Worship Bulletin – 11/28/21

Worship Bulletin – 11/28/21

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 28, 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 Christmas Carols


Centering Christmas Music | “River in Judea” | words by L. Marcus | music by J. Feldman | arr. by J Leavitt
Francis Hendricks, vocals; Jean Hendricks, piano

There is a river in Judea 
that I heard of long ago.
And it’s a singing ringing river
that my soul cries out to know.

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | LeRoy Weddle

Opening Scripture | Jeremiah 33:14-16
14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares God, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 “‘In those days and
at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be
saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

Christmas Song | “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” | #178

Story for the Children

Invitation to Give
Musical Christmas Offering | Meditation on “Veni Emmanuel” | arr. John Scriveyner
Ellen Gilbert, organ

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

Scripture Focus | Luke 21:25-36
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 
26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see
the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because
your redemption is drawing near.” 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for
yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I
tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never
pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you
suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able
to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Message | “Just in Time…” | Jerry Bowen

Christmas Song | “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” | #195
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Christmas Music | “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” | arr. Edward Brougton
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
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchner & Lara Schoming