Worship Bulletin – 9/26/21

Worship Bulletin – 9/26/21

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, September 26, 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 | “It is Well With My Soul” | arr.  Robert Lau

Ellen Gilbert, organ

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | LaMonte Rothrock

Opening Words | Roddy Hamilton (lightly adapted)

In a world that is always asking us to become something, someone, some success story –
in this place of sanctuary and love God calls: ‘don’t become, be who you already are’.

Don’t become light – be the light you already are – this is what God anciently placed in you.
Don’t become salt – be the salt you already are – it is in this way you are known to God.

For from these elements: Salt and Light, God uniquely crafted you.
Don’t become anything – be who you are, and discover the one who loves you in your be-ing.

Opening Hymn | “You are salt for the earth” | #226

Children’s Story | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give
Musical Offering | “A Simple Song” | Leonard Bernstein

Dan Lichty, vocal; Dorothy Janzen, piano
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Scripture Focus | Mark 9:49-50 | NRSV
49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? 
Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Message | “salt – too much, too little, just right” | Kathryn Whitacre


As you feel called, please make your way to communion at the front of the church;
receive a piece of communion bread and a communion cup of juice. Partake of them as you
receive them or take them back to your seat and consume them when you are ready.
For those of you joining worship electronically, partake when you are ready.
Before we commune – let us, in unison, speak the words for the Bread and Cup.

Words for the Bread and Cup
May this communion bread – remind us of the life and teachings of Jesus and call us anew
to be God’s salt in this Good Creation.
May this communion cup – remind us of the life and teachings of Jesus and call us anew
to be God’s light in this Good Creation.

Partake of the Bread and Cup


Communion Song | “Sent forth by God’s blessing” | #478
Please remain seated for the song and leave quietly as you are ready.
Out of respect for others, please take your visiting to the first floor lobby or outside.

Sending Words

Sending Music

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

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