Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 30, 2013
Worship 10:00 am


For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Galatians 5:14)

   Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)          "When morning gilds the skies"           644
  Prelude                                        "Devotion"                                      Scheiner

 *Unison Opening Prayer                                                                              761

*Hymn                                    "Here in this place"                                           6

  Responsive Scripture Reading                                                                    850

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

  Instruments of God’s Peace - a prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                         "Lift Thine Eyes" (Psalm 121)                  Mendelssohn
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                          "Will you let me be your servant"                           307

  Scripture                                 Galatians 5:13-14

  Asking Questions (mp3 with the below)                  Beth Kagarise & Robyn Boettner

  Questioning the Answers (mp3 with the above)                                  Robyn Boettner

*Hymn                                       "Guide my feet"                                        546

*Responsive Benediction                                                                            764

*Postlude                                      "Larghetto"                                          Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Unison Opening Prayer

Empower us
     to nurture those newborn in faith,
     to search for those still scattered
     on the hillsides of the world
     waiting for shepherd love.
Empower us
     to gather together
     your other sheep
     in our communities
     and to the ends of the earth.
Empower us, Lord,
     to tend your flock.  AMEN

Hymnal #761
Copyright © 1988 Linea Reimer Geiser


Responsive Scripture Reading
Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
  Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
  Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Hymnal #850
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

Instruments of God’s Peace - a prayer

      make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
      where there is injury, pardon;
      where there is doubt, faith;
      where there is despair, hope;
      where there is darkness, light;
      where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master,
      grant that I may not so much seek
            to be consoled ,as to console;
            to be understood, as to understand;
            to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
      it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
      it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. AMEN

Hymnal #733
attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 13th c

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             As you return your offering, I invite you to read the personal reflection on the back of the bulletin written by a sister concerning a medical mission trip to Haiti. Before this, however, let’s listen to the scripture upon which it is based, a Psalm of trust. I’ll be reading from the new paraphrase of the Bible called The Voice. Listen. 

You, Eternal One, are my sustenance and my life-giving cup.
    In that cup, You hold my future and my eternal riches.
My home is surrounded in beauty;
    You have gifted me with abundance and a rich legacy.

I will bless the Eternal, whose wise teaching orchestrates my days
    and centers my mind at night.
He is ever present with me;
    at all times He goes before me.
I will not live in fear or abandon my calling
    because He stands at my right hand.

This is a good life—my heart is glad, my soul is full of joy,
    and my body is at rest.
    Who could want for more?
10 You will not abandon me to experience death and the grave
    or leave me to rot alone.

11 Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
    As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
    and I know true joy and contentment.



Psalm 16:5-11 is from The Voice Bible
Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society
All rights reserved.

(back of bulletin)

             I reached for my clutch bag that held all my important travel doc¬uments, only to realize that my passport wasn't there. I was bound for Haiti with a medical mission team. The airport was more than two hours from the house, and the flight was scheduled to leave in two hours. My heart sank as I realized my passport was still in the office printer. I had made copies of it the day before—one to leave with my husband and one for my luggage.

             I had been planning this trip for months. How could I have not remembered to take my passport out of the printer and repack it? Surely God had shown me this path, but there was no way I could walk it without this critical document in my possession.

             I was resigning to the fact that I might very well be heading home instead of flying to Haiti, when a team member suggested I try finding a later flight. This meant I would have to travel alone. This meant my husband would have to wake the children in the middle of the night to bring my passport to me. This meant that if God's path was taking me to Haiti, his grace and a wonderful husband would be the only way it was going to happen.

             The airline worker rescheduled my flight, leaving from a nearby airport, and I made it, with passport in hand, just in time. Even though my carelessness took me on an unexpected detour, with God's and my husband's help, I was able to rejoin my group in Haiti.

             God is well-acquainted with our humanness. The way has already been prepared for us, but do we trust his guidance? God shows us the path and provides the grace and mercy to keep us on the way.

by Regina Cyzick Harlow
Grottoes, Virginia
Co-Founder, Executive Director of
The Sadie Rose Foundation

Responsive Benediction

Leader: Go in love,

People: for love alone endures.

Leader: Go in peace,

People: for it is the gift of God.

Leader: Go in safety,

People: for we cannot go where God is not.

Hymnal #764
by Earle W. Fike
from Book of Worship
©1964 by Brethren Press



©2013 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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