Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 21, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Fifth Sunday of Lent 

      ďThis one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.Ē (Philippians 3:13b-14)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                   "Pressing On"                   (see insert)

  Beginning with the Word           Isaiah 43:16-21

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                        "Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing"                          110

*Unison Prayer of Confession

*Moment of Silence

*Assurance of Pardon

  Scripture                                      Psalm 126

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

  Hymn                              "Help us to help each other"                                362

  Pastoral Prayer

  Gospel Lesson                            John 12:1-8

  For Children                      "Oil for Anointing"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Response                             (vs. 1) "My Jesus, I love thee"                               522


  Scripture                                Philippians 3:4b-14

  Message                                   "Beyond BS" (mp3)

*Hymn                                        "Pressing On"                                 (see insert)



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: Spring is about to break forth!

  All: In all the land, new life is happening!

One: Feel the wonder and power of Godís creative energy

  All: Feel the awe and joy of Godís love for us.

One: Let us worship God with a full sense of joy and expectation.

  All: Let us open our hearts, our spirits, our souls, to Godís lavish love. AMEN.

from Cokesbury's Worship Connection
written by Nancy C. Townley


Confession and Assurance

Worship Leader:

            Even now, God makes a way for us to be made whole. God wants to bring us out of despair and to fill our hearts with laughter.  Please join me as we pray to the One who forgets our past to offer us a new future,

Congregation (in bulletin):

God, whose name is Grace: you are always in the business of surprising us with new lives, new dreams, new hopes. But we are so busy opening up the boxes where we have stored the past, making sure that each item remains safe and unbroken, that we do not recognize what you are doing. We are so blinded by the dull reflection of our old habits, that we cannot see the fresh chances which are given so freely to us. Our senses are so deadened by our desires that we cannot smell the bouquet of joy that is in the air.
            Forgive us, God of Joy. By your mercy, mend our broken lives. You move through us, rearranging the price tags on everything we value, so we might be able to let go of all that holds us back from faithful living. Then we can press on in following Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, into that kingdom of hope and wonder.

Moment of Silence

Assurance of Pardon (Congregation, in bulletin):

God comes to us to give living water to thirsty people;
God comes to us to anoint us with the grace that wipes away our sin;
God comes to fill us with joy.
Our tears are turned into rivers of grace;
our weeping becomes glad cries of praise.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

slightly adapted from Lectionary Liturgies,
© 2010 Thom M. Shuman

Pastoral Prayer


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


For Children
"Oil for Anointing"

(As always, flow with the children. The important element is not so much the words spoken, but the touch and smell of the oil. Allow them to experience more than comprehend.)

         Thereís something we do here as Jesusí church. When somebody has a special need, and really need Godís help - like when theyíre sick - we anoint them. Have you heard about this? It comes from the Bible, where it says that weíre supposed to anoint those who are sick with oil, and pray for them (James 5:14-16). When they ask for it, that is. We donít force anybody to be anointed.

         What is anointing? Anyone know? Have any of you ever seen someone anointed? What do we do? Thatís right, we put a little oil on their forehead. As we do, we say something like: "You are anointed for forgiveness, for strength, and for healing." And we pray for them. Thereís more to it than that, of course. But thatís the big part.

         Thereís nothing special in the oil. Do you want to feel it? See, itís just oil. Itís not really the oil that does anything. Just something we can touch, to help us know that God is very near. Sometimes the oil has a special smell. Can you smell it? Does it smell good? The smell helps us remember how good God is.

         One more thing. I called it "anointing," right? Anointing is putting oil on somebody. In the Bible, they put oil on kings when they became kings. They just poured oil on their heads and let it run down all over them. Does that sound weird? Why do you think they did that? It was just part of the ceremony making them a king. They were "anointed."

         Does anyone know what the word "Messiah" means? "One who is anointed" by God. In another language the word is "Christ." Have you heard that word? Yes, Jesus was "Christ," anointed by God, like a king. And what do we sometimes call ourselves as people who follow him? "Christ-ians." People who are anointed by God.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

When Judas belittled Mary's gift to Jesus with a comment about how that money could have been better spent, Jesus shifted the discussion from putting someone down to lifting them up. Affirming Maryís gift, Jesus said, "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." Now, in lifting Mary up, Jesus was not putting down the poor, or belittling those who seek to respond to basic human need. His words actually return us back to the book of Deuteronomy, where it says, " Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ' Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land ' " (15:11).
            That's the invitation of this moment: "Open your hand." We are anointed to be people of the open hand. As you return your offering, think about what you might do this week that would be similar to what Mary did. May your random acts of kindness pour out upon your workplace or neighborhood and anoint the world around you with the love and grace you have received from God.

Ushers, please collect our offering.


            Good and Gracious God, when Jesus was anointed at Bethany, he reminded us all that our earthly time would be short in proportion to our heavenly time with you.  We recognize that we only have so much time to love, to laugh, to give, and to care in this world.  In this time of giving, we present these generous gifts to be anointed by your hand to glorify the promise of everlasting life.  Through your son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

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


Go now, and press on in the path to which God has called you.
Do not get caught up in the things of the past,
or in the things that the world prizes,
but welcome the new things God is doing,
and take the new paths that open through the places of death.

And may God pour life-giving waters into your wilderness;
May Christ Jesus make you his own;
And may the Holy Spirit strengthen you
........for the race that lies before you.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)


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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