Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 28, 2007
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Worship with Holy Compulsion

         “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:24-25)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude     “Prelude in D Minor”    Bach

 Call to Worship                        1 Peter 1:13-16                     (from The Message)

 Entering into God’s presence    Holy, holy, holy                                         75

*Unison Prayer                                                                        (back of bulletin)

*Praising                               "To God be the glory"                                     102

 Being honest with God

 Scripture                             Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12

 Children’s Message         What makes it float?

 Scripture                                Hebrews 10:24-25

 Message                               Holy Compulsion

 Singing our faith                       "For all the saints"                                       636

 Responding with a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise


 Pastoral Prayer

 Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               “Prelude in B Minor”                                Chopin
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

*Sending                                 "Savior of my soul"                                       549

*Blessing                                                             (based upon Hebrews 12:1-2)

*Postlude                              Forth in Thy Name”                                   Dykes

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

            So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that's coming when Jesus arrives. Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said,I am holy; you be holy.  

(1 Peter 1:13-16, from The Message)

Unison Prayer

Holy Spirit, pour out upon us.
            Soak into every pore of this living body.
            Saturate our flesh, liquefy our spirit. 

Holy Spirit, pour out upon us.
            Cascade over us with unbridled power.
            Carve deep channels of your love with us.

Holy Spirit, pour out upon us.
            Baptize us with refreshing rain.
            Wash away our shame and overflow our longing.

Holy Spirit, pour out upon us.
            Wet us, together – sons, daughters, old, young, slave, free.
            Immerse us in Godly visions, dreams, and prophecy.

Holy Spirit, pour out upon us.
Holy Spirit, pour out upon us!

by Jonathan Shively
Richmond, IN Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Being honest with God

         “Atonement for sin” ... “perfect redemption” ... “pardon received” ... we sing these words with an upbeat chorus. Please join me as we step into them with a time for being honest with God. Let’s pray.

            Lord, we thank you that even “the vilest offender” who comes to you in good faith is forgiven. That is what we have just sung. But do we really believe it? We confess our struggle with what Jesus said about forgiving 70 times 7 times, especially when it comes to the truly bad guys, like that man who shot all those innocent Amish children, or the person who started at least one of those fires in California that have left so many people without homes. Forgiveness is hard, God. Thanks for being merciful, because we so often are not.

            And yet, you have called us to “be holy.” That’s another word with which we struggle. We do want our lives to be shaped by Jesus, so that you shine in us, God.  It often seems, however, like we are so very far away from holiness. Like that matter of forgiving “our debtors,” “those who have transgressed against us.” Or a thousand other ways in which we fall short of what you want us to be. When it comes right down to it, Lord - if we are truly honest with you - the distance between us and that “vilest offender” is not very far.

            Thank you for Jesus and what he did to re-connect us with you, in spite of ourselves - his  “atonement” for our sin, how we are pardoned, how our lives in Christ are now worth something,  we’re “redeemed” even though we didn’t do anything to earn it. Help us to live in your holiness, your Holy Spirit pouring over us with like an empowering, refreshing, forgiving and living rain. Yes, help us to live by faith. Today! In Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Children’s Message
What makes it float?

Uses a helium-filled balloon to talk about faith (and Abraham).

borrowed from "The Humongous book of Children's Messages,"
©2004, Group Publishing, pp. 31-32

Pastoral Prayer


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


Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

            “By faith...” That’s how, in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, all those characters from the Old Testament are described as having lived. If, some day in the future, a chapter were written about how you lived, would the words, “by faith,” be an apt description?

            The great things about worshiping on Sunday, the first day of the week, is that we are reminded of Easter, and how God can roll away the stone every day, and we can rise with Christ. Now can be a new beginning, as we respond “by faith” today. Allow your offering this morning be that kind of a response,  ... “by faith.


(based upon Hebrews 12:1-2)

Never forget, brothers and sisters,
         that you “are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.”
May God bless you with the ability
         to “lay aside every weight
                  and the sin that clings so closely;” and
         to “run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
                  looking to Jesus the pioneer
                                    and perfecter of our faith.”
Also remember that
         “for the sake of the joy that was set before him,”
                           the Savior of your soul has
                  “endured the cross,
                           disregarding its shame,
                                    and has taken his seat
                                             at the right hand
                                                      of the throne of God.”
So get going!

(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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