Order of Worship for Sunday, August 7, 2016

Posted August 5th, 2016

Gathering Music – Hymn Sing

“Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” (verses 1 and 4)    #8

“I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” (verses 1,2 and 3)    #439

“Take My Hand and Lead Me, Father” (verses 1 and 2)    #601

Welcome/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

*Unison Call to Worship

Ever present God – you tell us not to be afraid of what the future holds, not to worry about tomorrow, but you know how difficult that is for us. We worry about so many things – our families, our friends, our circumstances, some worries are big worries, most worries are tiny niggles. We come before you this day with these big and tiny worries, and with confidence to know that we can – lay them all at your feet. Be with us now and always.       – written by Rev. Anne Patton

*Opening Song    “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”    Insert

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”    – arr. Marilyn Ham

Offering Blessing and Prayer

Children’s Time

Following story:

Childcare – Education Building

Prayer Song    “O God, in Restless Living”    #557

Prayer Litany

One:  We worry about health and happiness and security for ourselves and for our loved ones.

All:  We worry about the world we live in and its future existence as we continue to fail to address so many ecological problems.

One:  We worry about the way people in our world are treated as less than human, exploited, tortured, helpless and abused.

All:  Compassionate God, we know that you are concerned with every aspect of our lives – so we also bring the little things that concern us, the worries that keep us awake at night, the worries that only you know.

One:  Living God, reach out to all those for whom the future brings fears and uncertainties. Assure them that you are with them, even when that future seems dark and circumstances feel like they are spiraling out of control.

All:  God, we make our prayers in faith, for we know that you are able to transform even the bleakest of situations – bring healing and wholeness. We know that your Spirit is at work in our world making all things new.  Amen    – written by Rev. Anne Patton

Scripture Focus    Luke 12:32-40 (p.75)

Message    “Thy Kingdom Come”    Jerry Bowen

*Song of Sending    “God, Make Us Your Family”    Insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” with “Awesome God”    – arr. Carol Tornquist

Order of Worship for Sunday, July 31, 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016

Western Plains District Conference Worship

We Are One

Gathering Music             

“Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices”    – arr. Paul Manz

“God of Grace”    – arr. Paul Manz

Welcome/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    “All Things Bright and Beautiful”    – arr. Wilbur Held

*Unison Opening Prayer

O God, we are many and we are one. Grant that our diversity be understood and used to serve You with united purpose. We differ in skills, in concerns of the heart, in our experiences and backgrounds. We vary in our political views, our private hopes and fears, our attitudes and approaches to life – and yet – we are one in the Spirit. Help us to see the connectedness among us. Help us to perceive and receive this unity as a gift. Help us this day to; pray, sing, listen, and think, then together – share compassion and love wherever we go. Glen Rainsley – adapted

*Opening Song    “Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining”    #410

Children’s Time

Following story: Childcare – Education Building

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “The Love of Jesus Medley”    – arr. Mark Hayes

Offering Blessing and Prayer

Prayer Song    “How Good a Thing It Is”    #310

Scripture Focus    Galatians 3: 28

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female

– for we are all ONE in Christ Jesus”

Special Music    “Many Gifts, One Spirit”    – Allen Pote

Many gifts, one spirt, many songs, one voice. Many reasons, one promise, many questions, one choice. O God, we pray for unity, give guidance from above. In our differences unite us in the circle of your love. O God, remind us we are not alone. Though we move on different pathways, we are walking to your throne. Help us learn to love each other, show us ways to understand. We are members of one family, growing strong by joining hands. O God, remind us we are not alone. Though we move on different pathways, we are walking to your throne. Take our many ways of working, blend the colors of each soul into the beauty of a rainbow, Give us life, Lord, make us whole.

Reflection    “Oneness in Christ”    Sister Lucy Slinger

An Ecological Advocate for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Congregation and Coordinator of the Sustainability Degree Program at Viterbo University, both in LaCrosse, WI; Sister Lucy holds a Doctorate in science and environmental education/teacher development and a Masters in servant leadership/plant pathology. These rigorous academic pursuits blended with a deep theological knowledge and passion, guide her as she- through Franciscan values – leads people into a deeper understanding of self, others, God, Earth and the Universe.

Pledge of Unity

Song of Response    “Wake, Now, My Senses”    Insert

Installation      District Executive for Western Plains – Sonja Griffith

Western Plains District Moderator and Transformation Vision and Fulfillment Teams

Prayer of Blessing

*Song of Sending                        “God Be With You”                                              #431

*Responsive Sending Words

One:  In the loving of neighbor and the sharing of love –

All:  together we shall go on.  In the celebration of life and the sharing of that life – together we shall go on.

One:  In the caring of the earth and the sharing of its harvest –

All:  together we shall go on. In the variety of people and the sharing of our talents – together we shall go on.

One:  In the laughter we make and the sharing of the journey – together we shall go on.

All:  In the love of this community and the sharing of our faith – together we shall go on.    – written by Roddy Hamilton

*Sending Music    “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty”    – arr. Paul Manz

McPherson First Church of the Brethren

200 North Carrie Street, McPherson, Kansas

MISSON STATEMENT

The mission of the McPherson Church of the Brethren is to be the body of Christ in our community and the world; to share God’s love and to live the example of Jesus. All are welcome regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, economic circumstance, current relationship with God, or any other factors subject to discrimination and exclusion in our world.

We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.

Information for the Congregation for Sunday, July 31, 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016

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 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.

Camp Colorado Family Camp, Friday – Sunday, August 12 -14 — Everyone welcome!  A bonfire service is planned for Saturday evening. The Sunday worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal. Additional information is available on the church website (www.macbrethren.org) or contact Rosie Jones (303-688-4491), Keith Saffer (719-768-3379) or Lindsey Michal (719-768-3322).

Sundays in August

August 7th — Special Sunday School Hour

    –    Join us during the Sunday School Hour for a special presentation by Thlala Kolo, his spouse and children, as well as Manasseh Allen, as they share information about Nigeria. Thlala is a special friend of member Lois Neher, who with her husband Gerald, served as Missionaries with the Chibok (Kibaku) Tribe in Northern Nigeria. To continue the conversation, please join the Neher family for lunch buffet, at The Cedars Cafe, immediately following worship. Cost is $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents.

August 14th — Second Annual Service Sunday

–    Two Hours of worship and service from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.    – Short Worship Service, Church Sanctuary

9:20 – 11:00 a.m.  – On-Site Service Projects (inside and out)

  • Snacks and Drinks – available in the Church Social Room
  • Child Care – available for children too young to participate with their parents
  • Sign-Up Sheets – Available in the Church Good Shepherd Foyer on the 7th and 14th.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for how you intend to serve.

August 21st — Celebration Sunday

–    Sunday School Promotion

–    3rd Graders Receive their Bibles

–    Lowell & Barbara Flory 50th Wedding Anniversary Reception, after Worship, Good Shepherd Foyer

August 28th — Special Sunday School Hour

    –    Join us during the Sunday School Hour to hear Dayle Toews, member of First Mennonite in McPherson, share her life-changing experience of participating in:

Mennonite Central Committee Mexico/U.S. Borderlands AND Migrant Trail Learning Tour 2016 MCC and their Borderlands partners led a five day Learning Tour, designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. Participants increased their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. The capstone experience was an option to stay and walk The Migrant Trail .

    Brief Congregational Forum after Worship — Stay, NO MORE than 30 Minutes, to:

       –    Affirm the creation of a new ministry team: The Open Door Team

       –    Receive information and sign-up for: September Cottage (small group) Meetings

       –    Hear a financial update

                                                             2016 FINANCIAL INFORMATION

                                                           Month               Current YTD                Prior YTD

                                                        June 2016          June 2016 YTD          June 2015 YTD

Offerings/Pledges:          $33,258.59               $182,535.83                     $185,958.12

Other Gifts                                                                                                                9,578.28

Expenses:                             (38,605.05)              (205,843.72)                   (208,153.59)

Net Surplus (Deficit):     (5,346.46)             (23,307.89)                   (12,617.19)

For additional information, contact Carolyn Masterson

cdmasterson@ks-usa.net or 785-227-3124

Church Cancellation

In the event of severe weather or a catastrophic event:

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, July 31, 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016

The McPherson Church of the Brethren

  • Rosalie Black, Donna Burkholder
  • Florence Crago, Illa Flax
  • Barbara Flory, Eloise Holman
  • Thelma Lehman, Maxine Miller
  • Gene Reinecker, Renee’ Schowengerdt
  • Kaiden Schroeder, Jessica Stevenson
  • Jeanette Stump, Bonnie Ward
  • Karamet Bhatti, father-in-law of Jennifer Davidson Bhatti
  • John & Sandy Hoffman, Monitor CoB members
  • Jeff Riggenbach, friend of Pastor Jerry
  • Nancy Lengel, Conner Sargent, Tom Taylor, celebrating birthdays today

Our Leadership Team

Good Beginnings Preschool

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 family of John Elder (former Garden City CoB Pastor) at his recent death

The Church of the Brethren Denomination

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

Carol A. Scheppard, Annual Conference Moderator

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, July 31, 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016

    Pastoral Staff:  Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

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

    Director of Bells:  Kendra Flory

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

Chancel Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .District Conference Channel Team

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

Acolytes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Malia Pfeiff, Ada Prose

Worship Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Karlene Tyler

Children’s Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Ullom-Minnich

Organ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy Janzen

Piano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Terri Torres

Song Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Becky Snell

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Visual Technicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy Ullom

Audio/Visual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adin Replogle, Rick Schrag, John Wagoner

Greeters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Allmon, Rick Tyler

Ushers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff and Dani Crist, Bud and Susan Taylor

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

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

Childcare Attendants

Today

Worship

to be announced – Infant

 Jessica Griffith – Toddler

Barbara Wagoner – Pre-K

Next Sunday

Worship

to be announced – Infant

     Jessica Griffith – Toddler

to be announced – Pre-K