Worship Bulletin – 11/10/19

Worship Bulletin – 11/10/19

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, November 10, 2019

Gathering Music – “God of Grace and God of Glory” (by Paul Manz)
Guest Organist – Matthew Kroeker, McPherson College Student

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.

Centering Music – Meditation on “Llanfair” (arr. Albert Travis)

*Call to Worship#684
ONE: Praise God from the heavens;
ALL:  Praise God in the heights;

ONE: Praise God, all you angels;
ALL:  Praise God, all you heavenly hosts.

ONE: Praise God, sun and moon;
ALL:  Praise God, all you shining stars.

ONE: Praise God, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
ALL:  Let all praise the name of God,
who commanded and they were created.

ALL: God established them forever and ever
and gave a decree which shall not pass away.

ONE: Praise God all the earth,
you sea monsters and all depths,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy winds that fulfill God’s word.
ALL: Praise God, you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild beasts and all tame animals,
creeping things and flying birds.

ONE: Let the rulers of the earth and all peoples
and all the judges of the earth –
men and women alike,
old and young together –
ALL: let them praise the name of God
whose name alone is exalted;
whose majesty is above earth and heaven,
and who has raised the fortunes of the people.

ALL: May this God be praised by all the faithful ones,
by the children of Israel, the people close to God.
Alleluia! Praise God!

*Opening Song – “Let the Whole Creation Cry” #51

Invitation to Give
Giving Music – “Our Great Savior” (arr. Lloyd Larson)
Giving Prayer

Child Dedication Song – “Wonder of Wonders” #622
Child Dedication – Everly Elizabeth Ayers, July 5, 2019
Mom – Emily; Dad – Matt; Sister – Veda; Brother – Dane

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

Prayer Song – “Touch the Earth Lightly” (text by Shirley Erena Murray; tune by Colin Gibson)
Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently, nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder, ours to surrender, trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

We who endanger, who create hunger, agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster clouds of disaster – God of our planet, forestall and forgive!
Let there be greening, birth from the burning, water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God’s garden, hope in God’s children, regeneration that peace will complete.

God of all living, God of all loving, God of the seedling, the snow and the sun, teach us, deflect us,
Christ reconnect us, using us gently, and making us one.
Words © 1992, 2005 Hope Publishing Company, 380 S Main Pl, Carol Stream, IL 60188

Unison Prayer – from Christian Aid and Christian Ecology Link
May we always walk gently upon the Earth, in right relationship, nurtured by your love,
open to the wind of the Spirit, taking only what we need, always open to the needs of others,
making choices that bring wellbeing, living with generosity, striving for justice,
honoring all with reverence, reconciling and peacemaking, mindful of those who will come after,
recognizing our proper place as part of your creation.
Grant us the strength and courage, God, for such a radical transformation into your Reign. AMEN

Worship Choir – “Cool of the Day” by Jean RItchie (arr. Peter Amidon)
My Lord, he said unto me, do you like my garden so fair? You may live in this garden if you’ll keep
the grasses green and I’ll return in the cool of the day.
CHORUS: Now is the cool of the day. Now is the cool of the day. This earth is a garden, the garden of my Lord and he walks in his garden, in the cool of the day.
Then my Lord, he said unto me, do you like my pastures so green? You may live in this garden if
you will feed my sheep and I’ll return in the cool of the day.
CHORUS: Then my Lord, he said unto me do you like my garden so free? You may live in this garden if you’ll keep the people free and I’ll return in the cool of the day.

Scripture – Genesis 1:1-3; 20-21; 24-25

Message – “God so loved the world” (David Radcliff, Director NCP)
New Community Project, a small nonprofit organization with a Big Goal – to change the world!
Building a new community of justice and peace for our neighbors and respect for the earth.

After an intentional pause – please rise for the Sending Song

*Sending Song – “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” #46
*Sending Words
Sending Music – “Chorale Prelude” (Healey Willan)

*Indicates please rise in Body and/or Spirit

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.