Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
August 24, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Summer in Spirit 11:10am


      …and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)                   “We gather together”                   17
  Prelude                                         “Hymnus”                                         Fielitz

*Call to Worship                            Psalm 138

*Hymn                      “Praise, my soul, the God of heaven!”                          63

*Opening Prayer

  From the Prophets                     Isaiah 51:1-6

  A Litany for a new school year

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                       “Lento”                                        Georges
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

   From the Apostles                   Romans 12:1-8

  Dedicating our Church leadership for a new year

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

   Hymn                            “Bless’d be the tie that binds”                               421

  Pastoral Prayer

  From the Gospel of Jesus       Matthew 16:13-20

  Message                Building, opening, connecting (mp3)

*Hymn                            “The church’s one foundation”                             311

*Benediction                              Romans 12:1-2

*Postlude                               “Allegro Moderato”                             De Monte

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - With all my heart I praise you, Lord. In the presence of angels I sing your praises.

2 - I worship at your holy temple and praise you for your love and your faithfulness.

1 - You were true to your word and made yourself more famous than ever before.

2 - When I asked for your help, you answered my prayer and gave me courage.

1 - All kings on this earth have heard your promises, Lord, and they will praise you.

2 - You are so famous that they will sing about the things you have done.

1 - Though you are above us all, you care for humble people, and you keep a close watch on everyone who is proud.

2 - I am surrounded by trouble, but you protect me against my angry enemies. With your own powerful arm you keep me safe.

1 - You, Lord, will always treat me with kindness. Your love never fails.

2 - You have made us what we are. Don’t give up on us now!

 Psalm 138 from the Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society


Opening Prayer

             Gather us, God, to be with you as you are with us. As our Nigerian brothers and sisters say, it is abin mamaki (ah-BIN-ma-MOCK-ee), a thing of wonder, to journey to this moment, to stand in this place before you: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer. Help us to hear your promise and know its truth: "Here and now I will do a new thing: this moment it will break from the bud."

             Gather us, God, to be with each other as you are with each of us. It is abin mamaki to enter into treasured ritual with sisters and brothers. Open us to perceive it - this thing of wonder.

             Gather us, God. Amen.

from For All Who Minister
Copyright ©1993 by Brethren Press, p. 92-93
by Judith Gibble
(formerly Kipp)


Isaiah 51:1-6

1 - Listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God. Ponder the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug.

2 - Yes, ponder Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who bore you. Think of it! One solitary man when I called him, but once I blessed him, he multiplied.

1 - Likewise I, God, will comfort Zion, comfort all her mounds of ruins.

2 - I’ll transform her dead ground into Eden, her moonscape into the garden of God, a place filled with exuberance and laughter, thankful voices and melodic songs.

1 - Pay attention, my people.

2 - Listen to me, nations.

1 - Revelation flows from me. My decisions light up the world.

2 - My deliverance arrives on the run, my salvation right on time.

1 - I’ll bring justice to the peoples.

2 - Even faraway islands will look to me and take hope in my saving power.

1 - Look up at the skies, ponder the earth under your feet.

2 - The skies will fade out like smoke, the earth will wear out like work pants, and the people will die off like flies.

1 - But my salvation will last forever, my setting-things-right will never be obsolete.

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


A Litany for a new school year

Leader: When it’s the night before going to school, and I’m picking out my clothes and making sure I have all my school supplies…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I’m waking up and eating a healthy breakfast to start the day

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I’m getting on the school bus or being driven to school...

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I meet my teachers and new friends in my class…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I’m playing with my friends at recess…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I’m finding the right school bus to ride home…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader:: When I’m telling my family about my day at school…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: When I’m praying at night and thanking God for my family, my friends and my school…

            Children: Jesus is with me.

Leader: Let’s pray together:

All: Thank you, Jesus, for always being by my side. I know that if I get nervous or afraid, you will be there with me. I will remember that you are always with me. I know that I can talk with you any time – day or night – and for that I am so thankful. I pray this all in your name. Amen.

adapted from a litany written by Rev. Karin Fowler
and modified by Rev. Larry Farris,
as found in Carolyn Brown's blog,
Worshiping With Children


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             As you return your tithes and offerings, think about the changes that begin this week. For one thing, school buses become part of our driving experience. Resolve to put safety higher in your priority and drive gently. New routines affect families with school age children. What might you do to be supportive in your own household, or toward other families in our church or in your neighborhood? What might you do prayer-wise, on a regular basis? While the beginning of Autumn is still a month away, we are essentially entering a new season. Ponder this and say a silent prayer of gratitude as the plates are passed. Ushers, please come forward and lead us in our giving.


Romans 12:1-8

1 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,

2 - by the mercies of God,

1 - to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,

2 - holy and acceptable to God,

1 - which is your spiritual worship.

2 - Do not be conformed to this world,

1 - but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

2 - so that you may discern what is the will of God—

1 - what is good

2 - and acceptable

1 - and perfect.

2 - For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you

1 - not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think,

2 - but to think with sober judgment,

1 - each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

2 - For as in one body we have many members,

1 - and not all the members have the same function,

2 - so we, who are many, are one body in Christ,

1 - and individually we are members one of another.

2 - We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us:

1 - prophecy, in proportion to faith;

2 - ministry, in ministering;

1 - the teacher, in teaching;

2 - the exhorter, in exhortation;

1 - the giver, in generosity;

2 - the leader, in diligence;

1 - the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

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


Dedicating our Church leadership for a new year

             “…be transformed by the renewing of your minds,” Paul wrote. Or, as paraphrased with a slightly different accent, “allow God to completely remodel your life(Romans 12:2b NRSV and Laughing Bird). Those who you, as the body of Christ here at Long Green Valley church, called to be in leadership, met yesterday morning to re-view, re-organize, and re-energize for the work we perceive God is nudging us to do. This text from Romans was our focus.

             Along the way of this retreat to be renewed, we called (please stand when your name is mentioned) _____________ to be the chairperson of your Church Board. When s/he is not able to fulfill his/her duties, _____________ was called to be vice chairperson.

             We also called _____________ to lead the Nurture Commission, with _____________, _____________, and _____________ on that team, which guides us in fulfilling the internal, the worship and education mission of this church… _____________ was called to lead the Witness Commission, with _____________, _____________, and _____________ on that team, which guides us in fulfilling the external, the outreach mission of this church… We also called _____________ to lead the Stewards Commission, with _____________, _____________, and _____________ on that team, which guides us in resourcing the mission of this church, through our facility, our talents, and our finances.

             So that you are aware, the Board chair, _____________, and the chairpersons of the three commissions: _____________, _____________, and _____________, along with our treasurer, _____________ and Clerk, _____________, as well as myself as your pastor, comprise the Executive Committee of the Board, which provides overall leadership to this congregation.

             Let’s be clear, by calling these persons, you – who are all ministers of this church by virtue of your baptism – are not abdicating your responsibility to follow Jesus and fulfill what he is calling us to do and be as the body of Christ. You have called these persons to lead us is this calling to which we all are called. As leaders, we need your support: your prayers, your willingness to serve, your desire to use your gifts, that we might together live into what the apostle Paul envisioned so long ago.

             It’s a new year in the life of this church. Let’s rededicate ourselves to our calling. Toward this end, please turn to #795 in your hymnal. It begins with everyone but the elected church board, who will then read the words under “those commissioned.” We join as one for the final words of this prayer.


People:   In company with all your faithful people in every age,
                      we have called out those with gifts for your service, O God.
                Fill them with the love of Christ
                      and the power  of the Spirit
                            as they carry out the church's ministry.

                Those commissioned:
                Grant us wisdom, patience and hope when we falter.
                Give us joy in serving your church
                      and keep us faithful to this calling.

  ALL:     For the ministries taking form within us
                      and for all the callings yet to be,
                      we praise your name, O Lord! AMEN


Hymnal #795, ©1992 The Hymnal Project.
Last paragraph by Gail Anderson Ricciuti,
adapted from "Litany of Praise and Hope,"
Women's Prayer Services;
ed. Iben Gjerding and Katherine Kinnamon,
©1983 World Council of Churches,
published in a North American edition, 1987,
by Twenty?Third Publications,
P.O. Box 180, Mystic, CT 06355.


Pastoral Prayer


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



1 - As you head out into this coming week,

2 - “here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:

1 - Take your everyday, ordinary life -

2 - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life -

1 - and place it before God as an offering.

2 - Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

1 - Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

2 - Instead, fix your attention on God.

1 - You’ll be changed from the inside out.

2 - Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

1 - Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,

2 - God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

1 - Go with God.

2 - Go in peace.

Romans 12:1-2 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)


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


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