Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 25, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

      "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert ."    (Isaiah 43:19)

Servanthood as Grace

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                    "Lift high the cross"                                   321

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Isaiah 43:16-21

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


  Hymn                                     "Anoint us, Lord"                                     631
                          (Our younger children leave for bell practice & Sunday School)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                       "When I survey the wondrous cross"                      259

  Unison Prayer                                                                                        703

  Scripture                                    John 12:1-8

  Message                           "Don’t steal the gift"

*Hymn                                      "I am a Servant"                           (see insert)

*Responsive Benediction                                                (see back of bulletin)


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Easter is near, so close—can you smell it coming?
The aroma of baking bread,
         the smell of the love feast soup,
         fragrant vapors of grape juice in a cup.
The scent of the palm fronds,
the memory of olive trees, pungent and strong,
         sensing the sweat of the Savior as he prays
         and the soldiers as they march into the garden.
After the perfumed palace,
         the sour smell of vinegar offered on a cross.
Time passes over.
Dawn brings
         a whiff of cold and damp at an empty tomb.
         the fragrance of the flowers—
                           (proclaiming without words)
         "GOD LIVES!"

Melanie Jones, pastor
Carlisle, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

         You God, only you! You who are the holy Source of our lives, the Friend on the journey, the Savior when we fall, and in the hour of success the Joy that makes our joy complete. We your much-loved children gather to worship and adore you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia


         A young person in our congregation will next month be undergoing another surgery in her knee, part of a progression of periodic (and painful) surgeries as she grows. In preparation. she has asked to be anointed during worship on this day. For more info on this ordinance of the church, click here.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         The following are some words to ponder as you return your offering to the Lord. They speak to what we consider most important in life, who we really are (or are not) and the things that we do which matter most. Listen to what the apostle Paul had to say. I’ll be reading from the Contemporary English Version.

         "Others may brag about themselves, but I have more reason to brag than anyone else. I was circumcised when I was eight days old, and I am from the nation of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin. I am a true Hebrew. As a Pharisee, I strictly obeyed the Law of Moses. And I was so eager that I even made trouble for the church. I did everything the Law demands in order to please God.
         "But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life.
         "I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done."

Philippians 3:4b-14

Ushers, would you help us to share?

Unison Prayer

Gracious God, hear our confession.
Our faith is uncertain,
      our forgiveness slow,
      our conviction weak,
      our compassion wavering.
We have exalted the proud and powerful,
      put down the weak,
      saturated the rich with good things,
      neglected the poor,
      sent the hungry away empty-handed.
We have helped ourselves.

Show us your mercy,
Help us show mercy,
      through your Son, our Savior. AMEN

Hymnal #703
Adapted from the musical "Prayer Phrases"
by Harris J. Loewen, ©1986

Responsive Benediction

Let the fragrance of faith,
the aroma of hope,
the perfume of love
fill our lives and this world,
through the power of Jesus Christ.

Melanie Jones, pastor
Carlisle, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

(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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