Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 29, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Fifth Sunday of Lent 

      I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."
                                   (Jeremiah 31:33b)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                                 "Fairest Lord Jesus"             German folk melody

  Gospel Yearning                       John 12:20-21

  Responsively Reading          "Come and seek Jesus"                 (see overhead)

*Turning to God in song   "There is a place of quiet rest"                                 5

*Hearts unfolding in prayer

*Adoration                     (vs. 1) "Praise him, praise him!"                              100

  Gospel Challenge                      John 12:21-26

  Repenting and Trusting God’s Mercy

  Offertory                                  "Quiet Prelude"                             Don Benoit
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Gospel Focus                            John 12:27-33     (Contemporary English Version)

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Prophet Voice                        Jeremiah 31:31-34

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

  Written on our hearts                Psalm 119:9-16

  Message                                        "Beth"

*Hymn                         "O Master, let me walk with thee"                           357

*Sending forth

*Postlude                         "Blessing, Honor, and Glory"              Matthias Keller

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Gospel Yearning

            "Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus.'" (John 12:20-21)

We wish to see Jesus.

That's the yearning which leads us into worship.

We wish to see Jesus.

"Come and see" is the response of the One who has been waiting for us.

Join me in the responsive reading you’ll find projected upon the screen.

Responsive Reading
"Come and seek Jesus"
(a hymn read instead of sung)

Worship Leader:

Come and seek Jesus all you who are hurting,
He’ll give a value and place for your pain,
Offered in faith to the God who knows suffering,
Even death’s anguish is turned into gain.


Come and seek Jesus all you who are hiding,
He’ll give you healing for trust that is torn,
Binding your heart with God’s covenant promise,
All earth’s sad history freshly new born.


Come and seek Jesus all you who want meaning,
In him is priesthood that lasts throughout time,
Showing God’s glory in all that is human,
Living a truth beyond reason and rhyme.

Left  side:

Come and seek Jesus all you who are fearful,
He will enfold you wherever you fare.
Though like a seed you may fall to earth’s darkness,
You have God’s promise that rich fruit you’ll bear.

Right  side:

Come and seek Jesus all you held in bondage,
His judgement puts all oppression to flight,
It harrows Hell and casts out all false rulers,
Freeing God’s people to live in the light.

by Alan Hinton ©2000

            Please rise in body or in spirit and let us turn to God in song. “There is a place of quiet rest,” #5 in your hymnal or upon the screen.

Hearts unfolding in prayer

            We praise you, O God, not only with our hearts, but with our minds - indeed - with every part of our lives.  We praise you for being our God and for claiming us as your people.          As your people.           Such easy words to say and yet such astounding words to own.  You - great Creator of the universe - acknowledge that each person is special to you.  We shake our heads in disbelief at such an unlikely action - and yet - you have proved its truth through the person of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior and Lord. He even went to the length of dying to demonstrate the depth of his love for us - the intensity of divine love for all humanity.  Accept our worship, gracious God, for we offer it with glad and grateful hearts, hearts energized and renewed by our relationship with you.  This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen

by Moira B Laidlaw, from Liturgies Online

Please remain standing and let’s praise “Jesus, our blessed Redeemer,” verse 1 of #100 in the Hymnal.

Repenting and Trusting God’s Mercy

            Tough words from Jesus, a challenge for which we are all-too-inadequate. The following prayer begins with words that I will speak. When you hear me say, “Listen, Lord, to the cry of your people,” open your eyes and pray in unison the prayer projected overhead – words gleaned from Psalm 51… Now, let us return unto God, who will have mercy and abundantly pardon. Let us pray.

            Most mysterious and loving God, we come before you, not as those who are adept practitioners of Christ’s method, but as those who have sincerely admired him, yearned to be like him, yet have only applied his truth in fragmentary ways. We admit to each other and to you, God: 

            We have grabbed at life and hoarded it for ourselves, rather than sharing and losing it in the cause of the Gospel.

            We have sought the shabby glory of this world’s praise and have badly compromised our faith in this mad pursuit.

            We have tried to nullify our anxieties by surrounding ourselves with possessions, but have reaped only deep discontents.

            We have trodden over the lives of others in our hurry to get what and where we want, but have ended up missing out on much love.

            Every now and then we have dared to be bold in faith, hope and love, and have briefly tasted the profound joy of Christ, only to slip back again into a no-risk policy of self preservation

Listen, Lord, to the cry of your people:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness,
according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sins.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit with in me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

            Through the grace of Christ Jesus, we pray.

Fellow students in the school of life, know for certain that God in Christ has acted once and for all for our complete rescue and healing. Your teacher has become your Savior. Trust in his saving grace and no longer weary yourself with guilt and frustration.

            "The time is coming, says our God, when all people shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest, for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more."

Thanks be to God!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia

            Indeed. Thanks be to God! Let’s trust God with our offerings. Ushers?

Pastoral Prayer


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


Sending forth


(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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