Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 16, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "...I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
                               (Genesis 12:2-3)

Church is cancelled due to weather today.
Read the scriptures. Follow along the hymns
(dare you sing in front of your computer screen?).
Read the message. Pray the Opening Prayer.
As my Pastoral Prayer is usually of the moment,
use that time for your own prayer.

Let's continue to be the church!

  Call to Worship                       Ephesians 1:2-6

*Hymn                              "Christ is our cornerstone"                                     43

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Psalm 19:1-4

  Alleluia Choir                     "The heavens are telling"                               Haydn
                               (children then leave for choir practice or pre-school play)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                      2 Corinthians 9:6-8


  Moment for Mission              Shepherd’s Spring

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

  Hymn                                "Great is thy faithfulness"                                   327

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Genesis 12:1-9

  Message                       "The Unfinished Journey"

*Hymn                                 "Children of Abraham"                           (see insert)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

         Lord, we may be scattered this day, each in his or her home, shut in by the weather. However, no matter where we are, you cannot be shut out. Thank you for your presence through every storm in life. It is from you that the wind blows. It is your hand we see in the snow that falls. Remind us of the drought last year, and how the land was thirsty for the  moisture that today's storm provides. Help us to use this time wisely, not to grow stir-crazy with cabin fever, not to "veg out" in front of the television, but to appreciate the blessings of family (if we are so blessed), or to appreciate your nearness as we explore your Word and come to you in prayer.

         Forgive our wandering, O Lord: our wasting of this precious time, our frustration with one another, our doubt and fear through the various storms we face in life, and all our sins - those we've willfully committed or absent-mindedly done, as well as those steps we should have undertaken but did not. You are gracious and loving, far more than we deserve. Thank you.

         Now guide the worship of this people, even as we are not gathered in one place, but are scattered across the area. Our unity is not found in our geographic location but rather in your Son, our Lord, Savior, and friend, Jesus Christ. It is in his name, empowered by your Holy Spirit, that we pray. Amen.




Interested in Sunday School?
Below is a growing list of possible sites to visit. As you discover others, please let us know.

International Lesson thoughts
from the
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson
Commentary by
Richard Hughes
(posted on Saturday)

International Lesson
Commentary by
Edwin Elliott


©2003 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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