Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 1, 2012
Worship 10:00 am

      O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!”    (2 Samuel 1:24-25a)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)        "The Steadfast Love of the Lord"     (insert)

*Responsive Call to Worship                       Lamentations 3:22-23

*Hymn                                "Great is thy faithfulness"                                   327

*Opening Prayer

  Responsive Scripture           Lamentations 3:24-26 

  A time for Silence

  Scripture                             Lamentations 3:27-33

  A time for Children          "Facing into Trouble"

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

  Song                           "The Steadfast Love of the Lord"                       (insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Hymn                          "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies"                        (insert)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Scripture                               2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

  Message               "When Goliath is not your enemy"

*Hymn                                 "Come, come ye saints"                                  425



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Responsive Call to Worship
Lamentations 3:22-23

One:     The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,

All:       God’s mercies never come to an end;

One:     they are new every morning;

All:       great is thy faithfulness.


Opening Prayer

Indeed, O Lord, we can count on your love and faithfulness. At the center of all our varied motivations, that is why we really have gathered together in this place at this time. May all our other reasons for being here, either be pleasing in your sight or forgiven in your mercy, or (perhaps) both. Receive us as we are, and help us to receive you as you are, limited as our ability to fully know you may be. In your greatness and goodness, provide for our needs this day, and empower us through your Spirit to become what you have created us to be, that we might step out by faith into this new day and the week that follows. This we pray in the name of the One who leads us daily toward your Kingdom – Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Responsive Scripture
Lamentations 3:24-26

One:   “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
                        “therefore I will hope in him.”
 All:     The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
                        to the soul that seeks him.
One:     It is good that one should wait quietly
                        for the salvation of the Lord.


A time for Silence

            To “wait quietly” for the Lord can be difficult. That is true when we are little and our bodies just want to move, full of energy. It is also an accurate statement for those of us who are a bit further along the road of life. Impatience plagues us all.

            In the following moments, I encourage you to simply be still and, in the silence, allow God to do what God does when we wait upon the Lord. Become aware of your breathing and your heartbeat, and know that the Spirit is the very wind of God, faithful and steady and consistent. Be still…


Lamentations 3:27-33

27It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, 28to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it, 29to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), 30to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. 31For the Lord will not reject forever. 32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.


A time for Children
Facing into Trouble

            Involve the children in remembering the story of David facing Goliath, as recorded in 1 Samuel 17. Make it fun. Have them chose the adult to come forward and portray Goliath. Act it out, all of them pretending to put on (and take off) the armor, pick stones, and fling them.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings
2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Listen to what the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth. Yes, in this portion of his letter to them he is asking for money – not for himself, but for the believers in Jerusalem, who were not as well off as their Corinthian brethren. Notice how he shifts the conversation. The focus changes from collecting to emptying, from their abundance to the poverty of Christ. Listen…

7Now as you excel in everything —
                        in faith,
                        in speech,
                        in knowledge,
                        in utmost eagerness, and
                        in our love for you —
                                    so we want you to excel also
                                                in this generous undertaking.
8I do not say this as a command,
            but I am testing the genuineness of your love
                        against the earnestness of others.
9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
            that though he was rich,
                        yet for your sakes he became poor,
                                                 so that by his poverty
            you might become rich.
10And in this matter I am giving my advice:
            it is appropriate for you
                        who began last year not only to do something
                                          but even to desire to do something —
            11now finish doing it,
                        so that your eagerness may be matched
                                    by completing it according to your means.
            12For if the eagerness is there,
                        the gift is acceptable according to what one has —
                                    not according to what one does not have.
13I do not mean that there should be relief for others
                                                   and pressure on you,
            but it is a question of a fair balance
                        between 14your present abundance
                                                            and their need,
                                          so that their abundance
                                                 may be for your need,
            in order that there may be a fair balance.
15As it is written,
            “The one who had much did not have too much,
                        and the one who had little did not have too little.”

Pray with me.

Spacious skies, waves of grain,
mountains majesties, fruited plain;
Pilgrim feet, freedom beat,
mended flaw, liberty in law.

In these moments, O Lord,
we turn our gaze beyond ourselves.
As we seek to be genuine, earnest,
perhaps even eager in our generosity,
shift our sight to Jesus, who,
though rich, became poor for our sake.

A dream that sees beyond the years,
a gleam, undimmed by human tears.
Shed your grace, O God.
Shed your grace.




The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is the faithfulness of the One
who calls you, and equips you
to face whatever Goliath is ahead of you.
Go in peace.



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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