Worship Bulletin – 2/6/22

Worship Bulletin – 2/6/22

Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren | Sunday, February 6, 2022
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.
Masks are required at all church activities including worship service.

Gathering Hymn

Video Welcome

Gathering Music | “With One Voice” | Ricky Manalo
Worship Band
Vocalists: Ellen Gilbert, Eric Goering, Francis Hendricks, Dawn Hoffman, Wylene Lengel, Ann Stover & Carol Ward
Instrumentalists: Jean Hendricks, Dan Hoffman, Jim Hoffman & Marta Morrman

Take the Word and go out to every land. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May the lives of those we touch sing praise to God above.
Let us sing, we’ll sing.

REFRAIN (Congregation, join the Worship Band in singing the refrain after the 2nd, 3rd and 4th verses, if desired.)
With one voice we’ll pass the Word along. With one voice, bring justice to the world.
And with all the angels, we’ll spread the goodness of God.
With all power and glory the Word of God shall reign.

Take the Word to our neighborhoods and streets. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May we all set out to live in peace and harmony?
They will see and sing. (Refrain)

Take the Word to the people in despair. Shine the light of Christ for all to see
May our actions and our deeds bring comfort to their needs.
And they’ll know and sing. (Refrain)

Take the Word to the nations everywhere. Shine the light of Christ for all to see.
May the witness of our lives transform the world anew.
And we’ll shine, we’ll shine. (Refrain…Refrain)

Sharing Joys and Concerns | Bud Taylor

Opening Video | Litany of the Called | written by Roddy Hamilton, New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Glasgow, UK

“This is but a pinhead’s selection of people called to follow – to come from the darkness and shadows of one life –
and called to be fully alive in this world. For that is what Jesus calls us into: not to be church members, or signatories
to some doctrine, but to be fully alive with the life God grants – and to set that free in the world.”

Read by Becki, Esme, Jd & Oliver Bowman

Voice 1:  “Come follow me,” he said as he walked towards us.
“Leave the nets behind. Become nets yourself. We have an adventure to be part of.”
And so we left with him – not knowing what lay in front of us.

Voice 2:  In front of me was a crowd of Pharisees: all of them hypocrites.
They knew what I had done – and done it mainly with them – yet they were ready to stone me for it.
Jesus called out, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone,”
and there was silence and one by one they left me – with him –
who called me to go and find my humanity again – and so I went – more alive than ever before.

Voice 3:  She was more alive than ever before, my daughter.
When her father left her to find Jesus he knew he’d never see her again;
my poor daughter, not able to make it to womanhood.
But Jesus never gave up hope.
We left him with her and after what seemed an eternity he called for food,
“Your daughter is alive and hungry”.
And so we threw our sadness into celebration – that she had been called back to life.

Voice 4:  I was called back to life.
I was once dead – not the death of eternity, worse than that, the death of the living.
I am a tax-collector.
My death was the silence and hatred of others –
until I climbed a tree and was invited back into my own home by Jesus – for a meal –
through which I was reborn – a new person – now called a friend of God.
I was on my way.

Voice 5:  We were on our way, ten of us, unclean with bandaged limbs,
dirty rags covering our hands and feet – that leprosy was eating away.
Everyone avoided us except Jesus – who touched us, befriended us
and called us back into community – clean once more and acceptable.
I ran back to Jesus to thank him – it was all I could do.

Voice 6:  It was all I could do to say ‘Yes!’
Yes to God asking me to be his handmaid:
mother of a child who would be the salvation of the world,
who harbored hope enough –
to bring down the oppressor and the tyrant and lift up the poor and hungry.
I was called to be the mother of God – and I said ‘Yes!’

Voice 7:  I said ‘yes’ – but it wasn’t in some biblical story. It was now.
I said ‘yes!’ to God’s justice today, God’s hope now, God’s intent in me,
to call out the life in me, and set it free in the world,
to be a follower of adventures, a follower of dreams, a follower of love.

Voice 8:  Be a follower of love, and join the fishermen and the sinners,
the women and the children,
the sick and the poor,
the needy and the hopeful:
called to be fully alive in this world,
called to be the hands and feet of heaven,
called to be all we can be,
called to follow.

Opening Song | “Tú has venido a la orilla” (Lord, you have come to the lakeshore) | #229
Please sing in Spanish or English, whichever you prefer

Noisy Offering

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Video Invitation to Give

Musical Offering | “O, Divine Redeemer” | Ch. Gounod/Clair Johnson
Lindy Reynolds, trumpet; 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 | Luke 5:1-11 | Jesus Calls His First Disciples | NIV
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret the people were crowding around him and
listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were
washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little
from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 
“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered,
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled
their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said,
“Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 
9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the
sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, 
“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Prayer Song | “There is A Longing” | Anne Quigley
There is A Longing. Anne Quigley. © 1992, Anne Quigley, Published by Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), Portland, OR
Worship Band

Message | “God Might Just Fill Our Nets” | Jerry Bowen
Please take a moment to contemplate the scripture and message

Sending Song | “Here I am, Lord” | #395
Please be seated after the song

Sending Words

Sending Music | “Here I am, Lord” | arr. Mark Hayes
Ellen Gilbert, 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
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchner & Lara Schoming