Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 24, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

Christ the King Sunday

      Through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.”
(Colossians 1:20)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                    "We gather together"                    17
  Prelude                                 "Thanks Be to God"                                 Handel

   Litany of Thanksgiving                                                            (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                             "Now thank we all our God"                                  86

*Unison Prayer                                                                        (back of bulletin)

  Anthem                                     "Give Thanks"                                arr. Fettke

  Scripture                                Colossians 1:9-20                    (from The Message)

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

   Prayer Song                             "Peace, be still"                                     (insert)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Dedicating a child and her parents                                                             791

  Hymn                        "Child of blessing, child of promise"                          620

  Mission Moment                 Family Crisis Center

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                "Incline Thine Ear"                                 Himmel
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                   Luke 23:33-43

  Message                           "Ride on, King Jesus" (written & mp3)

*Hymn                                    "Lift high the cross"                                       321


*Postlude                       "Now Thank We All Our God"                         Crüger

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Litany of Thanksgiving

Leader:   God is the Creator of all things, in heaven and on earth.

People:  We give thanks to God—Creator, Savior, and Spirit—knowing all things were made by him.

Leader:   God is present when our table is full of good things. and when we have nothing to eat.

People:  We give thanks to God—Creator, Savior, and Spirit—trusting all things work together for good.

Leader:   God is with us when we celebrate victories. . . and when we face challenges.

People:  We give thanks to God—Creator, Savior, and Spirit—for providing all ours needs, in every situation.

Leader:   God abides when our relationships are filled with harmony. . . and when there is tension and strife.

People:  We give thanks to God—Creator, Savior, and Spirit—knowing all good things were created by him.

All:        We give thanks to God for all we have been given!

by Jennifer Foust, assistant pastor
Lynchburg, VA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series

Unison Prayer

             Loving Lord, we give you thanks at all times, knowing you are always with us. Help us to be strong when our lives are challenging. Help us to be jubilant when our work is fruitful. And help us to be shining examples of your love to all we meet. Amen.

by Jennifer Foust, assistant pastor
Lynchburg, VA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series

Pastoral Prayer
(based upon Psalm 46)

             O God, in whom we find shelter from unforeseen troubles, and from whom we derive strength to stand and move on, guide your children through fear into your peace. Even when everything changes around us, sometimes in a moment; even when the ground beneath our feet seems anything but solid; even through the frantic noise of stress-filled lives, may we hear you speak: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

             In preceding moments we have tried, all-too-inadequately, to give voice to the struggles of others. Perhaps we have even been bold enough to admit our own. Woven through them all were also glimpses of glory and shouts of joy. No tear, whether of sorrow or blessing, is ever wasted. First a stream, then a river, flows through to where you are, God most high, and those who draw from it are refreshed. Like the sun which rises every morning, God our helper, dawn upon our present fears that we might see more clearly where you are leading. Amid the uproar of earthly rulers, who often govern with empty speeches or threats of violence, we hear your still, small voice which sets our world right-side up: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

             God always with us, who beats swords into plowshares, and shifts conflict toward reconciliation; Most high God, who heals brokenness, and levels the playing field whereby those who have little are lifted up and those who have much are brought low; Prince of Peace, who transforms no-win situations into fresh possibilities with as-yet unforeseen outcomes, we bring to you what we have just shared, whether joy or concern, trusting in your care, our Refuge and Strength. As we do, we hear you speak: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen, let it be so.


Mission Moment

             Doug Murphy, Executive/Clinical Director of the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, will share about the mission and work of this ministry our congregation supports.


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             I trust you saw the Christmas tree set up in our entryway. One of the ways we have supported the Family Crisis Center over the years has been to provide gifts for mothers in the shelter to give to their children at Christmastime. While we will still do that this year, the request has come for more gifts for the mothers themselves, who have in some cases come for refuge with very little.

             On that tree you will see “ornaments,” each of which has written upon it some information about a child or a mother in the shelter. One, for instance, reads, “________: Girl Age 7 Art Kit.” This child has asked for an art kit for Christmas. Another “ornament” says, “Mom: Size 8 Slippers.” We invite you to take off the tree as many of these “ornaments” as you wish and add these persons to your Christmas shopping in the coming weeks. Bring these gifts, along with the “ornaments,” back to the church no later than December 15, so we can get them to the shelter in time...  Please pray with me.

               O God, “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” thank you for the gift of empowering us to be part of your “very present help” in the lives of others, like these mothers and children at the Family Crisis Center. In gratitude for your abiding, steadfast love in our own lives, we bring our tithes and offerings just now for the ongoing ministry of this church. Help us to grow ever-more responsible with what you have provided to us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.  

Ushers, please guide our giving.



As you “ride on,” may you be blessed with
      “the strength to stick it out over the long haul -
             not the grim strength of gritting your teeth
                   but the glory-strength God gives.
       It is strength that endures the unendurable
                               and spills over into joy,
             thanking the Father who makes us strong enough
                   to take part in everything bright and beautiful
                         that he has for us.
”*       Amen.

*scripture text from The Message.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group



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)


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


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