Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 4, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

National Youth Sunday

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                            “Siya Hamba”

  Call to worship

*Songs of Praise             “Lord I lift your name on high”
                                            “Here I am to worship”

  Scripture Jam                           Ephesians 4:1-7

  Children's story

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

   Prayer songs                              “Lean on me”
                                                 “Kum-bah-yah” (new version)

  Pastoral prayer


  Returning to our tithes and offerings

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

  Scripture Jam                           Ephesians 4:1-7 

  Message                           Stained glass saints (mp3)

  sermon refers to this stained glass window at Bethesda First Baptist Church
(now The Church in Bethesda)

*Songs                                  “Trading my sorrows”
“Siya Hamba”



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: Join me

All: On a journey

One: The journey of a lifetime

All: A chance to change the world

One: Hear your call!

All: Christ is calling!

One: Saddle up! Tie your shoes! Get ready for our journey!

All: Our journey together! 

written by Sarandon Smith
Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet member
from Atlantic Northeast District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources

Scripture Jam
Ephesians 4:1-7

READER 1: Man, we're getting killed out there coach.

READER 2: Yeah, what should we do in the second half?

COACH: In light of all this, heres what I want you to do. While I'm locked in here, a prisoner of the master...

READER 1: A what of the who?

READER 2: A prisoner of the master.

COACH: I want you to get out there and walk.

READER 1: Coach, if I walk I'm not gonna be very hard to cover.

COACH: Better yet run.

READER 2: That's more like it! Where should he run? A deep route to the end zone?

COACH: On the road God called you to travel. And I don't want any of you sitting on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.

READER 1: Well, coach, that's why we map out the routes in the playbook.

COACH: And mark that you do this with humility...

READER 2: Well, humility is one of my many skills.

COACH: And discipline. Not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out to each other in acts of love... 

READER 1: Love? Coach this isn't tennis.

COACH: Alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

READER 2: Well you have that right, coach. Our DE-fense sure needs mending.

COACH: You were called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.

READER 1: I think we're starting to understand you.

READER 2: We're a team, we've gotta stick together.

COACH: You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all.

READER 1: Well someone thinks a little much of himself, weren't you just saying to be humble?

READER 2: I don't think he's talking about himself. I think he's talking about a bigger coach. And I'm not so sure he's just talking about the game, either.

COACH: Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. But that doesn't mean you should all look and act the same.

READER 1: That's good. I'm glad I don't have to look like him. (Points to READER 2)

READER 2: Hey! So we have to work together, but we're not supposed to be the same?

COACH: Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.

READER 1 & 2: Amen.

written by Emmett Eldred
Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet member
from Middle Pennsylvania District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources

Children's Story

  [Children story starts in the back of the sanctuary. One person will be hidden in the sanctuary with a microphone. Leader starts tell a story when all the sudden a voice comes over the microphone system.]  

             “Children of the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, here is what I want you to do. But make sure you listen to all the instructions before you move a hair on your body! I want you to find me. Don’t walk, run! I don’t want anybody sitting on their hands. I don’t want anyone going down some random pew and getting distracted by shiny things. I want you to travel with love stopping to hug those around you. Now I don’t want you to go with burst of energy but steadily, pace yourselves.”

[Have leader reiterate the rules:]

- Don’t walk but run, but make sure it is a pace that everyone can go and no one gets hurt.

- No one should sit on their hands, this is important.

- No one should get distracted.

- We should show love on this journey so make sure to stop and hug one person.

  [The children will seek the person that called the children. Then they will meet where they usually do for Children’s story and debrief.]  


- Start by reading the scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7

- How was the scripture similar to what we got called to do?

- How is what it told in the scripture similar to what God wants us to do with our lives or the people God wants us to be?

- Each and every one of you is called to something fantastic to do with your life! To do this fantastic thing you are going to have ups and downs. That is why it is important to have a church community to support and journey with you. When you are on the journey it is important to love each other and strengthen your relationship with God.


             Good morning glorious God! Thank you for calling us to do your work. Help us to love one another on the journey together. Thank you also for loving us! In your name we pray. Amen.

written by Sarah Neher
NYC coordinator
a senior at McPherson (Kan.) College
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources

Pastoral Prayer


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



[Cell Phone Rings]

SPEAKER 1: Hello? ..... Oh, Hi Jesus! ....you want me to what?!?!.... Well okay, if you say so .. Alright, see ya Jesus, nice talking to you!

[SPEAKER 1 moves to background]

[Cell Phone Rings]

SPEAKER 2: Sup?..... No way? Jesus! It’s been awhile bro! How you been?....... You need me to what?... Alright dude, whatever you say! Catch ya later!

[SPEAKER 2 moves to background]

[SPEAKER 3 pulls out cell phone to text]

SPEAKER 3 [reading aloud as he or she types]: Howdy Jesus! What’s the shindig up in Heaven these days?

ADVISOR: Hey, ready to go bowling?

Speaker 3: Yeah just one sec, let me answer Jesus real quick!

Advisor: Jesus is texting you again? What’s he saying?

Speaker 3: Well he says he wants us to go on a journey or something….

Advisor: Then what are we waiting for? Let’s go!

[SPEAKER 3 and ADVISOR move to background.]

[SPEAKER 1 moves forward and pretends to pack his/her bags]

SPEAKER 1: Mom! Where’d I put my guitar? …. I’m packing. ….. Yes I packed underwear …. Yes I packed toothpaste …. Yeah, Jesus needs me for a journey. … Thanks mom! Alright, so I just need to find my guitar. Oh! And underwear and toothpaste. Mom always has the best ideas.

[SPEAKER 1 moves to the background]

[SPEAKER 2 moves forward. He/she pretends to be following a GPS signal around.]

SPEAKER 2: It’s a good thing I have this GPS. I’d wander in the desert for 40 years without it.

[SPEAKER 2 follows GPS into the background]

[SPEAKER 3 and ADVISOR move forward. ADVISOR pretends to
push a shopping cart and SPEAKER 3 puts things in the cart.]

ADVISOR: Now we’re on a budget here, so we can only buy the bare necessities. Hey! What’d you just put in there?

SPEAKER 3: Cheez-Its…

ADVISOR: Cheez-Its, what’re Cheez-Its?

SPEAKER 3: It’s like cheddar flavored communion bread.

ADVISOR: Oh! Well in that case we’d better get some grape juice to go with it.

[SPEAKER 3 and ADVISOR push the cart into the background]

[SPEAKER 1 is sitting pretending to play guitar and singing. SPEAKER 2 walks past]

SPEAKER 1: **Singing some praise song**

SPEAKER 2: Hey! I know that song!

SPEAKER 1: Cool! I learned it because Jesus wanted me to go on a journey.

SPEAKER 2: You’re on a journey for Jesus!? Hey! I’m on a journey too! 

SPEAKER 1: I was on a journey.

SPEAKER 2: You were on a journey.

SPEAKER 1: Yeah. But I have absolutely no idea where I’m going.

SPEAKER 2: Well I have a GPS. Why don’t you come with me? I’ll navigate, and you can be in charge of music.

[SPEAKER 1 and SPEAKER 2 walk around for a little]

[SPEAKER 1 and SPEAKER 2 sit down as if they’re famished. SPEAKER 3 and ADVISOR walk past]

SPEAKER 3: Hey, are you guys ok?

SPEAKER 1: We’re a little hungry.

ADVISOR: Well what are you doing out here?

SPEAKER 2: Jesus called us to go on a journey. We met up along the way, and we’ve been helping each other, but we forgot to bring any food.

SPEAKER 1: I haven’t eaten in like 45 minutes!

SPEAKER 3: Hey! We’re on a journey for Jesus too!

ADVISOR: Yeah, and we have plenty of food, why don’t you come with us?

SPEAKER 3: Here, have some Cheez-Its.

ADVISOR: And some grape juice!

[ADVISOR and the SPEAKERs) wonder around together and arrive at the pulpit,
where the PASTOR is standing. A phone rings. SPEAKER 2 pulls out his/her phone.]

SPEAKER 2: Hello? … It’s for you.

[SPEAKER 2 hands phone to PASTOR]

PASTOR: Hello? Oh hi Jesus. … Yeah, I’ll tell them… Ok see ya later! Jesus says he wants everyone to join the journey.

[The actors lead the congregation in “Hamba Nati.”]

written by Emmett Eldred and Kerrick van Asselt
Church of the Brethren
National Youth Cabinet members
from Middle Pennsylvania District  and Western Plains District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources

Returning our Tithes and Offerings


As we give today, we give as one body. Created by one spirit, formed into one body, and dedicated to one God.



Offertory Prayer

God who is of all, who is over all and through all and in all; we thank you for what you have given us. Please move amongst our midst and remind us of what we can do to go through this journey together. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

written by Zander Willoughby
Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet member
from Michigan District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources

Scripture Jam
Ephesians 4:1-7


Reader 1: I

Reader 2: A prisoner for the Lord

Reader 1: Call you to live the worthy life God calls us all to.

Reader 2: Practice humility, gentleness, and patience.

Reader 1: Love each and every one of God’s children as one family. Together.

Reader 2: You are

Reader 1: One body

Reader 2: One spirit

Together: Called together in one hope

Reader 1: There is

Reader 2: One Lord

Reader 1: One faith

Reader 2: One baptism

Together: And one God, who is over all

Reader 1: Through all

Reader 2 : And in all 

Reader 1 : We are

Reader 2 : Called by Christ

Reader 1: Blessed for the journey

Together: Together

written by Zander Willoughby
Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet member
from Michigan District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources



As we leave today remind us of our call, our unity, our bond. Let us not forget that we are here to walk with each other on this great journey together. We know that you have it mapped out for us. Every trail, river, and highway. One step at a time, holding hands, joined by Christ. Blessed for our journey together.

written by Sarandon Smith
Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet member
from Atlantic Northeast District
National Youth Sunday 2014 resources



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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