Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 13, 2010
Worship 10:00 am

      And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. (Luke 7:37)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            "Holy Spirit, come with power"            26
  Word in Preparation                                         Psalm 5:1-8
  Prelude                                "O Lord Most Holy"                                       Abt

*Responsive Call to Worship                                                     (back of bulletin)

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                       "Take my hand and lead me, Father"                            601

  Unison Scripture Reading                            Psalm 23                                  814

  Celebrating Graduation

  Hymn                          "This is a day of new beginnings"                              640

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

  Prayer Hymn                    "There is a balm in Gilead"                                  627

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                 Galatians 2:15-21               (from The Message)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                         "The Lord is My Shepherd"                          Koschat
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                  Luke 7:36 - 8:3

  Message                       "Without an invitation" (mp3)

*Hymn                                        "Take my life"                                            389


*Postlude                               "Christe Sanctorium"         French Church Melody

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Leader:   Listen to my words, O Lord, and hear my sighing.

      All:   Hear my cry for help, my King and my God,
              for I am praying to you.

Leader:   Lord, in the morning hear my voice.
              Early in the morning I plead my case before you
              and wait for your answer.

      All:   The proud, the violent, and those who delight in
              wickedness cannot remain with you.

Leader:   But as for me, through your overwhelming mercy,
               I will enter your house.
               I will bow down and worship you.

      All:   Lead us, O Merciful One, in your righteousness!

by Timothy H. Peter, pastor
Prairie City Church of the Brethren Prairie City, Iowa
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

            Almighty God, whose mercy and grace are boundless, pour out your Holy Spirit into our hearts this morning. Grant us the courage to call out to you, knowing that you hear our prayers. Guide us in all your ways through your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we now pray. And let all of God's children say, Amen.

by Timothy H. Peter, pastor
Prairie City Church of the Brethren Prairie City, Iowa
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Unison Scripture Reading
Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
      he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
            they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
            in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
            my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
            all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Hymnal #814
from the Revised Standard Version.
Copyright 1946, 1952, 1959, 1973
by the Division of Christian Education of
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Celebrating Graduation

            The 23rd Psalm is a familiar song for the road. Amid the dark valleys, of which life has plenty, there are green pasture and still water times. God provides and guides. In the presence of enemies, even, the Lord feeds and tends our wounds, and we know - beyond a shadow of a doubt - that we are cared for and loved. That’s the message of this psalm.

            Several of our young people have recently had the mountaintop experience of graduating from high school or college. This morning we want to recognize and celebrate this achievement with them and their families. In so doing, though, we place it in the larger context of a life-long journey with God. Receiving a diploma and tossing the tassel are but a step, albeit an important step, along the way. It's not an end, but a new beginning. And we are gathered in the place, trusting in our Shepherd God who provides and guides.

            According to my accounting (and please forgive if we have missed someone), there are seven graduates this past year among us. Would you all please come forward now so that we might share in your joy… I'll pass the microphone, so that you can share as little or as much as you'd like about your graduation and where you are headed from here.

            I picked up book for you, a gift from this congregation. The author, by the way, will be one of the speakers this summer at National Youth Conference. May God bless the road ahead.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Pray with me:

            And so we come to this time of giving, O Lord. What we are about to place in these plates is not intended to make an impression upon anyone, most of all, upon you. We're not trying to build a glory barn with our cash so that you might be impressed and see us in a different light and thus be kind and generous to us. The truth is, you already see us in a new way. Jesus did the leg work on that. We're living on the other side of the cross that stands before us. If anything, that cross is within us, Christ's sacrificial death something that lives in and through us as daily we die and rise again. Whatever it is that we have to give overflows from what you have already given. For this we are immensely thankful. May our gratitude, not our obligation, add to your joy, O Living God. Amen.


As you leave this place
            and head into wherever this week will take you,
                        remember that you don’t need an invitation
                                    to practice random acts of kindness.
            Be bold, knowing the forgiving
                                        and living power of God in Jesus Christ.
                        You just may be God's
                                    "balm in Gilead" for someone else.
                                                And that is a joy beyond compare.

(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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