Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 9, 2011
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  (Galatians 3:27-28)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                  "O worship the Lord"                  124

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                        "All hail the power of Jesus’ name"                            106

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                   Acts 10:34-43

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Prayer Hymn             "In Christ there is no East or West"                            306

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 3:13-17

  Message                   "Forgiven and Commissioned" (mp3)

  Hymn                             "I believe in you, Lord Jesus"                                440

  Invitation to Communion                              1 Corinthians 11:23-26

  Unison Prayer                                                                                            786

  Scripture as the bread is shared                             Isaiah 42:1-9

  Remembering as we eat

  Scripture as the cup is shared                                   Psalm 29

  Remembering as we drink

  Offertory Invitation

*Hymn                                     "Go, my children"                                         433
                                               (respond to what you have received by
                                          bringing forward your offering while we sing)



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: Incline your ear! Hear the good news!

 All: God's Messiah is Jesus of Nazareth.

One: God has chosen us as witnesses.

 All: God's Anointed is Jesus of Nazareth.

One: Open your hearts to receive his word.

 All: God's Ordained is Jesus of Nazareth.

One: He is preached and glorified in prayer and song.

 All: God's Chosen One is Jesus of Nazareth.

One: Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ!

 All: Jesus the Christ is Lord of all.

from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2011,
©2010 Abingdon Press
as found in Cokesbury's Worship Connection

Opening Prayer

Please fully baptise us, loving God, not just once with water but continually with your Holy Spirit. Saturate every congregation with your buoyant grace, that worship may be a time of liberty and joy. Immerse our daily lives in the love of Christ Jesus, that our deeds, words and attitudes may declare your praise.
            Through this same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit are to be loved and enjoyed forever! Amen!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia

Pastoral Prayer


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


Invitation to Communion


We shift, now, from baptism to communion. There is a common thread that is woven through all the sacraments (or, as we Brethren see them, “ordinances”). In them we discover the freeing, healing power of God’s forgiveness that moves us away from that which would enslave us toward the promised land of God’s kingdom. In them we also hear God’s call to a new way of living, and are commissioned to step out by faith to “walk the walk.”

Of course, it’s so easy to fall back into the old mindset. When the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth those familiar words about the bread and cup, he shared his frustration over how they were not yet operating out of real love. When they sat at the Lord’s table, the more well-to-do folks arranged it so they didn’t have to eat with the poorer believers. This, Paul said, showed contempt for the church and humiliated those who had nothing. This was eating the bread and drinking the cup of the Lord “in an unworthy manner,” and made them subject to God’s judgment. Paul challenged them to, instead, “discern the body,” to see in the bread the whole body of Christ – that is the church – and to see in the cup all those for whom Jesus shed his blood. In the same way today, we are challenged to discern the body as we come to the Lord’s table, that through God’s forgiveness we might let go of sin and through God’s commissioning be empowered to step out into another way of living, peacefully, simply, and together.

Listen once more to what we sometimes call “words of institution,” the wisdom of Paul to the church in Corinth and to us today.

(Worship Leader:)

1 Corinthians 11:23-26


Unison Prayer

O God,
      your steadfast love has been ours for generations.
Through Christ, you brought us out of the abyss of death
      and into the light of eternal love.
With joy and thanksgiving, we proclaim our salvation,
      remembering Christ’s death and resurrection,
            until he comes again.
As we break bread and share the cup together,
      may Christ be present with us,
      and may the Spirit bind us together
            as Christ’s body in this world. AMEN

Hymnal #786
©1992 The Hymnal Project

Scripture as the bread is shared


The Lord speaks through the prophet Isaiah, words about his chosen servant. In Isaiah’s day, God’s chosen “servant” mentioned here, destined for a nonviolent mission of mercy, was not understood to be just one person. Instead, the word “servant” was thought to refer to the faithful remnant of God’s people, suffering for the sake of the world… When the first followers of Jesus, however, heard these words, they couldn’t help but make the connection that he was the Lord’s servant of whom Isaiah spoke, and that they were called into his new way of living.

As you receive the bread we will later break and eat together, listen. Be drawn to the table of your Lord and Savior, and in so doing, be nudged toward his messianic mission, forgiven and commissioned to service in his name. Listen.

(Worship Leader:)
Isaiah 42:1-9

This bread is the communion of the body of Christ.
Take, eat and remember

Scripture as the cup is shared


            We have broken and eaten bread, a reminder of how our suffering servant Savior was himself broken on the cross for our sake. In so doing, the apostle Paul wrote, we “proclaim his death until he comes.” We now turn to drink from his cup, and remember how his blood was freely shed for us. To “proclaim his death” is not to declare defeat. It is, instead, to recognize amid the storm that there is a power greater than death. As we drink, we trust in the One who raised Jesus, and who will also raise us from the grave. Hold onto your cup, which is a symbol of the one cup of Christ we all share, and listen to the “voice of the LORD” as spoken in the 29th Psalm, a hymn to the God of the storm.

(Worship Leader:)
Psalm 29

This cup is the communion of the blood of Christ.
Take, drink and remember

Offertory Invitation


            As we have freely received, so we freely give. You are invited to bring forward your offering and place it in this basket up front while we sing together our closing hymn. Your gifts do not earn you a place at the Lord’s table. That is already yours in Christ. Let your offering, instead, be a gracious response to the awesome love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen? … Please rise in body or spirit and let’s sing! 

“Go, my children” - 433


Brothers and sisters,
      the waters of baptism set you free
            to serve with gladness.
Forgiven from that heavy burden
            which now can be set aside;
      Commissioned for the yoke
                  which you now can joyfully take up;
Go with God’s blessing.

(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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