Worship Bulletin – 11/7/21

Worship Bulletin – 11/7/21

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, November, 2021 | Daylight Savings Time

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 | “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” | Mark Hayes

Dot Janzen, piano

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Kayden Friesen and Daniel Bowen

Worship Introduction | “Build Wisely” | Pastor Jerry Bowen

Call to Worship | Daniel Bowen
Inspired by Matthew 7:24 | written by Becky Ullom-Naugle

One: It’s hard to give our full attention sometimes. Our minds wander and our energy is elsewhere. 
All: Come. 
One: School. Work. Chores. Friends. Family. Responsibilities. We are busy and often distracted people; yet, we have come today.
All: Come. Listen. 
One: We have come today, ready to listen for the Holy Spirit.
All: Come. Listen. Remember. 
Come: The Holy Spirit will remind us that we belong to God. 
All: Come. Listen. Remember. Build.
One: Because we belong to God, we will build our lives wisely on the solid rock of Jesus’ teachings.
All: We belong to God! We will build our lives wisely on the solid rock of Jesus’ teachings! 

Opening Prayer | Junior High Students

Opening Hymn | “Brethren We have Met to Worship | #8
Dot Janzen, piano

Children’s Story | Junior High Students

Invitation to Give
Give online or send a check made payable to “McPherson Church of the Brethren,” 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, KS 67460

Video PowerPoint
Developed by Pastor Jerry Bowen

Scripture Jam | “Build Wisely” | Junior High Students
Based on Matthew 7 | written by Erika Clary

Voice 1: Hear these words. 
Voice 2: THESE words.
Voice 1: Jesus said the wise person built their house on the rock. 
Voice 2: How firm a foundation! 
Voice 1: The house built on the rock didn’t fall. 
Voice 2: There was rain. 
Voice 1: The streams rose. 
Voice 2: Crazy winds blew and tried… 
Voice 1: Really tried!
Voice 2: To knock down that house.
Voice 1: But it wouldn’t fall. 
Voice 2: No way! 
Voice 1: What about the person who built their house on the sand? 
Voice 2: What a fool! 
Voice 1: Yeah, that’s literally what the scripture says. 
Voice 2: That house stood no chance. 
Voice 1: There was rain. 
Voice 2: The streams rose. 
Voice 1: Crazy winds blew and… 
Voice 2: The wind succeeded that time! 
Voice 1: The house came tumbling down. 
Voice 2: So, what was the difference? 
Voice 1: Why does this matter? 
Voice 2: We aren’t talking about actual houses, are we? 
Voice 1: Nope. 
Voice 2: Jesus told us that hearing his teachings and actually acting upon them is like building a house on the rock. 
Voice 1: His teachings? 
Voice 2: That’s what I said. 
Voice 1: When Jesus says to love our neighbor… 
Voice 2: We love. 
Voice 1: When he says to serve the least of these? 
Voice 2: We serve. 
Voice 1: And when he says to wash feet? 
Voice 2: We wash feet. 
Voice 1: Hearing Jesus’ teachings and not acting… 
Voice 2: …is foolish. Just like building a house on sand. 
Voice 1: We must listen… 
Voice 2: …and learn from Jesus’ teachings. 
Voice 1: And act on them. 
Voice 2: We build our foundation on the rock. 
Voice 1: On Jesus’ teachings. 
Voice 2: How firm a foundation! 
Voice 1: When Jesus says to build wisely… 
Both Voices: We build wisely! 

Message | Junior High Students

Sending Hymn | “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” | #324
Dot Janzen, piano
Please be seated after the song

Canon: Verse 1
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And his righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Al-le-lu, al-le-lu-ia!

Canon: Verse 2
Ask, and it shall be given unto you,
Seek, and ye shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
Al-le-lu, al-le-lu-ia!

Descant: Verse 2
Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu, al-le-lu-ia! 

Sending Words | Junior High Students

Sending Music | “We Have Met to Worship” | Mark Hayes
Dot Janzen, piano

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