Worship Bulletin – 2/2/20

Worship Bulletin – 2/2/20

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, February 2, 2020

Gathering Music | “Blest Are They!” | arr. Mark Hayes

Sharing Time
Haiti Water Project – Capstone Report
…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 | “Thank You, Lord” | Benton Price

*Call to Worship | Christine Jerrett (adapted)
ONE: God calls us to sit at the feet of Jesus.
God calls us to turn our world and its values upside down.
God calls us to strange territory where we are disoriented.
ALL: We come to sit at the feet of Jesus so we can learn to
judge our lives differently.
What Jesus teaches us does not look anything like the life we have been
taught to yearn for, to work for and to believe will bring us happiness.
ONE: May our eyes be opened to God’s unexpected blessings.
May our hearts welcome God who comes to us in strange ways.
ALL: May our lives be filled with life-changing truth.
May we be blessed with God’s living presence.

*Opening Song | “God, You Spin the Whirling Planets” | Insert

Invitation to Give | Kathryn Hawker (adapted)
Giving Music | “Chorale” from Finlandia | Jean Sibelius
Giving Prayer

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

Prayer Song | “What Does the Lord Require” | #409

Unison Prayer for Justice | Third Space
God the Holy Spirit,
You are the restless breath of love that sweeps through the world.
You move where you will, breaking down barriers,
stirring hearts to change, making all things possible.
Inspire each one of us to hunger and thirst for justice!
Come, Spirit of God,
sweep through our world bringing great change.
May the bounty of your goodness be shared more justly,
so all may share in the rich blessings of your creation.
And, for us, bring transformation in our praying and living,
so that we may act justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you all the days of our lives. 

Worship Choir | “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” | Peter Amidon

Scripture Focus | Matthew 5:1-11, Luke 6:20-22, Brian McLaren & Rob Bell
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.

Message | “Blessed” | Kathryn Whitacre
After an intentional pause – please rise for the Sending Song

*Sending Song | “Blest Are They” | Insert
verse 1 – Refrain | verse 2 | verse 3 – Refrain | verse 4 | verse 5 – Refrain
*Sending Words
Sending Music | “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” | arr. Cindy Berry

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 – Shane Kirchner
Sharing Time – To Be Determined
Acolytes – Lucy Bowen & Hannah Wilgers
Worship Leader – Jerry Bowen
Pianist – Dan Masterson
Children’s Time – Dawn Hoffman
Screens – Ira Whitacre
Director/Camera – To Be Determined
Sound – Shane Kirchner
Greeters – To Be Determined
Ushers – Lela Beam, Brian and Kristen Reynolds & Michael Wagner
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.