Worship Bulletin – 1/2/22

Worship Bulletin – 1/2/22

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, January 2, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all church activities including worship service.

Gathering Christmastide Carol | “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” | #206


Gathering Christmastide Music | “Joy to the World” | Tom Roed
Tom Hurst, piano

Sharing Time – Joys and Concerns | Karlene Tyler

Christmastide Litany | Roddy Hamilton (adapted)

Christmastide Song | “O Come, O Come Immanuel” | #172

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Invitation to Give

Musical Christmastide Offering | “O Little Town of Bethlehem” | arr. Paul Manz

Ellen Gilbert, organ

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

Communion Invitation | “You Break in, O God” | Roddy Hamilton

Words for the Bread
May this communion bread – change us – bringing new life into our souls –
that we might remember and share – the life of God’s spirit.

Words for the Cup
May this communion cup –change us – bringing new life into our souls –
that we might remember and share – the life of God’s spirit.

Communion Prayer

Prayer Song | “Silent Night” | verse 4 | #193

Scripture Focus | Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
3:7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
3:9 What gain have the workers from their toil?
3:10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.
3:11 God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover God has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they
cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
3:12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;
3:13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.

Message | “A Season of Change” | Kathryn Whitacre
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message

Christmastide Song | “O Little Town of Bethlehem” | #191
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Christmastide Music | “Joyful Tidings” | arr. James Moffatt
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