Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 5, 2012
Worship 10:00 am              Sunday School 11:10am

      "The Lord is the everlasting God … He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless."
(Isaiah 40:28-29)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)           "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus"           340
  Prelude                                 "Praise to the Lord"                Lobe den Herran

*Responsive Call to Worship

*Hymn                                  "O worship the King"                                      66

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Isaiah 40:21-31

  A Moment for Mission (mp3)

  Hymn                                "And I will raise you up"                                  596

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                             1 Corinthians 9:16-23

  A Stewardship Moment (mp3)  (refers to this pledge form)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Scripture                                   Mark 1:29-39

  Message            "At the home of Simon and Andrew" (mp3)

*Hymn                                   "Fairest Lord Jesus"                                      117


*Postlude                                 "Hallelujah, amen"                                  Haydn

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

One - Praise the LORD!

  All - How good it is to sing praises to our God;

One - for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

  All - The LORD builds up the city; he gathers the outcasts. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

One - He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

  All - The LORD lifts up those who have fallen down, while those who have done the pushing will themselves taste the dust.

One - Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.

  All - He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

One - His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;

  All - No, the LORD takes pleasure in those who live in awe of his wonder, and delights in those whose hope is grounded in his steadfast love.

One - Praise the LORD!

text 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

O God who builds and gathers and
                    heals and binds and
                    lifts up and feeds;
            who names and knows and
                    covers and showers and grows,
                                        We praise you!

Humbly we confess the ways in which we
                   tear down what you have built up,
                   tear apart what you have sown together,
                   wound those whom you love,
                   fail to reach out and lift up and feed
                                      the very people you came in Christ to save.
We have been more aware of our own needs and wants this week,
        and paid more attention to the work of our own hands,
                   than we have to the glimpses of your glory all around us.
Forgive us and help us to live, instead, with a sense of awe and wonder,
                    hoping in your steadfast love and faithfulness.

Keeping our eyes upon Christ Jesus,
          whose name is above every name, we pray. Amen

(used previously 2/5/06)

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

We have been paying attention,
            though sometimes we are scatter-brained.
We have been listening,
            though on occasion the words go in one ear
                                                            and out the other.
We have heard these Bible stories all our lives,
            though we grow forgetful.

Even so, we know in our heart of hearts, that
     the LORD is the God
            who outlasts everyone and everything,
                        the Creator of the whole earth,
                                    from one end to the other.
     The LORD never runs out of steam,
            and never feels like giving up.
     The LORD knows the fine detail
            of things we can only guess at.
                        When our energies are drained,
                                    and we are too weak to stand,
      the LORD gives new strength and energy.   Amen?


wording partially adapted from
Isaiah 40::28-29,
Laughing Bird Version


Let me end with the words of Isaiah we heard earlier, as paraphrased in the Laughingbird version from our friends in Australia. Listen and be blessed.

When your energies are drained,
........and you are too weak to stand,
................the LORD gives new strength and energy.

Even the youngest and fittest have their limits;
........they too eventually drop in their tracks.

But nothing can stop those who hang in there for the LORD.
........Their strength will be constantly renewed;
................they will soar with the effortless grace of the eagle.
........They will run and never grow weary;
................they will walk ever onward
........................and never grow faint.

Isaiah 40::29-31,
Laughing Bird Version

May it be so for you as you move on from  this time and place. Amen!


(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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