Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 27, 2011
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      Don't imagine us leaders to be something we aren't. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God's most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.”    (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)             "Come, let us all unite to sing"             12
  Prelude                                "Prelude in C Major"                                    Bach

 Called to Worship                     Isaiah 49:8-16a

*Hymn                            "Come, we that love the Lord"                                14

*Unison Prayer                                                                                            696

  Listening to Jesus                    Matthew 6:24-34

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

  Reading together Psalm 131                                           (pew Bible, page 538)

  Resting a moment in silence

  Pastoral Prayer

  Hymn                              "This is my Father’s world"                                 154

  For Children                               "A Penny"

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings                   (Matthew 6:33-34 from The Message)

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

*Response                           (vs. 1) "O God, in restless living"                             557


  Listening to Paul                    1 Corinthians 4:1-5

  Message                            "Guides, not guards"

*Hymn                         "O Master, let me walk with thee"                             357


*Postlude                                      "Wareham"                                         Knapp

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Called to Worship
Isaiah 49:8-16a

1 - Thus says the Lord:

2 - In a time of favor I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you;

1 - I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages; saying to the prisoners,

1 - “Come out,”

2 - to those who are in darkness,

1 - “Show yourselves.”

2 - They shall feed along the ways, on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;

1 - they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,

2 - for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

1 - And I will turn all my mountains into a road, and my highways shall be raised up.

2 - Lo, these shall come from far away (spread your arms out to encompass the congregation),

1 - and lo, these from the north (point toward the choir loft) and from the west, (point toward the cross)

2 - and these from the far southeast (point toward a point halfway back the aisle, piano side).

1 - Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;

2 - break forth, O mountains, into singing!

1 - For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

2 - But Zion said,

1 - “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.”

2 - Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb?

1 - Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

2 - Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands...

slightly adapted from 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.

Unison Prayer

God of love and justice
      we long for peace within and peace without.
We long for harmony in our families,
      for serenity in the midst of struggle,
      and for commitment to each other's growth.
We long for the day when our homes
      will be a dwelling place for your love.

Yet we confess that we are often anxious;
      we do not trust each other,
      and we harbor violence.
We are not willing to take the risks
      and make the sacrifices that love requires.

Look upon us with kindness and grace.
Rule in our homes and in all the world;
      show us how to walk in your paths,
      through the mercy of our Savior. AMEN

by Ruth C. Duck, Flames of the Spirit, ed. Ruth C. Duck,
© 1985, The Pilgrim Press, altered as found in The Hymnal, #696.

Reading together Psalm 131
(pew Bible, page 538)

1O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
      my eyes are not raised too high;
  I do not occupy myself with things
      too great and too marvelous for me.
2But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
      like a child quieted at its mother's breast;
      like a child that is quieted is my soul within me.

3O Israel, hope in the LORD
      from this time forth and forevermore.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible,
copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971]
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.

Pastoral Prayer


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


For Children
"A Penny"

            A penny is pretty small stuff. It hardly buys anything; it's barely good for sales tax. It takes more than a handful for a little fun at a carnival, and more than you would want to carry for new shoes. A penny is pretty small stuff - hardly worth fooling with.
            And yet, sometimes a penny gets to be
                        big as a person;
                        bigger than a house;
                        the biggest thing in the world!
            How? When I hold it too close to my eye!
                        then it completely covers you -
                                    and I act as though you weren't there;
                        then it blots out my home -
                                    and I act as though I didn't have one;
                        then it keeps me from seeing flowers, trees, clouds -
                                    and I act as though the whole world were
                                    nothing but the dark side of a penny.
            Isn't it foolish to let a little thing like a penny (or something else) get so "big"?
            There once was a girl who liked dancing all the time. Music would come on the radio, and she’d just start dancing away, which really annoyed her brother. Instead of just letting it go, he’d yell “stop doing that!” which made her do it all the more.
            Once there was a boy who disagreed with his friend while they were building a hide-out. His friend got to holding the argument so close to his eye that he could no longer see all the fun they'd had. It broke up their friendship.
            There was once a girl who got very involved in playing an interactive computer game online. She got to holding this game so close to her eye that she couldn't see her responsibilities around the house and school. Her family was really unhappy with her - and where once she got A, B, & C’s on her report card, she started getting B, C, & D’s.
            Learn to handle pennies like pennies ought to be handled ... pretty small stuff. Give your attention to the really "big" and important things. Jesus said, "First things first!"

adapted from Small Packages: Worship Stories for Children,
by Ernst H. Nussmann,  copywrite 1988, C.S.S. Publishing Co., pp. 48-49.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

(hold a penny up to your eye, so that is all you can see through it, then take it away. Then say:)

            “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


Matthew 6:33-34 taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993,
1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.


            Eternal God, our most holy Friend, we take time to consider the freedom of the birds of the air, and the beauty of the lilies of the field. Enable us to see your providence undergirding all things, and your redeeming love transforming misfortune into new opportunity. In trusting you without quibble, may we find our peace and our joy. Through Christ, your supreme man of peace. Amen!

by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia


As you step forth into this brand new week,
      heralded by this resurrection day,
            think of yourselves as servants of Christ
                  and stewards of God’s mysteries.
Brothers and sisters,
      we are guides into God’s open secrets,
            not security guards posted to protect them.
                  Therefore, live freely,
                                           lovingly in Christ Jesus.

(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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