Worship Bulletin – 7/11/21

Worship Bulletin – 7/11/21

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, July 11, 2021


Gathering Music | “Love Medley”
Lois Grove, piano

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Bud Taylor

Welcome | Kathryn Whitacre
“How Buoyant and Bold the Stride”
1) How buoyant and bold the stride of Christ’s friends, when swept by his words like high-lifting winds,
they set out to preach and to heal in the land with nothing to take but a staff in their hand!
2) Not slowed by the bulk and drag of great loads, to cities and towns, on pathways and roads, they
carried the glad urgent gospel of grace that beat in their hearts and that drummed in their pace.
3) Christ sent them in twos instead of alone to tell the good news, wherever unknown, and lift up each
other when hurt and confused because what they offered was mocked and refused.
4) Approaching a town or high city wall, they wondered what soul awaited Christ’s call and who would
react with disint’rest or scorn and how many others by doubt would be torn.
5) Lord, grant us a faith so brave and so bright that we too shall dare to travel as light as those who took
nothing but what they would need to bring peace and healing with grace and with speed.

Opening Hymn | “O Let All Who Thirst” | #495

Welcoming New Members
Bev and Kent Nye
Congregational Words of Welcome:
We welcome you with joy and affection into this family of faith.
We freely share with you – our support, our prayers, our love.
We commit to walk with you in Jesus’ footsteps; welcoming the inspiration of the Spirit –
as together we humbly seek God’s peace and love.  Welcome!

Prayer Song | “Help Us to Help Each Other” | #362

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “All Nature Sings” | Conrad Kocher

Ellen Gilbert, organ
Give online
or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Scripture Focus | Mark 6:1-13
A Prophet Without Honor
6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 
2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked.
“What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 
3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?
Aren’t his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, 
“A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 
5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 
6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them
out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. 8 These were his instructions: 
“Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not
an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not
welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed
many sick people with oil and healed them.

Message | “Dirty Feet Ministry | Jerry Bowen
It’s not easy spreading the Gospel – Good News – of God’s new plan for creation when so many are entrenched in how
things were. But if we are to be the hands and feet of God, we must be willing to get our hands and feet dirty. We must
be willing to walk around and have difficult conversations.  We must learn to love people where they are.

Sending Hymn | “Lord, Speak to Me” | #499
Please be seated

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Proclaim the Glory of the Lord” | Niles Borop and Dwight Liles
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

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