Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 25, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes."
                                          (Psalm 133:1-2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                        Mark 4:35-41

  Opening Prayer

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

*Litany of Confession                                                                           691

  For Children           "Ouchies and Broken Hearts"

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 6:1-13

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

  Hymn                            "Lord, listen to your children"                             353
                                      (Our younger children leave for Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                      Psalm 133

  Hymn                                 "How good a thing it is"                                310

  Message                        "When it rains, it pours"

  Invitation to be anointed

  Hymn                                 "Healer of our every ill"                                 377

  Unison prayer as we respond with our offerings                                       750


*Hymn                                      "Lead me, Lord"                                      538



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

Mighty God, who speaks a word of peace to calm our troubled sea;
         Caring God, who nudges us away from fear and toward faith;
                  Ever-present God, who fills us with awe 
                                          but also raises many questions
                                                                     without easy answers;
                  Open our eyes to see in our boat - today,
         Strengthen our hearts for the challenges that lie ahead,
Open our ears this hour to hear the word you speak.
                                This we pray, In Jesus’ name. Amen

Litany of Confession

Leader: Almighty God, Spirit of purity and grace 
                 whose dwelling is with the humble and contrite heart,
                     hear your children's confession of sin and grant us mercy.
             For all that has been evil in our lives;
                 for unholy thoughts and impure motives,
                 for any scorn of goodness, trifling with truth,
                     and indifference to beauty,
                 for being petty when we could have been gracious,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For lack of love toward you,
                     whose love has never failed;
                 for doubt in your providence,
                 for acts of ingratitude,
                 and for disobedience to visions we have been able to see,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For the wrong we have done our neighbors;
                 for silence in the face of war,
                 for neglect of charity and failure in justice,
                 for forgetfulness of other's pain,
                 and for advantage taken of another's weakness,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: For our faulty following of the Master;
                     our slow faith in his power to save,
                     our timid, hesitant answers to his call of service,
                     our insensibility to the meaning of the cross;
                 for all that mars our discipleship
                     and makes it difficult for others to believe in him,
People: forgive us, O God.
Leader: May God, who is almighty and merciful
                 forgive our sins,
                 empower us to overcome temptation,
                 and enable us to love as Jesus loved.
People: AMEN 

Hymnal #691 - adapted from a litany of repentance,
Edward K. Ziegler, The Adventurous Future,
ed. Paul H. Bowman, © 1959 Brethren Press.

For Children
"Ouchies and Broken Hearts"

You will need:  A box of adhesive bandages

Scripture: Psalm 147:3 - "He heals the brokenhearted. He bandages their wounds."

         Does anyone here happen to be wearing a bandage like this today? Can you tell me what happened that caused you to need that bandage? I cut my finger on a knife one time, and I wrapped a bandage like this around the cut. Right away the bandage helped the cut to stop bleeding; and by the time I took it off a few days later, my cut was almost healed. You know, God made us so that our bodies heal themselves when we get hurt. We may need a doctor to help set a broken bone, or we may need our mom or dad to help us put a bandage on our "ouchie"; but after that it s God who does the work, making our skin or bones grow back together and making the pain go away.

         The Bible tells us that God doesn't only heal our physical "ouchies," or the hurts on our body; but when our feelings get hurt or when our hearts are broken, God can heal those kinds of hurts too. Just as it takes a while for our bodies to heal, it sometimes takes a while for hurt feelings to feel better or for broken hearts to mend. But God can do it; and if we ask, he will!

         To take home: Give each child a bandage to remember the lesson by. Retailers now carry a variety of bright, colorful bandages. (If time permits, you might allow the children to open the bandages and put them around a finger or on an arm before going back to their seats, and then display these reminders of God s healing power to the congregation.)

(from Children’s Sermons to Go, pp. 63-64)

Pastoral Prayer


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


Unison Prayer as we respond with our offerings

Almighty God,
         you have given us grace at this time with one accord
                  to make our common supplications to you,
         and you have promised through you well-beloved Son
                  that when two or three are gathered together
                  you will hear their requests.
Fulfill now our desires and petitions,
                  as may be best for us,
         granting us in this world
                  knowledge of your truth,
         and in the age to come
                  eternal life,
                  through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #728
Attributed to St. John Chrysostom, 4th c., adapted



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


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