Worship Order for Sunday

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

The Second Sunday of Easter 

      As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.”  (Acts 5:41)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)               "They crucified my Savior"              266
  Prelude                                         "Hymnus"                                           Fielitz

  Call to Worship                            Psalm 150
                                                                 (from The Message)

*Hymn                                      "The strife is o'er"                                        263

*Opening Prayer

  The Gospel                               John 20:19-31

  For Children                         "Seeing Double"

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

  Hymn                             "In the bulb there is a flower"                                614

  Pastoral Prayer

  Receiving a new member

  Congregational Commitment                                                                      793

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Scripture                                    Acts 5:27-32

  Message                       "Intimidate … Intimate"

*Hymn                                     "Thine is the glory"                                        269


*Postlude                                 "If Christ is Mine"                                   Herman

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer

O God, we come to sing songs of praise,
            to give you glory and honor and authority
                        in our lives, today and evermore.
We know that this is much easier
            to say than to do;
So we come here to ask your help,
            and to support one another,
                        as we seek to follow your way
                        and obey your commands.
Speak to us with authority once again. Amen.

by Ken Kline Smeltzer
from Living Waters: Worship Resources for Congregational Life
No. 30, March 1996
Church of the Brethren General Board

For Children
"Seeing Double"

SCRIPTURE LESSON: John 20:24-"But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came."

OBJECTS NEEDED: Twins, or a picture of twins

CONCEPT: All of us are fooled sometimes, so we want to be careful about what we believe. We know that we can believe most of all that Jesus has risen from the dead.

            This story is taken from Bearing Fruit: Sermons for Children, by Harold Steindam (©1994, United Church Press, Cleveland, pp.54-55). You have to pick up the book to read the rest of it.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Receiving a new member

[After being "introduced" by a member of our congregation...]

Minister: Knowing that Christians never fully arrive, but are always in the process of becoming, do you now reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Candidate: I do.

Minister: Believing that Christianity is experienced in a faith community that supports and strengthens us in time of weakness and doubt, and that learns from us as we learn from it, do you promise to live and share with us in the bonds of Christian fellowship?

Candidate: I do.

Minister: Recognizing that the church is organized to fulfill its mission, will you worship, serve, and share in the program of this congregation by your prayers, regular attendance, loyal service and outreach, and faithful stewardship?

Candidate: I will.

Minister: Becoming a member of this congregation, will you make every effort to witness to the Christian gospel and keep alive the concerns of the Church of the Brethren where you live and work?

Candidate: I will.


Minister: (turning to the congregation) If you, as the body of Christ gathered here, are willing to welcome our sister with joy and affection into this household of faith, pledging your help, your prayers, your concern for her and her family, would you please stand and let us together commit ourselves anew to Christ and his mission. The words are found in the back of your hymnal, #793.

adapted from For All Who Minister
(A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren),
©1993 Brethren Press, pp. 143-144.

Congregational Commitment

We commit ourselves to follow Jesus Christ,
        through whom God has made friends with the world
        and in whose name we share the work of reconciliation.
We commit ourselves to the way of the cross,
        living a life of simplicity, self-denial, and prayer.
We commit ourselves to love each other,
        serving the church,
        and sharing our time, talents, and possessions.
We commit ourselves to care for the world,
        bringing good news to the poor,
        setting free the oppressed,
        and proclaiming Jesus as Liberator and Lord.
In this commitment we find joy, peace, and new life.

Hymnal #793
Copyright©1977 Mennonite Church of the Servant,
1505 Fairview, Wichita, KS  67203.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
Revelation 1:4-8

As you take time to return your offering to God this morning, chew on the following words from the last book in the Bible, a greeting from “John to the seven churches that are in Asia.”    Listen:

Grace to you and peace
            from him         who is and
                                    who was and
                                    who is to come, and

            from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and
            from Jesus Christ,       the faithful witness,
                                                the firstborn of the dead, and
                                                the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who     loves us and
                        freed us from our sins by his blood, and
                        made us to be a kingdom,
                                    priests serving his God and Father,
            to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.

Look! He is coming with the clouds;
            every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
                        and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
                                    So it is to be.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
                                    who is and
                                    who was and
                                    who is to come,
            the Almighty.

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.

Those words place what we have to give into context. Our gifts aren’t the end all and be all. It’s not all up to us. THANK GOD! We’d be in big trouble if it were. What we have to offer, whether it be our money or our time or our energy or our ability, fits into what God has already done, what the Lord is doing now, and what’s up God’s sleeve for the future. Do we got that straight?

            Okay, as the plates are passed and you respond with your offerings, let the memorized words to the Doxology (you know, “Praise God from who am blessings flow…”) be your silent prayer of gratitude. Ushers?


Go now to love and forgive,
for as God sent Christ,
so now Christ is sending you.
Obey God above any other authority
and bear witness to Christ’s resurrection life.

And may God continue the work of salvation in you;
May Christ Jesus meet you in your doubts and fears;
And may the Holy Spirit fill you with peace
........and speak through you with mercy.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton, 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.

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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