Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 21, 2009
Worship 10:00 am

Fathers' Day 

      "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?" (Luke 6:41)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                          "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"                       J.S. Bach

  Call to Worship            "Of the Father's love begotten"                               104
                                                                 Sing verses 1 and 2
                                                       Speak in unison verses 3 and 4

*Hymn                                "We praise thee, O God"                                    99

*Opening Prayer

  Gospel Story                             Mark 4:35-41

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

  An Invitation to Trust                            (responsive prayer on back of bulletin)

  "Open wide your hearts"                                2 Corinthians 6:1-13

  Song                                      "Sweetly Broken"

  For Children                           "Spilling over"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Plain Truth                                 Luke 6:37-42

  Message                            "Seeing past the log" (mp3)

*Hymn                        "Dear Lord and Father of mankind"                          523


*Postlude                                       "Ardwick"                                     Gauntlett

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

            The words to the hymn, "Of the Father's love begotten" (#104 in your hymnal), date back over 1600 years to a Christian from Spain named Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius. A lawyer by training, he made a shift at age 57 to become a monk. He is remembered as a poet, and these words were part of the 9th poem of 12 that he wrote. The melody to which we have attached these words is a Gregorian chant that is itself nearly a thousand years old.

            Let us begin worship this morning with these ancient words and chant. We will sing the first 2 verses without accompaniment, led by _______________. We will then speak the last 2 verses in unison. As we do so, allow yourself to be drawn into what the title of the tune calls the "Divine Mystery."

Opening Prayer

            Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, who hast created us for thyself, so that our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee, lift us above dark moods and the shadows of sin, that we may begin today, from the height of prayer, to live as becomes sons and daughters of the Most High, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

1951 Brethren Hymnal, #773
by Joseph Fort Newton,
Altar Stairs: a little book of prayer,
©1934, Macmillan

An Invitation to Trust

One:       When dangers invade our sense of safety and we wonder if our Redeemer cares, we hear the invitation:

All:          Be at peace. Be calm.

One:       When we face job loss and financial downturns, and our sense of security is shaky, we hear the invitation:

All:          Be at peace. Be calm.

One:       When our congregations experience distress, conflict, and loss of significant leadership, we hear the invitation:

All:          Be at peace. Be calm.

One:       When controversial issues and rigidity of spirit threaten to tear at the very fabric of the faith community, we hear the invitation:

All:          Be at peace. Be calm.

One:       When our lives feel chaotic and desolate because of illness or sorrow, we hear the invitation:

All:          Be at peace. Be calm.

Unison:   Help us to know, O God, that the one who calmed the dangerous sea is present with us, cares for us, and can calm the stormy waters of our lives. Help us to trust more fully and more deeply in you. We pray in the name of Jesus, who invites us to be at peace. Amen.

by Connie R. Burkholder
Monitor Church of the Brethren McPherson, Kansas
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

For Children
"Spilling over"

Did you know that sometimes fathers have a hard time telling their children how much they love them? I can say this because, well, I am a father, as you already know. I have so much love inside for my children that sometimes it feels like I'm going to burst. There is not enough "inside" to my inside to hold it all in. It's like a glass that you fill with water from the faucet, but then the water keeps pouring in. What happens when a glass is full and the water keeps pouring? That's right, it spills over. That's like all the love I have inside for my children.

I don't always know how best to share that love. I think a lot of us Dads have that problem. When my children were little, I loved to hug and tickle them, and read to them, and play imagination games with them. But then they got big, and they stopped wanting hugs and tickles. They started reading to themselves and had wonderful imaginations all on their own. My cup is still overflowing inside, however.

I bet your dad is a bit like me. In fact, I have a feeling there are a lot of dads in this room who are like me. We have more love inside than we know what to do with. Now, I want you to make sure today that you give your father the opportunity to share that love. Jump up on his lap with a book. Allow him to tickle you. Play pretend with him. Give him the opportunity to hug you. In fact, if you need practice in hugging, why don't you start with me? (one at a time, play it up, but leave ______ * for last).

______*, I saved you for last because I know your dad can't be with you today. I also know he would want to be, if he could. He loves you so very much, I know that for a fact because he told me. His "inside" can't hold all the love he has for you. I'd like to give you a hug for him. Pretend that it is his arms that surround you. Now, I know it's not the same as a hug from your own dad. But I am here, we are here for your dad and for you. I have a feeling there are many fathers here who may come up and give you a hug for your dad after church this morning (right, men?). Would that be okay? We don't want to embarrass you, but we have love inside - God's love - and it just has to spill over.

All of you children, help us dads to share by receiving our love. Okay? Let's pray.

God, thank you for sharing your love with us. There is just not enough "inside" to our insides to hold all of your love. It keeps spilling over. And that's a good thing. You are a wonderful "heavenly father" to us. Help us to share. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

         *note - in our congregation, this child has a father currently in prison. In another setting, this could be used for any child whose father needed to be away from home (i.e. a soldier). With a little adapting, this could be worded to fit a child whose father is no longer living.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            Indeed, as we just prayed, "there is just not enough 'inside' to our insides to hold all of God's love. It keeps spilling over. And that's a good thing." Our offering is a time for "spilling over." We have been blessed. Abundantly blessed. You are invited to share, to pour out upon others the blessings that God keeps pouring into your container. I notice that the offertory the organist will play is entitled "Reflection." Well, reflect on your many blessings just now, and "open wide your hearts" (2 Corinthians 5:13)... Ushers?


            As a closing, people were invited to "pass the peace" (something many churches do much earlier in the order of worship). Exchange a hug or a handshake, and share a blessing like "Go in Christ's peace."

(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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