothe me;
         wounded, do thou heal me;
         dead, do thou quicken me.
I know of no light,
         no physician,
         no life, except thee. AMEN

Hymnal #700
by Menno Simons, 16th c., "Meditation on the 25th Psalm,"
from The Complete Writings of Menno Simons,
translated by Leonard Verduin, ed. J.C. Wenger,
© 1956 Herald Press, Scottdale, PA 15683.


Mark 5:21-43

         Separate the two stories and help listeners hear them both, ask two readers (one male, one female) to read this text.  The man starts reading from the lectern.  At the proper time, the woman comes from her seat and nudges him aside to read her part, then steps aside walking out a side door to make space for the man to finish the story.  Encourage the readers to take the roles of Jairus and the sick woman and to read dramatically as those people might have told this story about themselves.

Man: When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.  Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”  So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.

Woman:  Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.  She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.  She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”  Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.   Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”  And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ”  He looked all around to see who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 

Man:  While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”  He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.  When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”  And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.  He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!”  And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.  He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

as suggested by Carolyn C. Brown
from Worshiping with Children

scripture text 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.

For Children
"Don’t Interrupt!"

Talk about the preceding gospel story with the children, using the following suggestion by Carolyn C. Brown from Worshiping with Children:

"Children are often told by adults not to interrupt them, but are often interrupted by adults who want them to stop what they are doing to do whatever the adult wants NOW.  This story provides them both good news and a challenge.  The good news is that when the sick woman interrupted Jesus, he did not get upset but stopped to help her.  So, Jesus is willing to hear from us whenever we need him.  We don’t have to worry that we are interrupting.  The challenge is that as Jesus’ disciples we are called to be like Jesus.  That means we need to be willing to be interrupted too.  We need to pay attention to the needs of others around us and be willing to stop what we are doing when they need us."

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

(follows reading of 2 Corinthians 8:7-15)

If the eagerness is there,” Paul wrote, “the gift is acceptable…” Webster’s dictionary says that someone who is “eager” is “marked by keen, enthusiastic, or impatient desire or interest.” Enthusiasm and eagerness are important when it comes to making use of the resources that God has provided us. It’s good to be excited about where the Lord is leading and what we are doing with God’s help. One of the struggles we face along the way, however, involves how to remain enthusiastic as we continue the journey. Impatience can lead our desire to diminish. It can cause our interest to wander. The path upon which Jesus leads us is a long and winding road. Is your eagerness of the lasting variety? Are you in this for the long haul? “If the eagerness is there,” Paul wrote, “the gift is acceptable…” Ponder those words as you return your offering. Ushers?


As you head into this week,
             actively wait upon the Lord.
     Remember that, for Jairus,
          waiting involved seeking out
               and going to Jesus.
     Recall that for the suffering woman
                    in that same gospel story,
          waiting involved reaching out
               and touching his cloak,
                    even when such an act
                         seemed unthinkable.
Don’t let your “waiting” be passive.
     Have faith, even amid a sea of trouble.
          Boldly trust in the One who is
               your  Creator and
                        Savior and
     The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
     his mercies never come to an end;
     they are new every morning;
     great is the faithfulness of God.


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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