Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 20, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

      "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."    (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                        Psalm 34:1-10

*Hymn                                   "O worship the King"                                     66

*Unison Prayer                                                                                           692

  Scripture                                    Isaiah 55:6-9

  Tercentennial Minute             "The Pious Youth"

  Scripture                                     Luke 18:1-8

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                         (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                                "I need thee every hour"                                   555

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                           1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

  Message                         "Pray without ceasing"

  Song                                             "Breathe"                                   (see insert)

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings


*Hymn                            "Lord, with devotion we pray"                               79

*Benediction                       1 Thessalonians 5:23-24


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Last announcement

2008 is a significant year for a number of reasons. First of all, a we remembered last week during the children’s story, during the summer of 1708 eight persons – after much Bible study and prayer – quietly gathered on the bank of the Eder river in Schwarzenau, Germany and baptized one another, thus beginning what we now know as the Church of the Brethren. This is our denomination’s 300th anniversary.

Secondly, on October 25th, 1908, the Brethren here in this long green valley, dedicated their first meetinghouse. Because of that, this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our congregation. Please set aside the weekend of Oct. 25-26 on your calendar for our Homecoming celebration.

1908 was an interesting year for another reason. In January of that year, a group of then Protestant Episcopal priests in New Year gathered to pray for the unity of the church, that this splintering of the body of Christ into Protestants and Catholics might come to an end. Every year since then a week in January has been set aside for Christians to echo Jesus’ own prayer that his followers “might be one” (John 17:11). It is not an easy prayer, for Protestants and Catholics have different understandings of what constitutes “the church.” However, if unity was important for our Lord, it must be important for us – and unity begins with prayer. On this day we join with other churches of various denominations to “pray without ceasing,” which is the theme of our worship this morning. As the organ draws us toward God, please take these moments to quietly prepare yourself through your own personal prayer.

Unison Prayer

O God,
      you rule the world from end to end
            and for all time.
You alone are God. In you alone we hope.

Forgive our sins.
Heal our diseases.
Save our lives from destruction.

We repent of our stubbornness and pride.
We desire to yield ourselves more fully to your will.

Keep us in your presence
      that we might serve and witness in the world,
      through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #692 - written by Ernest Fremont Tittle,
adapted from A Book of Pastoral Prayers,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, © 1951

 Tercentennial Minute
"The Pious Youth"

                        January 1870.

            Dear children, I have often thought,
            And felt an anxious care,
            Lest you in pleasure’s shrine be caught,
            In earth’s bewitching snare…

            So began the poem “Lines to the Young,” written by Isaiah G. Harley of Philadelphia, for the first issue of The Pious Youth, the first Brethren magazine for youth.  It was published by Henry Holsinger, an innovator in so many things, who saw the need to compete with the many secular publications that were designed specifically for the younger market. It cost a dollar a year and was, according to its masthead “Designed to promote the welfare, and enlarge the number of the class of persons whose name it bears”.

            In the first issue S. B. Furry of Martinsburg, PA, invited children to open their bibles to Exodus 20:12 to “see what God demands of you,” namely to honor father and mother.  Another contributor told a story about a child who did the math and realized that if his mother asked for payment for what it cost to care for him he would owe her $1,525.  And finally, J.A. Sell of Tyrone, PA, warned of the danger of doing things “Just for Fun,” telling what may have been the equivalent of a 19th century urban myth.  Sell related the story of a young girl who decided to run across the railway tracks to grab a pair of gloves “just for fun” despite the warning of her friends.

            ‘The engine was so close that she feels his red-hot breath, but her foot passes beyond the farther rail.  Is she safe? Oh no!  Her dress is caught; she is dragged under the wheels of the iron horse and crushed into a shapeless mass.  A young, joyous, useful life thrown away “just for fun.”’

            The publication lasted only a couple of years.  However it laid the groundwork for continuing interest and emphasis in Sunday School curriculum, best exemplified by today’s Gather ‘Round.

            And that’s the Tercentennial Minute for January 20, 2008.

by Frank Ramirez, pastor of the Everett, PA Church of the Brethren
posted by permission                        
The Everett church graciously makes available these weekly vignettes from Brethren history
to all who are interested during this 300th anniversary year of our denomination.
Frank will be the guest preacher for our Homecoming on October 26, 2008
(this is our congregation's 100th anniversary year)

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

“Give us this day our daily bread.”
         That’s what followers of Jesus pray all around the world,
                  no matter what language they use,
                  no matter what denomination they claim.
“El pan nuestro de cada día, dánoslo hoy.”
         Bread unites us,
                  the bread which feeds our bodies,
                  the bread that feeds our spirits.
                           God provides.
You are invited, just now, to respond to what you have heard today.
                  Allow your offering to be like breathing.
         We have gathered to breathe in God’s goodness and mercy.
                  May your giving be a prayer,
                           breathing out what God is doing in you.
This is your daily bread.

(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)


©2008 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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