Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 12, 2007
Worship 10:00 am

Sermon on the Mount Sunday

      "When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak..." (Matthew 5:1-2a)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                     "Abiding Love"                                       Wells

  Opening Song            "Seek ye first the kingdom of God"                           324

*Opening Prayer

*Praise Songs                      "My life is in you, Lord"
                                              "Shout to the north"                 (words/chords, mp3 clip)
                                           "I’m trading my sorrows"
                                                                                            (lyrics/chords, midi file, story behind it)

  Traveling to the Mountain

  Responsive Reading                                                                                   834

  Hymn                          "Christian, let your burning light"                              402

  Listening to Jesus                   Matthew 5:17-48

  For Children                 "Let your YesbeYes"

  Hymn                                        "Asithi: Amen"                                             64
                              (Our younger children, ages 3-7, leave for Sunday School)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                           "Our Father who art in heaven"                               351

  Scripture                                Matthew 6:5-9a

  The Lord’s Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 6:14-18

  Drama                                           "I know"

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Listening to Jesus                   Matthew 6:19-24

  Hymn                                      "Obey my voice"                                         163

  Responsive Reading                                                                                   835

  Receiving a sister into our fellowship

  Listening to Jesus                   Matthew 6:34-7:12

  Hymn                              "Thou true Vine, that heals"                                 373

  Listening to Jesus                    Matthew 7:13-27

*Song                                       "Grace like Rain"
                                                                         (mp3 clip)

*Scripture                                Matthew 7:28-29

*Song                                          "Thy Word"


*Postlude                                     "Lancashire"                                         Smart

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

(silently beckon people to stand, then:)

O God, who has sought and found us,
                  long before we ever knew we were lost,
         enable us just now to turn toward you
                           and follow where you lead.

Along the way, we ask for the courage
         to let go of the burdens we carry,
                  that we might walk lightly and freely.

Instead of pounding our head against the wall,
         help us this hour to simply knock
                  with the expectation that a door will open
                           (even if it’s not the one we think should).

For you stand at our door,
         ready to be welcomed in to our lives.
                  Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Traveling to the Mountain

         "The Sermon on the mount." That’s what the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of Matthew’s gospel are often called. It’s a collection of Jesus’ sayings which fit together as a sermon that gospel storyteller Matthew remembers as being preached on a mountain, with Jesus sitting at the top and the multitudes gathered below him. This morning in worship, imagine that we have climbed a mountain along with many other people in order to hear what this Jesus of Nazareth has to say. He will be our "guest preacher" today, with his words spoken by many lips. In preparation, let me read the words that immediately precede this sermon. As I do, please turn in your hymnal to #834, and be ready to begin this sermon by reading responsively those familiar words we refer to as "the Beatitudes." (pause) ... Matthew 4:23-25 says that:

         23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan."

Responsive Reading
(Matthew 5:1-16)

         I will read the words in regular print. Your parts are in bold. Together, we will read the first and last lines which are in italics and bold print. Let’s listen to Jesus as we do so.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down,
his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
         Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
         Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
         be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
         Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
         Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is
         the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds
of evil against you falsely on my account.
         Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same
         way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness
be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled
under foot.
         You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the
lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your
good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."

Hymnal #834
New Revised Standard Version

For Children
"Let your YesbeYes’"

Focus: Covenants and promises are things we live into. In other words, we seldom know what challenges we may face when we say, "I promise." The focus of this sermon is on being faithful to our promises-to God and to others-even when the situation changes.
Experience: To make a promise to walk to the end of the aisle and back, only to have the aisle fill up with people, making the promise more difficult to keep.
None are needed.

LEADER: Look at you all. It's so good to see everybody! I wonder if you all would be willing to promise to do something for me. Would you be willing, in just a moment, to walk down the aisle to the back doors of the church and then walk back? If you would be willing to make that promise, say "yes."


L: That's great. (Turn toward the congregation) Would the congregation please stand? And now would you all please move into the aisle? (The adults fill the aisle.)

C: Hey!

L: Are you still willing to keep your promise?

C: Yes.

L: OK, go ahead. (You may need to remind children that it isn't a race or a shoving match, in deference to your congregation s toes! After children return, ask the congregation to return to their seats.) You kept your promise, but it was a little harder than you thought when you first said "yes," wasn't it?

C: Yes!

L: That happens to us a lot in our life. We make a promise - sometimes to God, sometimes to other people - and we really mean to keep it. But then something changes or things get tough, and we have a really hard time trying to keep our promise. Let's have a prayer and thank God for giving us the strength to keep our promises, to let our "yes" mean "yes." (Prayer.)

by Brant D. Baker, Welcoming the Children: Experiential Children's Sermons,
©1995, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, p. 26.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

         1 "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

Please pray with me.

         Lord, help us not to be "show off," "pat yourself on the back" givers, seeking approval and applause from all the wrong places. Instead, grow us into the kind of people who respond to human need from the heart, seeking to do what’s right in your eyes. Nudge us into seeing the world through your love rather than through our desire for the approval of others. How about we begin again at this right now, God? Amen!


Scripture surrounding Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:5-9a

         5 "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
         7 "When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
         9a "Pray then in this way:"

Congregation in Unison - The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9b-13)
                                              - as 'traditionally' memorized in our tradition

         Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:14-18

         14 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
         16 "And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

Pastoral Prayer


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


Responsive Reading
(Matthew 6:25-33)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what
you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
         Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
         And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 
         And why do you worry about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I
tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
         But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and 
         tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you - 
         you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?"
or "What will we wear?"
         For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your 
         heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these
things will be given to you as well."

Hymnal #835
New Revised Standard Version

Receiving a sister into our fellowship

[After being "introduced" by a member of our congregation...]

Minister: Knowing that Christians never fully arrive, but are always in the process of becoming, do you now reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Candidate: I do.

Minister: Believing that Christianity is experienced in a faith community that supports and strengthens us in time of weakness and doubt, and that learns from us as we learn from it, do you promise to live and share with us in the bonds of Christian fellowship?

Candidate: I do.

Minister: Recognizing that the church is organized to fulfill its mission, will you worship, serve, and share in the program of this congregation by your prayers, regular attendance, loyal service and outreach, and faithful stewardship?

Candidate: I will.

Minister: Becoming a member of this congregation, will you make every effort to witness to the Christian gospel and keep alive the concerns of the Church of the Brethren where you live and work?

Candidate: I will.

Congregation: We welcome you with joy and affection into this household of faith. We pledge to you our help, our prayers, our concern, that we may all increase in the knowledge and love of God. We trust God for strength to follow with you in Christ's way, keeping together the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Amen.

from For All Who Minister (A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren),
©1993 Brethren Press, pp. 143-144.


         We have heard what Jesus said. Now it is time to walk back down the mountain, allowing this Word to be a lamp unto our feet. Do not be afraid. Do not forget, either. Instead, be blessed. He will be with us always until the end of the age, as promised. Amen!

(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)


©2007 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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