Worship Participants for Sunday, June 28, 2015

Posted June 26th, 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    Jill Brax

Time of Sharing    Deb C. Wagoner

Acolytes    to be announced

Worship Leader    Kathryn Whitacre

Children’s Time    Paul Ullom-Minnich

Vocalists     Allan and Deb van Asselt

Pianist    Kaitlyn van Asselt

Our Volunteers

Visual Technician    Ira Whitacre

Audio/Visual    Steve Lolling, Dean Reynolds, John Snell

Greeters    Lois Schrag, Elly Ullom

Ushers    Brice and Celeste Carlson, Brooke Holloway, Joel Holloway

Head Usher    Glenn Gayer

Balcony Usher    Mike Goering

Childcare Attendants

Today

      Jessica Griffith – Infant

 Ashley Spohn – Toddler

         Richard Penalva – Pre-K

    Next Sunday

 Jessica Griffith – Infant

            Sage Koelling – Toddler

    Barbara Wagoner – Pre-K

Posted June 26th, 2015

 ALL ABOUT FAITH

living together faithfully

 Gathering

“Beecher”    – John Zundel/arr. Hyzer

“Comptined’un autre ete”    – Yann Tiersen

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.

Song of Gathering    “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”    #37

Litany of Faith

One:  We are God’s faithful – each one of us a precious gem, a marvelous melody, a potter’s delight.

All:  We are God’s faithful – woven together in love, shaped with infinite compassion, painted with incredible beauty.

One:  We are followers of Jesus – diverse in human qualities, but united in our call to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

All:  We are the faithful followers – living God’s truth, sharing God’s peace, carrying God’s hope, embodying God’s love, throughout the world God loves so much.

One:  We are here to be reminded who we are, whose we are and what our lives are about.

All:  We are here to be uplifted, renewed and empowered – to live out the miracle of who we are, by the power of God working in, through and among us. We open ourselves to God’s call – to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Jesus.    – adapted from “God’s Work of Art,” written by the Rev. David Inglis

Song of Worship    “Great Is Thy faithfulness”    #327

Scripture Reading    2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 (p.183)

Offering

Offering Music    “In Christ Alone”    – arr. James Koerts

Offering Prayer

Children’s Time

Childcare provided – Infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Song of Prayer    “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous”    #338

Commitment and Prayer of Faith

One:  Every day we journey on this earth is a day in which we make choices: left or right, up or down, in or out, yes or no? Some choices are simple, and some are very complex, but one choice informs all the others: Who will be our God? Who will we trust to see us through this journey?

All:  Who has been with us from before the beginning, bringing us into existence?

Who has loved us and blessed us and sent us on our way?

Who has pointed us toward the path and posted the signs we need to find our way?

Who has been at our side when the road has been smooth and gently curving? 

Who has kept with us through hairpin turns and construction zones andpotholes and detours?

Who will celebrate with us when we complete our course and seek the comfort of eternity? 

One:  Only One. The One and Only.

All:  Holy One. The One and Holy.

One:  Will you choose this day to stay faithful to the One who is faithful to us?

All:  Count us in.

One:  Will you choose this day to place your whole trust in the One who is trustworthy?

All:  Count us in.

One:  Will you choose this day to commit your talents and your resources to the One who first endowed them?

All:  Count us in.

One:  Will you choose this day to love the One who loved us first?

All:  Count us in.

One:  Let us pray together.

All:  We devote ourselves to you God, by renewing the covenant – the promise you made to humanity so long ago. Because you are our God, we will be your people. Enlarge our faithfulness, our trust, our commitment and our love so that we may graciously uphold our side of the deal. Help us always to recognize your presence and your blessings throughout our journey. Keep us in your care.   Amen.    -written by Rev. Christine Sobania Johnson

Special Music    “Come Thou Fount”    – arr. Vernon M. Whaley

*Song of Response    “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”    #619

*Words of Sending

*Sending Music    “The Little Brown Church in the Vale”    – arr. Robert Hughes

Attendance for May, 2015

Posted June 22nd, 2015

May 3:      Sunday School 87 – Worship 190

May 10:    Sunday School 68 – Worship 210

May 17:    Sunday School 50 – Worship 228

May 24:   Sunday School 51 – Worship 182

May 31:    Sunday School 36 – Worship 170

Notes of Appreciation

Posted June 22nd, 2015

Chris, Jerry, Ellen, Dan, Art, Bruce, Alan, A/V Sound Folks, Kitchen People, and any others who helped:

Thank you for all you did to make Gerald’s memorial service so beautiful.   Thank you for your words of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer.    – The family of Gerald A. Neher

Dear Church Family,

I very much appreciated your prayers, cares, and concerns for me, during my illness. I am now almost normal.    – Elva Jean Naylor

The church office has received thank you letters from the following for contributions to their programs and ministries:

•McPherson County Food Bank

•On Earth Peace

•The Cedars

Thank You to Our Office Volunteers

Posted June 22nd, 2015

Bonnie Fruth, Glenn Gayer, Jan Hurst, Eloise Lichty, Gene Reinecker, Lois Schrag, Art Snell, Ira Whitacre, Jim Wiseman