Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 19, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

The third Sunday of Lent

      "Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil." (Ephesians 4:26-27)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                 "Fairest Lord Jesus"                 German melody

  Call to Worship                                                                  (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                          "Savior, like a shepherd lead us"                         355

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Mark 2:14 -17

  For Children                 "Walk a mile in my shoes,
                         walk a lifetime in His footsteps

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                               Ephesians 4:26-32

  Drama           "The Seven Deadly Sins: part 3 - Wrath"
                            (Pre-schoolers then leave for Bell Ringers & Sunday School)

  Scripture                                   John 2:13-16

  Message                "Wisdom to know the difference"

  Solo                             "If you but trust in God" (vs. 2,1)                  Neumark

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                              "Andante Religioso"                  Ethelbert Nevin

*Hymn                       "Marvelous grace of our loving Lord"                      151


*Postlude                               "In thee is gladness"

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Your Way
A Litany

(Spoken alternately from right and left sides of the sanctuary)

Right: My way.

  Left: My idea.

Right: My style of music.

  Left: My position.

Right: My vision.

  Left: My hope.

Right: My dream.

  Left: My leadership.

Right: My point of view.

  Left: My likes.

Right: My dislikes.

   All:  No! God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom.
          What we need is less of  "my" and more of you, Lord!
           Teach us this truth and lead us in your wisdom!

by Larry M. Dentler, pastor
Bermudian Church of the Brethren, East Berlin, PA
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

Shepherd of our souls,
         when we hunger, you lead us to green pastures;
         when we thirst, you guide us to still waters;
         when we are afraid, your staff protects
                  and nudges us forward through dark valleys;
         when anger flares as enemies draw near,
                  it is to your table that you welcome us -
                           washing the dust off our tired feet,
                           anointing us for the path ahead,
                           preparing us to face tomorrow with faith.
                                    Thank you.
In Christ Jesus, you have walked in our shoes.
         Help us to put on other sandals this day,
                  that we might lay aside our reactions
                           to things over which we have little power,
                  and instead focus upon what we can do through you.
                                    In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

For Children
"Walk a mile in my shoes,
walk a lifetime in His footsteps

         About the message he intends to share, our children’s storyteller, Ed Lewis, writes: "I have a new pair of shoes of mine (size 13), which I’ll bring in and let the kids try to take a few steps in them. Together we’ll then explore what the saying, "walk a mile in my shoes," really means. Instead of judging others prematurely, we look at what may be behind the obvious. We’ll connect this with the idea that, as Christians, we try to walk in Jesus’ footsteps. Of course, we can never fill his sandals. But we try."

Pastoral Prayer


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


Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

         As you seek God’s wisdom to help you know the difference between what you cannot change and what you can, so that you can stop beating your head against the wall in anger, remember these words of the apostle Paul: "God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength." (1 Corinthians 1:25)

         May the Lord grant you true serenity as you trust in Him.

Now is the time to respond to God’s grace with your offering. Ushers?


May God, indeed, grant you
the serenity to accept the things you cannot change,
courage to change the things you can,
and wisdom to know the difference.

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


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International Lesson thoughts
from the
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©2006 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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