For These We Pray for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Posted August 1st, 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

Barbara Flory, Nathan Friesen

Glen Funk, Jeanne Harden

Eloise Holman, Cindy Krehbiel

Maxine Miller, Gerald Neher

Buck Reinecker, Kaiden Schroeder

John & Bonnie Ward

Carl Anderson  (brother-in-law of Elmer and Margaret Zimmerman)

Suzanne Miller  (daughter of John & Maxine Miller)

Ben Wenrick  (friend of Jerry & Kendra Bowen)

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

Matthew & Shelly Hendricks, Dan & Carolyn Masterson, celebrating their anniversaries 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  – John Hoffman, Moderator  — Ministries of the Western Plains District

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

The family of Edwina Pote, at her recent death

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Andy Murray, Annual Conference Moderator

 CoB Mission and Ministry Board Weekly Prayer Guide:


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, August 3, 2014

Posted August 1st, 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 Décor    Jill Brax

Acolytes    Miriam Carlson, Ashlyn Shugart

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Worship Leader    Chris Whitacre

ChildrenÌs Time    Sarah Hendricks

Trombone    Eric Goering

Vocal    Jd. Bowman


Visual Technician    to be announced

Audio/Visual    Daniel Reynolds, Lindy Reynolds, Rick Schrag

Greeters    John & Deb Wagoner

Ushers    Brice & Celeste Carlson, Bud & Susan Taylor  (Balcony)  Mike Goering

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer


Summer Schedule — 2 volunteers, one location


April Lemm

 Next Sunday

Elly Ullom


Order of Worship for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Posted August 1st, 2014

Gathering Music                “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”                    – arr. Brant Adams


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            “Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord of Hosts”      – Nolene Prince/arr. Doran

*Call to Worship                                        

     One:   God is gracious and merciful

     All:    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

     One:    God is good to all,

     All:     God’s compassion is over all that God made.

     One:  God upholds all who are falling,

     All:     God raises up all who are bowed down.

     One:   The eyes of all – look to God,

     All:     and God gives them their food in due season.

     One:   God’s hand is open,

     All:     satisfying the desire of every living thing.

     One:   God is just in all God’s ways,

     All:     and kind in all God’s doings.

     One:   God is near to all who call,

     All:     to all who call on God in truth.

     One:   God fulfills the desire of all who fear God;

     All:     God also hears their cry, and saves them.

     One:   God watches over all who love God.

     All:     I will speak the praise of God and bless God’s name forever and ever.

*Opening Song                            “Great Is the Lord”                                                 #87

Children’s Story Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Invitation to Give

    Offering Music

                         “Jesus Paid It All” with “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”        – arr. Brant Adams

    Offering Blessing and Prayer

Prayer Song          “ ‘Where Is Bread?’ The Great Crowd Murmured”                     insert

Prayers of the Community

Special Music                                            

Scripture Reading                                                                      Matthew 14: 13-21 (p.16)

Message                                     “Cans Plus Fishes”                                    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song               “We Come With Joy in Jesus Christ”                                       insert

*Sending Words                                                                                     

*Sending Music                        Shine, Jesus, Shine”             – Graham Kendrick/arr. Doran

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Posted July 25th, 2014

August 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 and enter your e-mail address in the left column of the screen under “Subscribe to E-mail Updates” and follow the instructions.

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, Aug. 1, Rick Tyler will present “Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About the Pin Rails and Trap Doors.” To reserve your place, contact Marcia Walters ( or 620-242-0434) by Monday, July 28.

 Travel: Israel – January 2015. Enjoy the Landscape of the biblical age: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jericho, Meggido. Boat on Lake Galilee, baptize in the Jordan, take a black mud bath at the Dead Sea, run barefoot at the aqueducts of Caesarea, ascend the majestic Masada, and walk the Via Dolorosa. Contact Drs. Herb/Jeanne Smith ( Summer phone: 717-273-9503; School year: 620-241-7128.


In Memoriam — Winston Beam

Posted July 25th, 2014

Winston Beam died on Thursday, July 24. Service arrangements are pending. We wish to express our sympathy to Rita and other extended family members.