Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 13, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Summer in Spirit 11:10am


      “…so is my word that comes from my mouth; it does not return to me empty. Instead, it does what I want, and accomplishes what I intend.
                    (Isaiah 55:11 Common English Bible)

  From NYC 2002 (9:50 am)   “For such a time as this”         2002 NYC Theme Song
  From NYC 2006                     “Come and see”                2006 NYC Theme Song

  Call to Worship                             Psalm 65

*Hymn                        God of the earth, the sky, the sea                             53

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                  Isaiah 55:10-11

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                          Blessed for the Journey         2014 NYC Theme Song
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                  Isaiah 55:12-13

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

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Matthew 13:1-9


  Scripture                                Matthew 13:18-23

  Message                          Tossing and Turning (mp3)

  Hymn                               You are salt for the earth                               226
                                    (Deacons begin distributing the bread)

  Blessing and eating                                                                                 785a

  Hymn                            Here, O my Lord, I see thee                             465

  Blessing and drinking                                                                              785b

  Commissioning those heading to NYC

  Prayer of Consecration


*From NYC 2010             “More than meets the eye”        2010 NYC Theme Song

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One: God of Zion, to you even silence is praise. Promises made to you are kept - you listen to prayer - and all living things come to you.

All: When wrongdoings become too much for me, you forgive our sins.

One: How happy is the one you choose to bring close, the one who lives in your courtyards!

All: We are filled full by the goodness of your house, by the holiness of your temple.

One: In righteousness you answer us, by your awesome deeds, God of our salvation - you, who are the security of all the far edges of the earth, even the distant seas.

Left: You establish the mountains by your strength; you are dressed in raw power.

Right: You calm the roaring seas; calm the roaring waves, calm the noise of the nations.

Left: Those who dwell on the far edges stand in awe of your acts.

Right: You make the gateways of morning and evening sing for joy.

Left: You visit the earth and make it abundant, enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water.

Right: You provide people with grain because that is what you’ve decided.

One: Drenching the earth’s furrows, leveling its ridges, you soften it with rain showers; you bless its growth.

All: You crown the year with your goodness; your paths overflow with rich food.

One: Even the desert pastures drip with it, and the hills are dressed in pure joy.

All: The meadowlands are covered with flocks, the valleys decked out in grain -

One: they shout for joy;

All: they break out in song!

Psalm 65 from the Common English Bible
Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Opening Prayer

             We dare to add our voices to the melody of praise all nature sings to you, O God. We do so, not because our joyful noise is better, nor because we are much wiser than the rest of your creation around us. The reason for our joy has little to do with our own holiness, that we have done what is right and good in your sight. If anything, our “noise” is so often filled with anger, hatred, self-centeredness, mindless chatter, hopeless longing, restless running to get who knows where…

             On this Sabbath day, we open our inner door to you, O Lord, and in the quiet of this moment listen for the still, small voice that invites our hearts and minds to simply "be" in your presence, and silently know that you are God.


             On this resurrection day, we lift our voice in praise, solely because you have called us to rejoice, and invited us to join in the chorus of angels and nature. You forgive and live in your people. Therefore, scatter your seeds of good news this hour. Be extravagant in your love, as we have come to know you in Jesus Christ. For it is in his name that we pray just now, empowered by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Amen.


Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(follows Isaiah 55:10-11)

             Those prophetic words come from that portion of Isaiah which speaks courage to exiles who are now called to a new journey. The road for them now leads to a place most know only through the memory of previous generations. They are invited to put one foot in front of the other and travel to a home they have never seen, something which is both exciting and frightening. The words of the prophet are the words of God which, as Isaiah puts it, have power and purpose in them. They are like seeds of good news which (fear not!) will grow into what God promises. Trust in the One who provides along the way, Isaiah says for God.

          “Trust in the One who provides along the way.” That is the invitation we receive from these words. We are not headed from Babylon to Jerusalem, like God’s people long ago – those some of us will be flying to Colorado next weekend for what we pray will be a life-changing event. The rest us, however, are on a journey of our own, following Jesus in the here and now to a place we haven’t been before. I, for instance, turn 59 next month, one year shy of six decades old, and I have yet to walk that path. There is new territory ahead… for all of us. Will we “trust in the One who provides along the way”?

             As you return your offering in the moments that follow, silently say “I trust you, Lord,” as you put your gift in the plate. And listen to the theme song our young people will be learning and singing next week at National Youth Conference.

Ushers, please come and serve.


Pastoral Prayer

“Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,
‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.
To turn, turn, ‘twill be our delight,
till by turning, turning we come round right.

             Unlike those Shakers of long ago who literally danced in circles as they sang and prayed those words, O God, our turning just now is only on the inside… For those announcements of good news and testimonies to your faithfulness to which we have opened our ears and heard in this time of sharing, our hearts now turn with joy.

             We have also received calls to intercession and concern, and our turning in these may verge toward hopelessness, especially in things over which we have little control. As we bring them to you, however, we turn from despair to hope, for in you all things are possible. We trust that you are involved in making things right long before we are aware of what has gone wrong. Our prayers, then, turn us toward your kingdom coming, your will being done, on earth as it is in heaven.

             Where our concern can become an expression of love and compassion, O God, turn us to action, that we might reach out in ways that are helpful and not harmful. May we become mindful of how our good intentions need to be baptized in the stream of your living water, that in simplicity we may be free to come round right in our words and actions.

             Turn us now toward the words of Jesus, that we may follow him to your valley of love and delight. Sow your gospel seeds, O Lord. Sow your seeds. Amen.


Blessing and eating

Leader:  Blessed are you, O God.
                    You made bread to strengthen us.
                    You set aside this bread
                           as a sign of your Son's broken body.
                 In breaking it, may we participate
                      in the reconciliation of Christ.
People:  May Christ's body be the bread of our souls,
                  to give us strength to continue our pilgrimage,
                  being made worthy to sit with all the redeemed
                       at the marriage feast of the Lamb.
ALL:     Hear us, O God, through our mediator, Jesus Christ. AMEN

Take and eat

Hymnal #785a
by Reinhard Rahusen, 18th c.
translation ©1992 John D. Rempel.

Blessing and drinking

Leader:  Blessed are you, O God.
                    You made the vine to strengthen us.
                    You set aside this cup
                           as a sign of your Son's shed blood.
                In drinking the cup,
                      may we participate in the blood of Christ.
People:  May Christ's blood make us strong
                    to drink the cup of suffering
                          without complaint, for Jesus' sake,
                    in the hope that we shall drink new wine
                          in your kingdom.
ALL:  Hear us, O God, for the sake of your eternal love. AMEN

Take and drink

Hymnal #785b
by Reinhard Rahusen, 18th c.
translation ©1992 John D. Rempel.


Along the way of your journey this week,
      receive the seeds that God sows in and around you.
      Be receptive to the promise and trust in the Lord.
      Be bearers of good news.
            Let it grown and flourish and yield abundantly.
As you go, sow your own seeds of justice and mercy.
                  Practice random acts of kindness.
                  Be what God is inviting you to be.
      Perhaps this is new territory for you,
            or steps you have undertaken before.
                  Regardless, you are “Blessed for the journey!”



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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