Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
December 1, 2013
Worship 10:00 am          Sunday School 11:10am

First Sunday of Advent

      The days are coming.when the mountain on which the LORD’s temple stands.will be the greatest mountain of all; it will tower above every other peak and hill,.and all the world’s nations will come rushing to it like a flood.               (Isaiah 2:2 Laughing Bird Version)

  Beginning with Praise (9:50 am)             "Hail to the Lord's anointed"             185
  Prelude                     "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"            French Melody

   Call to Worship

*Awakening                      (vs.1) "The Lord is coming"                             (insert)

*Responsive Invocation                                                            (back of bulletin)

*Hymn                         "Come, thou long-expected Jesus"                           178

  Scripture                                      Psalm 122

  With Children             "Lighting the first Candle"

  Scripture                                Romans 13:11-14

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

  Advent Prayer Song                "Kindle a flame"                                     (insert)
                                                  (text/info   listen)

  Pastoral Prayer

  Scripture                               Matthew 24:36-44

  Returning our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory                            "Scottish Psalter Tune"                         arr. Warner
                              (Please sign the attendance pad and pass it on)

  Scripture                                     Isaiah 2:1-5

  Message                          "The days are coming" (mp3)

*Hymn                                     "Go, my children"                                        433

*Closing Prayer

*Postlude                                 "Catalonian Carol"

*Rise in body or in spirit

#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship

bulletin cover for December 1, 2013             What is it about going to the top of a mountain that inspires us so deeply? Is it the lack of oxygen from the altitude change? Maybe it’s the immersion in God's creation. Or perhaps the perspective from the mountaintop puts our egos, needs, and wants in proper order—the kind of perspective that sees the futility in seeking our own way and knows the virtue of walking in directed paths. As we begin our Advent journey to Bethlehem, perspective is important.

             This week’s bulletin cover depicts Isaiah's peaceful world of abundance. This abundance is nothing like the Christmas extravagance that lures us to consume without end. Rather, it is an abundance of faith in God’s wisdom. It is the kind of abundance that crops up when swords are beaten into iron plows, and mental energy is invested on things that make for life rather than that which destroys life. Come friends, let’s walk by the Lord’s light.

by Greg Davidson Laszakovits, pastor
Elizabethtown, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin

Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series
Illustration by Kate Cosgrove; © 2012 Gather 'Round curriculum

Responsive Invocation

One:    God, as we gather the fruits of your abundance...

All:      May we walk in your paths.

One:    In our everyday choices that reflect our hopes, dreams, and values...

All:      May we walk in your paths.

One:    To Bethlehem we journey, ready to receive the good news of life abundant.

All:      May we walk in your paths. Amen.

by Greg Davidson Laszakovits, pastor
Elizabethtown, PA Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin

Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word Series

With Children
"Lighting the first Candle"

             The children will light the first candle on our wreath. As we do, we’ll talk about why we are doing so. Where we go with this depends on which children are present. Younger ones will simply focus on countdown to Christmas, every added candle lit indicating Jesus coming (Christmas) is closer. With the leaves now gone from the trees, it’s nice also to have the green in the wreath. Older children can begin catching some of the symbolism, so speaking of these candles as representing hope, peace, joy, and love might be appropriate.

            After the first candle is lit, ask the children about who might light the next three. In our congregation, we often ask persons or families who have experienced something new this past year to light the candles, like the young couple whose child born last August was recently dedicated, or the fellow who joined our church by re-affirmation of faith in October, or the older couple who were married in September. Perhaps suggesting these possibilities to the children might lead to us (me and the children)  asking these persons if they’d like to light the next candles, either during the service or after. Play it by ear.


Pastoral Prayer


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


Returning our Tithes and Offerings

             God of promise and hope, we take time this morning to share offerings of time, talent, and treasure. We present ourselves to you, knowing you are the source of all good gifts. Your word reminds us that we do not know the day or hour when our faithfulness will be examined, and so we pray that we might live each day and each moment striving for lives of love and compassion for the least, lowliest, and the lost, in a way that is pleasing to you. We pray this in the name of the Christ, whose coming calls us to preparation and repentance. Amen.

from The United Methodist Book of Worship
Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org
Used by permission.


Guide us, O Lord,
by your Word and Holy Spirit,
that in your light we may see light,
in your truth find freedom,
and in your will discover peace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

Hymnal #769
adapted from "Order of Worship," Worship the Lord,
ed. James R. Esther and Donald J. Bruggink,
copyright © 1987 The Reformed Church in America.


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)


©2013 Peter L. Haynes
(unless otherwise stated, worship resources were written by him)


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