Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 9, 2009
Worship 10:00 am

      "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                            "Wonderful Words of Life"                               Bliss

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                              "This is my Father's world"                                  154

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                               1 Samuel 17:19-23

  For Children           "Fighting giants is for children"
                                                         (children leave for mini-VBS)

  Scripture                                      Psalm 130

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

  Hymn                          "What a friend we have in Jesus"                            574

  Pastoral Prayer

  Recognizing our Graduates

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                         "Prelude from 'Sonata in F'"                         Clementi
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                Ephesians 4:25-5:2

  Message                                    "Good grief " (mp3)

*Hymn                            "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee"    71


*Postlude                  "Make Music to the Lord Most High"                     Clarke

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

            Imagine taking a walk early in the morning. A mist covers the landscape before the sun burns it away, so sight gives way to listening. What do you hear? This is the beginning point of our first hymn this morning. The words to it were written 125 years ago, as the author went on one of his regular early morning hikes, telling his wife, "I am going out to see my Father's world." However, this poem - published almost twenty years later - is less about "seeing" than "hearing." By the third verse, the words give way from "rocks and trees," "skies and seas," "birds" that sing, and "rustling grass," to the "wrong" in this world that "seems oft so strong."

            Listen for God as you sing. Rest in the thought that this world is, and that you also are, God's handiwork. Are you listening to "hear him pass" nearby as the song affirms? Are your ears open that the Lord might "speak to (you) everywhere"? Even here? Even now?  Is God "the ruler yet" of your life?

            Rise in body or spirit and let us walk together in worship as we sing, "This is my Father's world," #154 in your hymnal.

Opening Prayer

         Indeed, this is your world, Father God. Just like this is your day. In fact, we are yours, also. "Bought with a price," we declare, recalling the sacrifice of your Son whom you sent to redeem this world, and us. Forgive, Lord, when we foolishly treat it all as if we were the owners. We tend to get mixed up, you know. Thanks for your patience, your mercy, your correction, your salvation. And, yes, help us never to "forget that though the wrong seems so strong, (you) are the ruler yet." Guide this worship, and our lives, in Jesus' name. Amen.

(used previously  March 23, 2003)

For Children

"Fighting giants is for children"   Ed Lewis   1 Samuel 17 

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” That’s what it says in the 10th verse of 1 Peter, chapter four. Think about it as you return your offering.


Go out and imitate God, living in love.
Put your hope in God’s Word
and let your own words be truthful and constructive.
May sin rouse your anger,
........but never let anger cause you to sin.
Don’t allow any room for evil.

And may God always hear your voice.
May Christ Jesus raise you to new life;
and may the Holy Spirit nourish you for the life of love.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton http://www.laughingbird.net

(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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