Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 23, 2012
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

      They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”  (Psalm 1:3)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                     "O day of peace"                    408

*Unison Call to Worship               Psalm 1:1-6                                           811

*Hymn                                   "We gather together"                                      17

*Opening Prayer

  Listening to the Gospel              Mark 9:30-37

  For Children                            "One Sound"

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

  Scripture                                   John 13:12-15

  Deacon Drama

  Invitation to Love Feast

  Hymn                          "Will you let me be your servant"                           307

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   James 3:13-18

  Message                       "Planting Seeds of Peace" (mp3)

  Music for Reflection

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Hymn                                      "O day of peace"                                      408



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Blessed are those
      who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
            or take the path that sinners tread,
            or sit in the seat of scoffers;
      but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
            and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
      which yield their fruit in its season,
      and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

The wicked are not so,
      but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
            nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
      for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
            but the way of the wicked will perish.

Hymnal #811
New Revised Standard Version
vs. 1a is from Revised Standard Version

Opening Prayer

            God of all time and space, of all wisdom and knowledge - we worship and adore you. You could have remained far beyond our understanding yet you chose to reveal yourself in the person of Jesus, your Son, our Savior. He widened the horizons of minds and hearts when he made your love and your wisdom known through his gentleness, compassion and humility. And you empower us with your Holy Spirit so that we can apply your wisdom to all our words and actions, making them gentle, compassionate and humble. Gracious and wise God, accept our praise and adoration in response to all your gifts to us, especially the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen

by Rev Moira Laidlaw,
Uniting Church in Australia,
from Liturgies Online.

Deacon Drama

            Having wrestled with the dilemma of how to help members who have difficulty getting down on their knees to wash the feet of a brother or sister during our Love Feast, the deacons wish to make room for the washing of hands (instead of feet) for those who are open to it. To show what this might look like, two of our male deacons, Mike Hanna & Dave Sack, will come forward and pretend to be sitting together at Love Feast. One of them will be unable to wash the feet of the other, though he would like to do so, if only he could. This will be followed by a brief commentary on what just happened, and then an invitation to come on the evening of Oct. 7 (World Communion Sunday) to join in this ordinance of the church.


Invitation to Love Feast

"So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet." There is beauty in this simple act. There is also frustration. When knees cannot bend as they should, when balance becomes a barrier, when a medical condition gets in the way, the "ought to" of this ordinance of Jesus can be experienced as bad news instead of gospel. Your deacons have wrestled with this dilemma, and suggest what you just witnessed Mike and Dave portraying.

Starting at our next Love Feast, you are invited to either wash the feet of the person beside you, or wash their hands if you have difficulty getting down on your knees. Likewise, you may choose to have your hands washed instead of your feet if there is some barrier that prevents you from receiving feetwashing. As always, there will be two types of basins. One is for the washing of feet. The other, instead of being for the cleansing of hands after feetwashing, will now be for the purpose of washing hands in fulfillment of Jesus' command. We’ll pass around hand sanitizing lotion after we are done, so that we can then head on to the meal portion of Love Feast.

            Service, humility, cleansing – these things lie at the core of what we do when we wash feet. Let’s keep these firmly in mind as we come to the Lord’s table next month. Speaking of which, two weeks from today is World Communion Sunday. That evening, beginning at 6:30pm, we will gather around the table of the Lord to wash feet, share a simple meal, and celebrate communion – what we call Love Feast. A place is set for you. Please put this down on your calendar and reserve this time. Come to the table, the candles will be lit. You will be most welcome, so come in and sit!

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Sisters and brothers,
     through what you are about to give,
          as well as through the offerings this week of
               your time and talents,
               your listening and speaking,
               your acts of kindness and expressions of love,
               your asking and receiving grounded in wisdom and justice,
     may you plant seeds of God’s peace in the world around you.



May you go forth from this place and time
     blessed by   the wisdom of God,
                        the peace of Christ, and
                        the power of the Holy Spirit.


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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