Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 31, 2010
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      Then Jesus said to him,Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”   (Luke 19:9-10)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                    "I sought the Lord"                    506
  Prelude                                "Prelude in D Minor"                                    Bach

  Call to Worship

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

*Opening Prayer

  For Children                       "All Hallow’s Eve"

  Scripture                                    Psalm 32:1-7

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

  Song                                        "It'll be all right"

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Isaiah 1:10-18

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                            "A mighty fortress is our God"                               165

  Scripture                                    Luke 19:1-10

  Message                                     "Up a tree" (mp3)

*Hymn                                     "My life flows on"                                        580


*Postlude                               "Forth in Thy Name"                                  Dykes

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
(2 Thessalonians 1:2-4, 11-12)

      Listen to how the apostle Paul began his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians. May these ancient words lead us into worship:

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing. 4Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

11To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

            Okay, sisters and brothers here in Long Green, with God’s grace let us rise in body or spirit and glorify God. Turn to #110, take a deep breath, and let loose what cannot be silenced. “Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace.”

from the 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.

Opening Prayer

            We worship you, O God, with words of praise and adoration spoken and sung in the name of Jesus who brought your love song to us in person. In harmony with you, he puts new words in our mouths, new intentions in our hearts, and new blessings in our lives. May our lives so resonate with these gifts of grace that we sing your love song anew in ways which glorify you and bring blessings to others. We praise you for all those who have lived and who do live saintly lives. Lives testifying to hearts in tune with the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. Lives open to the transforming power of your Spirit. We praise and adore you O God for their faithful witness and pray that our lives may reflect such faithfulness as we worship and glorify you in prayer and praise, with music and melody, with hearts and voices and lives totally in tune with yours. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

by Rev Moira Laidlaw,
Uniting Church in Australia
Liturgies Online

For Children
"All Hallow’s Eve"
(based on Psalm 32:7)

Are any of you going trick-or-treating tonight? Maybe you’ve already done so earlier this weekend. If you have, that’s okay. What is/was your costume? Halloween is a fun holiday, isn’t it? Of course, there are some scary parts, too. Does anything scare you about Halloween?

“Halloween” – that’s a funny name. Notice, it’s not “holloween.” What does “hollow” mean? That’s right – empty. Something that is “hollow” has nothing in it. It’s empty. But this isn’t “holloween,” it’s “halloween.” Do you know what “hallow” means? It means “holy.” Not “holy” as in “full of holes,” but “sacred” or “special.”

In church we sometimes pray a prayer that begins, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” or holy is your name… We sometimes say that a cemetery, a place where dead people are buried, is hallowed ground. That means it is holy ground.

Many churches celebrate a special day they call “All Saints Day.” A “saint” is someone who God has made holy. That doesn’t mean that there is something spooky about them, that they walk around with a halo around their head. Actually, everyone who trusts in God and follows Jesus is a “saint.” A church cemetery is full of the bodies of saints who have died and are now with Jesus in heaven. On “All Saints Day,” which is tomorrow, we remember these people.

Now, another word for “saint” (someone whom God has made holy) is “Hallows,” so that tomorrow is also known as “All Hallows Day.” Question: what is the day before Christmas called? That’s right – Christmas Eve. With that in mind, do you know why we call today “Halloween?” Can you figure it out? “Halloween” is short for “All Hallows Eve,” the day before “All Hallows Day.”

I asked you earlier if anything scares you about Halloween. It’s okay to be scared. On Halloween, we pay attention to our fears, the things that frighten us. But we also remember that God surrounds us; that even if scary things happen, God will take care of us. God is our hiding place when trouble happens, even if that trouble happens because we trust in Jesus, because we may be showing God in how we live. 

            It’s okay to be scared. In fact, on Halloween it’s fun to laugh at the things that may scare us – the ghosts and goblins and monsters. These things are really “hollow,” they’re empty next to God. And God says to us, “Don’t be afraid.” Tonight, when it’s dark and something scares you, I want you to listen for God to speak, saying, “Shhh, it’ll be all right.” I think that’s the real meaning of Halloween.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Please pray with me.

Hearing the witness of your prophet Isaiah, O Lord, help us “cease to do evil,” but rather “learn to do good.” Lead us to “seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Teach us the wise use of the resources you provide, both personally and as a congregation. We dedicate these offerings to your glory and our neighbor’s good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



God is the rock to which you cling,
            your hiding place.
       This doesn’t mean that now you should go
                where no one can find you.
    Instead, this week, I invite you:
            come down out of your own sycamore tree.
        Jesus is coming to your home,
                                  to where you work
                                                    or learn
                                                    or play.
Don’t be afraid. It’ll be all right.
         Today salvation has come to this house,
                  because you too are a son or daughter
                            of Abraham and Sarah.

(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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