Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 30, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus..."   (Luke 16:19-20)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                "Toccata in F Major"                           Buxtehude

  Call to Worship                    Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16        (from RSV & The Message)

*Hymn                         "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"                              37

*Opening Prayer

  Wellness Moment                       Addictions

  The Serenity Prayer                                                        (in unison - see insert)

  Scripture                                1 Timothy 6:6-19

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                           "Beauty for Brokenness"                           Kendrick
                                       (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                               "A charge to keep I have"                                  393

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                                                   (please be brief)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Luke 16:19-31

  Message                                  "Back Dives"

*Hymn                                "Beauty for Brokenness"                        (see insert)
                                                  (lyrics, sheet music w/ descant, ram)


*Postlude                                "Bounding Hearts"                             A Brightbill

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
(from RSV & The Message)

1 - You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

2 - You who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

1 - Say to the Lord,

2 - "God, you are my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!"

1 - That's right - he rescues you from hidden traps,

2 - He shields you from deadly hazards.

1 - His huge outstretched arms, like wings, protect you -

2 - under them you're perfectly safe;

1 - his arms fend off all harm.

2 - Fear nothing - not wild wolves in the night,

1 - not flying arrows in the day,

2 - Not disease that prowls through the darkness,

1 - not disaster that erupts at high noon...

2 - "If you'll hold on to me for dear life,"

1 - says God,

2 - "I'll get you out of any trouble.

1 - I'll give you the best of care

2 - if you'll only get to know and trust me.

1 - Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;

2 - I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.

1 - I'll give you a long life,

2 - Iíll give you a long drink of salvation!"

                       (pause a moment to indicate the end of the reading)

1 - Please stand, if you are able, and give "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" - #37 in the hymnal.

Opening Prayer

         God, source of our trust and peace, we praise and adore you. Your care for us is evident through your love made so visible in Jesus Christ. His life and light penetrate the dark and fearful places of the world in ways which echo the dreams of the psalmist. For in Jesus, fears are diminished through the power of the Holy Spirit - that inner source of strength gifted to us through his sacrificial love. We pray that this time of worship and the service of our lives may be a worthy expression of our praise and thanksgiving. In Jesusí name we pray. Amen

by Moira B Laidlaw, Liturgies Online

Wellness Moment

The Twelve Steps:

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference

Living one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it

Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

by Reinhold Niebuhr

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to 1 Timothy 6:18-19)

         "Rich in good works, generous, and ready to share..."    Isnít that what we truly want to be?    Isnít that "the life that really is life" of which we want to "take hold"?

         As you return your offerings just now, I invite you to read through the words to the song, "Beauty for Brokenness," found on the yellow insert in your bulletin.   The offertory is the tune that goes with these words, so listen to the melody.   We will sing this as our last song at todayís worship.   Be prepared to mean what you sing.

         For now, itís time for the ushers to receive what we are "ready to share."

Pastoral Prayer


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



Go now and take hold of the life that really is life.
Shun the eagerness for money
but be rich in good works.
Pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

And may God be your refuge and fortress;
May Christ Jesus free you from all that ensnares you;
And may the Holy Spirit provide you with everything
........for godliness and contentment.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

(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)


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


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