Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 4, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

World Communion Sunday

      “Everything exists for God and because of God, & God set out to gather everyone into one family on the road to glory. It was only right that the one who God chose as the trail blazer to lead people out of danger should first earn a perfect 10 in the same arena of suffering as them.
                   (Hebrews 2:10 - Laughing Bird Version)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)               Lord, speak to me              499

      We see Jesus…
            crowned with glory and honor

  Call to Worship                        Hebrews 1:1-4

*Hymn                           Crown him with many crowns                         116

*Opening Prayer (h-4)

 *Word in motion                              Psalm 8

      We see Jesus…
            a little while lower than angels

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

  Hymn                                   Fairest Lord Jesus                                   117

     We see Jesus…
           gathering everyone into one family

  The Gospel in two voices:

             Mark 10:2-12

             Response:        (vs. 1)Dear Lord and Father of mankind         523

             Mark 10:13-16

             Response:        (vs. 2)Dear Lord and Father of mankind         523

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

   Hymn                 (vs. 3-5)Dear Lord and Father of mankind              523

  Pastoral Prayer

      We see Jesus…
            the pioneer of our salvation

  Scripture                                 Hebrews 2:5-12

  Message                                Chuck wagon (mp3)

*Hymn                                       He leadeth me                                    599


*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Word in motion - Psalm 8

             Remain standing and let’s speak together the eighth psalm. We will use the Australian paraphrase known as “Laughingbird,” which will explain a few of the word choices. Let’s put it in motion not by moving our bodies, but by keeping it moving with our words. Repeat what I say like an echo, but don’t fall behind. Make it move…. Ready?


Our LORD and ruler,

all over the world

the mere mention

of your name

sets hearts pounding!

Your glory

fills the universe!

The gurgling of babies

makes more sense

than the clever arguments

of your enemies.

The innocent chatter

of children


the venomous talk

of your opponents.

When I gaze

at your handiwork

in the night skies -

the moon, the stars,

the milky way —

the whole cosmos

under your control;

I can’t help

but wonder why

you bother with us.

Why do you

care so much

for human beings

when we count

for so little in

the scheme of things?

And yet,

for reasons known

to you alone,

you created us

almost on a par

with yourself

and decorated us

with the highest honours

and glory.

You have even

entrusted us

with power over

your precious creation;

you placed the future

of all life

in our hands:

sheep and cattle;

emu and kangaroo

insects, reptiles,

birds, and sea creatures;

air, land and water

and the planet itself.

Our LORD and ruler,

all over the world

the mere mention

of your name

sets hearts pounding!


from the Laughing Bird version
©2001 Nathan Nettleton

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             Please be seated… What sets your heart pounding? A brisk walk or run? Someone beautiful or handsome? A scary movie? A scenic view? Waking up after a snore? A surprise birthday party? Going to the dentist? Reconnecting with an old friend? A middle-of-the-night phone call? The thought of someone you love?

            What sets your heart pounding? Sometimes a pounding heart is a good thing. Other times it’s not all that welcome. In either case, it gets us moving… As you return your offering, be thinking about that phrase we just spoke twice from Psalm 8: “Our LORD and ruler, all over the world the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!” And then ponder what sets your heart pounding? Really.

Ushers, come and guide our giving.


The Gospel in two voices

             We turn now to the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark, a portion of which we’ll read in two segments. What our “fairest Lord Jesus” says in both gets our hearts pounding, but in different ways – sort of like how going to the dentist and being surprised at a party are different. We will sing a verse from “Dear Lord and Father of mankind,” after each segment, so open your hymnal to #523 and be ready with the first and then the second verse.

Mark 10:2-12

             Response: (vs. 1)Dear Lord and Father of mankind #523

Mark 10:13-16

             Response: (vs. 2)Dear Lord and Father of mankind” #523


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:
Rightly Divided

International Lesson:
Christian Standard
(one week ahead)


International Lesson:
International Bible Lessons Commentary


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
Shine Curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2015 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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