Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 19, 2011
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

Fatherís Day 

      "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
                                        (2 Corinthians 13:13)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                  "Day by day"                   (see insert)
  Prelude                                "Tocatta in F Major"                            Buxtehude

  Call to Worship                                                                     (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                          "I sing the mighty power of God"                               46

*Opening Prayer

  Chorus                                       "Day by day"                                 (see insert)

  Godís Presence in the Beginning                     Genesis 1:1-2:4a 

  Chorus                                       "Day by day"                                 (see insert)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  A Responsive Psalm of Praise                                                                    812

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

  A Litany for Fatherís Day

  Hymn                               "You are salt for the earth"                                226

  Sent with Godís Promise        Matthew 28:16-20

  Message                     "In the name of the Father" (mp3)

*Hymn                                   "Move in Our Midst"                                     418

*Godís Presence in this Ending

*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

Leader:  We gather as pilgrims on a journey of life and faith.

People:  Some of us are excited about the new day before us. Our lives are filled with meaning, and our relationships bring us joy. Prayers seem to be answered, and we rejoice.

Leader:  And God has promised to be with you always.

People:  Some of us are discouraged and tired. The cares of the world weigh heavy on us. Our to-do list is long, and we can't find time to pray. How much can we handle?

Leader:  And God has promised to be with you always.

People:  Some of us are comforted by our years. The challenges of our youth seem small and trivial now. We find hope in the future, and are assured everything will work out.

Leader:  And God has promised to be with you always.

People:  Some of us are lonely and isolated. We keep to ourselves, building walls to keep people far away. We cling to our faith, but hope to find companions on this journey.

Leader:  God is with you always.

People:  Some of us are afraid and fearful. Our jobs are fragile, and our relationships tense. Prayers seem to go unanswered, and God feels distant and unavailable.

Leader:  No matter why you are here or what you are feeling, God is present here and now, and always.

by Kathryn Goering Reid
Lower Miami Church of the Brethren Dayton, Ohio
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

            Mighty God, mountain maker, sea spreader, sky builder, we praise you not only for what your hand has done, what your very word has brought into being, we also simply thank you for who you are. We trust you, even when we do not understand the ďhowĒ or the ďwhyĒ of what happens around us. On this day, we thank you for the early lessons that came from healthy relationships with our earthly fathers, and the little things we learned from them about you. Bless this time of worship. Be present with us through your Holy Spirit, as you have promised. Forgive our transgressions, and help us to follow your Son Jesus, our Christ. In his name we pray. Amen.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Some days are rougher than others in the ongoing story of Godís creation. In the past few months weíve heard of how floods, tornadoes, and fires have disrupted the lives of many people. In addition to your regular offering, you are invited this day to give toward the disaster relief work of our denomination. Think of it as fathers helping other fathers to care for their families, rebuilding from the mud, splinters, and ashes of a natural disaster. In case you didnít know, one unique aspect of Brethren disaster relief work is child care that allows parents to do what they need to do, knowing that their little ones are lovingly cared for by persons trained to help children deal with tragedy. Please pray with me.

Yes, Lord, we ask you to help us see more clearly, love more dearly, and follow more nearly, day by day. May what we are about to give reflect your answer to our prayer. Amen.

A Responsive Psalm of Praise

O Lord, our Sovereign,
      how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
      the moon and the stars that you have established;
      what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
            mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
      and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
      you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen,
      and also the beasts of the field,
      the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
            whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
      how majestic is your name in all the earth!

#812, Psalm 8:1,3-9
New Revised Standard Version

Sent with Godís Promise

Matthew 28:16-20

Godís Presence in this Ending

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell.
      Put things in order,
            listen to my appeal,
                  agree with one another,
                        live in peace;
            and the God of love and peace
                  will be with you.
      Greet one another with a holy kiss.
            All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
      the love of God,
            and the communion of the Holy Spirit
                  be with all of you.

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 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.

(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)


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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