Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 7, 2014
Worship 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:10am
“You shall not
You shall not
shall not steal;
You shall not covet”;
and any other
are summed up in this word, “Love
your neighbor as yourself.”
Beginning with Praise
“O little children, gather”
*Call to Worship
joyful, we adore thee”
a new year of Sunday School
Psalm 119:33 40
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a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
(please be brief, and aware of God's listening presence)
on me, breath of God”
how you’ve grown!”
heard the voice of Jesus say”
*Rise in body or in spirit
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A Worship Book
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One: This is the day that the Lord
Let us be glad and rejoice in it.
is a day of new beginnings –
new classes, new teachers, new lessons.
We are grateful for new beginnings.
is a day to commit to new learning opportunities,
to open our minds and our hearts to what God wants us to learn.
We are grateful for new learning opportunities.
is the day that the Lord has made.
We are glad and rejoice in it.
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God among us,
we gather in
the name of your Son
love for one another.
Turn our feet from evil paths,
our hands from shameful deeds,
our minds to your wisdom,
and our hearts to your grace. Amen.
Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Revised Common Lectionary Prayers
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common
admin. Augsburg Fortress.
Celebrating a new year of Sunday School
The summer season has passed, and now we head into a new year of
Sunday School. “O little children, gather near and learn of Jesus’
glory. Now come and of his goodness hear, his love and power; come
listen to his story.” The words from this hymn we sang earlier
were written by
Christopher Dock, a Mennonite educator in eastern Pennsylvania
during the colonial era. He was a contemporary of Christopher
Sauer, an early Brethren leader and publisher. Christopher Sauer
jr. was a student of Dock’s. Sauer sr. was so impressed with
Dock’s teaching style, that he asked him to write a guide for
teachers. Saur jr. printed and published the guide, which became
“Contrary to the harsh methods common in some colonial
schools, Dock preferred to use gentler techniques. He
sought to build character in his students, using
persuasion, discussion, and positive peer pressure to
encourage the highest standards of behavior among them. He
disciplined poor behavior and attitudes with
thoughtfulness and understanding, seeking to make the
punishment suitable to the student as well as to the
infraction being addressed.”
It is our desire that such words would describe our Sunday School,
whether the children are little or more seasoned sisters and
brothers-in-Christ. May we seek to build character in each other,
using persuasion, discussion, and positive peer pressure.
Discipline is the art of making disciples, and that is what we are
about as a church, encouraging self-discipline (discipleship) with
thoughtfulness and understanding.
None of us is beyond the need to grow in the faith. All of us are
still developing in character. No matter whether our age is 7
years or 70, we are children gathering near to learn of Jesus’
glory, to hear and embrace his goodness, love and power, and to
listen – ever anew – to his story. If you agree, would you join me
in celebrating and dedicating this new year of Sunday School by
standing and reading in unison a portion of Psalm 119. You’ll find
it printed on your bulletin insert.
Unison Scripture Reading
GOD, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the
road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!
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Used by permission of
NavPress Publishing Group
our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to the previous scripture reading)
Instead of “piling up loot”
and focusing upon “toys and
trinkets,” as disciples of Jesus we learn the fine art of
stewardship. Along the pilgrim way, we discover that our tithes
and offerings are not a “God tax” we pay for the privilege of
living. No. They, instead, reflect our God-given responsibility to
wisely manage our resources in ways that glorify God and bring
good to our neighbor. Whenever we make out our offering to the
church, we are presented with an opportunity to prayerfully
consider whether our finances are in line with our values as
followers of Christ. Alexander Mack jr., one of the early leaders
in our denomination, had a simple motto for his journey with
Jesus: that it all might be “for the glory of God and my
neighbor’s good.” Why not use that motto to examine your own
stewardship? Pray with me.
God of abundance, we bring these gifts to you,
acknowledging you as the source of all blessing in our
lives. We have spent and overspent our resources on things
that attracted our attention but didn’t begin to satisfy
the needs within us. Help us to live wisely and to give
generously from deep gratitude for your love. May our
lives reflect the words of your apostle, “Let
no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to
love one another…”
(Romans 13:8, NIV) We ask this in the holy name of
Jesus, the Christ. Amen.
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We are surrounded by those who have
known and loved and taught us much,
many of whom are now among that
heavenly “cloud of witnesses.”
Within us is the Holy
who both makes us aware of our sin
and helps us to step beyond it,
who empowers us to walk by faith
and fires us up for the journey.
Before us is Jesus our
who shows us the way
and is, in fact, the way,
leading us toward the promised land,
having saved us from slavery to sin and death
for just this purpose.
And in and beyond and under and
is the One who created us and awaits us,
the Alpha and the Omega,
our beginning and our end.
With all this in mind,
step forth into this week as disciples and apostles.
You are never alone.
What you do matters. Amen