Order of Worship for Sunday, March 27, 2016

Posted March 24th, 2016

EASTER SUNDAY

Gathering Music    “Rejoice, Give Thanks”    – Roberta Bitgood

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.

Focusing Music    “Bring Glad Easter Praises”    – arr. Stan Pethel

*Opening Prayer

One:  God of New Life! For those who first went out into the early dawn, when the sky was gray, taking spices to the tomb – there was terror, and surprise.

All:  For us, resisting the impulse to sleep in as part of a long weekend, and being over-familiar with the Easter story – there is the risk of complacency.

One:  We pray to open ourselves to the astounding possibility – that life can break out at any moment!

All:  We pray to challenge the thought that we have planned the future so efficiently that – there will be no surprises!

One:  We pray to face the fact that the walls of this church, and the life of our institution – cannot entirely contain Jesus!

All:  God of New Life! We celebrate your irrepressible power – breaking out with new life where we least expect it!  AMEN     – written by Ann Siddall

*Opening Song    “The Day of Resurrection”    – arr. John Carter(congregation sing as directed)Insert

Invitation to Give

Offering Music     “God So Loved the World”      – arr. Tedd Smith & Don Hustad

Offering Prayer

Children’s Time

Following story:

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

Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing”    #278

Prayers of the Community

Scripture Focus    John 20: 1-18 (p.114)

Reflection    “Running to the Tomb”    Jerry Bowen

*Song of Sending    “Beyond a Dying Sun”    #323

*Sending Words

*Sending Music     “Resurrection Joy”    – Gregg Sewell

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, March 20, 2106

Posted March 18th, 2016

School supplies are currently low and Violet Hanna wants to help. Donations boxes are in the Good Shepherd Foyer and the Church Office through today. Violet is a first grader at Lincoln Elementary, the daughter of Jeremy and Dani Hanna and sister to Lucy and Sally. Supplies needed include: glue sticks, pencils, erasers, scissors, notebooks, folders, markers, and Kleenex.

Love Feast and Communion will be observed at 6:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 24, in the Church Social Room. Everyone is invited.

Western Plains District Men’s Retreat is planned for April 8 – 9; Friday dinner through Saturday mid-afternoon. The retreat will be held at the Heartland Center for Spirituality, located at a Dominican convent in Great Bend; a wonderful, spiritually-alive space where the resident sisters support us with prayer during the retreat. There will be singing, fellowship, eating, learning and worship. Beyond the program, much of the value of the retreat is developing relationships with other men from our district, and there are some great guys out there! This year the men from the McPherson congregation are hosting and we sincerely invite you to come along. Brochures: Church Gathering Space. Registration deadline – Monday, March 21.

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 April 1, Dr. Herb Smith will present “War and Peace in Christian Thought.” Contact Marcia Walters (waltersm@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0434) by Monday, March 28, to reserve your place.

CASA A Voice for Children, Inc. will host a John McCutcheon Concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College, North Newton. Mr. McCutcheon is a renowned folk music artist and known in this area for being a staple at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival. Tickets ($22 – general admission, $35 – preferred seating/meet & greet) may be purchased at www.9thcasa.org or at the CASA office, 316-284-6909. Proceeds will help provide volunteer advocates for abused/neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes.

Disaster Services in Loveland, Colorado – Western Plains District has been given the opportunity to serve with Brethren Disaster Ministries at the site in Loveland, CO, April 24 – 30. For information, check the church website (www.macbrethren.org or contact Bud or Susan Taylor (620-245-4836 or 620-245-4835 or susandtaylor@yahoo.com or taylorbud48@cox.net).

District Children’s Coordinator – Do you have an enthusiasm for the Christian growth and development of children? Are you being called to utilize your creativity, organizational and leadership skills, in a new way? Currently, applications are being accepted for District Children’s Coordinator. For a position description and application, contact Wylene Lengel (620-241-3889 or wylene.lengel@gmail.com).

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather:

listen to local radio KBBE 96.7

watch rolling banner on bottom of screen on TV Channel 12

check KWCH Channel 12 website CLOSED list and the church Facebook page

When personnel can get to the office, an All Church Email will be sent.

 

 

 

 

For These We Pray for Sunday, March 20, 2016

Posted March 18th, 2016

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

•Donna Burkholder, Florence Crago, Illa Flax

•Elaine Fleenor, Barbara Flory

•Jeannie Harden, Eloise Holman

•Maxine Miller, Kaiden Schroeder

•Jessica Stevenson, Jeanette Stump

•Jan van Asselt, Bonnie Ward 

•John & Sandy Hoffman, Monitor CoB members

•Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry

•Larry & Sandee Kitzel, former McPherson residents & members

•ImoJean Frantz, Barry Kingery, Robin Koelling, Scott Vancil, celebrating birthdays today

•Steve & Lori Crain, celebrating their wedding anniversary today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool

McPherson College, faculty, staff, & students

The Cedars Community, staff & residents

– Continued prayer for continuity, cohesiveness and direction for the Cornerstone Class.

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

Dale Minnich, Acting General Secretary, and all members of the CoB staff

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

The family of Mary Jo Flory Steury, Executive Director of Ministry, at her recent death

EYN (CoB Church in Nigeria)

In Our Nation and World

The worldwide refugee crisis

Church of the Brethren congregations in:

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

Worship Participants for Sunday, March 20, 2016

Posted March 18th, 2016

    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 ChoirJosh Norris

Ministers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All members of McPherson Church of the Brethren

Chancel Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chancel Decorations Committee

Time of Sharing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allison Blandin, Mallory Koelling

Worship Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Bowen

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Wagoner

Vocal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Francis Hendricks, Deb C. Wagoner

Piano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renae Hendricks

Trumpet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Todd Flory

Flute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kaitlyn van Asselt

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Reynolds, Lindy Reynolds, Chris Whitacre

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Bruce and Janell Clary

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff and Dani Crist, Doug and Spenser Wine

Head Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Goering

CHILDCARE ATTENDANTS

Today

Sunday School

Cindy Kinnamon

Worship

Cindy Kinnamon – Infant

 to be announced – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K

Next Sunday

Sunday School

Cindy Kinnamon

Worship

Barbara Wagoner – Infant

     Barbara Wagoner – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K

Order of Worship for Sunday, March 20, 2016

Posted March 18th, 2016

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Gathering Music   

“The Gate of Jerusalem”  – George Blake

“Ride On in Glory”  – Mark Williams

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.

Scripture of the Palms    Luke 19: 28-40    #83

Procession of the Palms    “Hosanna to Our King”    – Lloyd Larson

*Responsive Opening Prayer

One:  Surprising God – we gather on this day to begin a week of contrasts.

All:  We move from hope to despair to hope again.

One:  As we begin the week, as we join with the crowd – help us cut through the noise and pay attention to what is happening – to see what is at stake.

 All:  As the story unfolds – may we be open to both the hope and the pain – may we prepare to celebrate, to weep, and to wait.

One:  We pray these things – in the name of Jesus – who shows us a path to new life.  AMEN    – written by Reverend Gord – adapted

*Opening Song    “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”    #238

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “The Holy City”    – arr. Clair Johnson

Offering Prayer

Message in Music    “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”    – Mark Shepperd

Children’s Time

Following story:

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

Childcare: Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building

Prayer Song    “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”    #463

Prayer

Reflection    ‘two parades’    Kathryn Whitacre

Song    “Take Time to Be Holy”    insert

Responsive Closing Words for Palm/Passion Sunday

One:  We have gathered with the crowds crying Hosanna!

All:  Because even if we were silent the stones themselves would have called out.

One:  We have shared the hope for a world about to be changed, and then it changed.

All:  We have walked with another crowd – one that called words of scorn and condemnation.

One:  And now we follow the crowd as it leads out to the cross.

All:  And yet even as the world grows dark, we cannot lose hope.

One:  Because; God is with us; God hears; God answers; God sets us free.

All:  God will be with us. Whatever happens, we are not alone.

One:  And so we watch the crowd and we follow…    – written by Reverend Gord – adapted

Scripture of the Passion    Luke 19-23 (paraphrased)

Song of the Passion    “Were You There”    – arr. James Bastien

You are invited to depart in thoughtful contemplation of the week ahead –

a week of joy, sorrow and hope.