Order of Worship for Sunday, June 8, 2014

Posted June 6th, 2014

Gathering Music    “The Way of the Cross Leads Home”    – James Mansfield

                                              “All Hail the Power”    – arr. Edward Broughton

Sharing Time

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Guest and visitors, please fill out one of the “Welcome” Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.

Focusing Music    “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”    – Frederick Atkinson/Hayes


Unless the eye catch the Spirit, God will not be seen.

Unless the ear catch the Spirit, God will not be heard.

Unless the tongue catch the Spirit, God will not be named.

Unless the heart catch the Spirit, God will not be loved.

Unless the mind catch the Spirit, God will not be know.  – William Blake

*Call to Worship

One:  Rush upon us. Overtake and consume us, O Holy Spirit,

All:  until divisions turn to dusty ashes and walls of pride collapse.

One:  Spill out over us. Surround and overwhelm us, O Satisfying Fountain,

All:  until we waste love’s richness without measuring cost.

One:  Dance among us, well up and erupt within us, O Dynamic Word,

All:  until our tongues know words of peace and our souls speak reconciliation.

*Opening Song    “Holy Spirit, Come With Power”    #26

New Members and Child Dedication

Dani Hanna, Jeremy Hanna, Lara Schoming, Seth Schoming

Lucy Hanna, Sally Hanna, Violet Hanna, Elliot Schoming, Enzo Schoming

*Congregational Statement of Welcome

As we now receive you and your children into the fellowship of the church, we promise, with humility and seriousness, to share in your child’s nurture and well-being, to support, by our example and words, your efforts to provide a loving and caring home, where trust in God grows and the way of Jesus is chosen.

We also make this covenant with you as we renew our covenant with God:

    to bear each others’ burdens,

    to assist in times of need,

    to share our gifts and possessions,

    to forgive as Jesus has forgiven us,

    to support each other in joy and sorrow,

    and in all things to work for the common good,

    thus making known God’s presence among us.

    May our shared life and witness allow God’s call

    on our lives to be both joyful and fruitful.

*Song of Affirmation    “There Are Many Gifts”    #304

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “The Faithful Shepherd”    – John Dare

Unison Prayer for the Offering

Bountiful God, we come with our offerings in response to your love. With the energy bestowed by the Spirit, we give ourselves in service to others. we seek to inflame all your people with a passion for your way. Receive the work we do, and the gifts we bring, that they may become a blessing in your sight.  AMEN

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Special Music    VBS Music

Scripture Reading    Acts 2: 1-21 (pg.119)


Song of Invitation    “New Earth, Heavens New”    #299

Invitation to the Table

One:  We come to the table —

All:  all of us welcome.

One:  We invite God —

All:  all of us breaking bread together.

One:  We remember Jesus —

All:  all of us touched by truth.

One:  We are empowered —

All:  all of us washed and aflame in the Spirit of Pentecost.

 Prayer of Thanksgiving

One:  O God of creation, whose Spirit stilled the waters of chaos, whose breath filled all creatures with life, we praise you.

All:  O God of inspiration, whose Spirit anointed leaders and teachers, whose power emboldened the prophets of old, we praise you.

One:  O God of Jesus, whose Spirit descended dove-like on the man of Galilee, whose glory shone in words of wisdom and deeds of love, we praise you.

All:  O God of Pentecost, whose Spirit comes to the waiting faithful, whose gifts empower the church for service and witness, we praise you.

Prayers of Concern

One:  We invite the Spirit of God to blow through our lives and our world, as we pray about the needs that surround us. We pray for those who have lost faith – for those who have come ungrounded in their lives, who see nothing but hopelessness around them, who feel distant from you, O God.

All:  Your Spirit brings life, O God and we are thankful.

One:  We pray for those who face challenge– for those whose health is failing them, who find money to be an obstacle, who suffer oppression and injustice.

All:  Your Spirit brings life, O God and we are thankful.

One: We pray for those who live apart from you–for those who do not show love freely and abundantly, who act selfishly, who hurt others by their actions or inaction.

All:  Your Spirit brings life, O God and we are thankful.

One:  Spirit of God, fill this world with your compassion. Pour your love upon it. Light it with your power. This was Jesus’ vision that he taught us to pray about and we pray now saying;

All:  Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debt, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.  AMEN

Remembering Jesus At the Table

One:  When Jesus was at table with his friends, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to those who were gathered there – and they were changed. Continuing to offer hospitality, he took a cup of wine and blessed it, and passed it around the table – and the holy was revealed. This same meal is now offered to us. We gladly accept it, knowing that in ordinary moments like this, God can be revealed to us too.

Distribution of the Elements

Crackers are distributed.

“This is my body, broken for you. Take it into yourself.”

Grapes are distributed.

“This is my blood, shed for you. Take it into yourself.”

*Post-Communion Prayer:

One:  Through the great Comforter, Advocate, our faithful Guide, we have become a part of God’s holy love. And so we pray to the eternal one:

All:  God of love, as you have blessed this meal, bless now our work and our words, that we may extend your welcome to the world in what we do and by who we are. May the Spirit’s power make it so.  Amen.

 *Sending Song    “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”    #478

*Sending Words

*Sending Music

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, June 1, 2014

Posted May 30th, 2014

The Outreach Team is teaming up with the Vacation Bible School children this year. They are offering assistance with the offering project by sewing and providing bags for school kits. The bags will be used by Church World Service for distributing school supplies to needy children. During this week, Monday – Friday, June 2 –6, from 9 – 11 a.m., you are invited to bring your sewing machine, extra material, and/or iron to the Church Social Room and help cut, sew, pin and iron the bags. On Thursday morning, June 5, the children will decorate and stuff the bags with supplies. On Friday, June 6, the VBS children will present them as their donations during gathering time. Come and join in the excitement and share in the tradition of VBS. For questions or for material to donate for the bags, contact Judy Stockstill (620-242-3536).

Summer Sunday School – Everyone is invited to join the intergenerational Sunday school class at 9 a.m., in the Church Social Room. “Exploring an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr and the Franciscan Tradition” – led by Allan van Asselt and Steve Crain with the possible assistance of Ken Holderread and Jan van Asselt. Based on a video presentation and workbook entitled, Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis, a series of conversations that “invite us to explore a Christian faith informed by contemplation, mysticism, compassion, justice, and centuries of rich Christian history.” The class will meet from June 8 – August 3 (except July 27, District Conference). The workbook will be made available for purchase. Additional information is on the church website (www.macbrethren.org).

First Fridays:  McPherson College at The Cedars – This is a free educational series of classes that are open to all ages. At 2 p.m. on Friday, June 6, Ed Barr will present “Art from Aardvark to Zanzibar and Everything in Between.” To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, June 2.

Spring Congregational Forum is planned for Sunday, June 15. You are encouraged to remain in the Church Sanctuary, following the service, and participate in the business of the church.

Campus Ministry & Philosophy and Religion – McPherson College makes changes – details on the church website (www.macbrethren.org).

It’s not too late!  Even though the Haiti campaign has officially ended, we continue to accept Haiti donations as projects and pledges are completed.

2014 Bible School Offering Project

This year’s offering project will help benefit children all over the world through Church World Service. School Kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings, some of the basic tools for learning.

During the week of VBS, the Church of the Brethren Outreach Team is requesting the assistance of volunteers for sewing the bags which the kits will be sent in. That way every child not only gets the supplies but also a bag to hold them! Thank you in advance for your support of this much needed program!

Donations of the following items will be appreciated.

      • blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)

      • 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages  (no loose-leaf or filler paper)

      • 30-centimeter rulers (12″)

      • hand-held pencil sharpeners

      • large erasers

      • new pencils with erasers

      • boxes of 24 crayons (only 24)

Items are being collected today and on June 8 and may be brought to the front of the Sanctuary.

Sarah Hendricks, VBS Coordinator

For These We Pray for Sunday, June 1, 2014

Posted May 30th, 2014

The Economic Situation as it affects our community, region, nation, and world

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

The spoken and unspoken concerns and joys with our community of faith and our community of living

      •Bob Brax, Linda Butler Brittingham

      •Emilie Dell, Barbara Flory, Nathan Friesen

      •Glen Funk, Jeanne Harden, Anne Hobbs

      •Karen Hoch, Eloise Holman, Miriam Hoover

      •Cindy Krehbiel, Maxine Miller, Buck Reinecker

      •Kaiden Schroeder, John & Bonnie Ward

      •Vera Whitaker

      •Carl Anderson (brother-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman)

      •Eileen Butler (sister-in-law of Judy Butler)

      •Suzanne Miller (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

      •The family of Kevin Snyder, at his recent death

      •Ben Wenrick (friend of Jerry & Kendra Bowen)

      •Jonathan Yount (son of Peggy Yount, sister of Barbara Flory)

Celebrating Anniversaries today:

      •Joel & Katie Wagoner, Garth & Diane Werner

District Camps, June 1-7, 2014

      Senior High – Camp Colorado

      Junior High – Camp Mt. Hermon

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

The Church of the Brethren Western Plains District

Sonja Griffith, District Executive – Terri Torres, Moderator – Ministries of the Western Plains District

Julie Liggett, Western Plains minister, struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

Stan Noffsinger, General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Annual Conference Moderator

CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:

Learning by heart: Philippians – Whether you memorize the entire book of Philippians, or selected passages, or simply spend time each day in prayer and contemplation, it is the desire of Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, that through these scriptures Jesus may call us to boldly “Live as Courageous Disciples.” Week of June 1: Philippians 4: 10-12

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

On-going conflicts in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Southern Sudan, Syria, Turkey

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain (newly approved) and Sudan

Worship Participants for Sunday, June 1, 2014

Posted May 30th, 2014

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

Coordinator of Music and Organist/Pianist/Accompanist:  Ellen Gilbert

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory      Director of Choirs:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Rick Tyler

Acolytes    Allison Blandin

Worship Leader    Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time    Dan Lichty

Vocal/Piano    Anne Kirchner


Visual Technician    Chris Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Steve Lolling, Dean Reynolds, Lindy Reynolds, John Snell

Greeters    Roberta Reed, Garth Werner

Ushers    Todd, Becky, Ty, and Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

                     (balcony) Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Visitation Ministers    Florence Crago, Rick Schrag, Charles Whitacre


Summer Schedule – 2 volunteers, one location


Cindy Kinnamon, April Lemm

Next Sunday

Elly Ullom, Lois Schrag

Order of Worship for Sunday, June 1, 2014

Posted May 30th, 2014

Gathering Music    “O Come, Loud Anthems Let Us Sing” #68  (verses 1 and 4)

                                             “The Care the Eagle Gives Her Young” #590

                                             “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” #285  (verses 1 and 4)

Sharing Time

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Guest and visitors, please fill out one of the “Welcome” Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.

Focusing Music    “Deep River”    – Steven Scott


One:  The Holy Spirit has come upon you.

All:  What is the future?

One:  Do not worry – the Holy Spirit has come upon you.

All:  What if we are rejected?

One:  Do not be disquieted – the Holy Spirit has come upon you.

All:  What if we fail?

One:  Do not be afraid – the Holy Spirit has come upon you.

*Opening Song    “As the Deer”    insert

Children’s Story

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “I Exalt Thee”    – Pete Sanchez, arr. Mark Hayes

Offering Prayer and Blessing

Prayer Song    “Peace, Be Still, and Know That I Am God”    insert

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

Special Music    “Bow the Knee”    – Christopher Machen & Mike Harland   arr. Tom Fettke

Scripture Reading    Acts 1: 6-14 (pg. 118)

Message    “No Longer Afraid”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “What a Fellowship”    insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    Bourree from “Water Music” Suite    – G. F. Handel