Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
April 3, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

First Sunday after Easter

      "Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy..."
                                                       (1 Peter 1:8)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Responsive Call to Worship

*Hymn                               "Low in the grave he lay"                                   273

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    1 Peter 1:3-9

  For Children                     "A Time to Rejoice"
                                         (Pre-schoolers then leave for playful worship)

  Hymn of the month     "Christ who left his home in glory"                           283

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   John 20:19-31

  Message                         "The Thomas in us all"

  Hymn                           "ĎTis so sweet to trust in Jesus"                              340

  Scripture                                      Psalm 16

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings


*Song                         "Every Morning is Easter Morning"                (see insert)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader: This the day that the Lord has made.
                 Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
People: This is the day that the stone is cast aside
                 And the mantle of darkness is torn away.
Leader: God has swallowed up death forever
                 And brushed our tears away.
People: This is the day of salvation.
Leader: Be glad and rejoice -
                 The Lord of light has come and reigns forever.
             Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen indeed!
       All: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Hymnal #668. Altered from
All the Seasons of Mercy, by Diane Karay,
John Knox Press, © 1987 Diane Karay.

Opening Prayer

O God, who rolled away the stone
         put in place to hold your own,
         help us push aside our fear
         and live the faith that you are here.

O God, who raised Christ from the grave,
         leaving there an empty cave,
         lift our hearts and minds this hour;
         fill us with your Spiritís power.

O God, who meets us on the way
         from this moment to each day,
         with your presence us disturb
         that our faith become a verb. Amen.

For Children
"A Time to Rejoice"

         Borrowed from Even More Little Stories for Children (p. 80), this message will use the letters "J," "O," and "Y" and smile stickers to emphasize that the joy of Easter continues beyond our yearly celebration of the day, and is as contagious as a smile - which the children will be encouraged to share with others.

Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

      If you havenít filled out and passed the attendance pad on your pew, now might be a good time to finish this task as the plates are passed. With your offering, share the joy that the Lord is your God, your chosen portion. Let your heart be glad, your soul rejoice, your body rest secure. "In Godís presence there is fullness of joy," the Psalmist sang. Are you ready to sing (and live) that melody, also?

Ushers, itís your turn.




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

"Jesus is all"
commentary on the
International Lesson

Living Web Sunday School Project


©2005 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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