Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
May 24, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      When the time is ripe,’ says God, ‘I will share my spirit with all mankind.
                    (the apostle Peter, quoting the prophet Joel
                            in Acts 2:17, CottonPatch version)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)          “Fluye
  Prelude                                “Prelude in G Major”                             Bach

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                           Holy Spirit, come with power                          26

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

  Jesus’ Promise                    John 15:26-27, 16:4-7

   Response                                       Fluye

  The Spirit of Truth                     John 16:8-15

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                      “Filled With the Spirit’s Power”
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  The Spirit who Intercedes        Romans 8:22-27

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

   Response                                       “Fluye

  Pastoral Prayer

  The Pentecost Story                     Acts 2:1-4

  For the young at heart                       and settled on each person

  Hymn                             Joys are flowing like a river                          301

  The Pentecost Story (continued)                                                 Acts 2:5-21

  Response                                       Fluye

  Message                       “Power for the long haul (mp3)

*Hymn                                    Move in our midst                                418


*Postlude                                      “Larghetto”                                    Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

1 - The Day of Pentecost is here:

2 - the day when the flames of faith dance in our hearts.

1 - The Day of Pentecost is here:

2 - the day when our babbling speech becomes the Good News for the world.

1 - The Day of Pentecost is here:

2 - the day when compassion is seared into our souls.

1 - The Day of Pentecost is here:

2 - let the people of God rejoice. Alleluia!

by Thom M. Shuman
transitional pastor at Galloway Presbyterian Church
Columbus, OH
Lectionary Liturgies

Opening Prayer

1 - Spirit of the Living God, dance with us on this day.

2 - Come, Whirlwind of Wonder!

1 - Sing to the groaning of creation.

2 - Come, still small voice of Hope!

1 - Enflame us with your passion for justice.

2 - Come, Liberator of the Least!

1 - Purify us of our grasping greediness.

2 - Come, Advocate of selfless living!

1 - Silence our gossiping tongues.

2 - Come, Harmony of God's Heart!

1 - Wind of God, blow through us;

2 - Fire of God, burn within us;

1 - Tongue of God, speak to us on this day of renewal and birth,

2 - even as we pray as Jesus teaches us,  ... (The Lord’s Prayer)

by Thom M. Shuman
transitional pastor at Galloway Presbyterian Church
Columbus, OH
Lectionary Liturgies

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Pray with me.

             Even today, O Lord, there are many things yet to be told. With the presence of your Spirit as our friend and advocate, help us to handle them now. Take us by the hand and guide us into the truth. Nudge us to make use of what you provide, that we might continue the work of Jesus this day - simply, peacefully, and together. Amen.

Ushers, please come forward and receive our offerings.


Pastoral Prayer


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

perhaps one like this


For the young at heart
and settled on each person

(after Acts 2:1-4 is read)

             When my children were little, it always amazed me how quickly they could make a mess. One minute a room was clean, everything picked up. The next, toys were scattered everywhere. Anything not in a safe place, up high or out of reach, was a potential mess-in-the-making. Does this sound at all familiar to you? Was there ever a time your mom or dad talked about you being like a “whirlwind,” blowing through the house and making messes? Maybe when you were younger?

            Adults talk about “child-proofing” rooms. But almost in the same breath we also talk about how much energy children have. It’s like older people like your parents, or me, or every adult in this room today, wishes we had half the amount of get-up-and-go that you have. Watching you sometimes makes us tired, but it also makes us long for the days when we were young like you, and could - as the prophet Isaiah put it - “run and not be weary, walk and not faint(40:31).

            Today is Pentecost, the birthday celebration of the church. Were you listening as Meghan read the first few verses of the second chapter of Acts? If you remember from last week, ten days before this, Jesus “ascended,” he left them to go be with God. His leaving on that day was a “different kind of sad” from the day he was killed on a cross. He promised that they weren’t going to be left alone, that a new teacher was coming.

            Well, today, we celebrate that new teacher coming. Only that teacher arrived on the scene sort of like a child enters a room. So much energy! Blowing all around, a whirlwind. Almost takes your breath away. Like a fire burning out of control … almost. The disciples remembered it, using words like “wind” and “fire.” It was like a little bit of fire coming and settling on each person (light the “oil of joy” lamp). After that, they could not shut up. They were full of all sorts of interesting things to say.

            Now, you are going to help the rest of us get a “feel” for what happened on that first Pentecost, and what happens for us even today. The rest of us will sing a song about the joy which is ours as the Holy Spirit comes into our lives like a breath of fresh air, like a fire, like the energy of a child, like oil which anoints for a greater purpose…

            Did I mention oil? Look at this lamp. What is inside it that helps it burn? Oil. Did you know that when someone in our church is sick, we sometimes anoint them with oil to remind them that God is always near? We do so to help them know that they are not helpless or hopeless, that they have a power within them that is greater than their illness. They can be well. We also anoint people for other purposes.

            While we sing the next song, I’m going to invite everyone to come forward to be anointed by you, our young people. I have four containers of oil, each with a little sponge in it. To anoint, just put your forefinger on the sponge and press down. That will put a little oil on your finger. Then, with your finger, make the sign of the cross on the forehead of whoever comes to you (do it to each child).  Do you think you can do that?

            To the rest of you gathered today, I invite you to allow our children to anoint you with the oil of joy. Remember that the Holy Spirit is not a story from the past. It is the power and presence of God for today. This Spirit comes to us as wind and fire, as child-like joy and energy, as the wisdom of the ages fresh and new, as old as time itself and new as an infant just born, full of possibility and imagination. Turn in your hymnal to #301, “Joys are flowing like a river,” and stand. If you feel so moved, come forward with your hymnal as you sing and stand before one of our children. May you feel the touch of God through the touch of their finger. The Spirit still flows!


The Pentecost Story (continued)
Acts 2:5-21

1 - Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.

2 - And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

1 - Amazed and astonished, they asked,

2 - “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

1 - And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?

1 - Parthians,

2 - Medes,

1 - Elamites,

2 - and residents of Mesopotamia,

1 - Judea

2 - and Cappadocia,

1 - Pontus

2 - and Asia,

1 - Phrygia

2 - and Pamphylia,

1 - Egypt

2 - and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene,

1 - and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

2 - Cretans and Arabs

1 - in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

2 - All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another,

1 - “What does this mean?”

2 - But others sneered and said,

1 - “They are filled with new wine.”

2 - But Peter,

(2 comes down the steps to speak)

1 - standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,

(while 2 speaks, 1 moves over to the side)

2 - “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

1 - ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
          that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
             and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
             and your young men shall see visions,
             and your old men shall dream dreams.
       Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
          in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
             and they shall prophesy.
       And I will show portents in the heaven above
          and signs on the earth below,
             blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
       The sun shall be turned to darkness
           and the moon to blood,
              before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
       Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

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


God still moves in our midst.
      Jesus still leads us onward.
            The Spirit still blows into our lives.
So, fill your lungs with holy wind.
                            Let holy fire burn within.
                   Listen for holy wisdom,
            and speak as you hear.
Remember, you are given
      Power for the long haul.



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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