Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 5, 2005
Worship 10:00 am

"And Abram journeyed on by stages
toward the Negeb.
" (Genesis 12:9)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

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

*Scripture                                  Psalm 33:1-12

*Hymn                          "I sing the mighty power of God"                            46

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Matthew 9:9-13

  For Children                     "Follow the Leader"
                                         (Pre-schoolers then leave for Sunday School)

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Genesis 12:1-9

  Message                          "Traveling with kids"

  Hymn                                       "God's calling"                                          483

  Giving thanks for Godís gift of teachers

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings


*Hymn                                  "Lord, thou dost love"                                  387


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

         In awe we stand before you Lord, Creator of heaven and earth ... and us. Re-orient our lives once again this day, that we might seek your voice and walk in your ways. Renew our spirits once again this hour, that we might discover in you the true power. As "thereís not a place where we can flee but" you are "present there," we run directly to you just now. May we sense you presence among us, hear your call, follow your Son Jesus, propelled by your Holy Spirit. And all Godís people said, AMEN.

For Children
"Follow the Leader"

Theme: Disciples are people who follow Jesus.
       Jesus says clearly that his disciples are to do as he commands. His disciples are to follow him, obey his teachings, and imitate his actions. It is a simple concept. The difficulty lies in the doing, for Jesus leads us into difficult and dangerous situations.

Scripture: Matthew 9:9

Device: A game of Follow the Leader

Goals: To demonstrate the meaning of obedient following.
            To help the children experience being a follower.
            To encourage them to be disciples.

Technique: Jesus asks Matthew to follow him and Matthew does as he is asked. He gets up and follows Jesus. It sounds like a game of Follow the Leader, which fits nicely into the format of the lesson.
      Follow the Leader is a simple game in which the leader leads the other children, who must do whatever the leader does. If the leader walks, they walk. If the leader runs, they run. If the leader hops, they hop. Most children know how to play; if not, they fall into it naturally.
      Make sure the story about Matthew is clear to the children. "What did Matthew do?" Explain that they are going to be like Matthew and play a game of Follow the Leader. Ask who wants to play. Give those who don't permission to stay in their pew until you return. Then set out on an excursion around the church. Use your imagination. It can be fun to have the children tiptoe very quietly. Go in and out of rooms, weave around, run, hop, skip, turn in circles. The possibilities are endless. Just end up back where you began.
      After the game is finished, explain that being a Christian is like playing a game of Follow the Leader. Jesus is the leader. Wherever he goes, whatever he says, we do. Just as Matthew did. When we are a Christian we follow Jesus That s all we have to do.

Notes: A child who doesn't want to play should not be pressured to conform. An unwilling participant could disrupt the effect of the game. When I faced such a situation, I played it safe and asked an adult to watch over the child while we were playing the game.

by Bucky Dan
from Creating Children's Sermons, p. 83.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Giving thanks for Godís gift of teachers

         Last week we brought our Sunday School year to a close. Itís time to give our teachers a well-deserved break and begin our summer schedule. Before doing so, however, we need to thank God for those who answered the call to teach, thus putting to use the special ability that the Lord has given to them.

         The Lord loves a cheerful giver, one who is willing to step forward with a "yes" when God calls. The Sunday School committee loves such persons also. Sometimes it gets downright discouraging to hear the word "no" again and again, instead of "yes," when seeking out teachers or other willing workers. We thank God for you who replied with a "yes" to this task!

         A funny thing happens along the way of answering Godís call. God give the ability. "What do I know about teaching?" we may wonder. "Iím too old or too young," we might think. "Iíve done my time," or "I have no time," we may assert. "Others need to step forward," we might say, even though we know that we cannot answer the call for somebody else. It begins with us.

         So, we are especially thankful for the "here I am, send me" response of (and as I read your name, would you please stand)          list names of teachers       . Thank you for the time and effort you put into this task this year. I hope, as Iíve heard it said by many teachers, that you learned more of God and the Bible and faith from the task of teaching than you wouldíve had you not answered "yes" to this call.

         As you have led us in learning this year, would you now lead the rest of us in the responsive reading found on the back of the bulletin. Perhaps others will be inspired to answer "yes" in the coming months when the Sunday School committee calls... Teachers, would you please read the portions identified by the word "One." The rest of us will fllow your lead with the "All" parts. We begin with you teachers:

Godís Call -- Godís Promise
A responsive reading

One: Many years ago God called to Abram:
         "Go . . . leave this country;
         Go to a land that I will show you."
All:    Today, and every day, God calls to us"
         "Come, and follow me,
         to new places and new opportunities."

One: God gave a promise to Abram and Sarai:
         "I will make of you a great nation,
         and I will bless you."
All:    Godís promise to us is just as sure:
         "You are my people, part of my family;
         I have blessed you, and I will bless you."

One: God also promised them:
         "You will be a blessing; through you,
         all the families of the earth will be blessed."
All:    May we hear and accept Godís promise:
         "You are my blessingóeach one of you,
         through your love and compassion, you bless my world."

One: Trusting Godís promise, they followed Godís call;
         In a new land, they made their home;
         Then they built an altar and worshiped God.
All:    Let us trust Godís promise and follow Godís call.
         Like Abram and Sarai, wherever we dwell,
         Let us worship our God with praise and thanksgiving.

by June Adams Gibble, interim hospice chaplain Elgin, Illinois
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         As the apostle Paul once wrote, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15). It is the Lord who calls us, and along the way blesses us. We have what we need to live out Godís call. In so doing, the promise becomes real. "You shall be a blessing," God promised Abram and Sarai, and they and their children blessed the earth. Indeed, "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

         Letís cheerfully, willingly - with grateful hearts - respond to this gift with our own offering just now. Ushers?


Go now, at the call of God
and follow wherever the Lord leads you.
Love truth and justice,
and share the healing mercy of God with all.

And may God bless you and make you a blessing to others;
May Christ Jesus take you by the hand and lift you to life;
And may the Holy Spirit nourish you in hope
........so that you will grow strong in faith.

adapted, ©2002 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)


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