Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 19, 2003
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School for all ages 11:15 am

      "But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                       "Come and see"                                           20

  Scripture                           Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c

*Hymn                          "Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord"                               67

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Mark 10:35-45

  For Children                         "The Greatest"

  Hymn                               (vs. 1-3 only) "Are ye able"                        (see insert)
                                             (Pre-schoolers leave for worshipful play)

  Scripture                                 Hebrews 5:1-10

  Message                      "Who is your high priest ?"

  Scripture                                Hebrews 4:14-16

  Hymn                          "I stand amazed in the presence"                             528

  Responsive Prayer of Confession                                           (back of bulletin)

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                                          After each we either sing:
"We thank you, Lord; we thank you, Lord"
"For this we pray, for this we pray"
                                                                 (listen to the tune)

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings


*Hymn                                       "Guide my feet"                                         546

*Benediction                             Hebrews 12:1-2

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
(Contemporary English Version)

         1I praise you, LORD God, with all my heart. You are glorious and majestic, dressed in royal robes 2and surrounded by light. You spread out the sky like a tent, 3and you built your home over the mighty ocean. The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings. 4The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants. 5You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken. 6You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains. 7Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed 8down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. 9Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again. 24Our LORD, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures. 35...I praise you, LORD! I praise you!

Opening Prayer

         With heart, soul, and mind, we praise you, LORD God. For the wonder of all you have created, we thank you. For your steadfast love which does not diminish, in spite of our human weakness and foolishness, we bless you. For giving your Son to not only teach us how to live, but to show us as well, to die for us that we might live eternally, we lift up your name. For the presence of your Holy Spirit, who empowers us to become more than we are, we are filled with gratitude.
         Bless these moments of worship, O Lord, that in them we might be more open to your involvement in our lives, more ready to live as Jesus taught, more willing to let go of sin and walk in the Spirit, more focused upon your kingdom and your will. This we pray in your name. Amen.

For Children
"The Greatest"

         In brief:   Using volunteers, the children are lined up on the first step of the chancel as a royal court ("Who'd like to be king, queen?" etc.)  Ham it up as each is announced. Then get a volunteer (or draft one) to be the lowly servant, standing on the floor below the royal court. Ask, "in God's eyes, who of all these people is the greatest?" Along the way of their discussion, the servant is moved to the top step, the lowliest is the greatest in God's kingdom. Briefly run through gospel story and end with prayer. From Ruth Gilmore, Sitting on the Rainbow, pp. 116-117. (Buy the book!)

Responsive Prayer of Confession
Based on Isaiah 53:4-7 NIV

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him,
and afflicted.
Lord God, break into our self-satisfied lives. Strike us with
your power. Afflict us with the truth of our infirmities.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed
for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace
was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Loving God, heal us. In the name of the one pierced for our
transgressions, crush our pride and give us peace.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned
to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity
of us all.
Shepherding God, rescue us. Lead us in your way that we
might walk with the one who bears our iniquity.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his
mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his
Merciful God, forgive us for our selfish silence. We ask
that you open our mouths to proclaim your goodness and
mercy. Open our mouths to proclaim your peace and justice.
Open our mouths to proclaim the name of the One who is
the world's peace: Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

by Jim Yaussy Albright, district minister
Illinois and Wisconsin District, Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

         In but a few hours, some of us will be on the trail walking for the hungry. It is our prayer that you CROP walkers will know the One who guides your feet every step of the way; that you will know that what you are doing for God and your neighbor’s good is not in vain, but is rather supported by the rest of us.
         In but a short time, the rest of us will be on our way elsewhere. It is our prayer that you also will know the One who guides your feet every step of the way this week; that you will know that what you do for God and your neighbor’s good is not in vain, but is rather supported by the rest of us.
         In the following moments, you all are invited to bring your offering to the Lord in response to the good news you have here and now received. Remember, however, that the giving doesn’t end when the plates are passed. Make this week an offering to God. Let the Lord guide your feet.
         Will the ushers come forward to serve.


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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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