For These We Pray for Sunday, October 4, 2015

Posted October 2nd, 2015

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

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

•Rosalie Black, Illa Flax, Barbara Flory

•Ron Freed, Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

•Maxine Miller, Rebecca Rothrock

•Kaiden Schroeder, Art Snell, Jessica Stevenson

•Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward, Diane Werner

•Rudy Anderson (father of Jen Jensen)

•Gloria Burch (sister-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman)

•Maurice Edmonds (father of Sandra Lolling)

•Glenn Hofts (grandfather of Terran Woolley)

•Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

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

•Lucille Batson, Gerard Decina, James Dodson, celebrating their birthdays today

•Wes & Elissa Hoffert, celebrating their wedding anniversary today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool, staff & students

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

Worship Participants for Sunday, October 4, 2015

Posted October 2nd, 2015

Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

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

Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory    Director of Worship Choir:  Josh Norris

Ministers    All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor    Jill Brax

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes    Mallory Koelling, Malia Pfeiff

Children’s Time    Kathryn Whitacre

Flute    Alison Flory Replogle

Resonance Trio    Bryan Hess, Dan Masterson, Bruce Wagoner

Vocalists    Janelle Flory Schrock, Kendra Flory

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technician    Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Ryan Goering, Steve Lolling, Rick Schrag

Greeters    Jeff Allmon, Rick Tyler

Ushers    Dan Hoffman, David Hoffman, Jim, Lisa, and Johanna Hoffman

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS

Today

Sunday School

to be announced

Worship

      Ashley Spohn – Infant

 Allan Ayella – Toddler

         Janell Clary – Pre-K

    Next Sunday

Sunday School

to be announced

Worship

         Elly Ullom – Infant

 Lela Beam – Toddler

          to be announced – Pre-K

 

 

Order of Worship for Sunday, October 4, 2015

Posted October 2nd, 2015

 World Communion Sunday 2015

Love Feast

A service of: Bread & Cup Communion, Feet/Hand-Washing, Fellowship Meal

Gathering Music   

“I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous”  (vs. 1 and 4)    #338

“Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know”(vs. 1 and 4)    #337

“How Good a Thing It Is” (vs. 1 through 4)    #310

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.

Invitation to Worship

Focusing Music    “Abide With Me”    – arr. Jack Schrader

Unison Opening Statement:  And the Table Will Be Wide

And the table will be wide.

And the welcome will be wide.

And the arms will open wide to gather us in.

And our hearts will open wide to receive.

And we will come as children who trust there is enough.

And we will come unhindered and free.

And our aching will be met with bread.

And our sorrow will be met with wine.

And we will open our hands to the feast without shame.

And we will turn toward each other without fear.

And we will give up our appetite for despair.

And we will taste and know of delight.

And we will become bread for a hungering world.

And we will become drink for those who thirst.

And the blessed will become the blessing.

And everywhere will be the feast.  – written by Jan L. Richardson

*Opening Song    “Here in This Place”    #6

Children’s Time

Following story:

Children’s Church, 1st through 5th Grade, Education Building

Childcare, Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Peace, O God”    – J. Fyock, arr. Masterson

Unison Offering Prayer

Loving and gracious God;

we will not find that needed justice in our apathy;

we will not find that elusive wholeness with our quarreling;

we will not find our hoped for unity with our doctrines;

we will not find our misplaced love with our hating;

we will not find that rest we crave in our overflowing planners;

we will not find the peace You offer in our well nursed grudges.

HOWEVER

we will find You in the brokenness of the Bread and in the breaking of our hearts;

we will find You when we drain the Cup, refill it with our gifts and offer it to those in need;

we will find You when we squeeze closer together, making room at the Table for all your people.

Help us God, to do Your work and Your will, as we:

give of our bounty and blessings, share communion,

wash one another’s hands and feet and

eat a meal together.

       Bless all that we do in Your name. AMEN    – written by Thom Shuman (adapted)

Scripture Focus    John 13: 4-17 (p.107)

Reflection    “the taste of faith”

Communion – Bread and Cup

Words of Invitation

As the Bread and Cup are being served, please join in the refrain as directed.

“Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup”    #471

Sharing the Bread

Words for the Bread

Let me hunger enough for the taste of bread;

that I not forget the world’s hunger,

that I may have bread to share,

that I may long for the Bread of God.

Let me hunger enough that I may be filled.

But, O God – let me not hunger so much

that I seek after that which is not bread – or try to live by bread alone.

Sharing the Cup

Words for the Cup

Let me thirst enough for the taste of water and wine;

that I not forget the world’s thirst,

that I may have water and wine to share,

that I may long for the water and wine of God.

Let me thirst enough that I may be filled.

But, O God – let me not thirst so much

that I seek after that which is not the cup – or try to live by water and wine alone.

Prayer of Blessing

Song of Preparation for Feet/Hand Washing

“Jesus Took a Towel”    #449

Feet/Hand-Washing

You may stay as long as you wish and participate in feet/ hand-washing as you are comfortable.

All are invited to complete Love Feast by sharing in the Fellowship Potluck Meal immediately following in the downstairs fellowship hall – please stay even if you did not bring food or table service – there isroom at the table for everyone.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 27, 2015

Posted September 25th, 2015

October Newsletter – Printed copies are available today. Check for e-mail updates and stay up-to-date with church news by signing up for e-mail alerts. Visit www.macbrethren.org and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

Everyone is invited to join The Cedars Service Guild for their Fall Celebration – Salad Supper, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, in The Cedars Conference Center. Following the meal, Les Groves will present “A Prairie Song, Fall Poems.”

World Communion Sunday – Love Feast – A Service of Bread and Cup Communion and Feet/Hand-Washing will be observed on Sunday, October 4. Following worship, we will gather in the Church Social Room for a potluck meal. Meat will be provided; please bring a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share.

Everyone is invited to participate in the CROP Walk which is planned for Sunday, October 25.  The walk will involve the congregation and McPherson College students and staff. An ice cream social will follow the walk with free will donations to the CROP walk. Contact Kendra Bowen, CROP Walk Coordinator, for questions (kleighbowen@yahoo.com or 620-504-2772).

Planning is underway for the 37th Annual Community Christmas Carol Along which will be held on Thursday, December 3, at the Opera House. If interested in being a part of the committee, contact Donna House (620-241-5654).

An African AdventureJanuary 6 – 14, 2016 – You are invited to join Herb and Jeanne Smith who will be traveling to the New Jerusalem of Africa – Lalibela. Discover the eleven churches carved monolithically into the ground 38 feet, worship in a cave monastery, deliver PET wheelchairs, visit the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in his mansion for tea, and shop in the largest outdoor market in Africa. For additional information, contact Herb Smith (smithh@mcpherson.edu or 620-241-7128).

Leadership Team Updates

It is our hope that once a month we will share information regarding the work of the Leadership Team. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or praise, you are welcome to contact a Leadership Team member or myself, LaMonte Rothrock (lamonter1980@gmail.com).

•Each team has been very busy, working on next year’s annual budget, to be approved at the November 8, Congregational Forum Meeting.

•The Executive Board has been reviewing staff letters of employment with legal counsel, to make sure that all of the wording and agreements are up-to-date. With the Personnel Team, they have been reviewing the evaluation process. This year, they will be reviewing staff on an academic calendar, with the process beginning in April. Additional information will be shared at the Congregational Forum.

•The Properties Team and the Energy Task Force will be sharing some great news about working on managing and lowering our energy usage and bills.

•The Leadership Team has been having stimulating conversations about the annual budget, annual giving, pledges and working on dedicating monies to an endowment.

•Those attending the Congregational Forum will be asked to assist the Leadership Team in a round table discussion of how, who, and how much, we are allocating for the Outreach budget. This should be a great opportunity for us to see what we are currently giving and how this fits with our mission, vision, and goals for the coming years.

As always the Leadership Team feels privileged to be representing the congregation in the leadership of a growing, evolving, and vibrant community. Please keep us in your prayers.

 

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, September 27, 2015

Posted September 25th, 2015

 The McPherson Church of the Brethren

 In Memoriam

Kent Naylor died on Tuesday, August 25. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the church. We wish to express our sympathy to Elva Jean; daughter, Janice (James) Naylor Tracy; sons, Ronald (Cynthia) Naylor, Max (Ann) Naylor; and the other extended family members.

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

•Rosalie Black, Illa Flax, Barbara Flory

•Ron Freed, Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

•Maxine Miller, Rebecca Rothrock

•Kaiden Schroeder, Art Snell, Jessica Stevenson

•Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward, Diane Werner

•Rudy Anderson (father of Jen Jensen)

•Gloria Burch (sister-in-law of Elmer & Margaret Zimmerman)

•Maurice Edmonds (father of Sandra Lolling)

•Glenn Hofts (grandfather of Terran Woolley)

•Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

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

•Tara Churchill, Winona Godfrey, celebrating  their birthdays today

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

Joanna Smith, Moderator

Ministries of the Western Plains District

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria), in the face of Boko Haram advances

In Our Nation and World

Abduction of the Nigerian Chibok Tribe Girls

On-going conflicts throughout the world

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

Brazil, Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, Spain, and Sudan