Order of Worship for Sunday, September 16, 2018

Posted September 14th, 2018

Gathering Music

“O How I Love Jesus”    – arr. Lloyd A. Larson

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”    – arr. Lloyd A. Larson

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #15

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

. . . 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    “Pastorale”    – Domenico Zipoli

2018 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren

July 4-8, Cincinnati, OH

Living Parables – Matthew 9:35-38

Delegates – Jim Hoffman (year 2), Deb van Asselt (year 1), Grace van Asselt (year 1)

Pastoral Representative: Jerry Bowen

Call to Worship

One:  Welcome, followers of Jesus! Welcome to worship!

All:  We have walked, biked and driven to be here – we have committed our time to be here.

One:  May you find rest from your everyday life in this place. Let us open our hearts to worship God.

All:  We gather here as followers of Jesus, the One who proclaimed the good news.

One:  We gather here to learn from Jesus, the One who taught in the holy places.

All:  We gather here to be touched by Jesus, the One who cured disease and healed every sickness.

One:  We gather here to be like Jesus, the One who had compassion for all of the people.

All:  We gather here to answer the call of Jesus, the One who sent His disciples out to do as he did.

One:  We gather in this place, as a family of faith, to be salt and light for the world.

All:  May we be Jesus’ blessed people, willing to do what he did – willing to be his Living Parables.     Worship, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Annual Conference

*Opening Song    “You Are Salt for the Earth”    #226

Invitation to Give

God calls us to see the beauty of our neighborhoods! The people in our zip code and the people across the ocean. The ones we call friend and the ones we call foe. God calls us to serve with all of our heart, strength, soul and mind!    — Worship, Saturday, July 7, 2018, Annual Conference

Giving Music    “A Song of Peace”    – Joseph C. Bridge

Giving Blessing

Message in Music    “God Be in My Head”    – Victor C. Johnson

Children’s Story                                                                                                        

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

Scripture Focus    Matthew 9: 35-38    The Message

35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

— Annual Conference 2018

Annual conference Wrap-Up Video

Annual Conference Delegate Feedback – facilitated by Joanna Davidson Smith

2018 Western Plains District Conference of the Church of the Brethren

July 27-29, McPherson College and McPherson Church of the Brethren, McPherson, KS

Know Nothing but Christ Crucified – 1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24; 2:1-5

Delegates: Kirk McGregor, Kaitlyn van Asselt, Ruth Whitacre

Pastoral Representatives: Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre, Kathryn Whitacre

Church of the Brethren Maps – Western Plains and United States    — Joanna Smith Davidson

Song of Invitation    “Dona Nobis Pacem – Grant Us Peace”#    346

(sing in a round, as directed)    — Worship, Friday, July 27, 2018

Scripture Focus    I Corinthians 1:18, 23-24; 2:1-5

22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

1-2 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.    — District Conference 2018

District Conference Delegate Feedback – facilitated by Joanna Davidson Smith

Closing Words    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Be Thou My Vision”    #545    — Worship, Friday, July 27, 2018

*Sending Words

One:  Today we heard the word of God.

All:  We heard the word that brought forth light.

One:  Today we received the word of God

All:  We received the word that brought forth life.

One:  Today we rejoiced in the word of God.

All:  We rejoiced in the word that brought forth redemption.

One:  Today we will proclaim the word of God.

All:  Let us go forth and proclaim the WORD that was from the beginning and is with us and among us today!    — Worship Sunday, July 29, 2018

*Sending Music    “Canzona”    – Mozart

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