Worship Bulletin – 10/17/21

Worship Bulletin – 10/17/21

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, October 17, 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 | “When I Rise Up” | music by J. David Moore

McPherson Church of the Brethren Worship Choir

When I rise up, let me rise up joyfully like a bird
When I fall, let me fall without regret like a leaf

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Bill Grove

Moment in Mission | Bethany Theological Seminary

Opening Litany | inspired by Mark 10:35-45

One: We may come here for a glimpse of glory,
Many: But Jesus asks us:  “Can you drink the cup that I drink?”
One: The cup of Jesus’ own life: struggle and joy; suffering and hope. Fullness of life!
We may come here to get close to Jesus,
Many: And Jesus asks us: “Can you be baptized with my baptism?”
One: Baptized into the reign of God, where the Spirit breaks down barriers among
all people and creates new relationships!
We may come here for honor or fame,
Many: But Jesus challenges us:  “To become great you must serve!”
One: Why are we here?
Many: To drink the cup of fullness of life;
To immerse ourselves in Jesus’ struggle for justice and peace;
To learn how to serve so that the world may be healed.

Opening Prayer | inspired by Psalm 91:9-16, Mark 10:35-45 | written by the Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Haibi
Holy Dwelling Place, Your tent is wide enough to provide shelter for all who seek you,
food for all who hunger, and healing for all who suffer.
Meet us here today, and fill us with confidence in your presence, that we may risk sharing Jesus’ cup and his
baptism so the world may become the place of love and justice you desire for all.
Shelter us with your light, and clothe us with your heavenly garments.
Teach us how we may best serve ourselves and one another on this daring adventure. AMEN

Opening Hymn | “For We Are Strangers No More” | #322

Children’s Story | Dawn Hoffman

Strategic Plan 2030 | GOAL and related ACTIONS for Peace Making & Anabaptist Heritage | Lela Beam

Invitation to Give

Musical Offering | “Heartsong” | by Steven Yarbrough

Kendra Flory, bells; 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 | Mark 10:35-45| Jerry Bowen
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us
whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at
your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can
you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but
to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been
prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called
them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and
their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great
among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Message | “Jesus, May we sit at Your Right Hand?” | Jerry Bowen

Sending Hymn | “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” | #307
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words | Jerry Bowen

Sending Music | “Jesus is All the World to Me” | arr. Edward Broughton
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

Choir Director: Becky Snell
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre