Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 28, 2013
Worship 10:00 am


      So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. (Luke 11:9)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         "‘Tis not with eyes of flesh we see"        571

 *Praying Psalm 138:1-5                                                  (Laughing Bird Version)

*Hymn                          "Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah"                               50

*Praying Psalm 138:6-8                                                   (Laughing Bird Version)

  Gospel, part 1                            Luke 11:1-4

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Annual Conference Moment

  Gospel, part 2                           Luke 11:5-13                           (from The Voice)

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

   Hymn                         "God, whose purpose is to kindle"                            135

  Pastoral Prayer

  Torah                                     Genesis 18:16-33

  Message                           "Hounding the Holy" (mp3)

  Reflective Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn                            "For the healing of the nations"                              367



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Praying Psalm 138:1-5

One - Thank you, LORD, thank you!

All - Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

One - I will stand and sing your praises in the face of every would-be god!

All - Wherever I am, I turn towards you and fall to my knees in gratitude,
          thanking you for your rock-solid love and loyalty;

One - With everything you say and everything you do your reputation continues
          to go through the roof.

All - The minute I called, you were there for me, you put steel in my spine,
         gave me the guts to go on.

One - When the things you have been saying sink in, LORD, all the earth’s
          powerful rulers will give credit to you.

All - They’ll join the party, singing and dancing in your honor, celebrating
         the wonderful things you do. Amen.

Laughing Bird Version, ©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Praying Psalm 138:6-8

One - As great as you are, you never think of ordinary people as beneath you,
          but you don’t waste your time on those who are pretentious and stuck-up.

All - Although I must often walk into dangerous situations, you protect me from
         hatred and hostility; your invisible hand is always there, keeping me safe.

One - You, LORD, have made plans for me and you will see them through to

All - Your love is as timeless and dependable as the rock; you have made us
         what we are and you never give up on us. Amen.

Laughing Bird Version, ©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             Familiar words, though maybe not quite as we have memorized them, for what the gospel of Matthew recalls is the order we have preferred and used in worship as “The Lord’s Prayer.” As we move into our time of offering, I extend to you an invitation to do a bit more than simply speak the words of this prayer. In your bulletin is a colored sheet of paper with this prayer creatively divided into sections. Throughout this worship service, I invite you to write or draw each phrase of the Lord’s prayer. If the way it’s drawn doesn’t fit you, there is the other side of the page, which is blank and thus wide open to your own creativity. The offertory is a good time to begin this as we return our offerings.

             Perhaps there will be things said in the rest of this service that will remind you of things you want to remember about a particular phrase of this prayer. Or, situations from your own life may come to mind almost unbidden as we continue in worship that connect to a portion of this all-too-familiar scripture. Write or doodle something down about this. At the end of my message, before we sing our final hymn, we will pray this prayer, though not as we usually do. I will speak aloud each phrase, but leave plenty of time after each for you to pray it silently, given what you have written or drawn upon this page.

             Now, will the ushers come forward to receive what we desire to return to the Lord for continuing the work of Jesus.

adapted from a suggestion by Carolyn C. Brown in Worshiping with Children
a marvelous resource for actively including children in worship.

graphic in the bulletin

by Carolyn C. Brown in Worshiping with Children

Annual Conference Moment

             Our delegate, John Ness, will share the second of a series of brief reports from the 2013 Annual Conference of our denomination. Listen to what he had to say in this installment.

Pastoral Prayer


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



As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
      continue to live your lives in him,
            rooted and built up in him
                  and established in the faith,
                        just as you were taught,
                              abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7
(New Revised Standard Version)



©2013 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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