Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 31, 2009
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am

Pentecost Sunday 

      When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth… (John 16:13a)

  Preparation (9:45 am)
  Preparation                                   "Breathe"

  Call to Worship                           Acts 2:1-4

*Hymn                            "O Holy Spirit, making whole"                              300

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                    Acts 2:1-13

  A new song

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Bringing our Offering                         "Joy"
                                          (as you watch the video and return your gift,
                                     please also sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                   Acts 2:17-21

  Song                                        "Grace like rain"

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

  Hymn                                 "My Jesus, I love thee"                                   522

  Pastoral Prayer

  Another new song

  Scripture                               John 15:26 – 16:15

  Message                "When the Spirit of Truth comes" (mp3)

*Hymn                               "New earth, heavens new"                                 299

*Unison Benediction                                                                (back of bulletin)


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

Holy One,
ignite within us a fiery passion
for your mission in the world today.
Warm us by the Spirit’s dancing tongues of flame,
that we may feel your kindling blaze within,
urging us to do your greater good.
Make us wholly present to experience a new birth,
and awaken possibilities within us
to share your love in the world.
In this love and abundance,
we come to celebrate your harvest——
a harvest bearing the first fruits of the Spirit
within us.
Show us how to use these gifts,
as we listen for your truth
in the gentle breeze of your Spirit.

by Sara Dunning Lambert (from Abingdon Worship Annual 2009),
as shared in Cokesbury's Worship Connection for this day.

Acts 2:1-13
(Cotton Patch Version)

            Listen again to the first few verses of Acts, chapter 2, along with what happened next. Only this time we’ll read from the “Cotton Patch Version,” a paraphrase rooted in the soil of south Georgia during the civil rights struggle, instead of in Palestine 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead. In this reading, “Pentecost” becomes “Thanksgiving Day,” Jerusalem becomes Atlanta, and the Galileans are “Americans.” Allow these creative shifts to open up your imagination to our God, whose good news is to be planted in every land. Listen.

When Thanksgiving Day arrived, they were all gathered in one place. Then all of a sudden there came from the sky a rumbling like a tornado, and it filled the whole house where they were gathered. And they saw forked flames as from a fire, and it stayed in contact with each one of them. Everybody was bursting with Holy Spirit and started talking in whatever different languages the spirit directed. 

            Now at that time there were a lot of delegates gathered in Atlanta, religious people from countries all over the world. So when they heard this great noise, they all came running together. And then they heard these folks talking to each one of them in their own native tongue, and were they excited! Amazed and astounded no end, they said, "Look, aren't all these speakers Americans? Then how is it that each of us is hearing it in his own native tongue – French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Burmese, Hebrew, Swedish, Afrikaans, Hindi – in our own languages we are hearing them tell of God's mighty doings." Everybody was dumfounded and puzzled, saying one to another, "What's the meaning of this?" But others sneered, "They're tanked up on white lightning."

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            According to the apostle Paul, "Joy" is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Like a nice juicy peach, we might bite into it and taste the goodness of the Lord. Of course, you know that a peach can be rather messy to eat. The juice may not be contained in your mouth. You might have some spill on your shirt. Likewise, God's fruit in us, the produce of the Holy Spirit growing on this tree called "the church," can be messy. We heard what happened on that Pentecost day nearly 2,000 years ago, when things spilled out of the house where those disciples prayed. What a wonderful mess it was! If they were wearing any sack-cloth because Jesus had left them to fend for themselves, those clothes were certainly stained through and through by "Joy." No amount of bleach will ever get that spot to disappear. Thank God!

            We’ve got this same "joy" deep within us, brothers and sisters in Christ, the very Pentecostal promise of God. Don't be ashamed of it. Likewise, don't try to contain it or wash it out. Instead, share it. Let "joy" spill out. In fact, let it pour. For God doesn't just dribble blessings upon us.

            By the way, in the middle of that "joy-filled" Pentecost moment long ago, the apostle Peter stood and answered the questions of those who wondered what was going on. It was his very first sermon. In it, he didn't try to clean up the mess. Instead, he turned to the prophet Joel, who once spoke of how God would one day pour out his Spirit upon everyone. Of course, what happened next, as people responded, got even messier. It wasn't just that they turned to God by the thousands and were baptized. No, they went on to share everything they had with one another. Can you believe it?


(a video offertory)
(click here if you cannot view the above)

Acts 2:17-21
(Laughing Bird Version)

........Peter stood up with the other eleven and addressed the crowd as loudly and clearly as he could:

"Men and women of Jerusalem, locals and visitors, listen up and I'll let you in on what this is all about. If you think that these people are drunk, you are wrong. Think about it - the pubs aren't even open this early in the morning. No, what is happening here was explained long ago in the words of the prophet Joel:

......"This is what I will do
................when time reaches its climax, God declares:
........I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.
........Your sons and your daughters
................shall speak as prophets.
........The young among you will see visions,
................and the old will dream dreams.
........I even have men and women among those
................whose rights no one cares about,
........and in those days
................I will pour out my Spirit upon them too;
........................and they shall proclaim my justice.
........I will perform miraculous signs in the sky above
................and awesome wonders on the earth below,
........................blood, and fire, and clouds of smoke.
........The sun will go black and the moon blood-red
................before the dawning
........................of the awesome and glorious day of the Lord.
........And everyone who cries out to the Lord
................shall be saved."

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Pastoral Prayer


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



God of abundance, pour out your Spirit on us once again.
         Send us power for the daily challenges of life.
         Send us your presence for every moment – from birth to death.
Wash us, fill us, and send us on our way in service for you.

by Linda Lefever Alley, spiritual director
Bridgewater, VA Church of the Brethren

Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

(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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