Worship Order for Sunday

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

The First Sunday of Lent

      Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.”  (Matthew 4:1-2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                           "Hymn: Sweet is the Work"                       McClellan

  Call to Worship

  Opening Prayer

*Hymn                       "Marvelous grace of our loving Lord"                         151

  Scripture                            Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

  Responsive Prayer of Confession                                                     (see insert)

  Scripture                                       Psalm 32

  Song                                "You are my Hiding Place"                       (see insert)
                                                            (chords , piano/flute midi)


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

  Song                                "You are my Hiding Place"                       (see insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Tercentennial Minute

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                       "The glory of these forty days"                             (225)
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymn                            "The glory of these forty days"                               225

  Scripture                                 Matthew 4:1-11

  Message                                      “Go Fast

*Hymn                             "Beneath the cross of Jesus"                                250


*Postlude                                 "All Who Love …"                  Sacred Harmony  

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
(a paraphrase of Romans 5:12-19)

          Sisters and brothers, here's how God has saved us.

         "Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, long before the Law ever existed. That's why everyone, even from Adam to Moses, before the Law existed, died -- because sin produces death, and everyone has sinned, because Adam's sin has infected us all.

          But now God, by a free gift of grace, has used this same process -- of one person's action being able to infect all the rest -- to save us.

          That one person is Jesus Christ.

          In Adam's sin, death was able to conquer the whole human race.

          In Christ's righteousness, God has lavished on us the free gift of grace so that we can all conquer sin and death.

          In Adam's disobedience, we all became sinners.

          In Christ's obedience, we can all be made righteous."

from Worship Planning Helps for the First Sunday in Lent -3/10/2008
©2008, The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church,
PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003.

Opening Prayer

Most holy God, most faithful Friend, look with compassion upon each member of this congregation as they come before you now. Override our ignorance, undercut our arrogance, scatter our indifference, and infiltrate our thoughts and feelings with your own Spirit. Please set us free from anything that might demean or diffuse this hour of worship. Enable us to put down our roots into the immovable ground of your eternal goodness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

by Bruce D. Prewer, Resources: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

Responsive Prayer of Confession

Gracious and merciful God, we confess to you our reluctance to enter the wilderness places where we are confronted with our true selves - where we are tempted to put wordly values before our desire for you.  When our hunger for power and wealth is greater than our hunger for seeking and doing your will:
Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.
When we are tempted to use the gifts you give us to benefit ourselves at the expense of serving others:
 Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.
When we are tempted to use sensational means to increase people’s faith, rather than  being guided by the humility of Christ:
Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.
When we are tempted to use bribery to influence and control people:
Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.
When we are tempted to manipulate you, O God, to satisfy our own needs:
Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.
                 (A time of silence for personal confession)
Merciful God, save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  Forgive us our sins and fill us with the joy and peace of your salvation. So strengthen us with your Spirit during this Lenten season that we put our  whole trust in you as confidently as Jesus did. This we pray in his name.  Amen

by Moira B Laidlaw, Liturgies Online


         David Sack will share of God's faithfulness through his illness, surgery, and recovery several years ago. The song, "You are my Hiding Place," based upon Psalm 32:7 - "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance," became especially meaningful to him at that time.

Pastoral Prayer

usually written closer to the time (if not at the moment), tho' perhaps it will be something like:

         Lord, it seems as though Lent came too early this year. We wanted more time to recover from the activity and anxiety of Christmas, yet here we are: the first Sunday in Lent. Our hearts need cleansing, Lord. Our spirits need restoration and healing. During this season of Lent you send us on a journey to the cross with Jesus, and beyond the cross to the resurrection. We would just rather skip to the happiness of Easter and enjoy the flowers and all the trimmings, but you insist on the journey. We cannot truly understand the power of the resurrection until we have been to the cross. Today we travel to the cross where Jesus encounters Satan who flashes before him visions of power, wealth, and individual security. How shall we respond to those same temptations when they are presented so seductively to us? Help us, O Lord. Guide and restore us. Give us courage and strength as we journey to you. AMEN.

from Worship Connection, written by the Rev. Nancy Townley, Abingdon author.

Tercentennial Minute
Christopher Sauer prints his first book

            In 1725 the German born Christopher Sauer (1695-1758) became an immigrant to the New World.  Though he came as a tailor he soon learned the skills of a clock and watch maker, joiner, bookbinder, pharmacist, surgeon, and botanist.  Eventually he became a printer, teaching himself the skills of bookbinding, editing, along with the drawing of lead and wire.  He made all his own printing tools, ink, and even operated his own paper mill.

Soon after his arrival he wrote back to friends in Germany about the many wonders and opportunities in the new world, and especially the freedom from European ways: “Now we are here in a well-blessed land.  There are neither guilds nor burdens from the authorities.” Indeed, things are going so good he notes “My wife is getting very fat….”

In February of 1739 he printed his first book, a hymnal for the Ephrata Community. His newspaper was very popular and brought him into direct and successful competition with Benjamin Franklin. He became the first to print a Bible in America in a European language.  His German bibles are still famous.  He printed materials in English as well, and did work for people of all religious backgrounds. 

Though he was not Brethren he maintained friendly relations with them.  His son Christopher Sauer II would be baptized Brethren.

However at first Sauer found the Brethren less than friendly.  He wrote: “The Brethren have erected a fence around themselves; they admit and expel, and are jealous and quarrelsome with others.”   

            Sauer’s comment reminds us that we may see ourselves one way, and strangers may see us in quite a different light!                                            

            And that’s the Tercentennial Minute for February 10, 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)

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Have we, today, “erected a fence around (our)selves”? Are we “jealous and quarrelsome with others”? Do we “see ourselves one way, and strangers see us in a different light”? Now that the season of Lent is upon us, these questions - connected to Christopher Sauer’s comments about the early Brethren – are appropriate to ask. As you return your offering just now, reflect upon them. Before doing so, however, please pray with me.

         Gracious God, open our eyes that we may see ourselves and the world around us in the light of your glory. Open our hearts to human need and the strangers who surround us waiting to become neighbors. Open our hands to your work here and elsewhere. In your name we pray. Amen.


Go out into the world in the righteousness of Christ.
Do not hide your sin,
but trust in God who gives mercy and love.
Do not be afraid to face the wilderness,
but do not compromise with evil.

And may God be your shelter to save you from ruin.
May Christ be your teacher and show you the path to walk.
And may the Spirit encircle you with songs of freedom.

by Nathan Nettleton ©2002  LaughingBird.net

(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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