Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 19, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.  (Matthew 5:23-24)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)        “Breathe upon us, Holy Spirit”        28

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                          “I stand amazed in the presence”                    528

*Opening Prayer (ends with The Lord’s Prayer)

  Scripture                          2 Corinthians 5:20b - 6:10       (Laughing Bird Version)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Skit                                      Relishing Grace

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

   Hymn                                    “Come, thou fount”                                 521

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                        Matthew  5:23-24 and 6:9-15

  Message                     Down to the Nitty-Gritty (mp3)
                                              Jeff Scott, guest preacher

*Hymn                           “Forgive our sins as we forgive”                       137



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

One - As we offer a welcome to stranger and friend,
          as we are embraced in their kindness,

All -  we choose to be people of life and blessing.

One - As we serve others in God's name,
          as we receive blessings from those we do not know,

All -  we choose to walk in God's way.

One - As we forgive those who have hurt us,
          as we reach out to those we have harmed,

All -  we choose to be reconciled to our sisters and brothers.

by Thom M. Shuman
just finished an interim assignment at
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Cincinnati, OH
from Lectionary Liturgies

Opening Prayer

You do not stand there
with a ruler in your fist,
ready to smack our hands
whenever we do wrong,
but are that gentle Parent
who wants only the best
for your children always.

You do not look at us
through the lenses of judgment,
Servant of all,
but see us as your
sisters and brothers
who have wandered away,
and so you reach out
and take our hands so
we might walk together.

You do not hold anything back,
Spirit of goodness,
but you fill our empty lives
with the waters of grace and peace,
so we might overflow with
love, wonder, joy, and hope,
true blessings to the world.

God in Community, Holy in One,
may we choose always and in all ways
to be your people, even as we pray,
       (The Lord's Prayer)

by Thom M. Shuman
just finished an interim assignment at
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Cincinnati, OH
from Lectionary Liturgies

Returning our Tithes and Offerings
(refers to 2 Corinthians 5:20b - 6:10 from the Laughing Bird Version)

            That’s a remarkable statement of faith: “written off as dead, but brimming with life; …almost drowned in tears yet bubbling with joy; …poor yet many are enriched by us; …nothing to offer yet everything is ours to share.” Ponder the wonder of those words as the ushers receive our tithes and offering. Say your own silent prayer of gratitude as the plate moves past you. “We are working together, shoulder to shoulder with God,” Paul wrote, “and we urge you not to take God’s extravagant generosity for granted.



Relishing Grace

 an original skit written by Susie, performed by her and her husband, Jeff (mp3)


Pastoral Prayer 

delivered by guest preacher



delivered by 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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