Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
September 6, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.   (Mark 7:34)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)      “O bless the Lord, my soul”       600

*Responsive Call to Worship

*Hymn                        Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing                   110

*Opening Prayer

  Living by God’s Promise             Isaiah 35:1-7             (from The Message)

  Hymn                              (v. 1-2) O let all who thirst                             495

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

  Hymn                              (v. 3-4) O let all who thirst                             495

  Pastoral Prayer

  New Testament Wisdom            James 2:1-17             (from The Message)

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Gospel Openings                       Mark 7:24-37

  Message                     Ephphatha … Be opened!  (mp3)

*Hymn                                   Lord, speak to me      499



*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Responsive Call to Worship

All:    Praise the Lord!

One:   Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the Lord their God,

Left:   The Lord created heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them.

Right: The Lord keeps every promise;

Left:   The Lord judges in favor of the oppressed

Right: The Lord gives food to the hungry.

Left:   The Lord sets prisoners free

Right: The Lord gives sight to the blind.

Left:   The Lord lifts those who have fallen;

Right: The Lord loves righteous people.

Left:   The Lord protects the strangers who live in our land;

Right: The Lord helps widows and orphans, but takes the wicked to their ruin.

One:   The Lord is king forever. Your God, O Zion, will reign for all time.

All:     Praise the Lord!

Psalm 146:5-10 adapted from Today’s English Version
ed by Carolyn Brown in her blog, Worshiping With Children

Opening Prayer

As we pray for loosened tongues
    to sing your praise,
        O God our Creator,
    and to speak your good news,
        O Risen Christ,
    help our knees to bend before you,
        O Empowering Spirit.
            And if these joints no longer cooperate,
               help these hearts within
                   to bow in reverence.

Faithful God,
    help us keep our promises,
        for too many go unfulfilled.
While you are just and good,
                       giving and forgiving,
    we fall far short of our calling,
        concerned above all else
            with our own comforts,
                    our own hungers,
                    our own freedoms,
                    our own needs,
        deaf to the cries of others.

As we “fall on our knees” in confession, just now,
                “with our face to the Rising Son,
                        O Lord have mercy” on us.
    Lift us to our feet,
        that we may walk the Way of Jesus,
                      and proclaim with these tongues,
                                      and with our lives,
             that he is Lord.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

follows James 2:1-17 read from The Message

             On Labor Day weekend, it’s good to be reminded that “faith without works is dead,” or, in the wording we just heard, “God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense.” Of course, even that is easy to say. "Doing" is the hard part. “Loving others as you love yourself” is where the rubber meets the road. Completing this “Royal Rule” is a life-long learning process. Pray with me.

               Thank you, Lord, for how you have been changing each of us, and all of us together. You etch your words upon our hearts, planting the seeds within that grow into fruit. Like the seed of “generosity.” Bless these offerings, both what will be placed in the plates, and what has already been given for the food pantry. Give us opportunities this week to lovingly open ourselves to others, and put our faith into action. Amen.  



May your eyes be opened this week
to see glimpses of God’s glory
all around you.

May your ears be opened
to hear what God may be saying,
even through someone you’d least expect.

may your mouth be opened
to speak good news,
and live what you say.

For the glory of God
and your neighbor’s good.



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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