Order of Worship for Sunday, April 15, 2018

Posted April 13th, 2018

Gathering Music

“There is None Like You” with “Our Great Savior”    – arr. Kurt Kaiser

“Fill Me Now” with “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”    – arr. Don Wyrtzen

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.

Moment in Mission – Passion giving – McPherson College Student Debt Project

    Roger Brimmerman, Vice President for Advancement

Focusing Music

*Opening Prayer

One:  God of body, mind and spirit – we know so much.

All:  We understand so little.

One:  We value education.

All:  Empower our values to blossom into commitments that all people have access to a quality education regardless of economics, color, gender, sexuality, gifts, or disabilities.

One:  We value intellectual pursuit.

All:  Endow our scholarly inquiry with a quest for spiritual awareness that the seeds of knowledge may fall onto fertile ground.

One:  We value academic success.

All:  Enable us to cherish each individual’s successes recognizing your light beckoning from within an infinite array of talents and challenges.

One:  God of our whole being – we know so much.

All:  We understand so little.

One:  God in your mercy and grace,

All:  Hear our prayer.    – written by Katherine Hawker (adapted)

*Opening Song    “Praise the Source of Faith and Learning”    Screens

Invitation to Give to the Ministries of the Church

Giving Music    “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables

Prayer for the Giving

Message in Music    “How Can We Be Silent”    – Michael Mahler


How can we be silent when we know our God is near,

bringing light to those in darkness, to the worthless, endless worth?

How can we be silent when we are the voice of Christ,

speaking justice to the nations, breathing love to all the earth?


How can we be silent when our God has conquered death,

stretching out his arms to suffer so that we might have new life?

How can we be silent when we know that Jesus rose,

and will come again in glory, ending suffering and strife?


How can we be silent as we turn our eyes away

and ignore the poor and broken who lie bleeding in the street?

How can we be silent when we’re called to heal and serve

in the image of Lord Jesus, who has stopped to wash our feet?


How can we be silent, not give praise with all our hearts,

for Christ Jesus is our Savior and compassion is our King?

How can we be silent when God gave us life to be

vibrant instruments of worship, made to laugh and dance and sing?


How can we be silent when our souls are filled with awe

at the beauty of creation and the mercy of our Lord?

How can we be silent when we yearn to sing new songs?

In our hearts a fire is burning and it will not be ignored!


None can stop the Spirit burning now inside us. We will shape the future.

We will not be silent!

Children’s Time

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “Open My Eyes, That I May See”    #517

Unison Prayer of Intercession inspired by Ephesians 1: 15-23

“I pray for you constantly, asking God,the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” (16-17)

O God,

We ask for your wisdom;

to discern your ways and path for our own lives.

to discern how to deal with others we meet, live with, work with, shop with, drive our roads with, wait in line with, eat with and be with daily.

We ask for your wisdom;

in the difficult situations we may have to deal with as we go through life,

in dealing with injustices in our world.

We ask for your wisdom;

when engaging in political life and voting for those who will lead us in secular government,

for our leaders in our world, our countries, our states, and our communities.

We ask for wisdom;

for our church leaders, worldwide and local,

our Pastors as they preach your word, inspire, lead and grow us as disciples.

We ask for your wisdom;

as we reach out to those in need in our communities and in our world,

as we minister to those who are homebound and in nursing care.

as we minister to those in hospitals, in recovery and rehab.

We ask for your wisdom;

that not only enlightens and educates us but transforms us and guides us in our daily walk with you.   Amen

excerpted from a longer prayer written by Rev Abi, and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road (adapted)


“At the Intersection of Education, Spirituality and Whole Persons”

          Discussion with McPherson College Faculty and Staff

                  Bruce Clary, Julia Largent, Kirk MacGregor

*Sending Song    “Down the Ages We have Trod”    Screens

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Jubilation”    – James Denton

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