Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
July 20, 2008
Worship 10:00 am

      Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)

  Call to Worship                       Psalm 86:11-17

*Songs                "These are the days" / "How firm a foundation"                  567

These are the days for learning and for loving.
These are the days to risk and take a chance.
These are the days for waiting and for working.
These are the days to dream and dare and dance.

refrain (interspersed between verses of hymn)
©2002 Ken Medema Music/Brier Patch Music
CCLI #1347096

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                 Romans 8:12-17

  Tercentennial Minute    "Gold Apples in Silver Bowls"    Mel Horst

  Responsive Scripture Reading                (Romans 8:18-27)                       848

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

  Song                                             "Breathe"                          (insert/overhead)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Song                                    "Trading my sorrows"                 (insert/overhead)  

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

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

above: video highlights from worship in San Juan de la Maguana
shared at this point in today's service

  Message                     "Construyendo Una Iglesia"
                                            1 Corinthians 12:12-27

*Hymn                                   "We are the church"                   (insert/overhead)



#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

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Call to Worship
Psalm 86:11-17

"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth;
            give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
            and I will glorify your name forever.
  For great is your steadfast love toward me;
            you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol."

            These words from the Psalmist draw us into worship. We have come to learn from and express our gratitude to God. In the depths of our heart we want to glorify the Lord with more than mere words. We don't wish to only talk the talk. We want to walk the walk of faith, because God has been faithful and true to us. Even through our difficult times.

            We each come today with the struggles we have faced this week. These don't get tossed out the window as we worship. Instead, we bring them to the Lord, who gives us strength to face into our troubles. Listen again to the Psalmist and be nudged onto the path of praise and discipleship.

“O God, the insolent rise up against me
            a band of ruffians seeks my life,
                        and they do not set you before them.
  But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
            slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
  Turn to me and be gracious to me;
            give your strength to your servant;
                        save the child of your serving girl.
  Show me a sign of your favor,
            so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
                        because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”

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.

Opening Prayer

            You are the rock solid ground beneath us, O Lord. Upon you we can depend. No matter what! As we trust in You, we know that You will never, never, never forsake us. You are the source of our strength. From you we derive courage for the journey, for you are with us every step along the way, through deep waters and fiery trials. The wind of your Spirit propels us forward as we follow your Son, our Christ. So on this day of learning and loving, waiting and working, help us to risk and take a chance, and dream and dare and dance with Jesus. Amen.


Tercentennial Minute
"Gold Apples in Silver Bowls"

Prior to their first baptism in 1708 the original group of Brethren were part of a larger group of religious refugees living around Schwarzenau, in the region of the Palatinate in what is now Germany.  Most of these believers, known as Pietists, shared the conviction of their leader Ernst Christoph Hochmann von Hochenau that the true church was a spiritual body, and that the outward signs of an organized church were not necessary. 

The first eight Brethren, however, engaging in group Bible Study, decided that the church of Jesus Christ must have visible organization and practice, based only on what appeared in scripture.  According to their accounts, the Brethren were influenced by traveling Mennonite missionaries – but exactly who?  The Mennonites of that region disagreed with the Brethren on several important points.

The Mennonites of that time believed that one should only be baptized after giving evidence or regeneration in the way one lived life, whereas the Brethren believed that one should be baptized upon a confession of faith.  Only after baptism would transformation begin.

The early Brethren believed in a much more concrete church structure than the Mennonites.  The words the Brethren use with communion: "The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ; the cup which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ," are drawn from 1 Corinthians 10, whereas most other Christian groups draw their communion language from other parts of the Bible.

             How could these ideas have come from the Mennonites that the Brethren knew, historians wondered?  One answer came with the recent translation into English of the book Golden Apples in Silver Bowls.  Originally published in Basil, Switzerland, in 1702, it seems to have served as a source, or confirmation, of many of the ideas that the Brethren were developing in their scripture study.  Suddenly it all made sense – Swiss, not German, Mennonites had provided the spark that helped the Brethren take action as a result of their study of scripture. Despite opposition from people they admired, the first Brethren realized that in order to be true to Jesus, they needed to be the church of Jesus Christ. 

And that's the Tercentennial Minute for July 20, 2008.

by Frank Ramirez, pastor of the Everett, PA Church of the Brethren
posted by permission                        
The Everett church graciously makes available these weekly vignettes from Brethren history
to all who are interested during this 300th anniversary year of our denomination.
Frank will be the guest preacher for our Homecoming on October 26, 2008
(this is our congregation's 100th anniversary year)

Responsive Scripture Reading
Romans 8:18-27

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved.
  Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Hymnal #848
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.

Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

Placing our offering in the plate is not like trading one baseball card for another, or exchanging toys. When we do that, what we give up is something we have decided we can do without in an effort to get something better. Ideally, in the offering we are returning to God from the top of our pile, not the bottom. At least that’s the way it should be.


When you really think about it, though, what we offer is something we have decided we can do without. It’s a sacrifice of sorts. That ten or whatever percent of our income won’t be used for something else we might want. We give it up. But like the song we just sang ("Trading my sorrows"), what we receive from God is much better than anything we might trade. However, it’s not an exchange, a quid pro quo, a favor for a favor, a give and take, a tit for tat or this for that. You see, God gives to us long before we ever think about giving anything back. We don’t trade up for God’s blessings. We already are blessed, whether we realize it or not.

Now, does God need our offering? Good question. Certainly the body of Christ, the church needs it; and not just the money we might put in the plate as it’s passed. As the Bible says, we each have a unique gift, a special ability, something that only we can share. And this is given by God for building up the body, the church. We are not throwing away this gift when we share it. Something far greater is being created by God when these gifts are offered and operate together.

            So, as the ushers pass the plates and you put your monetary offering in them, be thinking about your other gifts. What unique ability is your contribution to building up the body of Christ? Offer this to God as well, praying, “Yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes, yes, Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

1 - Porque así como el cuerpo es uno, y tiene muchos miembros, pero todos los miembros del cuerpo, siendo muchos, son un solo cuerpo, así también Cristo… For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

2 - Porque por un solo Espíritu fuimos todos bautizados en un cuerpo… For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

3 - Además, el cuerpo no es un solo miembro, sino muchos… Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.

1 - And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.

2 - If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?

3 - If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

1 - But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

2 - If all were a single member, where would the body be?

3 - As it is, there are many members, yet one body.

1 - The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,”

2 - nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

3 - On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

1 - and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor,

2 - and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect;

3 - whereas our more respectable members do not need this.

1 - But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member,

2 - that there may be no dissension within the body,

3 - but the members may have the same care for one another.

1 - If one member suffers, all suffer together with it;

2 - if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

3 - Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

English 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.



(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

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)

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,
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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