Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
January 6, 2008
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am


      In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came… (Matthew 2:1)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Prelude                           "The star in the eastern sky"                            Paxton

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                   "Awake, O sleeper"                            (see insert)

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Ephesians 3:1-12

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                                        (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                                    Isaiah 60:1-6

  Magi Moment

  Hymn                            "As with gladness men of old"                              218
                    (bring forward your offering and pledge and place them in the manger)

  Prayer of Dedication

  Moment for Mission

  Scripture                                 Matthew 2:1-12

  Message            "Witnesses of the Nativity: the Magi"

  Hymn                         "How brightly beams the morning"                           222

  Invitation to the Lord’s table

  Hymn                                (vs. 1) "What child is this"                                  215

  Eucharist Prayer

  The Bread

  Hymn                                          (vs. 2) "What child is this"                                  215

  The Cup

*Hymn                                          (vs. 3) "What child is this"                                  215


*Postlude                                     "Recessional"                                      Koury

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Pastoral Prayer


If it seems right at the time, I may use this Epiphany Prayer.


Magi Moment

“As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led to thee.” 

         In a few minutes we will hear - once again - the old, old story of the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem. Just now, however, let’s put our remembrance into action. Instead of sitting while the plates are passed, you are invited to bring forward your own “gold, frankincense or myrrh” at some point during the singing of the next hymn. This may be your regular offering. Or it might also be your financial pledge of what you intend to give this year toward the ministry of this church. Perhaps you also have some new year’s resolution you wish to bring before the Lord, written down or just on your mind. Feel free to bring these gifts forward and place them in the basket while we sing, just as those wise men followed that star to Jesus long ago.

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.


         Great God, today we are reminded of the wondrous gifts of the Magi brought for the Prince of Peace. We have traveled to this time of worship, hoping to discover the thrill of new birth. And, indeed, we have smiles on our faces as we lift up our eyes, look around, and experience the presence of Jesus. We place these gifts, our gifts, upon your altar and rejoice in God's radiant love. Praise the Lord! Amen.

Copyright 2007-2008 David S. Bell.

Moment for Mission

         Paul Sonczewski will briefly lift up our upcoming Inter-district Meat Canning Project, of which he is our congregation's facilitator, as well as our Brethren Disaster Relief Ministry - inviting folks to come on Jan. 20 to an after-church covered dish meal and program. At that time, he and Izzy Rosas will share of their recent experience helping folks in Louisiana rebuild after hurricane Katrina. Our district's Disaster Relief Coordinator will also be there to share.

Invitation to the Lord’s table

         All of us who are in love and fellowship in the family of God, who do truly and earnestly repent of our sins, who humbly put our trust in Christ, and who desire his help that we might walk in newness of life, are invited to draw near to God and receive this holy communion to our comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

from For All Who Minister (A Worship Manual for the Church of the Brethren),
©1993 Brethren Press, p. 233.

Eucharist Prayer

We give you thanks, O God, for making your love evident since the very beginning of time when you spoke the word which replaced the darkness of chaos with life-giving light - a light which has nurtured generations of people, and plants and creatures, great and small; a light which also revealed the fear and powerlessness caused by corrupt and evil actions.  And so you spoke the Word which would once and for all dispel the darkness of chaotic lives. Through your love for the world the Word became flesh and lived among us full of grace and truth. The angels caroled glory to you in the highest heavens and peace to all people on earth, and we join with them and with all people to praise your holy name.

Holy God, as the travelers with their treasures were overwhelmed with joy on finding Jesus, so we also are overwhelmed on finding out the depth of his love for us.  For Jesus showed just how beloved we are to him, by loving us and giving himself for us.  On that night when he gave himself up for us, as he sat at the table and broke bread with his friends, he said:

Take and eat; this is my body which is broken for you.
Remember me each time you do this

After they had eaten, he took the cup, and said:

Remember me as you drink from this, for it is my life, poured out for you
- the beginning of a new relationship with God.

            Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon this time of communion, O God, that we may experience the presence of your Word-made-flesh - Jesus Christ.  Breathe your Spirit in us that we may be one body with him - living out his ministry in the world today and every day.    This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

adapted from prayer by Moira B Laidlaw


Go now, seek out the Christ wherever he may be found,
and share the good news with all who bear him no ill will.
Bring light to those in thick darkness,
a voice to those no one speaks for,
and hope to those no one cares for.

And may God make you a sharer in the promised light.
May Christ Jesus fill you with his sense of what is right.
And may the Holy Spirit be to you like rain
that gives life to the fertile earth.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton, LaughingBird.net

(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)


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:
Living Web Sunday School Project

While one of our adult classes follows the International lesson above, using
A Guide for Biblical Studies,
published quarterly by our denomination,
another class often uses one of the
Good Ground series,
also published by Brethren Press.

For children and youth, we use the new
Gather Round curriculum
(developed jointly by the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)


©2008 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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