Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 12, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

The second Sunday of Lent

"Itís healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up."
(Proverbs 14:30 CEV)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                     "Church Bells"                                    Gade

  A song                           (vs. 1-2) "Come to the table"                    (see insert)

  A good word                          Psalm 34:1-10

*Doxology                         "Praise God from whom"                                119

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                             Ecclesiastes 2:24-3:1

  Alleluia Choir                        "Now is the Time!"                         Shafferman

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

  Intercessory Prayer

  Drama            "The Seven Deadly Sins: part 2 - Envy"
                            (Pre-schoolers then leave for Bell Ringers & Sunday School)

  Hymn                       "Far, far away from my loving father"                       139

  Scripture                       (after preface:) Luke 15:25-32

  Message                             "A tale of two eyes"

  Song                               (vs. 3-5) "Come to the table"                   (see insert)

  Giving Thanks

  Offertory                        "Prelude from ĎSonata in Fí"                     Clementi

*Hymn                             "For the beauty of the earth"                               89
                                         (if you are able, bring forward your offerings)


*"Postlude"                                                                                            Rinck

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Setting the stage

         As the congregation sings "Come to the table(vs. 1-2), the children's choir processes, carrying items for the worship center up front. The older ones carry the heavier items (cross, candlesticks), and the younger ones carry items like a robe, a ring, sandals, and table items for a simple feast (as in the story of the prodigal son). The last child is the acolyte who lights the candles.

Opening Prayer

         Holy God, we come here this morning asking you to have mercy upon us, for we have fallen short of your ideas and of your ideals. But we also come here as a thankful people, for we know that you have had mercy upon us, and that, when we lay our lives before you, your mercy is accepted deep into our souls in ways we donít even understand. We thank you for being faithful to us even when we are not faithful to you. We thank you for refusing to give up on us long after we thought we had given up on you. We thank you for being here with us, and in us, and for working through us. It is with deep, deep gratitude, Holy God, for your love, your kindness, and your mercy, that we come here before you, opening ourselves more fully to accept this Presence that fills us byond our deserving. In Christís name we pray. Amen.

by Eric Elnes, Igniting Worship Series: The Seven Deadly Sins, p. 56-57.

Alleluia Choir
"Now is the Time!"
(based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,4)

To ev'rything there is a season
For ev'rything God has a plan
A time to speak, a time for silence
A time to mourn and a time to dance!

To ev'rything there is a season,
For ev'rything God has a plan,
A time to plant, a time for harvest
A time to cry and a time to laugh!

O Lord we praise You, Creator, Redeemer
Power and glory and riches are Yours
We sing Your praise and Your glory together
For now is the time.. .now is the time....
For now is the time to sing Your praise!

We join our voices in celebration
In ev'ry language we sing Your praise
One voice, one message for ev'ry nation
Now is the time....
Now is the time to tell Your story, sing Your glory!

To ev'rything there is a season,
For ev'rything God has a plan
A time to speak, a time for silence
A time to mourn and a time to dance!

To ev'rything there is a season
For ev'rything God has a plan
A time to speak, a time for silence
Now is the time to sing God s praise
Now is the time to sing praise!

by Jean Anne Shafferman
©2002 Alfred Publishing Co.

Intercessory Prayer


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


Preface to Scripture Reading

      If the old, old song ("Far, far away from my loving father") we just sang made you think of a story Jesus told, about a wayward son lost in "prodigal," self-destructive living, and about a waiting father who refused to give up on him - well, that is exactly the ground we will walk just now. We pick up this old, old story up back at home, after the father has welcomed his lost child with jubilation. If youíre unfamiliar with this parable of Jesus, donít worry, Pastor Pete will fill you in. Our focus, however, is on the rest of the story, upon someone who may be just as lost as his younger brother, but not know it. Listen:

Luke 15:25-32

Giving Thanks

      Envy saps us of our ability to truly appreciate the blessings which surround us. Gratitude, on the other hand, restores to us the joy of living. Even when things donít happen as we might wish they would, Godís blessings continue to overflow.
      Instead of reaching for your wallets or purses just now, or pulling out your offering envelope and placing it in the plate as it is passed down your pew, letís take these few moments to consider the blessings of God. For what are you thankful?
      As sister Eva plays some music to help us ponder, use your bulletin insert to write down any and everything that comes to mind. Donít worry about spelling and legibility, for no one but you and God will read your list. You might just be surprised how much you write down. Let it flow freely and naturally from your heart.
      Then, as we "raise" our final "hymn of grateful praise" "for the beauty of the earth" to the "Lord of all," you are invited to bring forward both your financial gift and this gratitude list you will have just written down, and place them in the baskets that the ushers will be holding up front, as your way of giving thanks to God this morning.

My Gratitude List










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(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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