Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 19, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 113:7-9)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                      "O day of peace"                     408

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                         "All praise to our redeeming Lord"                              21

*Opening Prayer

*Affirming our Faith                                                                                     710

  Scripture                                  1 Timothy 2:1-7

  For Children                 "All People Everywhere"

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

  Hymn                         "Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all"                             533

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Hymn                             "We give thee but thine own"                                384


  Scripture                                   Luke 16:1-13

  Message                               "Dear Prudence" (mp3)

*Hymn                           "Heart with loving heart united"                               420



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - Praise the Lord!

2 - Praise, O servants of the Lord;

1 - praise the name of the Lord.

2 - Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and for evermore.

1 - From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.

2 - The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

1 - Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,

2 - who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

1 - He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

2 - to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.

1 - He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.

2 - Praise the Lord! (pause)  Rise in body or spirit and add your voice to this song of praise: #21 in your hymnal – “All praise to our redeeming Lord.”

Psalm 113

Opening Prayer

God of all life,
      we thank you
            for the signs of your love that surround us,
            for sun and warmth and all that comes to life
                  within creation,
            for all that sleeps within the earth awaiting birth.
We praise you
      for the wisdom of your care,
            water on the earth,
            sunlight on our spirits,
            hands on blinded eyes.

Continue to touch us.
Reach out to us with compassion and forgiveness
      that we may receive your gifts,
      that we may know your love and grace
            and rise to new life in Jesus Christ. AMEN

Hymnal #680, adapted from More Than Words,
by Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.
1st edition ©1986 by the authors;
2nd revised edition ©1988. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.

Affirming our faith

Leader: We affirm that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
                 Miriam, Hannah, and Mary is our God.
People: We affirm that God has come to us in our likeness,
                taking the form of a servant in Jesus of Nazareth.

Leader: We believe that god, in Christ, suffered the pain and agony
                of the cross to provide for our salvation.
People: We believe that God demonstrated power over sin and death
                by raising Jesus from the dead
                and declaring that the risen Christ is Lord.

Leader: God has given us new life and freedom
                    in the fullness of the Holy  Spirit,
                who is the guide and power of the community of believers.
ALL:  We believe that in the end, God's rule of peace and justice
               will be fully established
               and that Jesus Christ will reign forever and ever.

Hymnal #710
Adapted from a liturgy of baptism by Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.,
Baptism and Church Membership, Worship Series 3, ed. James H. Waltner,
copyright © 1979 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House.

For Children
"All People Everywhere"

                        Theme:    We are asked to pray for all people
                        Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
                        Object:    Globe

This morning i brought a globe. It is a model of our world. It shows land shapes and water. The names of countries and bodies of water are printed on the globe. We live here. (Point.) Our place on this globe is tiny compared to all the world's places.

People live all over the world. People of the world are different in many ways. We have different houses, foods, and styles of clothing.

We have different cultures. But we are all the same because we are members of God's worldwide family. God loves all people. God created every person in God's image. God loves each of us.

God asks us to pray for other people in this worldwide family. We pray people will have enough food, safe places to live, and health. We pray they will know God's wonderful love.

Let's spin the globe, and pray for people in different parts of the world. (Spin globe and name area.)

Let's pray-
            Dear God, We pray for people in .... We pray for people in .... We pray for people everywhere. Amen.

by Donna McKee Rhodes,
from Even More Little Stories for Little Children,
©2000, Herald Press, Scottdale, PA, p. 107

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

We sometimes use a paraphrase of the Bible called the Laughing Bird version. It comes out of a small Baptist congregation in Melbourne, Australia – created by their pastor, Nathan Littleton, to be used in worship. He writes, "We named (this) after the Kookaburra because she seems to us to be Australia's natural symbol of the Holy Spirit. Why? Well, her call, which is the most unmistakable laugh of the whole bird world, fills the air with good humor, but can at the same time, be a call to humility - a rather sharp reminder of one's own absurdity. Furthermore, this is a bird that does battle with snakes, and usually wins. So, she is a symbol of the Spirit's power to spread joy and laughter, to remind people not to take themselves too seriously, and to confront and overcome forces of evil."

            With this in mind, let's turn our attention to the prophet Amos in the Old Testament. His cry for God in the following passage sounds strangely familiar, as we hear it through this Laughing Bird version. Amid these harsh words of judgment, may we hear the Holy Spirit call us to humility and justice, with a laugh that breaks open sin and paves the way for God. (pause)

"Listen to me, you who wipe your feet on those in need;
        you who destroy the poor for your own gain.
  You resent religious holidays
        because they interrupt your wheeling and dealing;
  you demand twenty-four hour, seven-day trading
        so that you can rip people off without ceasing.
  Your advertising is all deceit and delusion;
        you rig the odds and the interest rates.
  You lure the poor into crippling debt
        until you own them — body and soul —
                and then charge them again for owing you money.

"I, the LORD, swear on the Bible you so proudly wave,
        that I will not forget a single one of your mongrel actions."

Amos 8:4-7
©2001 Nathan Nettleton

            Have we listened? Is the Holy Spirit at work in you? Come, let us ponder the call of this "laughing bird" as we return our tithes and offerings. Ushers?


            Faithful One, you have entrusted us with so many gifts that are more important than worldly possessions.  You have called us to be stewards of all that you have created.  We strive to fulfill your call to be generous stewards by openly sharing the bounty you have placed under our care.  We know that we visibly demonstrate our commitment to your work in this world by giving these tithes and offerings.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Copyright © 2010 David S. Bell.
Reprinted with permission from http://www.davidsbell.org


            Allow me to borrow yet another resource from our Australian, “Laughing Bird” friends, some words of blessing and sending to serve as a Benediction:

Go now
and continue to offer prayers and thanksgiving for everyone.
Be shrewd in dealing with the world around you
but do not be seduced into serving wealth.
Weep for those who suffer
and share faith and truth with all.

And may God welcome you with love;
May Christ Jesus give you knowledge of the truth;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you into all godliness and dignity.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net (adapted)

(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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