Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 1, 2002
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts."                      (Jeremiah 15:16)

In Word, Prayer, and Song

  Get ready!                               Psalm 105:1-6

*Get set!

*Go!                                      "Great is the Lord"                                           87

"In Jesusí school enrolling"

  Scripture                                Romans 12:9-21

  Hymn                         (vs. 1-3) "O little children, gather"                               489

  Children's Time                       "Sweet Words"

  Prayer to begin a new year of learning

  Hymn                         (vs. 4-5) "O little children, gather"                               489
                               (children leave for choir or pre-school play )

Offering ourselves

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise

  Hymn                                 "Spirit of the living God"                                   349
                                                 (words - music/midi)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings
                            "Examine me, God, from head to foot, order
                    your battery of tests. Make sure Iím fit inside and
                    out so I never lose sight of your love, but keep in
                    step with you, never missing a beat
                                                            (Psalm 26:2-3 - The Message)


"Utter what is precious"

  Scripture                               Jeremiah 15:15-21

  Message                               "Turning Back"

*Hymn                     (vs. 1-2) "What wondrous love is this"                            530

*More prayer to begin a new year of learning

*Hymn                     (vs. 3-4) "What wondrous love is this"                            530


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Get ready!
Psalm 105:1-6*

1 - Today is a day of rest.
2 - Itís also a Labor Day for Godís people.
1 - Today is the first day of the week,
2 - A time to praise God.
1 - Worship is the labor of Godís people.
2 - There are no lounge chairs in this sanctuary.
1 - Today is the beginning of a new Sunday School year.
2 - Becoming disciples is hard work.
1 - Itís also exciting!
2 - Are you ready?
1 - Please stand now and listen to the call to worship.
2 - Godís Word is the best place to begin.
1 - Praise the LORD and pray in his name!
2 - Tell everyone what he has done.
1 - Sing praises to the LORD!
2 - Tell about his miracles.
1 - Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart.
2 - Trust the LORD and his mighty power.
1 - Remember his miracles and all his wonders
2 - and his fair decisions.
1 - You belong to the family of Abraham, his servant;
2 - you are his chosen ones, the descendants of Jacob.

*Contemporary English Version
©1995, American Bible Society

Get set!
(opening prayer)

         Awesome God, creator of heaven and earth - you manage the big "stuff," yet you care about the small "stuff," too! Over the years you paid attention to an insignificant desert tribe, through them promising to bless the entire earth. Even when these children of Abraham went their own foolish ways, you remained faithful, continually reaching out. You still are faithful and true, which is why we are gathered this day to worship you.
         May your Holy Spirit empower us to praise and love you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help us to remember what we should never forget. Guide us as we leave the easy chairs behind and labor on toward where you are leading, trusting you every step of the way. Forgive us for when our feet wander from your ways. They tend to do that, Lord. Thank you for sending your Son to save us, and to show us the way.
         Lead on, Lord Jesus! Energize us, Holy Spirit! You are our God, and we are your people. Weíre ready, weíre set. Letís go! In Jesusí name. Amen!

Sweet Words

         Synopsis:  Using Alphabet-shaped cereal, wonder with the children over how the words we use might taste if we were able to eat them (mean words? kind words?). Relate to Jeremiah 15:16 and Romans 12:21.

For the complete lesson, see Saving the Ants, p. 100,
© 2001 Ruth Gilmore. All rights reserved. 

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

         In the Psalms, King David prayed: "Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure Iím fit inside and out so I never lose sight of your love, but keep in step with you, never missing a beat." (Psalm 26:2-3 - The Message)
         Anyone in school knows that there are going to be exams, texts, even pop quizes. They tell us thatís how we learn. In "Jesusí school of learning," the same holds true. As the offering plates are passed, ask yourself, "am I willing to be tested by God?" If so, consecrate your offering with a prayer, perhaps using the words of King David from Psalm 26.


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International Lesson thoughts
from the
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Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


©2002 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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