Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
November 2, 2014
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


Take a good look at God’s wonders-
     they’ll take your breath away.
  He converted sea to dry land;
     travelers crossed the river on foot.
     Now isn’t that cause for a song
(Psalm 66:5-6 from The Message)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)     This is a day of new beginnings    640

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                                    Move in our midst                              418

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                Matthew 9:35-38

  District Conference Moment

  Scripture                                   1 Peter 1:3-9

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

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

  A quiet medley of hymns
Lead on, O cloud of presence(vs. 1 & 3)                              419
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (vs. 1 & 3)                           582

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                   Joshua 3:7-17

  Message                                   Sole power (mp3)

*Hymn                        On Jordan’s stormy bank I stand                     610



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

(Start tapping a beat on your thighs and invite others to follow suit.
Speak in the cadence. Motion for people to rise.)

If you’re able rise with me
Now’s the time for us to be
Resurrection people here
Say it loud, say it clear

We are pilgrims on this day
Following in Jesus’ way
Like those trav’lers long ago
To Jerus’lem they did go

With a Psalm to recall
when the Lord saved them all
slaves no more, through the sea
led beyond to liberty.

So upon this rising day
lifting up the Easter way
What I speak please repeat                         or         What I speak please restate
Slap your thighs and follow Pete.                              Slap your thighs and pull your weight.

Are you ready for the lines?
We’ll say verses one to nine
of the Psalm one-oh-seven.
Let it be manna from heav’n.

  Psalm 107:1-9

O give thanks
to the Lord,
He is good;
God’s love lasts -
it never ends!

In your trouble
did the Lord
rescue you?
Then say so
loud and clear
for all to hear!
God has drawn
you from all lands,
from the east
and from the west,
from the north
and from the south.

Wand’ring folks
in desert wastes,
you were lost
away from home.
Hungry folks,
thirsty folks,
fainting folks.
Then you cried
to the Lord
in your trouble,
and God came
rescued you
from your distress;
and he led
you on your way
a straight way,
a way home.

O give thanks
to the Lord
for his love
which doesn’t end,
for all He’s done
for everyone.

Our thirst is quenched,
our bellies filled.
with the goodness
of our God.
O give thanks!
O give thanks! (repeat and fade)



Opening Prayer

In storm or calm you speak to us, O Lord.
    Step by step you are there –
                          beneath, as well as
                          within us.
    Even when we do not perceive your presence,
        you uphold us,
               protect us,
               guide and direct us.
    You lift us when we fall
          and forgive us when we fail.
    You shed light
              when our path is dark and fearful,
          and shade our eyes
              when the bright of our accomplishments
                  prevents us from seeing.
    You are what is really real in our lives, Lord God.

Bless these all-to-brief moments of worship
    that through them we might receive what we need
        for our journey of faith this week.
            By your presence,
                         guidance, and
                         power we can face into
                                         and step through
                                 whatever is before us.

This we pray in the name of the One
    who gave his life to deliver us from evil,
        and who rose from death to give us abundant life.


District Conference Moment

            Our delegate to our Church of the Brethren Mid-Atlantic District 2014 ConferenceMel Horst, will share about this event, which took place Oct. 10-11 in Manassas, Virginia. The theme was "Hearts for the Harvest."


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Pray with me.

An imperishable,
      unfading inheritance, kept in heaven for us…
A genuine faith,
      more precious than gold
            though tested by fire…
An indescribable and glorious joy…

Thank you, Lord God,
      for your gift of new birth
                        and living hope in your Son,
                                                      our risen Christ.
            May what we give just now
                  be our genuine response
                        to what we have received,
                              offered with joy.



Pastoral Prayer


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



Standing at the edge of whatever faces you this week,
    whether the current be swift or calm,
                  the level deep or shallow,
        you do not stand alone.
            The Lord goes before you.
             Beside you are God’s people.
             Above you are the heavenly host.
             Surrounding you is a cloud of witnesses
                        who have followed Jesus before you.
             And within you is the Holy Spirit.
Step out by faith this week, sisters and brothers,
    with sole/soul power! Amen!



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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