01 Aug Worship Bulletin – 8/1/21
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, August 1, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: Leadership Team will require masks during worship beginning Sunday, August 1, to address continued COVID-19 concerns.
Singing will be allowed with masks; musicians will perform 12 feet away from the masked audience.
Gathering Music | “Panis Angelicus” | Cesar Franck
Lindy Reynolds, trumpet; Ellen Gilbert, piano
Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Bill Grove
Opening Words | “Strong, Gentle Children“
1) Strong, gentle children, God made you beautiful, gave you the wisdom and power you need;
speak in the stillness all you are longing for; live out your calling to love and to lead.
2) Strong, hurting children, angry and terrified, open the secrets your life has concealed;
though you are wounded, know you are not to blame; cry out your story till truth is revealed.
3) Strong knowing children, utter your cry aloud, honor the wisdom God gave you at birth;
speak to your elders till they have heard your voice; sing out your vision of healing on earth.
Opening Hymn | “God, Whose Giving” | #383
Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner
Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “We Declare your Majesty” with “Father, I Adore You” | arr. Kurt Kaiser
Ellen Gilbert, piano
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460
Scripture Focus | Ephesians 4:1-16
4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 4:3 making every effort to maintain
the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope
of your calling, 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
4:7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 4:8 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on
high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” 4:9 (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but
that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 4:10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far
above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 4:11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets,
some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
4:13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full
stature of Christ. 4:14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s
trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who
is the head, into Christ, 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as
each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
Message | “We must grow up in every way” | Kathryn Whitacre
Sending Hymn | “Go, my children | #433
Please be seated after the song
Sending Music | “Cibell” | Jean Baptiste Loeillet
Ellen Gilbert, organ
Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre