Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 28, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
                            (Matthew 13:44)

  Call to Worship          "Awake, arise, O sing a new song"                            56

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                              "For the beauty of the earth"                                 89

*Unison Prayer of Confession                                                                     703

  Scripture                                Matthew 13:31-33

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                       (Children grade 2 and younger then go to Sunday School)

  Prayer Song                        "Fluye, Espiritu, Fluye"                         (see insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 13:44-52

  Message                       "Entrusted with treasure"
                                (those with a testimony to share about what
                                  having or being a mentor in Christ has meant for them
                                      will be invited to speak briefly during the sermon)

  Hymn                 (vs. 1-3) "When the storms of life are raging"                      558



*Hymn                                  "God, whose giving"                                       383


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

         Such beauty you have set before our eyes, O Lord, such glory we behold - if only we wake up and open ourselves to see. Forgive us, God, for when our praise is more grudging than grateful, when it is not a "new song of joy and celebration." You are the source of all that is good around us. Could we really even take in all the joy that you freely share? You are joy itself. To know you is to know joy, and peace, and hope, and love, and life itself.
         Thank you for the precious gift of your Son, Jesus - the very reason we are here this day. May this worship - what we say and do, the songs and the silences, the thoughts of which we are aware and those unconscious yearnings which govern our lives - may all of it right now be an offering to you, that you might receive us where we are and move us toward where you want us to be.
         In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, hear our confession.
Our faith is uncertain,
         our forgiveness slow,
         our conviction weak,
         our compassion wavering.
We have exalted the proud and powerful,
         put down the weak,
         saturated the rich with good things,
         neglected the poor,
         sent the hungry away empty-handed.
We have helped ourselves.

Show us your mercy,
Help us show mercy,
         through your Son, our Savior. AMEN

Hymnal #703
Adapted from the musical "Prayer Phrases"
by Harris J. Loewen, © 1986 Harris J. Loewen


         If we were to sing the rest of that hymn, we’d give testimony to how God stands by us at all stages of life, not just when we are young. "In the midst of persecution, when (your) foes in war array, undertake to stop (your) way," he is with you. "When (you’re) growing old and feeble, when life becomes a burden, and you’re nearing chilly Jordan," he is with you.
         As our truest Mentor, Jesus stands by us. Not only is he our Savior and Lord, he is our friend. And by being our truest friend, he shows us how to be true friends with each other. Mentors, above all else, are true friends. Those of you who are responding to the call to become a mentor, you know what to do, placing your response in the offering as it is passed. Now is a time for all us to respond, with our tithes and offerings, to God who entrusts us with so great a treasure.
         Will the ushers come forward to serve?


Go now:
         Go in safety,
                  for you cannot go where God is not.
         Go in love,
                  for love alone endures.
         Go with purpose,
                  and God will honor your dedication.
         Go in peace,
                  for it is the gift of God to those
                  whose hearts and minds are in Christ Jesus.

by Earle W. Fike jr.
p. 122, For All Who Minister
A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren
©1993, Brethren Press


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