Worship Bulletin – 8/15/21

Worship Bulletin – 8/15/21

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 15, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Leadership Team requires masks during worship to address continued COVID-19 concerns.
Singing will be allowed with masks; musicians will perform 12 feet away from the masked audience.


Gathering Music | “The Space Between” | Michele McLaughlin
Grace van Asselt, piano

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns

Opening Words | Proverbs 9: 1-6, 13-18 | ‘Wisdom and Folly’
Wisdom: 9: 1-3
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,
Folly: 9: 13-15
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.  She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the
highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,

Wisdom: 9: 4-6
[Wisdom calls] “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Come, eat
my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”
Folly: 9: 16-18
[Folly calls] “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm
of the dead.

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn | “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” | #70

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “If With All Your Hearts” | Mendelssohn

Ellen Gilbert, organ
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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 5: 15 – 20
15 Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, 
because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what God’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on
wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and
songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart, to God, 20 always giving thanks to God for everything; in the
name of Jesus.

Scripture Song | “Spirit of the Living God” | #349

Message | “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise people.” | Kathryn Whitacre

Sending Hymn | “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” | #356
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Music | “To God be the Glory” | arr. Cindy Berry
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

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