Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 24, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

The Third Sunday of Lent

      "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."
(John 4:10)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                     "Good Friday Music from Parsifal"               R. Wagner

  Call to Worship                             Psalm 95

*Hymn                           "Praise, I will praise you, Lord"                              76

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                   Exodus 17:1-7

  Responsive Confession                                                                             690

  Tercentennial Minute        "The Solingen Brethren"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                (refers to hymn # 451, vs. 1)

  Offertory                              "Were You There?"                                 Larson
                                        (please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                  Romans 5:1-11

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                 (please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)

  Call to Prayer                                                                  (see back of bulletin)

  The Lord’s Prayer in unison

  Song                                "Dios, Quiero ser como tú"                      (see insert)

  Scripture                                     John 4:5-26

  Hymn                             (vs. 1) "I love to tell the story"                               398

  Scripture                                    John 4:27-38

  Hymn                             (vs. 2) "I love to tell the story"                               398

  Scripture                                    John 4:39-42

  Hymn                             (vs. 3) "I love to tell the story"                               398

  Message                                  "Getting wet"

*Hymn                             "Lord, I am fondly, earnestly"                              514


*Postlude                      "Jesus, Sun and Shield Thou Art"                        Smart

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 95

1 - O come, let us sing to the Lord;
2 - let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
1 - Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
2 - let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
1 - For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
2 - In his hand are the depths of the earth;
1 - the heights of the mountains are his also.
2 - The sea is his, for he made it,
1 - and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
2 - O come, let us worship and bow down,
1 - let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
2 - For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
1 - O that today you would listen to his voice!
2 - Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
1 - as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
2 - when your ancestors tested me, and put me to the proof,
1 - though they had seen my work.
2 - For forty years I loathed that generation and said,
1 - "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they do not regard my ways."
2 - Therefore in my anger I swore,
1 - "They shall not enter my rest."
(pause briefly)
1 - Brothers and sisters, soften your hearts.
2 - Sisters and Brothers, lift up your voice.
1 - Make a joyful noise.
2 - God is the source of all joy. Alleluia
1 - #76. Stand and sing, if you are able.

scripture text taken from The New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Opening Prayer

         This is your day of rest and renewal, O Lord, and you are truly the source of our joy. May the songs we sing, the words we speak, what we ponder in our hearts and minds, what we do with these bodies you have given us, and even what we refrain from doing or thinking in the silence of listening; may it all be pleasing to you. You are the rock of our salvation. In Jesus. Amen.

Responsive Confession

Leader: Have mercy on us, O God,
                     according to your unfailing love;
People: Blot out all our transgressions,
                     according to your great compassion;
Leader: Wash away all our iniquities
                     and cleanse us from our sin.
People: For we know our transgressions,
                     and our sin is always before us.
Leader: We have sinned against you
                     and have done what is evil in your sight.
    ALL: as sacrifice we bring our broken and contrite hearts.

                         (pause for silence)

Leader: God will create in each of us a pure heart.
             God will not take the Holy Spirit form us.
             God will restore to us the joy of salvation
                     and grant us willing spirits to sustain us.
    ALL: Praise to the God of mercy who loves and forgives us.

Hymnal #690
©1988, Ruth A. Yoder
26175 Woodridge Dr., Elkhart, IN 46517.

Tercentennial Minute
The Solingen Brethren

            The problem was this – the official religions of the German states zealously protected their franchise, and people could not imagine a situation in which state and church were not firmly linked.  Indeed, one of the compromises of the treaty that ended the brutal Thirty Years War in Europe was a law which established that everyone in a particular state had to worship in just one church as chosen by the local prince, who could only pick the Roman Catholic church, or the Lutheran church, or the Reformed church.  Groups like the Brethren who placed obedience to scripture over human government had no choice but to defy this law.

In 1714 the people of Solingen were outraged when six of their residents, Wilhelm Grahe, Jacob Grahe, Luther Stetius, Johann Lobach, Wilhelm Knepper and Johann Henkels, were baptized Brethren.  They were eventually arrested, tried, and found guilty of treason and heresy.

            On February 26, 1717 the Solingen Brethren were thrown into prison in Dusseldorf and began what was meant to be a fatal term at hard labor.

            They worked at a backbreaking pace all day, then lived in cold dank cells in all weathers, making buttons at night to support themselves.  Their fellow prisoners tormented them by infesting their bedding and clothes with lice. They responded with kindness, and during the course of their captivity composed hundreds of hymns. One of them is in our hymnal.  They received many visits from their Brethren.

            Their honesty impressed their captors.  Once Wilhelm Grahe fell hundreds of yards behind the others as they were herded back to their cells.  A bystander asked why he didn't escape.  He replied that guards were not necessary “because Jesus, His Truth and teaching were our protection and solace.” 

            After four years they were released, so weak that they could not walk, but were returned home by cart. Their survival was seen as a triumphant vindication of their faithfulness.

            And that's the Tercentennial Minute for February 24, 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

Listen to this verse from a song written by Wilhelm Knepper, one of those six Brethren men imprisoned for being baptized as adults. Can you imagine him composing these words while in a jail like what must have existed 300 years ago in the city of Dusseldorf?

How pleasant is it and how good
that followers of Jesus should,
in faith and love uniting,
like servants wash each other's feet
when at the feast of love they meet,
in fellowship delighting.

(verse 1 of Hymnal # 451)

Unbelievable, isn't it, that such poetry could arise from such a situation? And yet it did. In that wilderness experience, Wilhem and his brethren – like Moses – “struck” the rock of their faith and out came the spiritual water they needed to survive four years of hard labor… Think about that as you return your offering just now.


Call to Prayer

To receive hope that does not disappoint,
         we first align with God.

We fix our trajectory toward God's hopeful heart.
We align with God's perspective-
One with God's Spirit.

In order for God to hope in us,
         we join the loving, hopeful character of God.

In making our personal preparation
         to receive the hope
                  that crowds out the inertia of disappointment,

Let us bring into our sight any we fear.

Bring into our sight any we disrespect.

Now hear:

We are essentially sturdy people.

Sturdy enough to endure beyond disappointment.
Sturdy enough to grace each other with hope.
Sturdy enough to live immersed in the character of God.

by Lani Wright, Cottage Grove, Oregon
Springfield Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

The Lord's Prayer
in unison

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.
Forgive us our debts
         as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation
         but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.

The Woman at the Well
a gospel reading
for 4 or 5 readers:                                                                 
N - Narrator,               
J - Jesus,                   
W - Samaritan Woman,
D - Disciple,                
S - Samaritan              
                            (D & S can be the same person)

Part 1 - John 4:5-26

N - So Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her,

J -  "Give me a drink."

N - (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him,

W - "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?"

N - (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her,

J - "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

N - The woman said to him,

W - "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?"

J - "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."

W - "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

J - "Go, call your husband, and come back."

W - "I have no husband."

J - "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!"

W - "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."

J - “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

N - The woman said to him,

W - "I know that Messiah is coming"

N - (who is called Christ).

W - "When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us."

J - (pause) "I am he, the one who is speaking to you."

"I love to tell the story" (vs. 1) - #398

Part 2 - John 4:27-38

N - Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said,

D - "What do you want?" … "Why are you speaking with her?"

N - Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,

W - "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?"

N - They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him,

D - "Rabbi, eat something."

N - But he said to them,

J - "I have food to eat that you do not know about."

N - So the disciples said to one another,

D - "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?"

N - Jesus said to them,

J - "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

"I love to tell the story" (vs. 2) - #398
(note - our hymnal omits the 2nd of the 4 verses on the above webpage)

Part 3 - John 4:39-42

N - Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony,

W - "He told me everything I have ever done."

N - So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman,

S - "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."

"I love to tell the story" (vs. 3) - #398

scripture text taken from The New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Dramatic reading used again on 3/22/2014


         Drink deeply of the waters of Salvation and quench your thirst for truth, for the Lord is with you. Go in God’s peace and bring the good news to all whom you meet. AMEN.

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

(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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