Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 22, 2012
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
(Psalm 62:1-2)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            "O day of rest and gladness"            641

  Call to Worship

  Song                     "Peace, be still and know that I am God"                 (insert)

*Opening Prayer (ends with unison Lord’s prayer)

*Hymn                               "Christ is our cornerstone"                                  43

  Scripture                                   Mark 1:14-20

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

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

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Psalm 62:5-12

  Message                                   "Active Rest"  (mp3)

  Hymn                       "Dear Lord and Father of mankind"                          523
                                 (deacons come forward and distribute bread as we sing)

  Invitation and Prayer of Thanksgiving

  The bread

  Hymn                            "Let us break bread together"                              453

  The cup

*Hymn                       "May the grace of Christ our Savior"                         423


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One -   Pecking away at our computers, idling in a knot of traffic:

  All -   we wait for you, God of all words, to speak to us.

One -   Pacing the halls of a hospital,

            sitting outside the principal's office:

  All -   we wait for you, God of comfort, to fill us with hope.

One -   In the silence of each night, beginning each day's new journey:

  All -   we wait for you, Steadfast Love, for you are our safe place.

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

Opening Prayer

Keeper of every moment in eternity:
we come, not only to hear
those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope.
We have come, not out of habit,
but to respond to your call,
willing to be called away
from the familiar ways of our lives.

Walker of our journeys,
in the midst of our harried lives,
you call us to lay aside all that entangles us,
to follow you into service to others.
You invite us to step into
the waters of life and hope,
reaching out to draw others
to our side so, that together,
we might enter your kingdom
of laughter and joy.

When uncertainty fills every block
in our daily planners,
you come, Grace's Companion,
to offer that hope which anchors
us in God's heart;
to place our feet firmly
on that rock called peace;
to bring us safely to that haven
filled with God's steadfast love.

God in Community, Holy in One,
Rock of every age,
we offer the prayer Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .

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

Mark 1:14-20

Don’t sit down yet, because we will actively listen to this morning’s gospel story. As I read it, I will pause and ask you to do or say things that are part of the good news. Are you ready and willing? Just follow my lead. Mark 1:14-20. Listen.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,

We will now say to one another the words of Jesus. Turn to someone beside you, and as you shake their hand, say:

“The time is fulfilled,”

Now turn to someone on the other side of you, and as you shake their hand, say:

“the kingdom of God has come near;”

Turn to someone else near you, perhaps in front of or behind you, and say while you shake their hand:

“repent, and believe in the good news.”

(after they finish:)

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.

Imagine you are someone who fished for a living. Pretend to pick up a net, hold it like this and cast it out into the “water” ahead of you, then pull the net back to you. Try it again. Again.

And Jesus said to them,

Pick up another imaginary net and, as you repeat these words, toss your net out into the sea:

“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

(after they finish:)

And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Drop your nets and lift up your hands.

As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.

With your hands, pretend to pick seaweed off an imaginary net, or retie rope that has broken.

Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Drop your nets, wave goodbye to the rear of the sanctuary and sit down.

scripture text 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.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

            You are invited just now to imagine yourself as a new kind of fisherman or woman called a disciple. Perhaps that is already how you identify yourself. You may be sitting down at the present moment, but your pew is a boat and together we are being propelled by the power of the Spirit in God’s direction, following Jesus. As you return your offering, think about how you might, this very week, be that new kind of fisher of people that Jesus calls us to be. Don’t get all fancy. Think in down-to-earth terms. Warning: when you put your offering in the plate, you are not paying someone else to do your job. We’re all in the same boat, my friends. Cast well. Let’s pray.

Thank you, Lord, for calling us.
Forgive us when we toss too tentatively
or pull too harshly.
Keep teaching us the way.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Invitation and Prayer of Thanksgiving

All who are in love and community with your brothers and sisters, who do truly and earnestly repent of your sins, who humbly put your trust in Christ and desire his help that you may lead a holy life, draw symbols to your comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty, merciful, and loving Father,
     we are gathered in your presence
     to celebrate the memorial of the broken body
          and shed blood of your Son.
Make us worthy to sit at Christ’s table as his friends.
In this supper, let our hungry souls be fed
     with the body and blood of your beloved Son
          through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
May Christ live in us and we in him.
Give us assurance through the breaking of bread
     that we are partakers of your covenant.
May we grow in faith, love, and willingness
     to carry the cross of Christ.
In his name we pray. AMEN

prayer is Hymnal #787
by Leenaerdt Clock, 16th century
translation & adaptation ©1991 John D. Rempel

(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:
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)

International Lesson:
International Bible Lesson
a weekly column by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
in "The Oklahoman" newspaper
also found

International Lesson:
Living Web Sunday School Project

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)


©2012 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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