Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 23, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. (Isaiah 30:20)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         "O Master, let me walk with thee"         357
  Prelude                                  "Marche Religioso"                                Gounod

*Responsive Call to Worship                                                                       660

*Hymn                             "Come, thou Almighty King"                                  41

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                               Colossians 1:15-23

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

   Hymn                                      "He leadeth me"                                          599

  Responsive Prayer                                                                                     720

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Response                        (vs. 1) "Lord, thou dost love"                                387


  Scripture                                  Isaiah 30:18-22

  Message                               "The High Way"                   Rev. Lloyd Haag

*Hymn                         "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah"                            582


*Postlude                                    "Setho Hymn"               Republic of So. Africa

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader:    The Lord be with you.
People:   And also with you.
Leader:    Lift up your hearts.
People:   We lift them to the Lord.
Leader:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Hymnal #660
English translation of Sursum Corda,
prepared by the English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC),
copyright © 1988.  Used by permission

Opening Prayer

             O God eternal, without whom life has no adequate meaning for these times or any time, but with whom there is purpose for the past, power for the present, and promise for the future; we wait and worship. Transform us by your wisdom and love. Amen.

by Sam Flora,
from For All Who Minister,
Brethren Press, ©1993, p.87

Responsive Prayer

ALL: Listening God,
               you hear our prayers before we speak,
                     yet welcome our praying;
               therefore we come with confidence
                      to lay our requests before you.

Leader: We pray for Christian everywhere,
                   for our denomination and our congregation,
                   for faithfulness and strength to persevere in righteousness.
             We pray for the whole people of God.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for the nations of the world,
                   for all leaders
                   and for those who make policy decisions.
             We pray for the commonwealth of our global community.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for those who are overcome by violence,
                   for victims of injustice or oppression,
                   and for those in poverty or pain,
             We pray for all who need healing and peace.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: We pray for those who endure trials,
                   for those who are dying,
                   and for those who mourn.
             We pray for all who need comfort and hope.

People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: You have heard the prayers of your people, O God.
             We rest in the comfort of your care,
                   as we pray in Jesus' name.


#720, Copyright © 1992 The Hymnal Project

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             Let me read from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, using The Message, a paraphrase. Listen.

               Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.*  

             Okay. It’s your turn. The ushers will come and help with this “delightful” opportunity. Oh, and while you’re at it, would you fill out and pass the attendance booklet found by the center aisle of each pew? Thanks!

*2 Corinthians 9:6-8 from The Message.
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.



Giving and forgiving God,
you created the good earth and blessed it.
Give us glad and generous hearts,
that we may rejoice and give thanks for
the abundance of your creation,
the depths of your mercy,
and your care for all. Amen.

Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers,
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts.
A complete edition of the prayers is available though
Augsburg Fortress.


(to be shared by our guest preacher)



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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