Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 2, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
(Matthew 5:3 from The Message)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)          "What does the Lord require"          (insert)
  Prelude                                       "Invocation"                                  McClellan

  Calling                                           Psalm 15

*Singing                       "Unto thy temple, Lord, we come"                               4


  Blessing                                   Matthew 5:1-12

  Sharing              (please be brief, and aware of God’s listening presence)

  Singing                               "Spirit of the living God"                                  349


  Hearing                                      Micah 6:1-8                                            753


  Serving (a video)                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Singing                           "What does the Lord require"                          (insert)


  Connecting                          1 Corinthians 1:18-31

  Proclaiming                         "Blessed foolishness" (mp3)

*Singing                     "O how blessed are the poor in spirit"                    (insert)

*Blessing                                                                                 (back of bulletin)

*Postlude                               "The Work is Thine"                                  Haydn

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines


1 - Listen, people of God, as the Psalmist asks and answers a key question.

2 - Listen, and be drawn into the presence of the Most High.


1 - LORD, who is welcome at your table?

2 - Who can stay in the place you call your own?

1 - You have given us the answer, LORD.

2 - It is those who walk with integrity and do the right thing;

1 - those who speak the honest truth and do not use their words to wound;

2 - those who do not exploit their friends or put down their neighbors.

1 - It is those who hate corruption and look up to those who honor you, LORD;

2 - those who give their word and stand by it even if it costs them;

1 - those who lend freely, without seeking a profit, and cannot be bribed into shafting the innocent.

2 - You honor such people, LORD, and anchor them on unshakable ground.


1 - Come, you pilgrim people, and sing your way home.

2 - Come into the presence of the Most High.

Psalm 15 from the Laughing Bird version
©2001 Nathan Nettleton

Opening Prayer

            Move in our midst, ever-present God. Inspire us as we have been inspired, by the example of all who serve others in your name. This we pray in the name of Jesus, who set us an example when he knelt and washed the feet of his disciples. Amen.

by Frank Ramirez, pastor
Everett, PA Church of the Brethren
soon to be pastor of
Union Center Church of the Brethren,
Nappanee, IN
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin

Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series


1 - Shifting from the first part of our Bible to the Gospel, let’s hear what Jesus had to say in that summary of his teachings we call the “Sermon on the Mount.”

2 - It begins with a list of blessings, a description of life in the presence of God. We’re reading from the paraphrase called “The Message.” Listen


1 - When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

2 - “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

1 - “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

2 - “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

1 - “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

2 - “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

1 - “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

2 - “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

1 - “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

2 - “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.

1 - “You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

Matthew 5:1-12 from from The Message.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Micah 6:1-8 

1 - Turn to reading #753 in the back of your hymnal that we might together speak and hear the words of the prophet Micah.

2 - You will need to pay extra attention, because what you will read out loud are the last three verses of this scripture selection.

1 - When I raise my arms like this (raise your arms as a conductor might), your portion begins.

2 - Listen now to Micah, starting with the first verse of chapter six.


1 - Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

2 - Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.

1 - “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

2 - For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

1 - O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

2 - and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

(pause and raise your arms as a conductor might)

ALL:      With what shall I come before the Lord,
                     and bow myself before God on high?

People:   Shall I come before God with burnt offerings,
                     with calves a year old?

Leader:   Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
                     with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

People:   Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
                     the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

ALL:      God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
                     and what does the Lord require of you
                           but to do justice,
                           and to love kindness,
                           and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:1-8 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.

responsive reading #753 is adapted from the NRSV


             Our worship leader, Robyn Boettner, gave a few years of her life to others after college through Brethren Volunteer Service. We invited her at this point to share a bit from her experience and encourage others to consider serving, whether through BVS, Brethren Disaster Ministry, Work Camps, or the variety of other opportunities that arise within and beyond our denomination. Listen to what she had to say. At the end of her sharing, Pastor Pete extended an invitation to return our tithes and offerings as we viewed the following promotional video for BVS.

(a video while the offering is collected)


 or follow this link


             O God, you bless us in so many areas of our lives—in places we often fail to recognize as blessing. Help us have eyes to see and hearts to understand the depth of your love and blessing. Today, we give out of that blessedness, dedicating ourselves to lives of justice and love, giving all that we are and all that we have to bring about your beloved community, here and now. Amen.

by Joanne Carlson Brown, pastor
Tibbetts United Methodist Church
Seattle, WA
from the resource “Ministry Matters


One:    Jesus said, "You're blessed when you care."

All:      We are blessed in our caring, as we serve in our
           denomination, our district, and our congregation.

One:    Jesus said, "At the moment of being 'care-full,'
           you find yourselves cared for."

All:      As the hands and heart of Jesus in the world,
           we find that we receive more than we give.

One:    Let us continue to dare!

All:      We will dare—confident in the success of the gospel,
           prayerful in all we attempt in God's name, and ready
           to serve the needy, the suffering, the struggling,
           whether grateful or ungrateful, so long as Jesus is

One:    Receive God's blessing in your caring, God's strength
           in your enduring, and God's peace in your faithfulness.

by Frank Ramirez, pastor
Everett, PA Church of the Brethren
soon to be pastor of
Union Center Church of the Brethren,
Nappanee, IN
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)


©2014 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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