Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
March 31, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

   Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)              "They crucified my Savior"              266

   Call to Worship                                                                     (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                             "In the bulb there is a flower"                               614

*Opening Prayer

  The Gospel story in word and song

  Message                            "That inmost calm" (mp3)

  Anthem                                    "Who are these"                                        270
                                         (congregation sings the refrain)

  Introductions and Baptismal Vows

*Congregational Response                                                                          777

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                      (vs. 1-2) "Christ the Lord is risen today"                        280


  Hymn                      (vs. 3-4) "Christ the Lord is risen today"                        280

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

  Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn                   (vs. 1-2) "Proclaim the tidings near and far"                      282

*Unison Benediction                                                                (back of bulletin)


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One:    The stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty.
            This is the resurrection of our Lord!

All:      Resurrection is hope beyond hope, beyond fear
            and despair.

One:    Resurrection is new life risen from the bonds of death.

All:      Resurrection is new life to all those who have lost joy.

One:    Resurrection is awakening again.

All:      Resurrection is a new day, a day of wonder and mystery.

One:    Resurrection means that life is stronger than death.

All:      Resurrection changes everything!

One:    The psalmist speaks with a foretaste of resurrection:
            "'The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.'
            I shall not die, but I shall live" (Psalm 118:16-17).

All:      Allelujah, allelujah! Christ the Lord is risen today!

by Richard F. Shreckhise
Lancaster, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"

Opening Prayer

God of resurrection and life,
the shadows of Good Friday have been dispersed
by the light of Easter.
We rejoice in your power
that turns sorrow into joy,
despair into hope,
defeat into victory,
and evil into good ness.
Set us free on this day of resurrection
to burst out of the tombs that have trapped us.
Let new life spring forth and bring grace to all,
through Jesus Christ, the Risen One. AMEN

Hymnal #747
by Robert H. Midgley,
from Flames of the Spirit, ed. Ruth C. Duck,
copyright © 1985, The Pilgrim Press (altered)

The Gospel story in word and song
John 20:1-18 and “My life flows on” #580

Verse 1 of  "My life flows on" #580
  My life flows on in endless song,
above earth's lamentation.
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing? 

 John 20:1-2 

1 - Early on the first day of the week,

3 - while it was still dark,

2 - Mary Magdalene came to the tomb

4 - and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

1 - So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,

3 - the one whom Jesus loved,

4 - and said to them,

2 - “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

Verse 2 "My life flows on" #580 
  Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

John 20:3-10 

1 - Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

3 - The two were running together,

4 - but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

2 - He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there,

3 - but he did not go in.

3 - Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb.

1 - He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head,

2 - not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

4 - Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

3 - for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

1 - Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Verse 3 "My life flows on" #580
  What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

John 20:11-18

2 - But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw

1 - two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
            They said to her,

3 - “Woman, why are you weeping?”

1 - She said to them,

2 - “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

1 - When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
            Jesus said to her,

4 - “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”

1 - Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,

2 - “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

3 -  Jesus said to her,

4 - “Mary!”

1 -  She turned and said to him in Hebrew,

2 - “Rabbouni!”

3 - (which means Teacher).

1 - Jesus said to her,

4 - “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them,
            ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

1 - Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,

2 - “I have seen the Lord”;

1 - and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Verse 4 "My life flows on" #580
  The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

John 20:1-18 is  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.

Check out scripture parallels at the empty tomb.

Introductions and Baptismal Vows

[Invite candidates to come forward with their sponsors, who will then introduce them. When done:]

             Today you are being received into this community of faith and into the Church of the Brethren.  As part of the whole church of Jesus Christ, we offer you our rich heritage and invite you to share fully in our life and mission.

             As you are received into the Long Green Valley Church, we intend to be a true family of faith to you. We commit ourselves to be for you a loving fellowship, to be a means of grace in your life, and to offer opportunities for worship, study, and service.  One of the happiest times in our life as a church is when new people choose to become members.  We welcome you with joy.

      Do you believe that Jesus is God's Son and do you receive and trust him as your Savior and Lord?

      I do. 

      Will you turn away from all sin and will you endeavor by God's grace to live according to the example and teachings of Jesus?

      I will. 

      Will you be loyal to the church, upholding it by your prayers and your presence, your substance and your service?

      I will.

from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.135-137.

Congregational Response

As we now receive you into the fellowship of the church, 
     we make this covenant with you 
     as we renew our own covenant with God: 
          to bear each others' burdens, 
          to assist in times of need, 
          to share our gifts and possessions, 
          to forgive as Christ has forgiven us, 
          to support each other in joy and sorrow, 
              and in all things to work for the common good, 
          thus making known Christ's presence among us 
              to the glory of God
As we unite with each other now, 
     may we all be joined with Christ, our Lord.

Hymnal #777
Adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal,
©1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House,
based on Anabaptist baptismal vows, 16th c.

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

After reading 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Please pray with me.

           God of all Ages, you have emptied the tomb and set us free from our burdens.  Hope has overshadowed fear.  Comfort has replaced neglect.  Faith has gained victory over doubt.  The bounds of everyday living, often overwhelming our souls and weakening our spirits, are liberated by Jesus Christ.  Today, we recommit to offering comfort, hope, and faith as your generous disciples to others who are driven by fear, neglect, and doubt.  We offer these gifts in honor of your Easter promise.  Alleluia and Amen. 


prayer Copyright © 2013 David S. Bell
Reprinted with permission from 


 _____________, upon your confession of faith made before God and these people, you are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

              [As each name of the Trinity is spoken, the minister shall immerse the candidate forward, pushing the head gently and fully into the water. Then, laying both hands upon the head of the kneeling person, the minister shall pray:]  

             O God, we are thankful for the commitment made today by (name) May (she/he) experience your forgiveness, acceptance, and peace. Send your Holy Spirit upon (her/him) to guide and to empower. Enable (her/him) to walk in newness of life, using (her/his) gifts in praise to you and in service to others. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

              [Then the minister shall help the baptized person rise, extend the hand of Christian fellowship, speak a word of blessing, and assist the person in leaving the water.]  

vows are taditional
statement and prayer by Carol A. Wise
from For All Who Minister, ©1993, Brethren Press, p.136-137.

Pastoral Prayer

            Author of Salvation, You have written into our hearts the plan of life. You have called us away from the dead-end roads of the world that put ourselves ahead of others, that lead us to wealth and fame and fortune at the cost of others.  Instead, You have called us into the paths of life, in which we reach out to those in need, we are mindful of the poor and the dejected, we care for the sick and the injured, and we stand up for the marginalized and the oppressed.  You called us to seek life for others and in that losing of our own selfishness, we find our lives in You.  You gave Your Son, who fully gave up his life for us, gave up violent retaliation to die a criminal on a cross, and through that sacrifice of his own will, conquered death and allowed for Your will, Life Eternal, to reign. We give You thanks for Your son, Jesus the Christ, who gave us life, and in doing so, lives again.  May we share the blessings of resurrection in our lives with the world, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell,
pastor of Burien (WA) Community Church.

Unison Benediction

The darkness has lifted from our souls; the scales have fallen from our eyes. We have been transformed from blindness to sight. We shall live in the life that is the light of all people. We go now into the world with a message of hope, a message of joy, a message of life to share. We shall live! We shall live in the life and presence of the Risen One—our Lord, Christ Jesus. Amen.

by Richard F. Shreckhise
Lancaster, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series"


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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