Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 14, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Fourth Sunday of Lent 

      From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. (2 Corinthians 5:16)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                    "Man of sorrows"                     258

  Responsive Call to Worship

*Hymn                              "Wonderful grace of Jesus"                                  150

*Opening Prayer

  Dramatic Reading                  Luke 15:1-3,11-24

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory Video                    "Prodigal Daughter"
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Dramatic Reading                     Luke 15:24-32

  Hymn                       "Far, far away from my loving father"                          139

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                             2 Corinthians 5:16-21

  Message                      "A different point of view " (mp3)

*Hymn                             "What wondrous love is this"                                530



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

in the form of a video which includes the below

Responsive Call to Worship
(based upon Psalm 32)

Happy are those whose sins are forgiven.

Happy are those to whom God attributes no wrong, those in whose
heart there is no deceit.

When we keep silent about our wrongdoings, our lives disintegrate with
worry and guilt;

when we struggle to hide from God, the heaviness in our hearts
consumes our strength.

But when we seek your truth, O God, and acknowledge our sin, we
experience your forgiveness.

Let all people reach out to you in prayer, O God, and know your
protection and strength.

Surrounded by your grace-filled presence and filled with your
undeserved forgiveness, we sing your praise; we shout for joy.

Stubbornness melts away and tempers are controlled when we listen
for God’s word and follow God’s direction for our lives.

When we fail to listen, and persist in following other than God’s way,
our hearts are hardened and our lives tormented.

But when we put our trust in God, we are surrounded and filled with
God’s steadfast love.

Rejoice and shout for joy all those who are upright in heart.

paraphrase and format by
Moira B. Laidlaw, from Liturgies Online

Opening Prayer

            Wonderful God, you are light and love and joy! Please, once more, open our hearts and minds to the hospitality of your house. Set us free from narrow vision and miserly love, that with the wonder of those who are freed by your Spirit, we may worship you through all facets of this hour of praise. Though Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen!

from Resources: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Prayers, Collects and Litanies by Bruce Prewer,
Uniting Church in Australia.

Dramatic Reading
Luke 15:1-3,11-24

1 - Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable:
            “There was a man who had two children. The younger of them said to her father,

2 - ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’

1 - So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger daughter gathered all she had and traveled to a distant country, and there she squandered his property in dissolute living. When she had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and she began to be in need. So she went and hired herself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent her to his fields to feed the pigs. She would gladly have filled herself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave her anything. But when she came to himself she said,

2 - ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your daughter; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’

1 - So she set off and went to her father. But while she was still far off, her father saw her and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around her and kissed her. Then the daughter said to him,

2 - ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your daughter.’

1 - But the father said to his slaves,

3 - ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on her finger and sandals on her feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this daughter of mine was dead and is alive again; she was lost and is found!’

1 - And they began to celebrate.

slightly amended from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me

Patient God, we cherish this scripture story, remembering that you are always willing to accept us, even in our bleakest moment.  You surround us with the hushed silence of your love.  Like a compassionate parent, you wait to receive us in your embrace while we struggle to place you first in our lives.  Multiply these tithes and offerings so that they open the ears of your lost children to your message of unconditional love.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.


Copyright © 2010 David S. Bell.
Reprinted with permission
from www.DavidSBell.org
slightly amended

Offertory Video
“Prodigal Daughter”
from The Work of the People

Dramatic Reading
Luke 15:24-32

1 - “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied,

2 - ‘Your sister has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got her back safe and sound.’

1 - Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father,

3 - ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this daughter of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for her!’

1 - Then the father said to him,

4 - ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this sister of yours was dead and has come to life; she was lost and has been found.’”

1 – (pause) In this parable of Jesus, both children - not just one of them - were far, far away from their loving father. Hymn #139 retells the story from the perspective of the younger sibling. If only the older child could have come to the same point. Of course, the story as Jesus tells it remains unfinished, so you never know – it could end with a surprising twist. We sing this hymn to repeat and thus commit to memory this story of God’s grace. We also lift up our voices and allow the words to speak our own need and our own desire to “arise and go to Jesus,” for this is our story and song as well.

slightly amended from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Pastoral Prayer


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



May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
            who has shown us such love,
      and in his grace has given us
            such unfailing encouragement
            and so sure a hope,
       still encourage and strengthen you
             in every good deed and word.

Hymnal #773
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17,
adapted from the Revised English Bible

(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.

For children and youth, we use the new
Gather Round curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2010 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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