Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 19, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace… (Ephesians 2:13-14a)

  Music to prepare us (9:50 am)     I owe the Lord a morning song    651

(During the Prelude, bring your hymn suggestions
and place them in the basket up front)

*Responsive Call to Worship                                                                662

*Hymn                           Come, we that love the Lord                         14

*Opening Prayer                                                                                  673

  Scripture                                Ephesians 1:3-14

  Hymns from the Basket

  Gospel Story                            Mark 6:30-34

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

   Congregation in Prayer                                                                        721

  Hymns from the Basket

  Gospel Story                             Mark 6:53-56

  Prayer before returning our Offerings                                                   750

(Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Hymns from the Basket                                           (stand for the last one)

*Responsive Benediction                                                                      763


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines


             Welcome to this mid-Summer hymn sing. As you prepare to worship, look through the hymnal and pick out a favorite hymn and write it on the enclosed suggestion card. During the Prelude, place it in the basket up front. We’ll then “sing from the basket.” Any not chosen today will be woven into services later in the summer. By the way, “I owe the Lord a morning song” was a favorite of Mary Stephen.

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader: Come, let us worship 
People: For we are the people of God's pasture.
Leader: Come, let us worship and bow down, 
People: For we are the sheep of God's hand.
Leader: Come, let us worship and bow down, 
               before the Lord, our Maker.
All: For the Lord is our God,
               and God desires our worship!

Hymnal #662
by Earle W. Fike, Jr., from We Gather Together,
©1979 Brethren Press.

Opening Prayer

O God, author of eternal light
         lead us in our worshiping this day:
                  that our lips may praise you,
                  our lives may bless you,
                  and our meditations glorify you,
                  through Christ our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #673
Sarum Missal, 11th c.
Hymnal, #673

Hymns from the Basket

             The congregation was invited to bring, during the Prelude, their hymn suggestions and place them in the basket up front. After shuffling the papers in the basket (at three points during the service), the song leader picks out a hymn for everyone to sing. It is up to the song leader how many songs will be sung during each hymn sing section, as well as how many and which verses will be sung of each. The song leader may also chose for the congregation to sing with accompaniment or a capella. Everyone will stand during the final hymn in the third section.

Congregation in Prayer

            Almighty God,
                    from whom comes each good gift of life,
                    we remember your loving kindness and your uncounted mercies
                             as we join in grateful praise.
           For all your gifts to us and to our human race;
                    for our life and the world in which we live,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the order and constancy of nature;
                    for the beauty and bounty of the world;
                    for day and night, summer and winter, seed-time and harvest;
                    for the varied joys which every season brings,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the work we are enabled to do,
                    and the truth we are permitted to discover;
                    good there has been in our past,
                    and for all the hopes which lead us on toward better things,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For all the joys and comforts of life;
                    for homes and families;
                    for our friends;
                    for the love, sympathy, and goodwill of persons near and far,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For all cultures, wise government and just laws which order our common life;
                    for education and all the treasures of literature, science, and art,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the discipline of life;
                    for the tasks and trials which train us to know ourselves
                    and which bring us to accept one another,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the desire and power to help others;
                    for every opportunity of serving our generation in ways large or small,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the gift of Jesus Christ, and everything which is ours as his disciples;
                    for the presence and inspiration of your Holy Spirit throughout our days,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
For the tender ties which bind us to the unseen world;
                    for the faith which dispels the shadows of earth
                    and fills the closing years of life with the light of hope,
                    we give you thanks, O God.
ALL:  God of all grace and love,
                    we have praised you with our lips
                    for all the richness and meaning that life holds for us.
           Now send us into the world to praise you with our lives,
                    through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #721, taken from
The Hymnal of the United Church of Christ, ©1974.
United Church Press, 700 Prospect Ave., E.,
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100

Prayer before returning offerings

Gracious God,
         we thank you for gifts that belong not to us alone,
                  but to all our sisters and brothers,
                  since they, too, are created in your image.
Let their need become our need;
         let their hunger become our hunger;
         and grant to us also a portion of their pain,
                  so that in sharing ourselves,
                  we discover the Christ who walks
                  with our brothers and sisters. AMEN

Hymnal #750
by Kenneth I. Morse, from We Gather Together,
© 1979 Brethren Press.

Responsive Benediction

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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