Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 27, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)

   Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)        "I come with joy to meet my Lord"        459

   Call to Worship

*Hymn                         "Fresh as the Morning" (lyrics, mp3)                      (insert)

*Opening Prayer

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

   Song of Confession            "My Jesus, I love thee"                                   522

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                           1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Scripture                                    Luke 4:14-21

  Message                      "Fulfilled in your hearing" (mp3)

  Hymn                            "Here, O my Lord, I see thee"         465

  A Prayer of Thanksgiving

  Eating Together of the Bread of Life

  Pondering the Good News as the Cup is Passed

  Drinking Together of the One Spirit

*Hymn                            "Sent forth by God’s blessing"    478



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 19

1 - Your glory is written in the sky, God;
your artistry is carved on the face of the earth.
      From one day to another, the message passes on,
            and each night puts the next one in the know.

2 - Not a word is spoken,
            not a sound do they make;
      yet their silence reverberates around the earth
            and their unspoken message echoes from pole to pole.

1 - You made the sun at home flying across the sky.
            It takes to its task with the eagerness of a bridegroom;
                  as exultant as an athlete breasting the tape.
      As your messenger, God, it does its rounds,
            from one end of the sky to the other,
                  warming everything in its path.

2 - Your revealed will is right on the mark, LORD;
            it gives our souls their second wind.
      What you says goes,
            and any fool can wise up by taking note.

1 - Your instructions are spot on, LORD;
            anyone who follows them will be glad they did.
      What you direct us to do is easy to see,
            and once seen, everything become clear.

2 - Respect for you keeps us true, LORD,
            nothing can corrupt it, now or ever.
      What you decide is always accurate;
            a fair ruling, beyond dispute.

1 - Your Word is worth far more
            than even diamond encrusted gold!
      It is sweeter by far
            than any mouth watering delicacy,
                  even chocolate dipped strawberries with cream!

2 - But that’s not all!
            Your Word, O LORD, keeps me out of danger,
                  and following it pays off richly.
      Can anyone put their finger on all their own faults?
            LORD, eradicate the bugs I haven’t even identified yet.

1 - Remind me not to entertain sour contemptuous thoughts,
            and don’t let them start pulling my strings.
      Without them, I can stay on course,
            and keep my record clean.

2 - That’s what I want, O LORD.
            I want all the things I say,
                  and all the things I mull over in my heart,
            to be things I’d be proud to offer to you,
                  for you are the bedrock of my life;
                        the one who puts me back where I belong.  

©2001 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net

Opening Prayer

           Grant, O God, that thinking, we may think your thoughts; that speaking, we may speak your word; that singing, we may sing to your praise; that hearing, we may hear your truth; and that willing, we may make your will our own, so that walking forward at the end of our worship, we may walk in your love and your peace, and departing from one another, not depart from you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

adapted from prayer by Roy Pearson, Hear Our Prayer, ©1961 McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York, NT.
Taken from For all who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Pres, Elgin, IL, p.85

Pastoral Prayer


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


1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
for 4 readers
(1 and 2 are at the pulpit and lectern, 3 and 4 stand halfway back the outer aisles on either side)

1 - Listen to the apostle Paul’s description of the church,

2 - which he compared to the human body.

3 - Let everyone who has ears,

4 - hear!   (pause)

1 - Just as the body is one and has many members,

2 - and all the members of the body, though many, are one body,

3 - so it is with Christ.

4 - For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body –

1 - Jews or Greeks,

2 - slaves or free –

3 - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

4 - Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.

1 - If the foot would say,

3 - “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,”

2 - that would not make it any less a part of the body.

1 - And if the ear would say,

4 - “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,”

2 - that would not make it any less a part of the body.

1 - If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?

2 - If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

3 - But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

4 - If all were a single member, where would the body be?

1 - As it is, there are many members, yet one body.

2 - The eye cannot say to the hand,

3 - “I have no need of you,”

1 - nor again the head to the feet,

4 - “I have no need of you.”

2 - On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker

3 - are indispensable,

1 - and those members of the body that we think less honorable

4 - we clothe with greater honor,

3 - and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;

2 - whereas our more respectable members do not need this.

1 - But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,

2 - that there may be no dissension within the body,

3 - but the members may have the same care for one another.

4 - If one member suffers,

1 - all suffer together with it;

2 - if one member is honored,

3 - all rejoice together with it.

4 - Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

1 - And God has appointed in the church first apostles,

2 - second prophets,

3 - third teachers;

4 - then deeds of power,

1 - then gifts of healing,

2 - forms of assistance,

3 - forms of leadership,

4 - various kinds of tongues.

1 - Are all apostles?

2 - Are all prophets?

3 - Are all teachers?

4 - Do all work miracles?

1 - Do all possess gifts of healing?

2 - Do all speak in tongues?

3 - Do all interpret?

4 - But strive for the greater gifts.

scriptue 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.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

In the Corinthian church people came to worship to show off their gifts, trying to convince others that they were more spiritual because they had the best gift. It created "spiritual competition" and disorder in the church. They were all speaking at the same time, and they were arguing that they were led by the Spirit to do so. But Paul reminds them, and us, that God wants order and not confusion.

A competitive spirit causes us to be concerned only for ourselves. We become suspicious of each other and live fearfully behind facades and alarm systems. Instead, gifts are given to edify the body and build it up. Each gift is valuable in a different way. Let us pray:


God knows.
God knows each one of us.
God knows our human inclination to "do it my way."

As the spirit flows - as the stream of water flows - as life flows
from struggle to resolve...
from familiar ways to the unknown...
from dysfunction to gifted community…

Let us not be petrified by false pretense
                                   and unrealistic expectations of one another.
Lead us to new openness and understanding.

God knows … the same Spirit encourages
                               different ways of worshiping God.
God knows … as we move into a future unknown in many ways.
God knows … what promises to be.

Created in our differences, grant us insight to “drink of one Spirit.”
Bless us with your gift of discernment, for Christ’s sake. Amen.


 Ushers, please receive our tithes and offerings.

by Donna F. Steiner
Elizabethtown, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

to be written


to be written


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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