Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 1, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

First Sunday of Lent 

      "And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness." (Mark 1:12)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                                                                     (back of bulletin)

  Moment of Silence

  Prayer of Confession                                                              (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                       "Take my hand and lead me, Father"                          601

  Scripture                                  Genesis 9:8-17

  Time with Children      "The rainbow is not
                                     just another
'Lucky Charm'"

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

  Prayer Hymn                "O Love that will not let me go"                             577

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  1 Peter 3:18-22

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Response             (vs. 1 & 4) "When I survey the wondrous cross"                  259


  Scripture                                    Mark 1:9-15

  Message                                 "Immediately" (mp3)

*Hymn                           "When we walk with the Lord"                              571



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One:   As we begin this Lenten journey, we turn to God -
                    the source of our life and faith.

All:     Teach us your paths, O God.

One:   May we seek your paths during this season of Lent.
          May our hearts be open to your Spirit.

All:     Teach us your paths, O God.

One:   We confess that we often stray from the paths you have
                    set for us.
           Grant us discerning hearts so that we may see the paths
                    in which you would have us go.

All:     Teach us your paths, O God.

(A moment for silent prayer of confession)

by Mark Flory Steury, Union, Ohio
district executive, Southern Ohio District
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Prayer of Confession
(based on Psalm 25)

         Be mindful of your mercy, O God, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from old. Do not remember the sins of our youth or our transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember us, for your goodness' sake, O God.

One:   Hear these words of assurance: "All the paths of God
          are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep
          God's covenant and decrees."

All:     Teach us your paths, O God.

by Mark Flory Steury, Union, Ohio
district executive, Southern Ohio District
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

For Children
"The rainbow is not just another 'Lucky Charm'"

Remembering life as a youngster himself, Ed Lewis will share a story relating to Genesis 9:8-17.

Pastoral Prayer


written closer to the time (if not at the moment)


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

"Alas! and did my Savior bleed?"
"Come, we that love the Lord"
"From all that dwell below the skies"
"I sing the mighty power of God"
"Jesus shall reign"
"Joy to the world"
"O bless the Lord, my soul"
"O God, our help in ages past"
and finally,
"When I survey the wondrous cross" 

            What do all these familiar hymns have in common? They were all written by a young fellow named Isaac Watts, who lived in England from 1674 to 1748.  An independent spirit, Isaac marched to the beat of a different drummer, so to speak. He was a poet who transformed singing in English speaking churches. His words were like a breath of fresh air in a church used to singing only psalms from the Bible. We sometimes forget that old songs like the ones I mentioned were once brand new. Often called the "father of English hymnody," Watts wrote more than 750 hymns. Our hymnal has 21 of them.

            As you return your offering, why don’t you turn in your hymnal to #259 and read through the offering of his words. As we later sing the first and last verse of it, imagine what it might have been like for those who first sang the words.



            Living God, as we embark once more on this journey through Lent, we give thanks for the assurance of your presence with us in Jesus Christ, Savior, Redeemer and Friend. We offer these gifts and our lives with the prayer that they will be used to proclaim the story of his sacrificial love in word and deed. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen

by Moira B Laidlaw, from Liturgies Online



(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)


©2009 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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