Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 17, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Sixth Sunday of Easter 

      I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
(John 15:15)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                "Let's sing unto the Lord"                                   55

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                              "Wonderful grace of Jesus"                                150

  Scripture                                    1 John 5:1-6

  For Children                           "Love my kids"

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

  Turning with song             (vs. 3) "Sweet hour of prayer"                                11


  A Personal Prayer (in unison)

  The Lord’s Prayer (in unison)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                     (vs. 1) "Will you let me be your servant"                       307

  Scripture                                    John 15:9-17

  Message                      "I have called you friends" (mp3)

* Hymn                   (vs. 2-6) "Will you let me be your servant"                      307



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 98

1 Sing to God a brand-new song.
   He's made a world of wonders!

   He rolled up his sleeves,
   He set things right.

 2 God made history with salvation,
   He showed the world what he could do.

 3 He remembered to love us, a bonus
   To his dear family, Israel—indefatigable love.

   The whole earth comes to attention.
   Look—God's work of salvation!

 4 Shout your praises to God, everybody!
   Let loose and sing! Strike up the band!

 5 Round up an orchestra to play for God,
   Add on a hundred-voice choir.

 6 Feature trumpets and big trombones,
   Fill the air with praises to King God.

 7 Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause,
   With everything living on earth joining in.

 8 Let ocean breakers call out, "Encore!"
   And mountains harmonize the finale—

 9 A tribute to God when he comes,
   When he comes to set the earth right.

   He'll straighten out the whole world,
   He'll put the world right, and everyone in it.

from The Message 

            Please rise in body or in spirit, and “Let’s sing unto the Lord,” #55 in your hymnal, or follow the words on the screen.

Opening Prayer

            O God who lit the stars and kindled in our hearts a flame of love for you, we pray that you’d make our seeking fruitful, our thinking sound, our singing hearty, and our silence real. Turn us again, O Lord, and draw us unto you with cords of love. Cleanse our hearts, and keep our bodies pure. Rule our wills and guide our hands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

by Allen Hacket (adapted), Prayers for a Pastor
©1951 Women's League of the Central Union Church, Honolulu, Hawaii
as found in For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p. 86.

For Children
"Love my kids"

            In this Children's Story, borrowed from Ruth Glimore (Sitting on the Rainbow, p. 66), we'll venture out into the congregation to interact with a few pre-selected grandparents, to see if they have pictures of their grandchildren in their wallets. From there we'll talk about how our grandparents love us just because we are who we are, making a connection to how God, our heavenly parent loves us - we are all God's children. "If God had pictures of all his children in his wallet, how big do you suppose that wallet would have to be?" Gilmore asks. Hmmm.

A Personal Prayer
(in unison)

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

- by Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude" © Abbey of Gethsemani

The Lord’s Prayer
(in unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever.

click here for more info on this prayer

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to Proverbs 3:5-6)

The prayer we have just prayed is one we have committed to heart. Most have memorized the words. And yet it takes a lifetime to truly live them out. Like the phrase which asks, “Give us this day our daily bread.” How hard it is to really trust that God will provide! Those words in the Lord's prayer link us back to the children of Israel wandering through the wilderness, fearful that there would not be enough food, even for just one day. Some of us are not all that far away from such fear. Our refrigerators and pantries may be full enough, but bills are mounting and paychecks may be in jeopardy. However, we don't have to be that close to the edge to be afraid that we will not have what we need, literally, or spiritually.

            "Trust in the Lord with all your heart," the wisdom of Proverbs says, "and do not rely on your own insight." Our inner fears can mess with our understanding and put things out of focus. That's why "in all our ways," along whatever wilderness path we may walk today (not yesterday, not tomorrow, but TODAY!), we seek to openly trust in God, to "acknowledge him," believing that we will be given what we need for today's journey. As we do this, God will show us the way, the Lord "will make straight our path."

            Our path through worship just now involves ushers passing plates for us to give our offering. Use this time to face into any fears that may be clouding your vision, and begin anew to trust in God with all your heart – today, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. "Give us this day our daily bread." … Ushers?


Go, knowing that you are
              blessed as a child of God,
              loved as a friend of Jesus,
       and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

by Dr. Moira B. Laidlaw, retired minister
in the Uniting Church in Australia

(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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