Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 12, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

      On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast… (Isaiah 25:6a)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                 "Prelude in F Major"                                  Bach

*Awakening to Worship
                    “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! (twice)
Rejoice! Rejoice! Again I say rejoice! (twice)

*Invited!                                   Philippians 4:4-9

*Lifting up our voice           "Rejoice, the Lord is king!"                               288

*Opening ourselves in prayer

  Scripture                                       Psalm 23

  Tercentennial Minute or Video Presentation

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

  Hymn                       "Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us"                        352

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 22:1-14

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               "Andante Cantabile"                            Schubert
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                    Isaiah 25:1-9

  Message              "Known for those who are included
                                       instead of those excluded

*Hymn                            "Come, we that love the Lord"                              14


*Postlude                                        (Reprise)                                       Lowry

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Ourselves in Prayer

            Loving God, Joy of the universe, we cannot bring you even one tiny item of perfect praise. Your love is too great for words or deeds, your holiness is beyond all music and song. But we can bring you our sincere love, the very cream of our heart. You have made us for love, and we yearn to love you more and more until earth and heaven become one complete circle of joy. Through Christ Jesus, our Brother and Lord. Amen!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia in
Resources: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary

Tercentennial Minute (or Video Presentation)
October 13, 1940: The Chinese Brethren are Martyred

         As part of our upcoming Homecoming celebration, October 25-26, a video has been commissioned highlighting the history of our church. The third installment was not quite done as of Friday. Therefore, the below has been substituted. However, if the video is finished by Sunday, it will be shown instead.

It has been said that there were more Christian martyrs during the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined.  This was true for the Brethren, when one considers those who were martyred in China by the Japanese.

Brethren made inroads into China beginning in 1908.  Brethren missionaries not only spread the gospel, baptizing and introducing the Love Feast, but also worked hard to improve the lives of ordinary Chinese, many of whom lived in absolute misery. 

All this came to a crashing end with the Japanese invasion of China.  Japan has refused to admit and confess to the many atrocities committed by their army in China. Against the backdrop of the murder of hundreds of thousands of people, the deaths of three Brethren missionaries and thirteen Chinese Brethren are not, perhaps, significant on the world stage.  That makes it all the more imperative for Brethren to remember.

Little is known about the fate of Minneva J. Neher, Alva C. Harsh, and Mary Hykes Harsh. The three Brethren missionaries were stationed in Show Yang.  Around 7:30 in the evening on December 2, 1937, a little girl came to ask them to come help a dispute.  They left together and were never seen again. The three had always been careful to obey the regulations imposed by the Japanese forces, but it appeared they had been set up.  Rumors about their fate flew, but nothing was learned either then or after the war when Brethren missionaries returned to China.

More is known about what happened to the thirteen Chinese Brethren at Liao Chou who were martyred for their faith in 1940.  Liao Chou was organized as a Brethren congregation in 1912.  When war broke out Brethren remained behind to feed the children and keep the Bible school open.

In August of 1940 the Japanese arrested seven Brethren: Li Che’ng Chang, a teacher at the boys school, Wang Kuei Lin, a cook, Dr. Wang Yu Kang, Liu Fu Jung the head male nurse, and Wang Kuei Jung, brother to the cook.  He was also a deacon, preacher, evangelist, and teacher.  Two women were among that number: Liu Chin Lan and Ti’en Mei Siu, both of them teachers at the Brethren Bible School.  Arrests followed for Liu Ch’un Jung, brother of one of the teachers, and Wang Pau Lo, son of the cook.

These were tortured and forced to sign false confessions that they were Communists, and released.  Six more women were arrested in October 1940: Chang Shu Mei, a teacher, and Chao Su Ti and Chau Yu, adult pupils in the school, along with Chang Kai Hsien and Chao Kai Hsien, nurses in the hospital, and Tsao Yu Fen, a student.  On October 13 the first three were stabbed to death with swords. The other three were repeatedly raped, then released.

On October 13 the eight previously arrested were rounded up and shot.  On November 16 the two cooks were shot as well.  Most of them were leaders in the church.  The Doctor had not yet received baptism, but he was preparing to join.

            After the war Brethren attempted to investigate to learn more.  Little could be learned beyond the brutal fact that they had been martyred because of their Christian faith.  Let us remember the terrible sacrifice of the martyrs through this Tercentennial Minute for Sunday, October 12, 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

Please pray with me?

         God, we sit here with your invitation in hand. What will we do with it? How will we respond? Will we walk away? Will we reject you? Will we allow your invitation to transform us?
         It may not be a wedding gift we have brought with us this morning, but still we give it to you. Receive it as the blessing we intended. May the joy of your feast go with us as we later return to the streets from which you have invited us. May the music and dancing echo, the tastes and smells linger. And, Lord, can we keep wearing this wedding robe you’ve given us? Thank you. Amen.


Go now, rejoicing always in the Lord.
Stand firm in Jesus Christ and be of one mind in him.
Always act with justice;
let your gentleness be known to everyone,
and yield up your worries on the altar of prayer.

And may God give you peace that passes all understanding;
May Christ Jesus guard your hearts and minds;
And may the Holy Spirit plant within you
........all that is honourable, just and pure.

©2002 Nathan Nettleton, from 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

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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