Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 18, 2012
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

Thanksgiving Sunday

      Those who’ve got their heads on straight will light up the sky like the most brilliant fireworks, and those who have led others to get their lives on the right track will outshine the stars of night with a glory that never ends.”            (Daniel 1:3, Laughing Bird Version)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)          "We plow the fields and scatter"          96
  Prelude                        "Now Thank We All Our God"                        Crüger

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                              "Come, ye thankful people"                                 94
                                           (interspersed with readings from Psalm 16)

*Opening Prayer

*An Affirmation of Faith                                                                             717

  For Children                   "Thanksgiving Always"

  Scripture                                Hebrews 10:11-25

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

  Hymn                             "For the beauty of the earth"                                 89

  Pastoral Prayer

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                               "Thanks be to God"                                Handel
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                    Mark 13:1-8

  Message                           "Take a deep breath" (mp3)

*Hymn                             "Now thank we all our God"                               86


*Postlude                         "Sing to the Lord of Harvest"                       Steurlein

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Take a deep breath…
      This is the day the Lord has made.
            Shall we rejoice and be glad in it?
Take a deep breath…
      Wherever two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name,
            our Messiah is here among us.
Take a deep breath…
      Again this day, let’s rekindle the gift within.
            Remember, we have not received a spirit of fear,
                                                but rather a spirit of power,
 and of love,
                 and a sound mind.
Take a deep breath…
      Come, ye thankful people, come.
            Rise with Christ and sing a grateful song.

refers to Psalm 118:24, Matthew 18:20, and 2 Timothy 1:6-7
to be continued in the Benediction

"Come, ye thankful people"
(Hymn #94 interspersed with readings from Psalm 16)

Verse 1   -   "Come, ye thankful people"

Psalm 16:1-4

Protect me, O God,
            for in you I take refuge.
      I say to the Lord,
          “You are my Lord;
                  I have no good apart from you.”
      As for the holy ones in the land,
            they are the noble,
                  in whom is all my delight.
      Those who choose another god
            multiply their sorrows;
                  their drink offerings of blood
      I will not pour out
            or take their names upon my lips.

Verse 2   -   "Come, ye thankful people"

Psalm 16:5-8

The Lord is my chosen portion
             and my cup;
                        you hold my lot.
      The boundary lines have fallen for me
                  in pleasant places;
            I have a goodly heritage.
      I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
            in the night also my heart instructs me.
      I keep the Lord always before me;
            because he is at my right hand,
      I shall not be moved.

Verse 3   -   "Come, ye thankful people"

Psalm 16:9-11

Therefore my heart is glad,
          and my soul rejoices;
                 my body also rests secure.
      For you do not give me up to Sheol,
            or let your faithful one see the Pit.
      You show me the path of life.
      In your presence there is fullness of joy;
            in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Verse 4   -   "Come, ye thankful people"

scripture 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

For these moments of glory
      into which you have invited us to step, O Lord
                        - we give you thanks.
For the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit
      which you breathe upon us
                        - we are grateful.
For the challenge of faith
      that is always just beyond our grasp,
            that we may stretch our soul’s muscles
                  and become more spiritually fit
                        - we are refreshed.
For the times when we blow it
      and fail to live up to your calling
                        - forgive us,
                           restore us,    and
                           lead us onward.
            Today. Amen.

An Affirmation of faith

Please remain standing and let us speak our faith, with words which can never say everything, but give voice to what the Lord has embedded within us. #717 is an affirmation of faith appropriate for this day of Thanksgiving. In unison:

I believe in God,
        the giver of grain and bread,
    and in Jesus Christ,
         the bread of life broken for us,
    and in the Holy Spirit,
        God's nourishing power in every grain and loaf.
I believe that Christ is to be leaven in us,
     so that we may offer the bread of life
     to the hungers of every human heart.

Hymnal #717
by Alvin Franz Brightbill
adapted from We Gather Together,
copyright © 1979 Brethren Press.

For Children
"Thanksgiving Always"

            Borrowing a children's story from Ruth Gilmore (Barefoot in the Snow, ©2001, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, p. 42), we will playfully interact with a calendar to determine when we are supposed to be thankful. The answer, of course, is not on one particular day, but "always." Draws from 1 Thess. 5:16-18 and Col. 3:15-16; 4:2.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

During the following moments of giving, as you place your offering in the plate, ponder what it means to “provoke one another to love and good deeds,” as it says in the letter to the Hebrews. We usually think of provocation as being something negative. Instead, I invite you to break open that word. “Pro” is a prefix which means “before, forward, forth.” “Vocation” is what we are called to do by God. In the words of one author, “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”* Use these moments of giving to think about how you might nudge someone near you in such a direction.


*Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, ©1973, p.95.


Take a deep breath…
      This is the day the Lord has made.
            We have rejoiced and been glad in it.
                  Don’t stop now.
Take a deep breath…
      We have gathered in Jesus’ name,
            knowing that our Messiah is here among us.
                  Do you think he leaves us when we leave here?
                        No way!
Take a deep breath…
      Again this day, we have rekindled the gift within.
            Remember, we have not received a spirit of fear,
                                                but rather a spirit of power,
                                                                    and of love,
                                                         and a sound mind.
Therefore, take a deep breath…
      Go, ye thankful people, go.
            Rise with Christ and live by faith. Amen.

continues theme from the Call to Worship


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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