Worship Bulletin – 12/26/21

Worship Bulletin – 12/26/21

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, December 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 Christmastide Carol | “Morning Star” | page 214


Gathering Christmastide Music | “Angels from the Realms of Glory” | arr. John Innes
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Bud Taylor

Christmastide Affirmation | Prayers for Christmas, posted on Christian Aid (adapted)
Let the Hope that overcomes suffering and hatred – dwell within us this Christmastide.
And may we share that Hope – with all people near and far.
Let the harmony that brings the blessing of Peace – dwell within us this Christmastide.
And may we share that Peace – with all people near and far. 
Let the Joy that is called forth when we celebrate with others – dwell within us this Christmastide
And may we share that Joy – with all people near and far.
Let the Love that forgives and renews – dwell within us this Christmastide.
And may we share that Love – with all people near and far.
Let the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that shapes earth and heaven; creating and molding humanity –
Dwell within us this Christmastide.

Christmas Song | “Oh How Joyfully | #209

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give

Musical Christmastide Offering | “Ave Maria” | arr. Donna Gilliam and Mizzy McCaskill
Emily Tyler, flute; Karlene Tyler, piano

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

Scripture Focus | Colossians 3:12-17
3:12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
meekness, and patience. 3:13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another,
forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 3:14 Above all, clothe
yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 3:15 And let the peace of Christ
rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 3:16 Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your
hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do
everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Message | “Live; Hope, Peace, Joy, Love” | Kathryn Whitacre
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message

Christmastide Song | “The First Noel, the Angel did say” | #199
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Christmastide Music | “Hallelujah Chorus” | arr. Kyle Hopkins
Hopkins Family Brass

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