Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 3, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

First Sunday of Advent

      "Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith." (1 Thessalonians 3:10)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                        "Let all mortal flesh keep silent"        trad. French melody

  Lighting the First Advent Candle

*Unison Prayer

*Hymn                            "O come, O come, Immanuel"                            172

  Scripture                    Luke 21:25-36 (from The Message)

  For Children                "Making Room for Jesus"

  Scripture                                   Psalm 25:1-10

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

  Hymn                             "Thou didst leave thy throne"                  (see insert)
                         (Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               "The Golden Carol"                  trad. English tune
                                       (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

*Response                   (vs. 4) "O little town of Bethlehem"                         191


  Scripture                            1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

  Message                     "To restore what is lacking"

*Hymn                        "Come, thou long-expected Jesus"                         178



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Lighting the First Advent Candle

         Advent is a season of waiting. We wait for Christmas to come. Four weeks, then Christmas Eve. Twenty-three shopping days, if you count today. While we wait, we put up the tree, hang the lights, bake the cookies, and shop for the perfect gifts.

         But there’s more, much more... Advent is a season to wait for God’s gracious action. Just as Israel’s prophets foretold "the day of the Lord" and Simeon anticipated the Messiah’s birth in his lifetime, so we wait.

         We wait, not irritably as at the checkout line, or restlessly as at the intersection anticipating the light to change, but with patience and hope. We are invited to wait with our eyes, as described in Psalm 123 (Tanakh translation): "To You, enthroned in heaven, I turn my eyes; as the eyes of slaves follow their master’s hand, as the eyes of a slave-girl follow the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are toward the Lord our God, awaiting his favor."

         As we light the first Advent candle, let us turn our eyes toward the Master this Advent season, awaiting God’s favor.

(light the first advent candle)

Ed Poling, pastor and spiritual director
Hagerstown, MD Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Unison Prayer

         O Lord, as we wait through this long, dark month, lead us to know your ways and teach us your truth, for you are the God of our salvation. Help us to keep our eyes on you. Amen.

Ed Poling, pastor and spiritual director
Hagerstown, MD Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

For Children
"Making Room for Jesus"

         Based on Luke 21:34, this special time with the children involves a small manger filled with crumpled papers on which are printed worry and bad-attitude statements such as "Why can’t I have that toy?" "What if she doesn’t like me?" "I want my own way," "He makes me so mad," "I need to buy new clothes," "What if those kids pick on me?" etc. In the course of our time together on this first Sunday of Advent, we will examine and empty the manger of these in order to make room for Jesus.

borrowed from Scolding the Snakes
(Luke/ year C), ©2000, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis,
by Ruth Gilmore, pp. 10-11. See there for more details.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         As the offering is collected this morning, please pass and sign the attendance booklets that are found on the center aisle side of each pew.... Before doing so, however, let’s listen to the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 33:14-16



         God, fulfiller of promises, we come to this warm and colourful season of Advent with expectant and thankful hearts. We welcome the renewed promise of your love, justice and righteousness breaking into our world. We offer these gifts and the witness of our lives in gratitude for all you have done, are doing and will do. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

by Moira B Laidlaw



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


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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