Worship Bulletin – 10/27/19

Worship Bulletin – 10/27/19

McPherson First Church of the Brethren
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.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Gathering Music

Sharing Time
All Saints Day – Dia de los MuertosShane Kirchner
…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

Opening Prayer (Inspired by the poetry & liturgies of Bruce Prewer)

*Opening Song – “O Christ, the Healer” (Inserts/Screens)

Invitation to Give
Giving Music
Giving Prayer

Children’s Time
Following story: Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Special Music – “Find Us Faithful”
O may all who come behind us find us faithful:
may the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe,
and the lives we live inspire them to obey.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful.

Community Prayer (Rev. Richard J. Hull II)
ONE: Holy Creator, who called all us into life, from the first Adam and Eve to the babies born around the world this morning, you have labored and we have been born; holy is your name in all the earth.  We thank you this day and for all who have shown us your way.
ALL: Abraham and Sarah heard your call and ventured new places, even when they were old.  We listen for your call today.
ONE: Miriam and Moses danced and led your people from suffering toward a new promise.  We await a vision of your burning fire today.
ALL: Deborah fought, Samuel prayed and they led in different ways. We are preparing to lead this day.
ONE: David and Bathsheba sinned and were forgiven. 
We confess our sin and long for your grace today.
ALL: Amos spoke and Esther stood tall for the sake of justice. 
We open ourselves to your strength today.
ONE: Mother Mary and Brother Jesus accepted your call. 
We attend to your word this day.
ALL: Paul and Peter and Mary Magdalene and Lydia, and saints through the ages picked up their cross.  We pray that we might faithfully follow today.
ONE: Holy Creator, who called us into life through the saints in our lives, be born anew to us, that we might serve all your saints; the hungry and thirsty, the sick and imprisoned, the naked and forgotten – to honor your holy name in all the earth. AMEN

Special Music – “Find Us Faithful”

Scripture Focus – Matthew 1:1-24 – The Genealogy of Jesus
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations;
Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Judah. Perez. Hezron. Aram. Aminadab. Nahshon.
Salmon. Boaz. Obed. Jesse. King David.
and from David to the Deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations;
Solomon. Rehoboam. Abijah.Asaph. Jehoshaphat. Joram.Uzziah. Jotham.
Ahazz. Hezekiah. Manasseh. Amos. Josiah. Jechoniah.
and from the Deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations;
Jechoniah. Salathiel. Zerubbabel. Abiud. Eliakim. Azor. Zadok. Achim.Eliud.
EleazAzar. Matthan. Jacob. Joseph the husband of Mary,
of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

Scripture Song – “Forward Through the Ages” (Inserts/Screens)

Message – “We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants” (Jerry Bowen)
After an intentional pause – please rise for the Sending Song

*Sending Song – “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart” (Inserts/Screens)
*Sending Words
Sending Music

*Indicates please rise in Body and/or Spirit

Pastoral Team – Jerry Bowen, Chris and Kathryn Whitacre
Chancel Decor – Shane Kirchner
Acolytes – Brielle Rothrock & Ari Prose
Sharing Time – Deb C. Wagoner
Worship Leader – Kathryn Whitacre
Children’s Time – Paul Ullom-Minnich
Piano/Organ – Ellen Gilbert
Screens – Ira Whitacre
Director/Camera – To Be Determined
Sound – Shane Kirchner
Greeters – Scott & Beth Versaw
Ushers – Jeff & Dani Crist; Brian & Kristen Reynolds
Head Usher – Glenn Gayer
Balcony Usher – Mike Goering
Childcare Attendant – To Be Determined

Reminder: The bulletin announcements/weekly newsletter are sent to your email address every Friday with “COB Communications” caption in the address line. You may pick up a paper copy from the stand on the sanctuary level or from the literature rack immediately inside the Education Building front door.