Worship Bulletin – 5/23/21

Worship Bulletin – 5/23/21

McPherson First Church of the Brethren
Welcome to Worship at the McPherson 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, May 23, 2021
Christian holiday, 50 days after Easter, celebrating the day the Holy Spirit descended on the followers
of Jesus; causing them to each speak in their native tongue and yet understand one another.

Gathering Hymn


Centering Music | “Morning Has Broken” | arr. John Carter
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Ann Stover

Centering Hymn | “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” | arr. Stephen DeCesare
Words and Music by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston & Salomon Lightelm
Dan Licthy, vocal; Ellen Gilbert, piano

Verse 1
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand
I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Verse 2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Last Chorus
I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give
Offering Music | “Here I Am to Worship” with “Crown Him with Many Crowns” | arr. Cindy Barry
Ellen Gilbert, piano
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Scripture Foci | Ezekiel 37:1-14 & Acts 2:1-21 NIV

Ezekiel 37:1-14 NIV
37:1 The hand of God came upon me, and God brought me out by the spirit and set me down in the
middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 37:2 God led me all around them; there were very many lying in the
valley, and they were very dry. 37:3 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD,
you know.” 37:4 Then said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word
of the LORD. 37:5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall
live. 37:6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put
breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 37:7 So I prophesied as I had been
commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone
to its bone. 37:8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had
covered them; but there was no breath in them. 37:9 Then God said to me, “Prophesy to the breath,
prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and
breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 37:10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath
came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. 37:11 Then God said to me,
“Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is
lost; we are cut off completely.’ 37:12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says GOD: I am going to
open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of
Israel. 37:13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your
graves, O my people. 37:14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your
own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

Acts 2:1-21 NIV
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 And suddenly from
heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were
sitting. 2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 2:4 All of
them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them
ability. 2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 2:6 And at this
sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language
of each. 2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 2:8 And how
is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of
Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 2:11 Cretans and Arabs–in our
own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 2:12 All were amazed and perplexed,
saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 2:13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new
wine.” 2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all
who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as
you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet
Joel: 2:17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams.
2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall
prophesy. 2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire,
and smoky mist. 2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the
Lord’s great and glorious day. 2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Message | “Prophesy” | Kathryn Whitacre
We are ALL called to prophesy – to bring life, breath and hope – to ALL of creation

Hymn | “Spirit of God/This Little Light of Mine”
Francis Hendricks, vocal; Jean Hendricks, piano

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Postlude on Joyful Song” | arr. Mary McDonald
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre