Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 8, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
                                      (1 Corinthians 9:22

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)       When morning gilds the skies     644

*Call to Worship                        Psalm 147:1-11

*Hymn                          Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah                          50

*Opening Prayer

  Gospel                                      Mark 1:29-39

  Praying in motion - confession

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

   Hymn                                And I will raise you up                               596

  Praying with heart - intercession

  Proclamation                       1 Corinthians 9:16-23

  Message                   When stretched to our limits (mp3)

  Affirmation in word                  Isaiah 40:21-31

  Affirmation in song        They that wait upon the Lord                         584

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

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

*Hymn                                      “I am a servant”                                    insert



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

Shout praises to the Lord!

Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him.

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem

and brings the people of Israel back home again.

He renews our hopes and heals our bodies.

He decided how many stars there would be in the sky and gave each one a name.

Our Lord is great and powerful! He understands everything.

The Lord helps the poor, but he smears the wicked in the dirt.

Celebrate and sing! Play your harps for the Lord our God.

He fills the sky with clouds and sends rain to the earth, so that the hills will be green with grass.

He provides food for cattle and for the young ravens, when they cry out.

The Lord doesn’t care about the strength of horses or powerful armies.

The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.

Psalm 147:1-11 from the Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Opening Prayer

God of all life,
      we thank you
            for the signs of your love that surround us,
            for sun and warmth and all that comes to life
                  within creation,
            for all that sleeps within the earth awaiting birth.
We praise you
      for the wisdom of your care,
            water on the earth,
            sunlight on our spirits,
            hands on blinded eyes.

Continue to touch us.
Reach out to sue with compassion and forgiveness
      that we may receive your gifts,
      that we may know your love and grace
            and rise to new life in Jesus Christ. AMEN

Hymnal #680, adapted from More Than Words,
by Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.
1st edition ©1986 by the authors;
2nd revised edition ©1988. Crossroad/Continuum Publishing Company.



Our gospel reading this morning continues the story from last week, where Jesus spoke “as one having authority” in the synagogue in Capernaum. As you listen, pay attention to the personal touch in the following verses, where “hands” are mentioned or implied. As this scripture shifts between three scenes, we will add an extra reader. Listen…


Reader 2:
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34 And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Reader 2:
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37 When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39 And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


Were you listening? Where did you hear mention of “hands” in the story we have just received? Or, were there places where the word “hands” was not spoken, but was implied? - like when the disciples entered the home of Simon and Andrew, someone’s hand needed to open the door.

Jesus took their mother “by the hand”
and “lifted her up.” (and the fever left)
She used to hands, then, to serve them.

People brought (by hand?) the sick that evening.
Did he touch them when he cured many?

In the dark (by feel?) he got up and left for a deserted place.
There he prayed (hands?)
Did the disciples place their hands on his shoulder when they found him?
Did he point as he aimed, then, for neighboring towns?


Mark 1:29-39 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

Praying in motion - confession

             When we pray, we sometimes use words. We also use our bodies. I invite you in the following prayer of confession to pray with your hands. I may be speaking the words, but I encourage you to put the words into your hands, doing what the prayer suggests. Pray with your eyes open. Watch what I or others around you do with our hands, and do something similar. Together, we will thus pray our confession in motion. Let us pray…

God you created our hands beautiful and capable but…

Too often we use them to grab what we want

We ball them up into fists to hit.

We use them to hug only ourselves.

We hide them behind our backs pretending there is nothing we could do to help when we know there is.

So, we turn our hands up to you asking for forgiveness.  Forgive all the bad we have done with our hands.

Wash our hands and make them clean.  Lead us to use our hands well.

Teach us to open our hands to share with others.

Give us the power to shake hands with our neighbors.

Show us how to join hands with our neighbors to build your kingdom of love.

We pray in Jesus’ name and remembering his loving hands.


idea and prayer by Carolyn C. Brown
in her blog,
Worshiping With Children


Praying with heart - intercession

With you, O Lord,
    we step through many doors into the homes and lives
        of persons we know,
            as well as those who are only a name
                                                     or a face
                                                     or a shared concern.
You draw us into their circumstances,
    and plant within us the seeds of compassion.
        Thus, we grow to care about them -
                    sometimes painfully so,
            especially when it seems there is nothing
                        we can do to help,
                or that the answer to their need
                            is hidden from our eyes.
        How can we pray when we don’t even know
                    for what we should pray?
            And yet, you walk through that door before us,
                        and your hand reaches out.
                Before words come to our lips, you are there.
                    And our prayers recognize your presence,
                        even in the midst
                            of the most difficult situations.
It is your hand which raises up those who have fallen
            upon the wings of eagles.
It is your hand that gently but firmly transforms persons
                        from patient
                            or victim
                            or refugee
                            or addict
                            or lost one
                            or problem
            to someone who can stand
                and freely give of themselves to others,
                    shining like the sun.
It is by your hand that slaves are freed,
                                  debts are forgiven,
                                  personal demons are cast out,
                                  the broken are made whole,
                                  the homeless are given a place,
                                  enemies are reconciled,
                                  chains are broken,
                                  love is reborn.
    All that is within us yearns for this,
                    our Savior and Lord,
        that your kingdom would come,
               your will be done on earth
                                          in the lives of those
                                              we have remembered
                                                   in our sharing this day,
                                    as it is in heaven.
Such is our prayer,
    aware that you are standing at our own door
        ready to be invited in.
            Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.


Affirmation in word 


             note: while the words will be projected on the screen, they will be spoken only by two readers. The scripture is grouped on the powerpoint slides into ten sections, each with a heading, which the readers do not speak.


1 - Don’t you know?
2 - Haven’t you heard?
1 - Wasn’t it announced to you from the beginning?
2 - Haven’t you understood since the earth was founded? 

Perspective from above:
1 - God inhabits the earth’s horizon -
2 - its inhabitants are like locusts.
1 - God stretches out the skies like a curtain and spreads it out like a tent for dwelling.
2 - God makes dignitaries useless and the earth’s judges into nothing. 

Perspective from below:
1 - Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
2 - scarcely is their shoot rooted in the earth
1 - when God breathes on them, and they dry up;
2 - the windstorm carries them off like straw.

1 - So to whom will you compare me,
2 - and who is my equal? says the holy one. 

Perspective from above:
1 - Look up at the sky and consider:
2 - Who created these?
1 - The one who brings out their attendants one by one, summoning each of them by name.
2 - Because of God’s great strength and mighty power, not one is missing.

1 - Why do you say, Jacob, and declare, Israel,

2 - “My way is hidden from the Lord my God ignores my predicament”? 

1 - Don’t you know?
2 - Haven’t you heard?

1 - The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
2 - His understanding is beyond human reach, giving power to the tired and reviving the exhausted.

1 - Youths will become tired and weary,
2 - young men will certainly stumble;
1 - but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength;
2 - they will fly up on wings like eagles;
1 - they will run and not be tired;
2 - they will walk and not be weary.

Isaiah 40:21-31 from the Common English Bible
Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible


Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

Let us pray.

            Living God, your love for us is so unfathomable. Open our ears to hear the cries of your neediest children. Open our eyes to see human injustice. Open our minds to think about compassion in all circumstances. Continue to increase our willingness to give so that we may lead lives fully focused on ministry to others. We bring our tithes and offerings in gratitude for your guidance and love. In Jesus’ name, we pray.


Copyright © 2015 David S. Bell, adapted
Reprinted with permission from www.davidsbell.org


Leader: We came to worship.
People: We go now to serve.
Leader: We have been given the light.
People: We go now to let it shine.
Leader: We have been blessed by God’s love.
People: We go now to share it.
Leader: We are Christ’s disciples.
People: We go now to witness to all.

Hymnal #763
by Jimmy Ross
from We Gather Together
copyright ©1979, Brethren Press, adapted


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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