The Gathering — “Anoint Us, Lord! Heal Us, Call Us, Send Us”

Posted September 10th, 2015

The event is planned for Friday, October 30 — Sunday, November 1, at the Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kansas.

You are encouraged to register by Monday, October 19 to take advantage of the early bird rates. After October 19, costs will increase from $60 to $70 for adults/youth and $150 to $180 for Family maximum.  Links for the following forms  can be found on the District website, or if you wish to have them emailed to you, please contact the District Office (620-241-4240 or

Brochure:  learn more about the theme and activities of the weekend.

Registration Form:  On-line registration is encouraged.  However, you are welcome to print and send in registration forms, if this is your preferred method.

Children’s Registration Form:  If you are not registering online, this needs to be filled out in addition to the basic registration form.

Children’s Medical Permission Form:  This form is required for each child who will be attending children’s activities. Please scan and email to or mail to Western Plains District, PO Box 394, McPherson KS 67460.

JR. & SR. High! Challenge Course Permission Form:  SR. and JR. High youth need to fill out the ropes course authorization form. Please scan and email to or mail to Western Plains District, PO Box 394, McPherson KS 67460.

Alternative Lodging Options:  If you prefer not to stay on the Webster Center campus, a number of close-by motel options are available.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, September 6, 2015

Posted September 4th, 2015

Everyone is invited to attend the “We Connect Wednesdays” kick-off meal which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 9, in the Church Social Rooms, with the Fellowshipand Hospitality Team hosting. Matt Friesen will be on hand to grill burgers and hotdogs. Meat and buns will be provided; please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. See you there!  Please note that WCW prices are $3 per person or $8 for families.

Kingdom Kids will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, with a Water Fun Night. All children, ages 4 years through 5th grade, are welcome. From 6-7:15 p.m., children younger than 4 years, are welcome to be a part of the Wednesday evening nursery. You may register your children at

The A/V Project Group of the Communications Team is seeking volunteers for operating cameras for our Sunday morning worship broadcast. If you are Junior High age or older and would find this an interesting avenue for serving the church, please contact Rick Schrag (620-241-5769) or Chris Whitacre (620-241-1109).

AD HOC Committee Opportunity:  Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held at Crosswinds Conference Center, Hesston (supper through lunch), April 8-10, 2016. If you would be interested in being on the planning and implementation team to make this conference a reality, please contact Barbara Flory (620-241-1056 – home, 620-242-9498 – cell, or, no later than Wednesday, September 9, to let her know of your interest.

The Good Samaritan Fund Balance Account, used for local emergencies, is running low. If you would like to contribute to the fund, you may place your check in an offering plate or mail it to the Church Office.

We continue to look for childcare volunteers who are willing to staff the nursery during the Sunday school hour and worship service. If you are willing to assist, you are invited to sign up on the following links:

Sunday School 

Worship Service

For These We Pray for Sunday, September 6, 2015

Posted September 4th, 2015

 In Memoriam

Kent Naylor died on Tuesday, August 25. Service arrangements are pending. Please remember in prayer Elva Jean and the other immediate and extended family members.

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, Florence Crago, Illa Flax

•Barbara Flory, Ron Freed, Jeannie Harden

•Eloise Holman, Maxine Miller

•Kaiden Schroeder, Art Snell

•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 (father of Terran Woolley)

•Phyllis Pettit (mother of Renee’ Schowengerdt)

•Laurel Williams (sister of Myrna Eis & Mabel Friesen)

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

•Carolyn Lengel, celebrating her birthday today

•Rick & Gayle Doll, celebrating their wedding anniversary 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 (newly approved) and Sudan

Worship Participants for Sunday, September 6, 2015

Posted September 4th, 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 Décor    Rick Tyler

Acolytes    Renae Hendricks, Keira McMillan

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    to be announced

Vocalist    Addie Johnson

Organist/Pianist    Jean Hendricks

Our Volunteers

Visual Technician    Kade Goss, Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Dean Reynolds, John Wagoner, Chris Whitacre

Greeters    Kristen Reynolds, Madonna Reynolds

Ushers    Bruce and Janell Clary, Art and Karen Hoch

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

Childcare Attendants


Sunday School

 to be announced


      Ashley Spohn – Infant

 Allan Ayella – Toddler

         to be announced – Pre-K

    Next Sunday

Sunday School

 John & Deb Wagoner


 Elly Ullom – Infant

              Lela Beam – Toddler

      to be announced – Pre-K



Order of Worship for Sunday, September 6, 2015

Posted September 4th, 2015

 In solidarity with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)

Liberty and Justice for All

“Day of Confession, Repentance, Prayer, and Commitment to End Racism”

Gathering Music    “O God, Thou Faithful God” with Variations    – J. S. Bach

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    “How Good, Lord, to Be Here!”    – Berkley Guse

*Call to Worship

One:  We gather to worship God,

All:  Who creates us and loves us;

One:  Who gifts us with diversity and makes us for community;

All:  Who gives Jesus to show us how to live;

One:  Who inspires people of all ages,

All:  To seek justice, share power, and live together in love and equality;

One:  Who invites us to join the struggle for wholeness and well being for all,

All:  and whose presence, grace, and love sustain us in our living.

One:  We gather to worship God.

All:  Praise be to God!    – from the 13th Annual National Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

*Opening Song    “Great Is the Lord”    #87

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    “El-Shaddai”    – Card/Thompson, arr. Teresa Wilhelmi

Offering Prayer                                                                                                                   

Prayer Scripture and Song    “What Does the Lord Require”    #753 & #409

Micah 6: 6-8

Prayers of the People

Unison Confession

In the midst of the ever present stream of injustices inflicted upon the weak, the poor, and the marginalized;

we confess our complicity in nurturing the status quo through silence and inaction,

we confess that we often stand silent while our sisters and brothers suffer at the hands of the privileged and powerful,

we confess that we sometimes turn a blind eye to the sufferings of those who are looked down upon because of powerlessness, poverty, or the hue of their skin,

we confess our commitment to being the church where “all are one” and “all are welcome.”

Loving and gracious God, we ask You to make us into the church that intercedes on behalf of those who are cast aside for the sake of the establishment.

– Rev. Julian Jefferson, Heritage UCC, Baltimore, MD


 Unison Commitment

I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events around us.

I refuse to believe we are bound by racism, war, and injustice.

I believe those around me are my brother and my sister.

I believe in dignity every day and that our brokenness can be healed.

I believe we can overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to it.

This means I seek to reject revenge and retaliation.

This means I remember and believe, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”

– drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Abigail Reichard

 Prayer Song    “The Lord’s Prayer”  – Malotte

Scripture Readings

Matthew 5: 43-48

‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ so that you may be children of God; for God makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

 John 13:31-35

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

Reflection    “Dream or Nightmare?”    Jerry Bowen

Sending Song    “Glory”    insert

One day, when the glory comes

It will be ours, it will be ours

Oh, one day, when the war is won

We will be sure, we will be here sure

Oh, glory, glory

Oh, glory, glory

Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon

Formed against, yes glory is destined

Every day women and men become legends

Sins that go against our skin become blessings

The movement is a rhythm to us

Freedom is like religion to us

Justice is juxtaposition in us

Justice for all just ain’t specific enough

One son died, his spirit is revisitin’ us

Truant livin’ livin’ in us, resistance is us

That’s why Rosa sat on the bus

That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up

When it go down we woman and man up

They say, “Stay down” and we stand up

Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up

King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

One day, when the glory comes

It will be ours, it will be ours

Oh, one day, when the war is won

We will be sure, we will be here sure

Oh, glory, glory

Oh, glory, glory

Now the war is not over

Victory isn’t won

And we’ll fight on to the finish

Then when it’s all done

We’ll cry glory, oh glory

We’ll cry glory, oh glory

Selma’s now for every man, woman and child

Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd

They marched with the torch, we gon’ run with it now

Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles

From dark roads he rose, to become a hero

Facin’ the league of justice, his power was the people

Enemy is lethal, a king became regal

Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle

The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful

We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through

Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany

Now we right the wrongs in history

No one can win the war individually

It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy

Welcome to the story we call victory

The comin’ of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory

One day, when the glory comes

It will be ours, it will be ours

Oh, one day, when the war is won

We will be sure, we will be here sure

Oh, glory, glory

Oh, glory, glory, glory

When the war is won, when it’s all said and done

We’ll cry glory, oh glory

Sending Words                                                                                                         

*Sending Music    “Bell Symphony”    – Henry Purcell