Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 21, 2012
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

      Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.”  (Psalm 91:9-10)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)             "There is a place of quiet rest"            5
  Prelude                                   "Morning Hymn"                                   Young

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                         "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"                             37

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Hebrews 5:1-10           (Laughing Bird Version)

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

  Hymn                           "They that wait upon the Lord"                             584

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory Video                      "Missing the Joy"
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture in Song               "And I will raise you up"                                 596
                                                                 (based on Psalm 91)

  Message                                   "My Refuge" (mp3)

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


*Postlude                                 "If Christ is Mine"                                Herman

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

  All:    You, O God, are my refuge and protection. I trust you.

  One:   We abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

  All:    You, O God, are my refuge and protection. I trust you.

  One:   We say to the Lord:

  All:    You, O God, are my refuge and protection. I trust you.

  One:   Come, give voice to our praise.

Psalm 91:1-2

Opening Prayer

Holy One, we come to You in the busy-ness of this fall season, as the time of the holidays draw near. We know that it is easy to be drawn into the path of consumerism, the buzz of busy-ness, and the noise of the world. As the election season also draws near, loving God, hold us close to You. May we experience Your Wisdom in our lives that helps us to slow down and find quiet and rest in You. May we experience the risen Christ in our lives, that we may know all things are possible in You and that there is hope for a new day, a new start. In the name of Jesus, our loving Savior and Spirit of Wisdom, we pray. Amen.

by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
pastor at Burien Community Church in Burien, WA

Hebrews 5:1-10

1 - We turn now to the fifth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament.

2 - This reading mentions someone named Melchizedek (pronounced). Don’t worry if you don’t know who that is.

1 - Allow these words to lead us into a time of sharing and prayer.

2 - We’re reading from an Australian paraphrase called the “Laughing Bird Version.” Listen.


1 - The person who is chosen to be a high priest is given the task of representing the people to God and offering to God the costly gifts that people bring as a sign that they are sorry when they have messed up.

2 - The high priest, being just as prone to thoughtless and crooked behavior as anyone else, is able to be supportive and understanding of people instead of dealing harshly with them.

1 - After all, priests have to offer gifts to God to say sorry for their own wrongdoing along with everybody else’s.

2 - No one can nominate themselves for this honor. A person only becomes a high priest if God hand picks them for the job. That’s how it was for Aaron and it has been ever since.

1 - It was no different with Christ. He became a high priest, but not because he campaigned for the position. It was God who tapped him on the shoulder and said, in the words of scripture:

2 - “You’re it - my Son; today I have named you.

1 - In the same way, in another place, God says:

2 - “You are a priest forever; your task is the priestly work begun by Melchizedek.

1 - When Jesus was among us and the threat of death was closing in on him, it was with agonized cries and tears that he did his priestly work of offering up prayers and appeals to the God who has the power to save us from death.

2 - His pleas were heard because of his prayerful acceptance of God’s will.

1 - He was given no special privileges as a Son –

2 - he got his lessons in obedience in the same school of suffering as the rest of us.

1 - Once he had made the grade, perfecting all that he had to learn, God marked him out as a high priest - the last of the line that began with Melchizedek.

2 - Thus, Jesus became the one who sets free all who trust and follow him.

1 - For them he is the source of life without limit. (pause)

2 - May God bless our hearing of these words.

Laughing Bird Version
©2000 Nathan Nettleton

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            Has "church" become frantic activity on the Sabbath? Isn't a day off for "weak" people?  Isn't "play" just for children? What does creativity have to do with salvation? Are we missing the joy of keeping the Sabbath? In the following video, theologian and author Marva Dawn asks us to consider whether or not we are finding rest. Ponder what she has to say as you return your offering. Ushers?


Offertory Video
"Missing the Joy"






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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