Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 22, 2010
Worship 10:00 am

      And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”  (Luke 13:16)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            "Fresh as the Morning"           (see below)
  Prelude                             "As Torrents in Summer"                                  Elgar
                                               (please prepare by reading Psalm 71:1-6)

  Call to Worship

  Opening Prayer

*Hymn                                     "Joy to the world"                                        318

*Confession and Assurance

  Scripture                                  Jeremiah 1:4-10

  Celebrating a summer of Church Camping

  Song                                   "Fresh as the Morning"                          (see insert)
                                                              (lyrics, sound excerpts)

  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

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

  Gospel                                      Luke 13:10-17

  Message                                  "Setting Free" (mp3)

*Hymn                               "O God, in restless living"                                   557


*Postlude                                      "Larghetto"                                           Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

If you come in here knowing that you are a flawed creature, sometimes smart yet often foolish, especially in hindsight,  then you are in the right place.

If you come feeling insignificant and inadequate in the presence of an awesome God who deserves the highest and most perfect praise, then you are in the right place.

If you have come wanting to rest your weariness or shabbiness in the arms of an unconditional Lover, then you are in the right place.

The joy of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

from Prayers, Collects and Litanies, by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.

Opening Prayer

            Majestic Friend, save each of us from taking part in public worship yet not worshipping. Awaken the love and wonder within us, until our cup is running over with a praise which flows deeper, and rises higher, than anything else we experience. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

from Prayers, Collects and Litanies, by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.

Confession and Assurance

For the following Confession, a prayer for open eyes and open hearts, would you respond when I lead you with the following words:
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

Let us throw ourselves on the abundant mercy of God. Join me in prayer:

On the timid who will not dare to be strong, and on the strong who refuse to acknowledge their many weaknesses: have mercy, saving God.
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

On the foolish who cling to their ignorance, and on the clever who act with arrogance and despise the slow witted: have mercy saving God.
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

On the half-hearted who ignore new opportunities, and on the impatient who rush in where angels fear to tread; have mercy: saving God.
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

On the people with few gifts who waste what they have, and on the very gifted who over-stretch themselves with trying to do too much: have mercy, saving God.
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

On the willful who cling to their favorite sins, and on the over zealous who try to be more religious than Jesus was: have mercy, saving God.
            With you, loving God we seek refuge,
            let us never be put to shame.

            Holy and loving God, we know that it is not your will that anyone should destroy themselves, but that all should turn to you and be saved. Have mercy on us and your erring children everywhere. Bring us to a genuine repentance and restore us to your good health. Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen! 


            “God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” My Friends, now is the time to put the past behind you. The word of Christ can be trusted to forgive and reclaim you. Take up your salvation and live with the peace and joy which nothing can take from you.
            And all God’s People say: Amen!

from Prayers, Collects and Litanies,
by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.

Celebrating a summer of Church Camping

An opportunity for those who were campers, volunteers, or on staff at our church camp to briefly share of their experience.

Pastoral Prayer

(perhaps a prayer similar to this:)

Summer is almost over and we wonder where the time went, Lord. We look at all the plans we had, those that we accomplished and those that are now to be put aside for another time. We look ahead to the busy year of witness and service and wonder if we are ready to truly work for you. The rest that we craved at the beginning of the summer now seems to have slipped rapidly away, leaving us breathlessly facing the upcoming autumn season. Help us, O Lord, feel your strengthening presence with us. Help us place our trust in you, knowing that you will empower and enable us to be in service. As we have brought the names and concerns of those who are dear to us to this service of prayer, seeking your healing, compassionate love; let us also be willing to place our needs and concerns before you. Give us a powerful sense of restoration and reconciliation to you, for we ask these things in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

from Worship Connection
by Rev. Nancy Townley


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

The 11th chapter of the New Testament book of Hebrews is a quick study in faith, running quickly through a gallery of God’s faithful servants in the Hebrew portion of the Bible. This is followed in chapter 12 by an invitation, a call from God to run the race of faith, surrounded by all these witness. “Lift your drooping hands,” it says, “and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet(12:12-13). Why? Because, unlike the children of Israel in Moses’ day, we “have not come to a mountain that can be touched(12:18). Instead, to borrow from this summer’s National Youth Conference, we look for more than meets the eye.  We “have come,” it says, “to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” (12:22).

Therefore,” this invitation concludes, “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire(12:28-29).

As you return your offering just now, think about this invitation to live, not by fear over all the bad things that might happen, but by faith in an unshakable, living and active God… Ushers?


May God’s liberating Sabbath rest set you free this week
      to more fully become the daughter or son of Abraham
            you were created to be.
Like the prophet Jeremiah, however,
      don’t bend yourself over with “I’m only” thoughts.
            You know:
                  “I’m only a boy.”
                  “I’m only a girl.”
                  “I’m only one person.”
                  “I’m only what little I think of myself.”
Instead, be set free in Christ
      to straighten your back and
          stand up by faith; so that,
                  as you step into this coming week of work,
                        you will do so as one
                              who is called forth by God.
In Jesus, you are much more than meets the eye!
      Be blessed.

(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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