29 Aug Worship Bulletin – 8/29/21
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 29, 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 | Variations on “Move In Our Midst” | arr. Robert Lau
Ellen Gilbert, organ
Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Roger Schrock
Announcement to the Community | Lela Beam
Centering Scripture | Psalm 15 – A Psalm of David
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose
tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile
person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their
mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
Opening Hymn | “Take My Life” | #389
Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner
Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “I Must Tell Jesus” | Heather Sorenson
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 | James 1:17-27
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming from God of the heavenly lights, who does not
change like shifting shadows. 18 God chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind
of first fruits of all God created. 19 My dear sisters and brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to
listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness
that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the
word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at
their face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at themselves, goes away and immediately forgets what they look
like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting
what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves
religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is
worthless. 27 Religion that God accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their
distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Message | “You Have Heard it All Before” | Jerry Bowen
Sending Hymn | “God, whose giving” | #383
Please be seated after the song
Sending Music | “A Mighty Fortress” | arr. David Cherwien
Ellen Gilbert, organ
Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre