Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 16, 2012
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

      With the tongue we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.”  (James 3:9)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         "Holy Ground" medley         (bulletin insert)

  Call to Worship                        Psalm 19 (CEV)

*Hymn                        "Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing"                       110

*Opening Prayer

  Listening to the Gospel              Mark 8:27-38

  Unison Confession                                                                                  699

  Response                            "Holy Ground" medley                   (bulletin insert)

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

  Response                            "Holy Ground" medley                   (bulletin insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Blessed with a Song                 "The Red Rose"
                                     (from the children's musical, "Father Knows Best")
                                   sung by Beth (& her mom) Kagarise

  Listening to the Prophets            Isaiah 50:4-9                 (from The Message)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory Video                  "Missional Imagination"
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Listening to                                James 3:1-12

  Message                           "Taming the Tongue" (mp3)
(or “Escaping the sound of your own voice”)

*Hymn                           "Gracious Spirit, dwell with me"                            507



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 19

1 - The heavens keep telling the wonders of God,
            and the skies declare what he has done.

2 - Each day informs the following day;
            each night announces to the next.

1 - They don't speak a word,
            and there is never the sound of a voice.

2 - Yet their message reaches all the earth,
            and it travels around the world.

1 - In the heavens a tent is set up for the sun.
It rises like a bridegroom and gets ready
            like a hero eager to run a race.
It travels all the way across the sky.
            Nothing hides from its heat.

2 - The Law of the LORD is perfect; it gives us new life.
            His teachings last forever,
                        and they give wisdom to ordinary people.

1 - The LORD'S instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad.
            His commands shine brightly, and they give us light.

2 - Worshiping the LORD is sacred;
            he will always be worshiped.

1 - All of his decisions are correct and fair.
            They are worth more than the finest gold
                        and are sweeter than honey from a honeycomb.

2 - By your teachings, LORD, I am warned;
            by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.

1 - None of us know our faults.

2 - Forgive me when I sin without knowing it.

1 - Don't let me do wrong on purpose, LORD,

2 - or let sin have control over my life.

1 - Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault.

2 - Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, LORD,  

1 -  because you are my mighty rock and my protector.

(from the Contemporary English Version)
© 1995 by American Bible Society

Opening Prayer

All around us, O God,
creation preaches a silent sermon
about your glory.
The full, orange moon
declares your constant watchfulness;
the early morning mist over a schoolyard
speaks of your steadfast love;
the cool breeze through slowly changing leaves
whispers of your grace.

Holy Jesus,
you ask questions
which turn us speechless;
you tell us things about yourself
we imagine we need to correct;
you offer us a way of life
we dare not refuse.

Spirit of Wisdom,
you stand in the midst
of rush hour traffic
crying out to us
about our fascination with foolishness
and stretch out your hand
to point to the One
who walks towards us
offering a cross.

God in Community, Holy in One,
in this time together,
may we hear you in the silence and the songs,
and discover you in the people around us,
even as we pray as Jesus teaches us, saying,
Our Father . . .

by Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (USA),
from Lectionary Liturgies

Listening to the Gospel
Mark 8:27-38

Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise… We have been given a voice to speak, each one of us. What will we utter, when given the opportunity to say what is most important to us? Will we use our tongues wisely? The words we choose to use, will they flow from mindless chatter we have overheard? Will they be but echoes of “gotta see this” television drama, or commercials hawking the latest “gotta have this” product? Will our words be more like a political sound-bite, or the supposed wisdom of some celebrity, or the latest utterance of a sports commentator? Will what we say be gleaned from the weather channel, or are we listening on a deeper level? To what are we paying attention before we speak?

We turn now to a pivotal story in the gospel of Mark, an episode that itself turns a corner in this telling of the good news of Jesus. It falls half-way through this fast-paced account of those few short years long ago in Palestine. Questions are asked, and disciples are given the opportunity to speak. Have they been listening? What have they been hearing? To whom are they paying attention? These are important questions, and they are not intended solely for a small group of men following a wise teacher long ago. As we read this story once again, we will pause and allow for silence between the words. Use that time to ponder what you might say, if given the opportunity. Listen.

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”

(after a moment of silence, ask “What would you have answered? What are people around you today saying about Jesus, if they are saying anything at all?” more silence.)

And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”

(after a moment of silence, say “Your own thoughts now – how might you have answered? What would you say today?” more silence.)

Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”

(after a moment of silence, ask “What does Peter’s answer mean to you? Is Messiah or Christ just another name in your mind, just another title? If you were to have answered as Peter did, would that have been a leap of faith for you, or just a bunch of words?” more silence.)

And Jesus sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly.

(after a moment of silence, say “… ‘the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace’… this doesn’t sound glorious or triumphant. ‘A thousand tongues to sing’ praise of a redeemer who suffers and dies, does this seem strange to you? We cheer when our O’s or Ravens win, not when they lose. How might you have reacted to these words?” more silence.)

And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

(after a moment of silence, ask “Would you have spoken as Peter did? Be honest. How might you ‘rebuke’ Jesus today through things that you say? Of course, our tongues may not speak it, but our thoughts give us away. ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, LORD, because you are my rock and my salvation.’ Are we like Peter?” more silence.)

But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

(after a moment of silence, ask “If Peter, whose very name was solid as a rock, could be an adversary to the good news, what about us? Can we speak the right things and still get it all wrong?” more silence.)

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

(after a moment of silence, say “Please turn to #699 in the back of your hymnal, and use our tongues to speak words of confession. As if with one voice, shall we pray together?”)

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.

Unison Confession

Lord, our God, 
         great, eternal, wonderful
         utterly to be trusted:
                  you give life to us all,
                  you help those who come to you,
                  you give hope to those who cry to you.
Forgive our sins, secret and open,
         and rid us of every habit of thought
         that stands against the gospel.
Set our hearts at peace,
         so we may live our lives before you
                  confidently and without fear,
                  through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #699. Based on a prayer from
The Liturgy of St. Basil of Caesarea, 4th c.,
adapted from Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship,
ed. Caryl Micklem, copyright © 1956 1967 SCM Press, Ltd.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Let us join in prayer:

Lord, bless what we are about to give. It comes from what you have grown in the garden of our garden of our lives. Help these offerings to be used wisely in continuing the work of Jesus - peacefully, simply, together. In a similar way, may the words of our mouths this hour, and the meditation of our hearts this day, be pleasing in your sight, O God, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.


Offertory Video
"Missional Imagination"




“Who do you say that I am?,” Jesus asks us even today.
                  So how will you respond
                           out in your corner of the world this week?
         Will it be with just a bunch of religious sounding words,
                           or will your faith be backed up by action.
                  Furthermore, will what you say and what you do
                                    be a blessing to others?
         That’s the challenge we take with us
                           from this place and time.

Go forth, knowing
         that God is your rock and redeemer,
         that Christ Jesus wisely guides along the way, and
         that the Holy Spirit is your ever-present strength.



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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