Worship Order for Sunday

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

      So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
(1 Corinthians 3:7)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            "In the bulb there is a flower"            614

  Entering with a Psalm

*Hymn                             "Sing to the Lord of harvest"                                 98

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Romans 8:1-11

  Unison Confession                                                                                    698

  Assurance of Forgiveness                                                                          709

  Dedicating a child and his family

  Solo                        "I was there to hear your borning cry"        Meghan Knight

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                            Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

  Message                "A fisherman’s guide to farming"

  Hymn                     "Lord, you have come to the lakeshore"                       229

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings      Isaiah 55:10-13

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

*Leaving with a Blessing

*and a Song                       "You shall go out with joy"                                 427


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Entering with a Psalm

1 - Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;

2 - and to you shall vows be performed, O you who answer prayer!

1 - To you all flesh shall come.

2 - When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.

1 - Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.

2 - We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.

1 - By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation;

2 - you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.

1 - By your strength you established the mountains;

2 - you are girded with might.

1 - You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.

2 - Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;

1 - you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.

2 - You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it;

1 - the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.

2 - You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

1 - You crown the year with your bounty;

2 - your wagon tracks overflow with richness.

1 - The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

2 - the hills gird themselves with joy,

1 - the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

2 - the valleys deck themselves with grain,

1 - they shout

2 - and sing

1&2 - together for joy.

Psalm 65:1-8, 9-13 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.

Opening Prayer

Bountiful God,
give us the sensitivity to know how great you are,
the wisdom to understand how complete you are,
the humility to accept how hidden you are,
the faith to trust how close you are,
and the love to adore how beautiful you are.
In Christ Jesus,
through whom you lavish on us light and life.

adapted from Resources: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Prayers, Collects and Litanies by Bruce Prewer,
Uniting Church in Australia.

Unison Confession

Forgive me my sins, O Lord.
Forgive me the sins of my youth 
                  and the sins of my age,
         the sins of my soul
                  and the sins of my body,
         my secret and my whispering sins,
         the sins I have done to please myself
                  and the sins I have done to please others.
Forgive those sins which I know
         and the sins which I do not know
Forgive them, Lord;
         forgive them in all your great goodness,
         through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #698
by Lancelot Andrewes, ca. 1600
The New Book of Christian Prayers,
© 1986 Tony Castle. Edited by Tony Castle.
Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.

Assurance of Forgiveness

There is therefore now no condemnation
         for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
         has set us free from the law of sin and death.

Hymnal #709
Romans 8:1-2, 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.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

As you respond to the good news of Christ Jesus with your tithes and offerings, know that, as the prophet Isaiah spoke for God long ago:

10…as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.


Isaiah 55:10-13 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.


Radiate joy like a child!
        Clap with delight,
                Giggle with glee,
        Relish the good earth and everything in it!

Tussle in fun and embrace the moment.
        Be happy being together!

Play in soil and sand -
        Enjoy God's fluttering, creeping, growing creation,
                Care not about dirty clothing!

Tickle weary souls with twinkling eyes;
        Toothy and toothless grins.

Skip, dance, run and jump with abandon -
        Celebrate life's goodness!

Free the joyous imagination.
        Hear mountains and hills burst into song,
                While trees clap the rhythm.
        Envision evergreen beauty of cypress and myrtle.

Listen. Seek the Lord. Return and live. Go out in joy!

by Audrey Finkbiner, interim pastor
Spring Run Church of the Brethren McVeytown, Pennsylvania
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

(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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