Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
October 18, 2015
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am


      But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)      I stand amazed in the presence   528
  Prelude                          The Glory of God in Nature                 Beethoven

*Call to Worship

*Hymn                          Sing hallelujah, praise the Lord                           67

*Opening Prayer

  For Children                       Seats in the van

  Scripture                                  Mark 10:35-45

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

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

   Hymn                       Lord, whose love in humble service                     369

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                  Hebrews 5:1-10

  Message                      Who is your high priest ?

  Responsive Prayer                                                                              (insert)

*Hymn                              Make me a captive, Lord                              539

*Benediction                           Hebrews 13:20-21

*Postlude                               God Be With You

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c

 1 - I praise you, LORD God, with all my heart.

2 - You are glorious and majestic, dressed in royal robes and surrounded by light.

1 - You spread out the sky like a tent, and you built your home over the mighty ocean.

2 - The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings.

1 - The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants.

2 - You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken.

1 - You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains.

2 - Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared.

1 - Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again.

2 - Our LORD, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures.

1 - I praise you, LORD!

2 - I praise you!

 from the Contemporary English Version
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Opening Prayer

             With heart, soul, and mind, we praise you, LORD God. For the wonder of all you have created, we thank you. For your steadfast love which does not diminish, in spite of our human weakness and foolishness, we bless you. For giving your Son to not only teach us how to live, but to show us as well, to die for us that we might live eternally, we lift up your name. For the presence of your Holy Spirit, who empowers us to become more than we are, we are filled with gratitude.

             Bless these moments of worship, O Lord, that in them we might be more open to your involvement in our lives, more ready to live as Jesus taught, more willing to let go of sin and walk in the Spirit, more focused upon your kingdom and your will. This we pray in your name. Amen.

For Children
Seats in the van

              (Have plenty of folding chairs ready up front. At the right time, set up enough for every child plus you to make either a 7 or 15 seat van – or less – in the aisle up front. However, make it the exact number.)  

             “Good morning. Imagine with me that we are going on a trip in a van. Let’s see, this is a __ passenger van, so we need the driver’s and front passenger seat. Then there are __ seats behind that, and …” etc. (set up as you go). “There, now. Our van is ready. Unless one of you has a real driver’s license, this will be my seat” (sit down in it). “Where do you want to sit? Go ahead and sit down.” (this may be orderly or not. When all are in their chosen place, stand and continue.)

             “Let’s talk about this for a minute. Why did you choose your particular seat?” Encourage a discussion – “I wanted to sit next to her” … “I wanted shotgun” … “I like sitting in back” … “I prefer up front because I get car sick” … “It was the last seat left.” … “I didn’t really care” … etc. “Perhaps your best friend is not here. What would happen if s/he was? Would you want to sit next to her/him?” … “What if 2 of you had the same best friend, but there were only 2 seats beside each other – who should sit together?” … “What if somebody you didn’t like was on the van? Where would you sit?” (continue until they’ve said all they want on the topic)

             “Well, we are going on a journey, so everyone fasten your pretend seat belt. Everyone except for 2 of you, that is. You see, we are traveling back to Bible times, to when Jesus was teaching his disciples. 2 of you are going to be the 2 disciples, James and John – they were brothers. It’s okay if you are a girl – we’ll just change their names to ‘Jean and Jolene.’ Who would like to read their parts for this Bible story? (Choose and give them a portion of the text below – the first part, up thru their last line – and a microphone to share.)

             “I’ve asked _____ to read the part of Jesus. I will be the narrator, since I am driving this van. Now James and John (or Jean and Jolene), are not children fighting over where to sit in this van, but I think they are not all-that-far from acting like kids. Let’s see what you think? James and John (or Jean and Jolene), are you ready? … Jesus? Okay, let’s proceed.”

Mark 10:35-45

Narrator: 35 James and John (or Jean and Jolene), the sons (or daughters) of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him,

James: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”


Narrator: 36 And he said to them,


Jesus: “What is it you want me to do for you?”


Narrator: 37 And they said to him,


John: “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”


Narrator: 38 But Jesus said to them,


Jesus: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”


Narrator: 39 They replied,


James: “We are able.”


John: “Yes, we are able.”


Narrator: Then Jesus said to them,


Jesus: “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”


Narrator: 41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John (or Jean and Jolene). 42 So Jesus called them and said to them,


Jesus: “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”


             So, what do you think? Were James and John (or Jean and Jolene) acting a bit like children here? The rest of the disciples, also? What did Jesus tell them? (help them to put this in their own words, see what comes out)

             Thank you. This van has arrived at its destination. It’s time to disembark and go to other seats.

scripture text 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

Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             A bit later in the gospel of Mark, after Jesus and his disciples had arrived in Jerusalem, he spent some in the Temple, where the priests offered sacrifices for the people. Let’s listen to one thing that happened there:

Mark 12:41-44

Ponder what Jesus had to say as you return your tithe or offering just now. Ushers?


Pastoral Prayer


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


Responsive Prayer
(based on Isaiah 53 NIV)

One: “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.(Isaiah 53:4)

All: Lord God, break into our self-satisfied lives. Strike us with your power. Afflict us with the truth of our infirmities.

One: “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

All: Loving God, heal us. In the name of the one pierced for our transgressions, crush our pride and give us peace.

One: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:6)

All: Shepherding God, rescue us. Lead us in your way that we might walk with the one who bears our iniquity.

One: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.(Isaiah 53:7)

All: Merciful God, forgive us for our selfish silence. We ask that you open our mouths to proclaim your goodness and mercy. Open our mouths to proclaim your peace and justice. Open our mouths to proclaim the name of the One who is the world's peace: Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

by Jim Yaussy Albright
scripture from the New International Version®, NIV®
© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


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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