Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 12, 2015
Worship 10:00 am


      They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. (2 Samuel 6:17)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)         Praise Him, Praise Him         100
  Prelude                             “As Torrents in Summer”                           Elgar

*Call to Worship                                                                (back of bulletin)

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn                       Marvelous grace of our loving Lord                    151

  Scripture                                  Psalm 132:1-10

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                                   “Andante in F”                            Beethoven
(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                 Psalm 132:11-18

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

   Prayer Hymn                               “Sanctuary

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                               2 Samuel 6:12b-19

  Message                      In the middle of our dance (mp3)

  Gospel                                    Ephesians 1:3-14

  Bread and Cup Communion                                                        (see insert)

*Hymn                            Sent forth by God’s blessing                          478


*Postlude                                       “Stuttgart”                          Witt/Gauntlett
                                                     “Larghetto”                                     Rinck

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines


Call to Worship

One: Blessed children of God, we were chosen before the world was made to be holy and blameless.

People: For the fullness of time.

One: In Christ, we have been redeemed, forgiven, and graced with love...

People: For the fullness of time.

One: We have heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, believed in Christ, and been marked and gifted by the Holy Spirit...

People: For the fullness of time.

One: We have been blessed by God—for all things, for all time. May we be a blessing to God as we worship together this day.

All: Let us worship God, in spirit and truth.

by Diana Lovett, pastor
English River Church of the Brethren
South English, Iowa

© 2015 Brethren Press. www.brethrenpress.com
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085,
"The Living Word" Series

Opening Prayer

            Mighty, loving God, we thank you for the many blessings you have planned for us. Even before we were born, you knew us and had plans for us. Give us the strength to be blessings for you, for the fullness of time. Amen.

by Diana Lovett, pastor
English River Church of the Brethren
South English, Iowa

© 2015 Brethren Press. www.brethrenpress.com
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085,
"The Living Word" Series

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             “Let your faithful shout for joy(Psalm 132:9). The word in Hebrew is רָנַן ‎(raw-nan‘). It is translated in various ways: to shout aloud for joy, to cry out, to be joyful, to rejoice, to sing out. Literally, it means to creak or to emit a shrill, creaking sound… The latter may accurately describe God’s faithful at certain times. When it comes to joy, we creak, a bit like the sound of a door opening.

            Now is the moment in worship when we open the door to our finances. Didn’t Jesus say, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also(Matthew 6:21)?  As you return your offering, don’t quickly open and shut your wallet or purse. Allow the door to your heart, the entryway to the center of who you really are, creak open.

             “Listen!” the Lord says. “I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me(Revelation 3:20)... May God enter in with joy… Ushers?


Pastoral Prayer


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


Bread and Cup Communion
(congregation reads bold print)


Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Come to the Lord’s Table, all you who love him.
Come to the Lord’s Table, confess your sin.
Come to the Lord’s Table, be at peace.

Confession of Sin

We have not believed you or trusted in your power.

Lord, help our unbelief.

We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.

Cleanse us, Lord.

We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.

Heal us, Lord.

We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.

Ground us, Lord!

When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven.
Glory to God!

By one Spirit we are all baptized into the one body.

Let us then pursue the things that make for peace
and build up our common life.

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!

And also with you.

Thanksgiving and Communion

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to you, Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to praise you, Lord.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, Always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is praised among all peoples. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with all the company of heaven:

Hymn - “Holy, holy, holy120
(deacons distribute bread and cup as we sing)

Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!

In the power of the Spirit you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.

You called to yourself a people to make your mercy and truth known in all the world.

We betrayed your calling;

You were faithful.

We wandered from the way;

You called us to return, and led us home.

And still we turned from your ways, abused your creatures, and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time you came and dwelt among us, as one of us, bringing good news to the poor, healing the sick, raising the dead, sharing table with the unrighteous, and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection You gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery and made a new covenant with us by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus, you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,

“This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

(eat the bread)

You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,

“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

 (drink the cup)

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us, we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

Christ has come among us. Christ has died.

Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.

Christ will come again.

Pour out your Spirit on us

Pour out your Spirit on us

Pour out your Spirit on these gifts

Pour out your Spirit on these gifts

Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ

Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

     This Bread and Cup Communion service was also celebrated on June 7, 2015 at North Baltimore Mennonite Church when Rebecca Sack Mosely (this congregation helped nurture her as a child and youth) was licensed to the ministry. It is adapted from “A Contemporary Service of Holy Communion” Copyright © 2007 The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003.


(start tapping a heartbeat on your chest,
remaining constant through & beyond all the following words.
End with heartbeat.)

May the Lord knock at your door.
May you open that door (creak)
        and welcome him in.
May God enter into
    the ordinariness of your life
         and work out his saving
                              and sanctifying purposes
                                          right there.
Amen! Let it be so!



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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