Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 20, 2009
Worship 10:00 am  

Peace Sunday

      And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. (James 3:18)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                         "Unto thy temple, Lord, we come"  4

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                           "Praise, I will praise you, Lord"                                76

  Gospel Reading                         Mark 9:30-37

  For Children               "Sharing makes for Peace"

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Video/Offertory                "Blessed to be a Witness"
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)


  Song                                     "If I had a hammer"                            (see insert)
                          (the above youtube is Peter, Paul & Mary from Newport, 1963
                                                             Mary died on Sept. 16)

  Scripture                                   James 3:13-18

  Message                        "Blessed to be a Witness" (mp3)

  Moment of Silence

*Hymn                                      "Hymn of Peace"                              (see insert)

*Responsive Benediction


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Thou shalt know Christ when he comes,
  not by any din of drums,
  nor the vantage of his airs,
  nor by anything he wears
  neither by his crown
  nor his gown
  but his presence known shall be
in the holy harmony
that his coming makes in thee.

(a poem from the 15th century)
from For all who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p. 79

Opening Prayer

            Grant, O God, that thinking, we may think your thoughts; that speaking, we may speak your word; that singing, we may sing to your praise; that hearing, we may hear your truth; and that willing, we may make your will our own, so that walking forward at the end of our worship, we may walk in your love and your peace, and departing from one another, not depart from you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

adapted from prayer by Roy Pearson, Hear Our Prayer, ©1961 McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, NT.
Taken from For all who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.85

Gospel Reading
Mark 9:30-37

Our worship service this morning is centered upon the theme of "Peace." Tomorrow has been designated as an "International Day of Prayer for Peace," and you are invited to become involved.
            Peace … Some folks think that “peace” is the absence of conflict. However, whenever two or more people are gathered, rest assured there is usually some disagreement among them. The first definition of "conflict" in Webster's dictionary is simply, "1. disagreement." In Latin, the word "conflict" is made up of "con" or "with" and "flictus" or "to strike," as in "to strike" with a fist. Disagreement can escalate to violence. One answer is to run away from conflict, but that can lead to a lonely existence. The other is to fight, with words or actions, to make everyone agree with you … or else. Are these our only options, fight or flight?
            Let's turn to the Gospel story for today and learn from Jesus about another way. This scripture has two parts. In the first is a description of God’s peace-maker, the "Son of Man," who does something different from fight or flight in order to make peace. These words must have been a bit confusing to those first disciples who had yet to see it lived out.
            The second part of this Gospel story alludes to a disagreement among his disciples. Jesus answers this conflict with a little child. Listen.

They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise." But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

     They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."

He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

(New International Version)

            Our little children are invited to come forward now and join ____________ for a story about how "Sharing makes for Peace."

For Children
"Sharing makes for Peace"

            Our storyteller will connect with our little ones with a peace story.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            Our worship leader will take the opportunity to share, as one of the members of the cabinet which planned this event and as a participant in it, about the Church of the Brethren Young Adult Conference which took place May 23-25. She will then invite the congregation to respond to God's blessing with our tithes and offerings as we watch the below video, which was commissioned for this conference.

Blessed to be a Witness


If you're having trouble viewing the video, click here, or here.


Yes, Lord, I am blessed to be a witness. We are blessed to be witnesses. Thank you for your vision which has led us in the past, and for your energy which has made the impossible possible. Thank you for all, including (and especially) young adults, who long to be a blessing in this world. May this offering be a part of our response to your calling.

            "God of both day and night, show us your way. Shape us. Inspire us. Lead us. Move us."  In your name we pray. Amen.

second paragraph quotes the above video by Kay Guyer


God may we be instruments of your peace today
In a world divided by war and strife
May we be your reconcilers
In a world of hurt and pain
May we be those who care for our enemies
In a world that kills and maims
May we be those who heal and restore

God lead us with your peace
Through the pathway of your love
To the promise of your kingdom,
The blessing of God be upon you.

The blessing of the God of life.

The blessing of Christ be upon you.

The blessing of the Christ of love.

The blessing of the spirit upon you.

The blessing of the spirit of peace.

The blessing of the triune God be yours, now and evermore.


from A Liturgy for Peace
by Christine Sine
of the Mustard Seed Associates

(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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