Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 28, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
                                 (Philippians 2:13)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                               "New earth, heavens new"                                299

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                               Philippians 2:12-18

  Tercentennial Minute     Johann Christoph Sauer prints his first Bible 

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

  Prayer Hymn                         "Be thou my vision"                                     545

  Morning Prayer

  Video Presentation      "Long Green Valley—The Beginning"

  Returning our tithes and offerings

  Offertory              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                Matthew 19:16-24

  Message         “ The age of theCasual Christian’ ”
                         Gary Miller, preacher

*Hymn                              "For Christ and the church"                                416



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

     In the midst of a world where people hunger and thirst . . .

         come worship a God who feeds the hungry.

     In the midst of a world where people are abused & oppressed . . .

         come worship a God who calls for compassion & justice.

     In the midst of a world filled with wars and rumor of war . . .

         come worship a God who desires nothing less
             than peace for the world.

     In the midst of a world of spiritual emptiness . . .

         come worship a God who gives life meaning.

     Come worship a God whose grace and love know no end.

author unknown

Opening Prayer

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Tercentennial Minute
Johann Christoph Sauer prints his first Bible

           When the historian Martin Grove Brumbaugh made his case that no other church in Colonial America was as advanced in education and achievement as the Brethren, he used Christopher Sauer and the Sauer Press as the cornerstone of his argument. A printer and polymath, he had a tremendous influence on the life of Americans in the Germantown and Philadelphia area in the spheres of religious, political, and daily life.

            However, though his son, Christopher Sauer II was a prominent Brethren minister and leader, Johann Christoph Sauer I, was not, nor was he ever, a member of the Brethren. No matter.  His influence on the life of the Colonial Brethren is incalculable.

            Sauer was born on February 2, 1695, in Ladenburg in the Palatinate, Germany. His first connection to the Brethren came when, in 1722, he bought a house from Alexander Mack near Schwarzenau, Germany.  He did not live there long, however, emigrating to Pennsylvania two years later.  Sauer wrote back to Germany, enthused about the limitless opportunities for personal advancement in the colonies.  Although he was a tailor, he demonstrated his mechanical genius as an inventor by teaching himself twenty-six trades, including apothecary, surgeon, clockmaker, lathe operator, glazier, lampblack manufacturer, and most of all printing.

            His built his own press and made his own ink.  His German language newspapers and almanacs put him in direct competition with Benjamin Franklin, who was suspicious of German speakers.  Sauer printed hymnals, books, and pamphlets for people of all faiths, including the first Brethren hymnal in America (1744).

            But it was his work on his German language Bible on which his fame rests.  It was the first bible printed in a European language in America. The work was daunting.  He could only print one sheet at a time, each sheet consisting of four pages.  He would then have to reset the type for the next sheet.  It was issued in 1743.  Two other editions followed in 1763 and 1776.  His Bible was far less expensive than those printed outside of the colonies, which were subject to heavy tariffs.

            Sauer stood foursquare against slavery, for the rights of the Native Americans, and urged German speakers to work with the English speaking Quakers in political matters.  Around 1754 he helped to scuttle Benjamin Franklin’s Charity Schools, which promised education to the German speaking population, but whose intent was to eradicate their language and culture. 

            He was a philanthropist who gave freely to many charitable causes, and personally met incoming immigrants, going so far as to take the sick and needy into his own house. 

            Though he did not join any particular church, Sauer was himself a religious separatist, and was sympathetic to the aims of the Brethren. He died on September 25, 1758.   And that’s the Tercentennial Minute for Sunday, September 28

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)


Video Presentation
"Long Green Valley—The Beginning"

         As part of our upcoming Homecoming celebration, October 25-26, a video has been commissioned highlighting the history of our church. This is the first installment.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

composed by worship leader


composed by worship leader

(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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