Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 3, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

National Youth Sunday 

      Then God said, 'Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.' (Exodus 3:5)

Standing on Holy Ground

  MP3 Praise (9:45 am)
  Songs to Prepare the Way         "Seek ye first"                                          324
"Obey my voice"                                        163

*Call to Worship (Tessa)

*Song                                      "Hear our praises"

*Invocation (Sara)

  Scripture Jam (Sarah-1, Lynn-3, Rebekah-2)


  Song                                        "Indescribable"

  Litany Prayer  (Meghan)

  Children's Story (Rebekah)

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

  Song                                        "Testify to love"

  Prayer  (Rebekah)

  Scripture Jam   (Meghan-N, Sara-1, Tessa-2)

  Offering Song                         "Here I am, Lord" (mp3)                               395

*Offering Response                       "Sanctuary"

*Offering Prayer   (Mike)

  Skit   (Tessa-Kathy, Sarah-Alicia, Meghan-Rita, Lynn-Maria)

*Song                                      "Holy, holy, holy!"                                       120

*Benediction   (Mike)

*MP3 Praise

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One:     Come take off your shoes

All:      For where we stand is holy ground

One:     Come love your neighbor and do good to all around you

All:      For where we stand is holy ground

One:     Come and respect the planet

All:      For where we stand is holy ground
            Love all that God gave us for we are all standing on holy ground

by Tricia Ziegler

Opening Prayer

Within a single grain of sand, lies the entire Universe.
The light of life sprouts the seed.
The delicious fruit is eaten.
We die and fertilize the earth.
For what is the reason?
We are connected by you, God.
It is indeed that you have a task for us.
What it is, is for each of us to decide.
Moses found you in a burning bush.
There is no reason why we could not find you in a single grain of sand.
Let your presence come and fill our spirit with the insight given to us this day.

by Turner Ritchie

Litany Prayer
We Stand on Holy Ground

Our God is the creator of heaven and earth;
We stand on holy ground.

Through flames of fire and in God's name;
We worship on holy ground.

For sun and soil, the earth and its bounty;
We bless this holy ground.

There is reason to weep and confess our sins;
We abuse this holy ground.

Forests are clear-cut and icecaps are melting;
We mourn for this holy ground.

Neighbors are in need and our trash piles higher;
We kneel on holy ground.

The world is aching yet beloved of God;
We will pray for this holy ground.

Nature itself changes with each season;
We will learn from this holy ground.

Give us eyes to see and hands to help;
We will care for this holy ground.

As gardeners and teachers, recyclers and poets,
We will sing of this holy ground.

With Christ's wisdom and the Spirit's power;
We will love this holy ground.

by Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm


Composed and prayed by a youth


Offering Prayer

            Holy God, when you call to us from a burning bush or speak to us in the stillness of this sanctuary, we want to be aware of your presence. We want to hear your voice. We want to be able to respond as did your servants - Moses and Mary, Samuel and Isaiah. They all said: "Here I am."
            Lord, here we are, on holy ground. Here are our gifts. They come originally from the earth that you created. We offer them back to you. Sanctify them, we pray, and make us holy too. May these offerings be used for works of service and acts of love. We pray in the name of your Son Jesus, whose love and care surround us always.

by Russell Haitch


Composed by a youth


MP3 Praise

            Recorded music shared by the youth, which leads us into, as well onward from, this worship service. ".mp3" is a type of audio file on a computer which can be put onto a CD.

(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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