Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 22, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

*Call to Worship and Prayer

*Song of Praise                       "Shout to the Lord"

  Scripture                                   Romans 6:3-11

  Prayer of Confession

  Graduate Recognition

  Responsive Reading                                                                                 850

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Commissioning our DR work campers

  Song                                          "Te Alabaré"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                             "Of dust and nations"
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                               Matthew 10:24-39

  Message                     "When your hair stands up"

*Hymn                     "Lord, you have come to the lakeshore"                      229



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 86:1-10,16,17)

We place our trust in you, our Lord and our God..

Your ear listens to catch our every word - hearing even our unspoken cries.

We gather here today in the knowledge of your goodness and your mercy, O God;

rejoicing in your  love which surrounds us and all who call on your name.

Let all nations bow down and glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

May our witness to your love help turn unloving lives around

For you O God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, do great and wondrous things.

by Moira B Laidlaw, from Liturgies Online

Prayer of Confession

         Creator God, free us, we pray, from a life enslaved to sin to a life of righteousness by faith. Strengthen our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, so that we can, without hesitation, die to this life believing in the freedom you promise. It is this newness of life that we seek as we journey toward the life yet to come! Amen.

by Eddie Edmonds, pastor
Moler Avenue Church of the Brethren
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Graduate Recognition

“As we journey toward the life yet to come…” This morning, we want to celebrate a milestone in the lives of several persons in our congregation. They have completed the requirements for an educational degree and move on to the next leg of their earthly pilgrimage. Not all could be here this morning, but those who are, please come forward as I read your name.

We have four high school graduates: ______  ______ from Fallston High School, ______  ______ also from Fallston High School, ______  ______ from Eastern Technical High School, and ______  ______ from Baltimore Polytechnic High School.

It’s our college graduates who were not able to be here today. They are  ______  ______ from Towson University, ______  ______ from Manchester College, and ______  ______ from St. John’s College.

In the “Post-Grad” category are ______  ______, who finished her requirements as a school teacher toward a Master’s degree through various colleges, and ______  ______, who successfully completed her coursework with the Baltimore School of Massage.

            Now, I forewarned you about being prepared to share briefly where your path will lead from here. Let’s just pass the microphone.

(sharing, then gift books)

            “As we journey toward the life yet to come,” let’s join our voices in reading responsively from the 12th chapter of Romans, #850 in the back of the hymnal (grads will find a copy in the front of their gift books). Why don’t you grads read words in plain print and the rest of us speak what’s in bold.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads."

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

(Hymnal #850 - Romans 12:9-21 NRSV)

Pastoral Prayer

When we are filled
with loss and despair,
you gladden our hearts
with your hope.
When every one around us
turns a deaf ear,
you lean over and put
your hand to your ear,
to hear our cries.
There is no love like you,
Compassionate God.

When we long
to continue in sin,
you call us
to live with you
in the kingdom of God.
When we have fallen,
our souls parched by death,
you lift us up,
holding us tight to your heart,
carrying us to drink at
the deep well of living water.
There is no grace like you,
Brother of the hopeless.

When the world would stuff
our pockets with fears,
you turn them inside out,
and fill them with the
smooth stones of hope.
Why we see nothing
on the horizon of life,
you hold up the sign
which reads 'follow Jesus!'
When we are weakened
by our foolish choices,
you strengthen us with
joy overflowing from your heart.
There is no peace like you,
Spirit of wisdom.

God in Community, Holy in One,
there is no like you in our lives.
This we know, as we pray together,
Our Father . . .

from Lectionary Liturgies
copyright © 2008 Thom M. Shuman

Commissioning our DR work campers

Early next Saturday morning, 7 of us will fly out of BWI bound for the Dominican Republic. By nightfall we will be with our hosts in the town of San Juan de la Maguana to spend a week working beside and getting to know the folks in our sister church, the Luz y Verdad Iglesia de los hermanos. Not all of us could be here this morning to be commissioned in person, but we’re all here in spirit. Would you come forward now?

According to Luke’s gospel, when Jesus sent his disciples out, two by two, town after town, to share the good news, he mentioned a few guidelines for them to follow. Listen as Izzy and Terri read them in Spanish and English:

 Izzy - 4No llevéis bolsa, ni alforja, ni calzado; y a nadie saludéis por el camino.

Terri - 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

 Izzy - 5En cualquier casa donde entréis, primeramente decid: Paz sea a esta casa.

Terri - 5"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.'

 Izzy - 6Y si hubiere allí algún hijo de paz, vuestra paz reposará sobre él; y si no, se volverá a vosotros.

Terri - 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.

 Izzy - 7Y posad en aquella misma casa, comiendo y bebiendo lo que os den; porque el obrero es digno de su salario.  No os paséis de casa en casa.

Terri - 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

 Izzy - 8En cualquier ciudad donde entréis, y os reciban, comed lo que os pongan delante;

Terri - 8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.

 Izzy - 9y sanad a los enfermos que en ella haya, y decidles: Se ha acercado a vosotros el reino de Dios.

Terri - 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'

(Luke 10:4-9 - Reina-Valera 1960& NIV)

Now, our circumstances are a bit different. Those first disciples of Jesus didn’t know if they would be welcome in those homes and towns long ago. We have been invited by our brothers and sisters in Christ. They were bringing the gospel of Jesus to those people and places. The good news is already flourishing in our sister church. Even so, the encouragement to travel light, physically and spiritually, to be people of peace, and to live as fully as possible with our hosts is still valid. However, that bit about “eating and drinking whatever” is one we’ll need to watch, though we do agree to abide by their customs, even as it pertains to how we dress. Working, playing, praying side by side for a week, we and our Dominican Brethren will be witnesses to the truth that, as Jesus said, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'

            As I will be on this journey as well and, this time around, Izzy will not, I’ve asked him to commission us with a prayer. Izzy?

(our head deacon will pray in Spanish & English)

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

It's one thing to speak out when everyone else is doing the same, to lift up our voice in worship when doing so is a popular thing to do. It's something else altogether when doing so may make us unpopular, or worse. The prophet Jeremiah never won a popularity contest for his speaking out for God. "I have become a laughingstock all day long," he wrote, "everyone mocks me." (20:7b). How discouraging that would be – almost enough to make a person quit being different and just try to become like everybody else!

            However, something kept Jeremiah going. Here's what else he wrote: "If I say, 'I will not mention the Lord, or speak any more in his name,' then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot" (20:9, NRSV). Or in a different translation, "I try to quit, and keep silent about you, but your word begins to burn its way out; I feel like I am going to explode. I use up all my strength trying to hold it in, but it defeats me every time" (Laughing Bird Version).

            God is a pretty powerful nudge. While as followers of Jesus it is never easy to go a different path than everyone else, it is also hard to resist God's nudges once we have said "yes" to Him. God's Word burns in our very bones. Speaking of nudges, it's time to return our offerings to the Lord. As you respond to this nudge, think about Jeremiah and how he couldn't keep silent even if he tried….. Let's pray.

            Keep nudging us, Lord, even when we're tempted to shut up about you, or to stop walking in your ways. Burn within us the fire of your Word and Spirit, that we may "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12), bringing to the surface what you have already worked deep within us through Jesus Christ. Nudge us with this time of offering. Nudge us with your written Word. Nudge the pastor as he preaches and us as we actively listen. Thank you, Lord. Amen.


Live purposefully,
for God hears the voice of every child.
Live trustingly
for even the hairs of our heads are numbered.
Live bravely,
for fear of failure is overshadowed by the grace of Christ.

The cool head of Christ Jesus guide you,
the immovable rock of God's love underpin you,
the warm fires of the Spirit embolden you,
today and always.

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia

Bulletin Insert
Brother Beahm's Golden Anniversary

            On July 23, 1931, Brother I.N.H. Beahm celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.  Later featured as "The Little Man" in the children's book by Dorothy Brandt, he was known in the early days of his ministry as the "Boy Preacher."  He was a very popular preacher who traveled across the denomination, and he was known for calling out upon his arrival "Brother Beahm is here."

            To mark the special occasion a convoy of cars set out before dawn on a 200 mile journey.  Included were three stenographers, the Reading, Pennsylvania singers, and several other Brethren to provide support and encouragement. 

            Brother Beahm preached twenty sermons that day, beginning at 4:00 AM at the Sutphin Home where he preached on "The Morning Star," and concluding with a sermon titled "How to be Saved and Church Ordinances" at an 8:30 PM service at the Valley Church.  Other topics included "The Day Dawn," "The Sunrise," "Work," "Giving," "Prayer," "Fasting," "A Sevenfold View of the Kingdom," "The Supremacy of the Bible" and "The Supremacy of the Church."

            Brother Beahm was known as a defender of the faith as once delivered, and worked hard to keep Brethren from straying into what he considered false pathways, but even though he was skeptical about the way the church was taking, he prevented a split in the late 30's when he arrived at a Bible conference that took place at the Mummert Meetinghouse in Southern PA.

            It was expected, according to the story, that Beahm, like Moses, would lead the true believers out of the Egypt that the Church of the Brethren had become.  Other influential church leaders were at the conference but they were not invited to speak.  Brother Beahm, however, rose before an audience of over five hundred people, in an atmosphere described as electric, and said, "Brethren, I know the significance of this meeting.  I know why you have gathered, what you intend to do.  I know why you invited Brother Beahm to come and preach."  And then he said, "I am here to preach to you, and tell you why I am staying with the Church of the Brethren and why I think you ought to."

            The original conclusion of 1966 children's book about his life was removed, perhaps because it was thought inappropriate or irreverent, but the "lost ending" was restored in the 1996 reissue.  In the book Brother Beahm dies, goes to heaven, but finds that St. Peter has fallen asleep so he announces himself at the heavenly gate, shouting "Brother Beahm is here!"

And that's the Tercentennial Minute for Sunday, June 22, 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)

(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

International Lesson:
Adult Bible Studies
from The United Methodist Publishing House
(click "supplemental resources" and "current events supplement" under both the "Student" and "Teacher" sections in the left hand column)

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above (see also), 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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