Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 12, 2012
Worship 10:00 am 

      So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         "What a friend we have in Jesus"          574
  Prelude                        "Prelude and Fugue in G Minor"                           Bach

  Call to Worship                         Psalm 34:1-3

*Hymn                      "Praise, my soul, the God of heaven!"                           63

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                   Psalm 34:4-8

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

  Hymn                           "Breathe on me, breath of God"                            356

  Pastoral Prayer

  Annual Conference Moment

  Scripture                              Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2

  Song                               "The Messiah has loved us"                           (insert)

  Message                            "Sacrificial Living" (mp3)

  Hymn                                           (vs. 1-3) "Take My Life"                                  389

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                          "How Great the Wisdom"                         McIntyre
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

*Hymn                                 (vs. 4-6) "Take My Life"                                  389


*Postlude                           "God of the Fertile Fields"                             Timan

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

            Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

adapted from Gregorian Sacramentary, 7th century
taken from For all who Minister,
©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.86

Pastoral Prayer


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


Annual Conference Moment

            Our delegate to the annual meeting of our denomination, Gary Miller, will give a partial report on this event. There will probably be other moments during worship in the weeks to come, as he spreads out his report into more easily digestible portions.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            There is a difference between having something “taken from us” and freely giving it. For the woman who wrote the hymn we are in the middle of singing, the words to the next verse became very personal as she was going through all her jewelry one day to feely give it away to the Church Missionary Society. Of fifty items, she kept but one, a locket which contained the only portrait she had of her niece in heaven. As strange as it may sound, she wrote of that experience of sacrificial giving, “I never packed a box with such pleasure.”1

            It was not with gritted teeth that Frances Havergal wrote “take my silver and my gold.” Along with her life, it was freely given, a gift grounded in the graciousness of God... May your offering this day be given freely, not through gritted teeth or fear of what tomorrow may bring. In the words of The Message, paraphrasing the 2nd verse of Ephesians 4: “Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.2


1Hymnal Companion, p. 389.

2Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.



The refrain to "The Messiah has loved us"



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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