Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 24, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

The Second Sunday of Lent

      Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. (Psalm 27:11)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                      "Pressing On"                      (insert)
  Prelude                           "Agnus Dei" (Lamb of God)                               Bizet

  Call to Worship                  Philippians 3:12, 15-21

*Hymn                                "We praise thee, O God"                                   99

*Opening Prayer

  Being open to change … an interview

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                      Luke 13:31-35

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

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

  Prayer Hymn                           "God of our Life"                                        486

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                       Psalm 27

  Message                      "The path amid adversity" (mp3)

*Hymn                                   "Lead us, O Father"                                       359


*Postlude                   "Lord of light, your name outshining"                    Williams

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Philippians 3:12, 15-21

"Reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for us…

             "Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Stick with it, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them… All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

             "But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him."

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

Opening Prayer

             O God, who in Christ has so wondrously reached out for us, clear our blurred vision this hour for the task of worship. In our prayers and songs, our speaking and our listening, we are reaching out to you. Speak to us in the multitude of ways you make yourself known, and through your Spirit help us to know you a bit more fully, even as we are fully known by you. Guide us this day in setting our hearts and minds upon the goal of your kingdom come, your will being done. Indeed, revive us again. Today! This we pray as citizens of high heaven, in the name of our Savior, our Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform us. Amen.

Being open to change … an interview

Person being interviewed: Steve Schaefer - new member, retired city policeman, active grandfather, nudger of this congregation to be reaching out to our neighbors, man with a thousand ideas for outreach activities and energy to act upon them, recently trained to become a level II Certified Food Service Manager so that our church kitchen can be licensed to serve more people (thus necessitating changes)... A heart attack a few years back changed his life.

Interviewer: Gail Hanna - deacon, nurse, active gandmother, always positive and encouraging member willing to help wherever needed, part of our congregational Wellness team.

Purpose: to talk about the changes happening in our outreach, specifically the impact upon our church kitchen (but also on our congregation as a whole). This interview is not so much about information (i.e. we’re doing things different in the kitchen because we have to), though this info need to be conveyed. The hopeful focus is more upon transformation (i.e. God is leading us to reach out to people in different ways, and change is needed in order for us to do so). Yes, the health department has new requirements we need to meet, and we need to be aware of them. However, God has new challenges for us, and these require of us change. Steve has been acting as one of God’s change agents among us.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             Change never comes easy, whether shifting from “the way we have always done it” or adapting our lives to a different diet and more exercise… What Jesus said and did long ago threatened the way things were because he was an advocate of change – not change merely for the sake of change, however, but transformation that would lead people toward the kingdom of God instead of away.

            In this morning’s gospel lesson, some Pharisees who were friends of Jesus, came to him with a warning that others were afraid of his message and wanted to do him harm. Instead of running away from adversity, thus allowing things to continue in the same old ways, Jesus stood up to those who would be his enemies, and spoke truth to power. In this scripture we hear firm resolve, as well as deep compassion. Listen.

Luke 13:31-35

             As you return your offering, ponder what changes might need to happen for you to live more fully and freely the life that God is calling you to live. In what ways might you be resisting that change? Amid your mulling it over, may you hear Jesus speak your name, or the name of this congregation, with words that both nurture and nudge, love and challenge. For now, let us be led in giving by our ushers and our sister on the organ.

Pastoral Prayer


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



Press on, sisters and brothers.
      The uplifting call of God in Christ Jesus awaits.
            The Way lies before you,
                  made level (though never easy)
                        by the One who is with you in every step,
                              even when the journey is difficult,
                                    and adversaries abound.
That’s the very moment when your light shines…

Brothers and sisters,  shine on!
                                 Shine on!


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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