Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 15, 2011
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Fourth Sunday of Easter 

      "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."   (Acts 2:42)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         "O Holy Spirit, by whose breath"         291

*Call to Worship

*Opening Prayer    

*Hymn                                "Low in the grave he lay"                                 273

  A Challenge                             1 Peter 2:18-25

  Responding with Psalm 23 (in unison)                                                        814

  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              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  For Children                       "Angels among us" (mp3)                     Ed Lewis

  Hymn                          "O Holy Spirit, by whose breath"                            291

  Scripture                                    Acts 2:42-47

  Message               "and day by day the Lord added..." (mp3)

*Hymn                               "This is the threefold truth"                                 335



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Day by day, God leads us:
to the deep, deep pools of peace, to the green, lush lawns of grace.

Day by day, Jesus calls us:

to pour out ourselves in service, to anoint the stranger with hope.

Day by day, the Holy Spirit shows us:

the community we could be, the family we are called to become.

from Lectionary Liturgies, by Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Opening Prayer

Day by day, Gate of grace,
your love is poured
into the emptiness of our souls.
You share your joy
so we might be a blessing
to those all around us.
You are generous to a fault,
that we might have
glad and generous hearts.

Day by day,
Doorway to God's Heart,
you would lead us
down the streets of
discipleship and service,
uncomfortable as they
may seem to us,
knowing that at the
end of our journey,
we will find ourselves
at home with goodness and mercy.

Day by day,
Spirit of openness,
you watch over us,
so we will not wander
into the busy traffic
at the corner
of sin and death,
but will find our life
in the front yards
of the kingdom.

God in Community, Holy in One,
we open the gates of our hearts to you,
even as we pray, saying,
Our Father . . .

from Lectionary Liturgies, by Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A Challenge
1 Peter 2:18-25
(Cotton Patch Bible)

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we hear this challenge from the apostle Peter in his first letter to people in the early church. I will be reading from the Cotton Patch Gospel, a contemporary paraphrase by Clarence Jordon, who wrote with the deep south of our country during the struggle for civil rights in mind. Listen.

"Employees, with all humility be loyal to your bosses, not only to the kind and considerate but even to the ornery ones. When someone with a God-touched conscience endures the pain of undeserved injury, this indeed is commendable. Now if you take it when you get cussed out for doing something wrong, what's so great about that? But if you're doing your job and then put up with abuse, this wins God's approval. That's why God chose you. For Christ too suffered for you and set an example for you so you might walk in his tracks. He never did a mean thing, and nobody ever caught him in a lie. When folks cussed him out, he never cussed back; when beat up, he shouted no threats; instead, he put it all in the hands of Him who sets things right. In order that we might shuck off our sins and live a good life, he bore our wrongs on his own shoulders as he hung from the tree. At his flogging you were cured. For you all were wandering aimlessly like sheep, but now you have been corralled by the shepherd and overseer of your hearts."

Responding with Psalm 23
(in unison)

            Let's respond to this challenge with the familiar words of the 23rd Psalm, #814 in the back of your hymnal, an affirmation of faith in the One who is the shepherd and overseer of our hearts.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
      he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
      he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
      for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I fear no evil;
      for thou art with me;
      thy rod and thy staff,
            they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
            in the presence of my enemies;
      thou anointest my head with oil,
            my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
            all the days of my life;
      and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Hymnal #814
from the Revised Standard Version.
Copyright 1946, 1952, 1959, 1973
by the Division of Christian Education of
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            In the Letter to the Hebrews, we hear this instruction: "Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it" (Hebrews 13:1-2). These words assume that in the fellowship of the risen Christ we love one another. The exhortation is make sure this continues. The very next thought, however, shifts our focus beyond the people we already know and love. Because God has already shown hospitality to us, having "prepared a table for (us) in the presence of (our) enemies," we are invited to do the same for others. Along the way of doing so interesting things happens. We may entertain angels without knowing it. Chew on that thought as you return your offering just now... Ushers?


Go now, listening for the voice of Christ,
and follow the example he left us.
Devote yourself to the apostles' teaching,
to fellowship,
to the breaking of bread
and to the prayers of God's people.

And may God lead you to places of rest and renewal;
May Christ Jesus give you life in abundance;
And may the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with gladness and generosity.

©2002 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

(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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