Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 18, 2005
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      "For the kingdom of God is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard..." (Matthew 20:1)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                       "Since Jesus came into my heart"                      Gabriel

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                  "Morning has broken"                                  648

*Opening Prayer

  Commissioning our Church Leaders                                              (see insert)

  Scripture                              Philippians 1:21-30

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

  Hymn                                  "Have thine own way"                                  504
                                             (Pre-schoolers leave for their special time)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                        "Prayer"                                     Kreutzer

  Scripture                                Matthew 20:1-16

  Message                    "Laboring in God's Vineyard"

*Hymn                            "The work is thine, O Christ"                               396


*Postlude                        "Let there be light, Lord God"                         Zeuner

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 145:1-8 (Laughing Bird Scripture Paraphrases)

1 - We will declare you to be the greatest, God our king,
            and put your name up in lights forever.

2 - Every day, without fail, we will sing your praises,
            we will honor your name now and forever.

1 - You are wonderful, LORD; you deserve the highest praise,
            and your greatness is more than we can comprehend.

2 - Each generation tells the next what you have done,
            and speaks with awe about your accomplishments.

1 - We will fill our minds with your splendor and glory,
            and with the stories of your amazing exploits.

2 - We will publicize the news of your mighty deeds
            and let everyone know how great you are.

1 - Then everyone will celebrate your generous love;
            and applaud your justice with singing and dancing.

2 - You are generous and compassionate, LORD;
            slow to anger, and rich in love and loyalty.

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Opening Prayer

God of all life, 
         we thank you
                  for the signs of your love that surround us,
                  for sun and warmth and all that comes to life
                           within creation,
                  for all that sleeps within the earth awaiting birth.
We praise you
         for the wisdom of your care,
         water on the earth,
         sunlight on our spirits,
         hands on blinded eyes.
Continue to touch us.
Reach out to sue with compassion and forgiveness
         that we may receive your gifts,
         that we may know your love and grace 
                  and rise to new life in Jesus Christ. AMEN

Hymnal #680,
adapted from More Than Words, Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.
First edition ©1986 Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.;
second revised edition © 1988 Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.

Commissioning Service for Church Leaders

Pastor: In the Church of the Brethren, people are ordained for ministry at baptism. The church also calls out people with gifts for specific ministry tasks. This congregation, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has called various people for leadership among us. Today we join in a service of consecration, commissioning these people for ministry.

Let us pray.

         O God, we give thanks for all people here who have responded to your call in Christ Jesus to be workers together with you. We are especially grateful for our brothers and sisters who express their faith and witness through specific ministries in this congregation.
         Grant us grace that we may all present our gifts and talents to be used for your glory and our neighbor’s good. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Leader: The church board and commission members give direction to our congregation’s mission and ministry. People who have been called to this ministry are (names).
         We have called other persons to specific ministries: (name) is our church clerk, (name) will serve as Treasurer until the end of December, when (name) will take on this task, (name) is our Financial Secretary. Our Moderator is (name). We thank the Nominating Committee for their work in discerning gifts and abilities which helped us call out these persons to leadership. (Names), please stand as members of this committee for the coming year.
         Our delegates to District Conference and to Annual Conference represent this congregation and share in decision-making within the larger church. We have called (names) as District Conference delegates and (names) as Annual Conference delegates.

Pastor: Brothers and sisters in Christ, God has called you to these ministries in our congregation. We thank God for each of you and for your willing response to this call. We believe that God will empower you for this ministry among us. We invite you to make your commitment by responding to the questions of commissioning as the congregation asks them.

(in bulletin:)

Commissioning our Church Leaders

Congregation: Do you willing accept the responsibility to which you have been called, and do you promise to be faithful in fulfilling that responsibility?

Church Leaders: We do.

Congregation: Will you seek to live a life worthy of this trust, exemplifying Christian faith and spirit in all that you do?

Church Leaders: We will.

Congregation: Will you be creative, redemptive, and cooperative as you work together in common tasks?

Church Leaders: We will.

Congregation: Will you prepare yourself by becoming familiar with congregational, district, and denominational policies and ministries? And will you prepare through regular Bible study, prayer, worship, and sharing in the life of this faith community?

Church Leaders: We will.

*Congregation: We, as brothers and sisters in Christ, affirm you as leaders called to serve in this congregation. We offer to you our cooperation and confidence, our prayers and support, so that both the knowledge and love of God revealed in Jesus Christ may increase among us and in all of God’s creation.

*Pastor: As a co-worker in Christ, I declare you installed as leaders, workers, and delegates of the Long Green Valley Church, in the name of God our Creator, Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer. Amen.

*Congregation stands

by Robert E. Alley, adapted
from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, pp. 326-329.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         "Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce." (Proverbs 3:9) ... An appropriate proverb for this harvest season. Ushers?


Go out in the strength of God’s gracious gifts.
Live lives worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Stand firm in one spirit.
Strive with one mind for the faith of the gospel.

And may the power and the presence of God go with you.
May the Call of Christ lead you into fruitful labour.
And may the Holy Spirit fill you with the joy of grace.

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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