Worship Order for Sunday

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

Thanksgiving Sunday

      "There was a certain man of Ramathaim, ... whose name was Elkanah... He had two wives; the name of one was Hannah..." (1 Samuel 1:1-2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                             "Sing to the Lord of harvest"                              98

*Litany                                                                                 (back of bulletin)


  Bell Ringers                       "Hymn of Thanksgiving"

  For Children                               "Choices"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                Hebrews 10:11-25

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

  Hymn                                "Come, ye disconsolate"                                497
                         (Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Singing Scripture                     1 Samuel 2:1-10                            (see insert)

  Message                      "Through Elkanahís eyes"


*Hymn                             "Now thank we all our God"                              86
                                                         (bring forward your pledge)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 16
(Laughing Bird paraphrase)

Protect me, God,
........you are my place of refuge.

Iím acknowledging you as the one in charge, LORD;
........you are the best thing thatís ever happened to me.

I delight in the company of those
........who dedicate themselves to you;
................they are the salt of the earth.

Those who worship other things
........will have nothing but grief.
I will not buy into their futile devotions;
........I will not utter the names they revere.

You are all I want, LORD, and all I need;
........you hold my future in your hands.

You mark out the best of everything for me;
........youíve set me up with a bright future.

I heap accolades on you, LORD,
........for you always give me wise advice;
even in the dead of night
........you fill my heart with your teachings.

Iíll always stick close behind you, LORD;
........with you near by,
................Iíll never be pushed off track.

You fill me with delight, LORD;
........joy erupts from deep in my bones;
................my body relaxes, safe in your care.

Youíll never let the grave drag me down;
........your faithful servants are never left for dead.

You set my feet on a life-giving track, LORD.
........To be in your presence is absolute bliss.
................All I could dream of comes from your hand.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net


Leader:           When our souls are parched, God.

Congregation:  Quench our thirst from the well that never runs dry.

Leader:           When we find ourselves hungering for meaning,

Congregation:  Satisfy our cravings with the bread of Life.

Leader:           When we are disenchanted with the facades and hollowness of our world,

Congregation:  Lead us to that which is real, the solid rock.

Leader:           When we realize we are chasing after the wind and come up empty,

Congregation:  Help us to experience the fullness of your joy.

Leader:           Fill up our cups, God.

Congregation:  Let them overflow with love and with life.

Walt Wilschek
Editor of Messenger
St. Charles, IL
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

         God, we spend too much time pursuing things that leave us empty. When we seek joy through wealth, power, prestige, or "things," remind us that "you alone are the real joy bringer." Refocus our hearts on you, God. Help us to reflect your radiance. Amen.

Walt Wilschek
Editor of Messenger
St. Charles, IL
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

For Children

From our resident children's storyteller, Ed Lewis:
         "I'll have a bag of toy farm animals (something inexpensive), and for each child hold up two and ask them to chose which one they would like. After going through the process, I'll ask why they chose the one they did, then talk with them about the choices we make everyday. Along the way, we'll explore how God allows us to chose and how God watches the choices we make - how they affect others and how we sometimes choose with our hearts and sometimes with our minds. There's also choices between good and bad. Both children and grown-ups are faced with such choices. In prayer we can ask for God's help with making the right choice."

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         Choices. We make them every day. Like this morning, when the plates are passed - what will we put in them? It's best to have this decision made ahead of time, as part of a plan that we have pondered, prayed over, and discussed with our loved ones. Later on this morning, you'll be given to opportunity to bring forward your choice, your pledge to this church, your financial giving plan for 2007, as a response to God's blessings in your life.

         Just now, however, we need to live out this year's plan, today's choice. Choose to be thankful as you give. Gratitude is itself a choice, you know. As the apostle Paul wrote: "Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) At this time, please also sign and pass down your pew the attendance booklets that are located along the center aisle. Thank you. 

Ushers, it's your time to serve.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Singing Scripture
The Song of Hannah
1 Samuel 2:1-10

         (preface read by worship leader): Our message today flows from the first two chapters of the first book of Samuel, as seen through the eyes of a husband. Itís the story of the birth of the last judge of Israel, Samuel. The story begins with a wounded heart, as a mother-longing-to-be lives out the song we just sang, hoping and praying that "earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal." As we shall hear, promises are made and kept, by both Hannah and God. This birth story ends with a song, literally. Letís turn there first and sing with her. On an insert in your bulletin are her words, paraphrased and arranged poetically in a hymn format. Weíll sing it together using the familiar tune to "Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing." Then weíll be "visited" by a Biblical character and try to see things "Through Elkanahís eyes."

sing to tune: Azmon ("Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing")

My heart rejoices in you, Lord.
My God has made me strong.
My mouth now sings your victory
O'er those despising me long.

No Rock, no Holy One like you
No judge, nor wiser one:
The proud now have no words to say
That you have not undone.

You've broken mighty warriors' bows,
And clad the weak with power.
The rich go wandering for food,
The poor all feast this hour.

The Lord brings life where none was found
And closes opened wombs;
Our God has rescued us from death
And freed us from our tombs.

The Lord brings riches to the poor,
And lifts them from the dust;
He makes them sit in princes' seat
And honors them with trust.

The Lord, the Maker of all things,
Will guard the faithful one;
God's thunders scatter wicked schemes.
God's justice shall be done.

Words: Taylor Burton-Edwards, based on I Samuel 2:1-10, in Common Meter (
Copyright © 2006, The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Used by permission.


(a member of the Stewardship Commission brings forward a basket and places it on a stool at the foot of the stairs, then says:)

         On this day, you are not asked to make promises concerning your children, like Hannah did long ago. Thatís something we do when we dedicate our babies. However, today is a day to respond to Godís graciousness with a different kind of vow. On this Thanksgiving Sunday, you are invited to make a pledge concerning your finances in the coming year, what you plan to give to the Lord in 2007. This is not a matter of law, but of grace - as God gives you the ability to be faithful. By the way, in Hebrew the name "Hannah" means "grace." Turn in your hymnal to #86 and letís sing together a song fitting for such a time as this. During our singing, as you feel led, bring your pledge forward and place it in this basket.

Brothers and sisters, "now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices."


Go out in peace, for the Lord has heard your prayers.
Do not allow anyone to lead you astray
         but hold fast to the hope you have claimed.
Continue to meet together,
         encouraging and provoking one another
                  to put love into action.

And may God be your rock of strength;
May Christ Jesus usher you into the presence of God;
and may the Holy Spirit write the laws of life on your hearts.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net, adapted

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


Interested in Sunday School?
Below is a growing list of possible sites to visit. As you discover others, please let us know.

International Lesson:
Faith and Life Resources
Mennonite Publishing House

International Lesson:
Mennonite Weekly Review

(scroll down on left to "Sunday School lessons)

International Lesson:
Christian Standard
(one week ahead)

International Lesson:
Living Web Sunday School Project

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above, using
A Guide for Biblical Studies,
published quarterly by our denomination,
another class often uses one of the
Good Ground series,
also published by Brethren Press.

For children and youth, we use the new
Gather Round curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2006 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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