Worship Bulletin – 12/8/19

Worship Bulletin – 12/8/19

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, December 8, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent
Peace the Guest | Origami Cranes
“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” (Sadako Sasaki)
“A Thousand Paper Cranes.  Peace on Earth and in the Heavens.” (Kideki Yukawa)

Gathering Music
“He Is Exalted” | Twila Paris
He is exalted. The King is exalted on high. I will praise Him.
He is exalted, forever exalted and I will praise His name.
He is the Lord. Forever His truth shall reign. Heaven and earth rejoice in His holy name.
He is exalted. The King is exalted on high.

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.

Advent Candle Lighting | “People Look East”
People look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today; God, the Child, is on the way.
Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there.
Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish.
People look east and sing today; Hope, the Rose, is on the way.

Tranquil and calm, each will be bless’d. Wakeful souls can soon find rest.
Lives free from angst, discord will cease. In harmony we will live in peace.
People, look east and sing today; Peace, the Guest, is on the Way.

*Unison Invitation | Rev. Susan A. Blain
We dream God’s dream, of a world at peace
Where enemies are reconciled, and children play in safety;
Where the poor and powerless find justice.
We remember God’s promise of a Ruler of Peace,
Filled with the Spirit of God, of wisdom and understanding,
Of counsel and might, of justice and faithfulness.

Come Jesus – Prince of Peace!
Open our lives to the Peace which you bring; let us turn to you, and get ready!

*Opening Song | “Shine, Jesus, Shine” | Graham Kendrick
[Verse 1]
Lord, the light of Your love is shining. In the midst of the darkness, shining. Jesus,
light of the world, shine upon us. Set us free by the truth You now bring us.
Shine on me, shine on me.
Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth Your word, Lord, and let there be light.
[Verse 2]
Lord, I come to Your awesome presence. From the shadows into Your radiance.
By the blood, I may enter Your brightness. Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me, shine on me. [Chorus]
[Verse 3]
As we gaze on Your kingly brightness, so our faces display Your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory; mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story.
Shine on me, shine on me. [Chorus X 2]
Lord, let there be light! Let there be light!

Invitation to Give
Giving Music | “Sussex Carol” | arr. Matt Hyzer
Giving Prayer

Worship Choir | “Et in Terra Pax” | John Purifoy
Et in Terra Pax, and on Earth Peace. Et in Terra Pax, and on Earth Peace.
Gloria in excelsis, glory to God in the Highest. Et in Terra Pax, and on Earth Peace.
Gloria in excelsis Deo. And suddenly with the angel, there was a multitude
of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth.’
Peace. Et in Terra Pax, and on Earth Peace. Et in Terra Pax, and on Earth Peace. Peace.

Children’s Time
Following story: Childcare provided for infant thru Kindergarten | Education Building

Prayer Song | “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” | #195 vs. 1 & 2

A Prayer for Peace in a Time of Fear, Anger and Violence
from the General Board of the Christian Church [Disciples of Christ] (adapted)

Prayer Song | “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” | #195 vs. 3 & 4

Scripture Focus | Isaiah 11: 1-10 (excerpts)

Prayer Song | “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” | #195 vs. 5

Scripture Paraphrase | Inspired by Isaiah 11: 1-10 | Roddy Hamilton

Message | “Tikkun Olam: Heal the Universe” | Jerry Bowen
After an intentional pause – please rise for the Sending Song

*Sending Song | “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” | Insert
*Sending Words
Sending Music | “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” | arr. L. Smith

*Indicates please rise in Body and/or Spirit

Bulletin Cover – Christopher Kirchner
Pastoral Staff – Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre & Kathryn Whitacre
Organ/Piano – Ellen Gilbert
Worship Choir Director – Becky Snell
Chancel Décor – Advent/Christmas Team
Acolytes – Dustin and Autumn Wilgers Family
Sharing Time – Deb C. Wagoner
Worship Leader – Karlene Tyler
Flute – Kaitlyn van Asselt
Worship Band – Francis Hendricks, Dan Hoffman, Dawn Hoffman, Jim Hoffman, Dan Lichty, Deb C. Wagoner, Carol Ward & Dani Wilcock
Children’s Time – Barbara Wagoner
Screens – Ira Whitacre
Director/Camera – To Be Determined
Sound – Shane Kirchner
Greeters – Andrew & Colleen Gustason
Ushers – Bruce & Janell Clary; Doug & Tandy Wine
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.