Worship Bulletin – 1/12/20

Worship Bulletin – 1/12/20

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, January 12, 2020

Gathering Music | “In Christ Alone” | arr. Mark Hayes

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.

Focusing Music | “Contemplation” | W. Belland

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer

*Opening Song | “Here in This Place” | #6

Invitation to Give
ONE: How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? (1 John 3:17)
ALL: To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than offerings and sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)
ONE: For I desire mercy, not sacrifices. I want you to know me rather than just give offerings. (Hosea 6:6)
ALL: See, I have set before you this day, life & death, blessings & curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)
ONE: Come, you who have chosen life, take your inheritance! For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:34-40)
ALL: When did we see you hungry, or thirsty?  When did we see you as a stranger or sick or in prison and show you hospitality?
ONE: What you have done to the least of your brothers or sisters, you have done to me as well.
ALL: What is the Lord asking of me this morning?  What is it that our God is calling me to be or to do?
ONE: For God has shown you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you?  But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Giving Music | “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” | arr. Lyndell Leatherman
Giving Prayer

Children’s Story
Following story: Childcare provided for infant thru Kindergarten in the Education Building

Reflection on Matthew 4:17

Centering Song | “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” | #356

Message | “Learnings on Contemplation and Action” | Erin Flory Robertson

Sending Song | “Through Your Eyes”
*Sending Words
Sending Music | “Speak, O Lord” | arr. Mary McDonald

Pastoral Staff – Jerry Bowen, Chris Whitacre & Kathryn Whitacre
Coordinator of Music and Organist/Pianist/Accompanist – Ellen Gilbert
Director of Bells – Kendra Flory
Director of Worship Choir – Becky Snell
Chancel Décor – Jill Brax
Acolytes – Reyna Bowen & Hannah Wilgers
Sharing Time – To Be Determined
Worship Leader – Joanna Davidson Smith
Children’s Time – Erin Flory Robertson
Screens – Eric Goering
Director/Camera – Jackie Kamphaus, Steven Lolling & Rick Schrag
Sound – Ryan Goering
Greeters – Brian & Kristen Reynolds
Ushers – Stephen & Tina Burkholder; Jeff & Dani Crist
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.