Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
June 24, 2012
Worship 10:00 am

      A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him,Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”   (Mark 4:37‑38)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)             "Wonderful grace of Jesus"              150
  Prelude                                        "Larghetto"                                  Beethoven

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                  "O worship the King"                                       66

*Opening Prayer

  Video                                "Discerning God’s Call"

  Recognizing our Graduates

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

  Prayer Hymn                  "Joys are flowing like a river"                               301

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                              2 Corinthians 6:1-13

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Response                     (vs. 5) "Holy Spirit, Truth divine"                             508


  Scripture                                   Mark 4:35‑41

  Message               "When the storm swamps the boat"
                                                      (Pete Haynes & Rich Wheatley)

*Hymn                        "When the storms of life are raging"                         558


*Postlude                    "I To The Hills Will Lift Mine Eyes"        Psalmes of David

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

2 - Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

1 - Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;

2 - they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.

1 - For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.

2 - They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity;

1 - they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.

2 - Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;

1 - he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

2 - Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

1 - Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

2 - Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-3 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,
      you rule the world from end to end
            and for all time.
You alone are God. In you alone we hope.

Forgive our sins.
Heal our diseases.
Save our lives from destruction.

We repent of our stubbornness and pride.
We desire to yield ourselves more fully to your will.

Keep us in your presence
      that we might serve and witness in the world,
      through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #692 - written by Ernest Fremont Tittle,
adapted from A Book of Pastoral Prayers,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, © 1951

"Discerning God’s Call"


Recognizing our Graduates

I invite those in our fellowship who have graduated from high school or college this year to come forward… Congratulations! It’s good to celebrate important steps you have made in your life, and this is one of them. Because you are important to us, we want to rejoice with you. As is our practice, I invite you to share a bit about this achievement of yours and what might be your next steps. When and from where did you graduate and where are you headed? Why don’t we start with _____.

(graduates share, one at a time)

            For a gift we have the book by Frederick Buechner from which the video quoted. Before handing it to you, let me read the entire quote:

Vocation:  It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a man is called to by God.

There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than of Society, say, or the Superego, or Self-Interest.

By and large a good rule for finding out is this. The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you've presumably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you've missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you're bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed (a), but probably aren't helping your patients much either.

Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.

from Wishful Thinking, by Frederick Buechner,
©1973 Harper & Row, p. 95.

Again, congratulations!


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

As Paul wrote, “don’t accept the grace of God in vain.” Instead, “open wide your hearts.”*

Will the ushers now come forward to receive our offerings?

*(quotes 2 Corinthians 6:1 & 13)


With open minds and hearts we receive, O Lord. With open arms we give.
Bless the giving and receiving, In Jesus’ name. Amen.


            As you push out from this “dock” and head forth into the uncertain sea of this week, remember: your life preserver is with you always, just as he promised. Be bold and unfurl your sails.


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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