Worship Bulletin – 7/18/21

Worship Bulletin – 7/18/21

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 18, 2021


Gathering Music | “Adagio” | Antonio Lotti
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Bud Taylor

Welcome | Dona Nobis Pacem – Grant Us Peace
Kendra Flory, Janelle Flory Schrock & Becky Snell
Jew and Gentile are reconciled through Jesus. Jesus is our peace. Jesus has made the two groups one.

Opening Hymn | “In Christ there is no East or West” | #306

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee” | arr. K. Kaiser

Bryan Hess, viola; Dan Masterson, piano
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or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Scripture Focus | Ephesians 2: 11-22 | NIV
Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who
call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) – 12 remember that at that time
you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the
promise, without hope and without God in the world. 
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For [Jesus] himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the
dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose
was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile
both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 [Jesus] came and preached
peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have
access to [God] by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also
members of [God’s] household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus
himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy
temple in the Lord. 22 And in [Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives
by [the] Spirit.

Message | “The New Church” | Jerry Bowen
In our digital world, boundaries and borders disappear and we can reach folks all over. Truly there are no limits
to who can be our sisters and brothers; we are truly ‘Strangers no More.’

Sending Hymn | “Strangers No More” | #322
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Concerto – Presto” | Telemann
Bryan Hess, viola; Dan Masterson, piano

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

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