Worship Bulletin – 12/20/20

Worship Bulletin – 12/20/20

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, December 20, 2020
Season of Hope  ♥  Peace  ♥  Joy  ♥  Love  ♥  Life  ♥  Living


Heritage Moments | Celebrating 100 Years at the Corner of Euclid & Carrie Streets

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Lighting the Advent Wreath
We light this candle of Love, knowing that God is love – revealed to us in Jesus.
Thank you, God, for the gift of love in our times of loneliness.

Centering Music | “Come, All Ye Shepherds” | arr. Eugene Butler
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Invitation to Give
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 6746

Dedication of Special Gift Christmas Gifts | Jerry Bowen

Offering Music | “Celebrate the Child”  | arr. Stan Pethel
Kyle Hopkins, horn; James Bowyer, piano

Scripture | Luke 1:46b-55
Mary’s Song
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Hymn | “What Child is This” | #215 HWB
Dan Lichty, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano

Message | “Singing Promises Liberation” | Jerry Bowen

Community Prayer | Jerry Bowen

Hymn | “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” | #210 HWB
Kendra Flory, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano

Sending Words | Jerry Bowen

Sending Music | “For Unto Us A Child is Born” | G.F. Handel
Ellen Gilbert, Organ

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator/Accompanist/Organist/Pianist: Ellen Gilbert

Technical Crew: Eric Goering & Ryan Goering