Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 15, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

Transfiguration Sunday

      Jesus replied, “Why do you sayif you can’? Anything is possible for someone who has faith!” Right away the boy’s father shouted, “I do have faith! Please help me to have even more. (Mark 9:23-24, CEV)

services were canceled this day, due to inclement weather

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)            God is here among us            16

*Call to Worship                         Psalm 50:1-6

*Hymn                       From all that dwell below the skies                      49

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                               2 Corinthians 4: 3-6      (Laughing Bird version)

  Imagination set free, part one

  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)

   Hymn                               Spirit of the living God                               349

  Pastoral Prayer

  Imagination set free, part two      Mark 9:2-29

  Response              (vs. 2) I know not why God's wondrous                 338

  Message                                   I believe…

*Hymn                        “‘Tis not with eyes of flesh we see                       571



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Opening Prayer



Imagination set free, part one

 adapted for use on Feb. 22, since not used this day

           I invite all of you children of God to set your imagination free this morning, no matter what your age may be. In your bulletin is a blank piece of paper. When you entered this sanctuary today, the ushers offered you a basket full of crayons and encouraged you to take some. With this paper and these crayons, I invite you to try drawing a picture of God.

            Now, I know that drawing a picture of “the mighty one, God the Lord,” is an impossible task for, as scripture says, no one has ever seen God … and lived. Even Moses on the mountain only saw God from behind, not face to face. I’m not asking for an accurate representation. I’m also not asking for something we might pretend is God and worship as an “idol” or “graven image.” I am not asking you to break the second commandment, which pertains to trying to control the great “I am who I am,” to think that we have captured God, who must now serve us.

            No, I invite you this morning to simply use your crayons creatively to draw God. The Bible uses imaginative words to give us a glimpse of the Lord God, none of which even begins to say everything. There is a picture of a burning bush which is not consumed. Remember? Or someone who wrestled in the dark with Jacob. A dream of ladder, the visionary sight of a chariot of fire, the sound of sheer silence, all move in God’s direction, but only convey a little. In the scripture we just heard, the apostle Paul wrote of “the glory of God in the face of Jesus the Christ.” Do recall that Paul himself was not an eyewitness. He was not one of the original disciples who walked with Jesus. His encounter was rather a blinding light on the road to Damascus, and a voice.

            Simply set your imagination free and, using the crayons in your hand as tools, draw on the piece paper a picture of God. It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t draw. In fact, don’t aim to make it a perfect drawing. If you’d like other crayons, we’ll have that basket of crayons available after the ushers have collected the offering. Don’t put your name on it. As you leave worship later on, would you place your drawing in the table in the back, and put your crayons back in the basket? I need them for next Sunday. Do you understand what I’m asking?


Returning our Tithes and Offerings


Pastoral Prayer


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





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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